Reading Nook Reviews: 2 Loves, 1 Hard Pass

Hello lovely readers! Starting this month, I’m sharing an exciting new series called “Reading Nook Reviews,” where I’ll quickly review a few books I’ve been reading lately.

I’ve really wanted to start developing the book side of Stumbly, because reading is a big part of my life and I love, love, love talking about books with other people! This post is a three-parter; I’ve been pretty good about getting out the books this week.

Anyway, let’s get to it!

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine34195065

If you haven’t heard of this book, it’s the tale of a low society gal who attempts to work her way to the top by stealing other women’s rich husbands. Classic, right? Only this story has a twist. And I don’t mean the type of twist you can see coming from a mile away, either. This one will hit you like a wayward baseball going 90mph. Expect narration from both the husband-stealer and the wife, intense scheming, and bratty children. All in all, I loved the book and I don’t usually read modern thrillers. But this one was a friend’s recommendation and she was so right. Go read it now.

1785655744The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley

So, I don’t regret reading this novella because sometimes we need to read something freaky to kick us out of our comfort zone. That said, I wouldn’t read this again. The novella tells the story of a community of men living in a clearing in the not too distant future. All women have died from a mysterious disease, and the men try to make the most of their days while coming to terms with survivor’s guilt. One day, they find that yellow mushrooms are beginning to grow over the women’s graves. From there, the book devolves into disturbing images of violence, gender-bending, and body horror. Not my cup of tea. While I can appreciate Whiteley’s themes and critique of modern society, the images in the story are just too grotesque for me to vibe with it. Hard pass.

A New Model by Ashley Graham51h1cGkkRnL._SX329_BO1204203200_

I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this book, as I usually don’t enjoy biographies. BUT, this one was actually decent. I felt like I really needed to hear the success story of a plus-size woman who really owns her body and her size. It gives me hope to see someone so confident in themselves; plus, she’d be gorgeous no matter her size! You don’t read a lot of books that make you feel that way and so I appreciated this account.


Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!



  1. Aleeha and Lucy - HALE
    June 9, 2018 / 8:44 am

    I haven’t read any of these books before, but I really like the sound of Ashley Graham’s biography! I don’t really read biographies either, but like you, I think it’ll be really interesting to hear about this success story!
    Aleeha xXx

    • Cailin
      June 9, 2018 / 10:26 am

      It’s been really interesting so far!

  2. June 9, 2018 / 5:29 pm

    I love a good twist, especially one you don’t see coming, so ‘The Last Mrs. Parrish’ sounds really enticing to me

    • Cailin
      June 9, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      It is SO good. I highly recommend it 🙂

  3. June 11, 2018 / 7:20 am

    I love the sound of the beauty. Gender bending, only men to survive and mushrooms growing over deceased woman graves…Sounds creep and cool (say’s a lot about me really, lol)

    • Cailin
      June 11, 2018 / 10:37 am

      It definitely took me for a ride. It will make you think!

  4. June 12, 2018 / 11:03 am

    I didn’t know Ashley Graham had her own book out! I do admire her so I would like to give this a read xx

  5. June 19, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    Oh I love a good thriller! Going to have to add the firat book to my TBR pile! Look forward to seeing more of this series! Xx

    • Cailin
      June 19, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      Yes, such a good book! And thanks, I’m 2 for 3 books down for my next review so keep an eye out!

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