This month was a very good reading month. Reading 4 books in one month is the most I’ve read in YEARS! I was able to read more because of the long plane and train rides when we went to Italy. So there was more “free” time. I avoided using my phone to fill in that time.
What I Read In October
After reading The American Royals from last month, I was craving more fiction books on royalty. I’ve heard several bookstagrammers talk about The Royal Treatment which is part of a 3-book series. Basically this book is about Tessa, a blogger who mostly writes about being anti-Royal family. She truly believes that the monarchy should no longer exist and thinks they are all lazy, do nothing all day, and use taxpayers’ money for their luxury living.
Overall, the monarchy itself is losing popularity and Prince Arthur (who is next in line to be King) has to try to save his family from being ousted. So he came up with the idea to have Tessa live in the palace for a couple months and try to sway her to change her mind. He’s hoping if he can convince her about keeping the royal family in power that maybe the rest of the public people will change their mind too.
This book gave me exactly what I was looking for in a fictional royalty story. It’s a quick and easy book to ready and it’s funny. The storyline is somewhat predictable but throughout the entire time I enjoyed reading it. It’s one of those feel good stories. At first, I was annoyed by the main character, Tessa. She just seemed to whine about things and complain about her life. By the way it ended, it made me want more and I’m so glad there’s 2 more books in this series!
The Royal Wedding is book 2 after reading the Royal Treatment. This book definitely picks up right after The Royal Treatment. So definitely read Book 1 first! This seriously is also funny and an easy book to read. I was able to finish it very quickly. This book talks about Prince Arther and Tessa’s wedding planning and process. It primarily focuses on Tessa’s struggle with being in the public eye and her insecurities.
Some parts of the book frustrate me because it makes me question why is this happening or shouldn’t they already have it sorted out, etc. But then again, the book wouldn’t have a storyline. Overall I enjoyed it!
I wanted to read a book that took place in Italy. The primary focus of this book is in the Tuscany countryside and Florence. And the description is how I felt about these places too. Overall, it brought back amazing memories from our trip to Italy. They even talked about Rome & Venice (which are the cities we visited as well on our trip). The author has lived in Tuscany so her description was spot on and very relatable.
This book focuses on Lina going to Tuscany. Her mom just passed away and her mother wanted Lina to live there and get to know her father. During her time in Italy, she has been trying to figure out why her mother wanted her to live there, why her mother didn’t share a lot of the details before she passed away, and Lina grieving about her mom’s passing. I quickly finished this book in a day. We had a train ride from Venice to Rome, and I was so hooked! I love all the secrets the book revealed!
If you love a good thrill and mystery then this book is for you. The main character, Ani, has it all. She lives a very luxurious life, very well off, gorgeous, a hot fiancé, and a dream job that most girls would love to have. She also has a very strong personality. It turns out her past is creeping up on her and haunting her. She has a very big secret and it is tragic. As Ani unfolds her secret, you get a better idea as to why she has a very strong personality.
At first, I didn’t know what to think of this book. The first couple chapters I felt like Ani was rambling and not really leading anywhere. I was only intrigued to continue to read on because I wanted to know what her secret was. As I continued to read, I thought she revealed her secret but it turns out there were more tragic events that led to her keeping her past a big secret. Honestly, I was annoyed by Ani. She seemed so selfish but at the same time I felt so bad for her. Her feelings about wanting to fit in is relatable, and it was so unfortunate that she took it too far. This book was good, just not my favorite. But I can’t help but think her story is a real life story.
I’m currently reading the final book of the Crown Jewel series, The Royal Delivery. But I’m also in the mood for reading books based on the holidays. The Christmas bug has hit me and all I want to do is do all the holiday activities and countdown to Christmas haha. I asked in my Instagram Story and got no recs! I do want to read One Day in December which was recommended by you all during the Summer. Hopefully, I’ll discover more books that take place during Christmas/Holidays!