TBR for July 2021

I am not sure what happened to my reading streak from May but it seemed to fall to the wayside last month. I only read two books. Well that isn’t true. I read numerous books but I didn’t finish them. I now have a growing pile of incomplete books that I want to finish and it’s kind of giving me anxiety. I am not this person that doesn’t complete books. In an attempt to rectify this situation, I decided to forego the reading wrapup, because there isn’t anything to wrap up, and just jump into my reading list for July. It’s going to be mix of the books I have to read, the books I want to finish and the books I’m hoping to get to,

Book Club picks

Blonde” by Joyce Carol Oates

So this is the July pick for my Metaphorically Speaking Book Club that I just didn’t get around to last month. My group meets on Friday so I am seriously cramming this 754-page book in one week, but I heard that it’s a fairly quick read. I was never overly interested in Marilyn Monroe, but maybe Oates’ fictional take on her story will capture my attention.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab

I have never read V.E. Schwab but this is the fiction pick for July in the Capital District Book Club. The plot sounds interesting. I have heard the hype about Schwab’s other books and if this books turns out to be just as good, I may have to read the others.

Ending Up” by Kingsley Amis

I had never heard about this book but it sounds like it’s going to be a good one. It’s about the elderly, specifically a small group living out the end of their days. I am sure parts of this book are going to be hilarious. Have you ever been around the elderly? They are on the same grounds of children in what they say or do being absolutely unexpected and outright outrageous. And I am sure that there are going to be many parts of this book I am going to relate to. Not because I am elderly (far from it) but rather because I have much older parents and have worked around seniors my whole life. I am actually looking forward to this book.

Personal picks

Broken (in the best possible way)” by Jenny Lawson

If there is one book I am going to devour this month, it’s going to be Lawson’s new book “Broken.” I was so happy when I received this book for my birthday and just reading the first page I was getting sucked in. Lawson feels like an old familiar friend.

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton” by Julia Quinn

I am not sure why but this book is taking me forever to get through. I am not sure if it’s because I am just tiring of the series or if it’s the book itself. Maybe it’s on purpose since Penelope is one of those “boring” characters that noone really pays attention to in the book. I feel like I have been reading this book forever and I am not even halfway through it. Hoping to finish it soon.

Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

So this was actually a book club read in June for the Capital District Book Club but I didn’t get a chance to finish it though it was really good. My book club really enjoyed it, which is all the more reason I am determined to finish it.

The Books I completed in June

Rebecca” and “Revolutionary Road” were both for Modern Library Book Club. “Rebecca” we discussed at the beginning of June and it was sooo good and the rest of the group agreed. We will be discussing “Revolutionary Road” this week and I can’t wait to hear what others thought about it. It was definitely a book that new for it’s time, detailed the reality of being in a loveless marriage but hoping that everything is going to work out in the end. Let’s just say this doesn’t have a happy ending.


What are you planning to read this month? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

TTT: Books I plan to read this summer

Summer is finally here! And with it comes a whole new TBR list of books. Past seasonal TBR reads have proven that I really shouldn’t do these lists, and yet I just can’t help myself. I think part of the problem is that I usually make the list and promptly forget about them. Well not this time. I have created a seasonal list that I have since placed in my planner so that I will be reminded every time I open it. So without further ado, here are the books on my Summer TBR.

This going to be a doozy of a read as this is 900 pages, but book club is talking about doing this over two months so I will have no excuses. I have heard nothing but good things about this book so I am quite excited to read it.

This is our book club read for July and I am quite intrigued by it. I saw this book being talked about when it first came out and had put it on a shelf in my mind, but never got around to reading it.

I have yet to read V.E. Schwab, but thanks to book club I will be introduced to her in August. With all the hype surrounding her, I’m hoping that this will encourage me to read all her other books I missed.

This book just arrived in the mail and I can’t wait to read it. There is nothing like murder and secret societies at an old university that grabs my attention. I haven’t read Michaelides yet, so maybe this will urge me to read his previous book “The Silent Patient.”

According to Goodreads, I shelved this book back in 2018. And then promptly forgot about it since its taken me three years to actually purchase it and put it on an immediate TBR list.

So this was book was on my Spring TBR but didn’t get a change to read it. I am kind of bummed that I didn’t so I am putting it on the list for the summer.

Another book that didn’t make it off my Spring TBR list so it’s moving on to this list. I have heard this is not as good as “Behold the Dreamers” but I am not going to let that stop me. As you know by now, I like to know for myself.

I just obtained this book in a recent Book of the Month selection and I can’t wait to read it, though it seems like it’s going to be an emotional rollercoaster.

If there is one book I know I will get to this summer, it’s “Broken.” I was so glad to get this book as a gift for my birthday. I was getting sucked in reading the first page and had to put it down or I would have been late to work. I really want to pick a day when I can really enjoy it. I know it’s going to be a book I read in one sitting.

I am determined to read everything by Geraldine Brooks so I was glad I found this one during a bookstore stop on my honeymoon. If there is one thing she is strong at it’s writing historical fiction. I loved “People of the Book” and “Year of Wonders” among others.


What books do you plan on reading this summer? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

Spring TBR wrap-up: The books I read, didn’t read and read instead

Today is the first day of Summer! I can’t believe it. Maybe it’s the fact that it didn’t really start getting warm here in upstate NY until May but I feel like I barely got a chance to enjoy it. It has been a busy season and when I look back at what I read, I am shocked that I didn’t even read a dozen books between March and June. So it’s no surprise that I barely touched my Spring TBR list. In fact, I only read 2 out of the 10 books that I wanted to. But then again, I ended up reading some books that I didn’t expect to. I was definitely a mood reader during the last few months. So here is a breakdown of what I read from the list, the books I didn’t get to but still expect to and the books I read instead.

What I read


What I didn’t get to


Other books I read instead


What did you read over the Spring? Have you read any on this list? Let’s discuss!

TTT: Books that made me want to read more like it

It’s that time again for another Top 10 Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we are looking at the books that we have read that when we finished, we wanted to read something else just like it. I had to really think about this one, but I was surprised by how fast I could think of books that fit this description. That is, if I did it right.

Michelle Obama’s book was the first memoir from a former First Lady that I read and I enjoyed it so much that I became curious as to how many other First Ladies’ memoirs I could get my hand on. Their husbands are always the ones that everyone knows about and while each First Lady has that one thing that they are known for, we should know all the other things they have done. It’s my goal to start reading the memoirs of each First Lady along with their husbands in the future, though I am hoping that phrase will be switched to Madame President and First Man soon.

Speaking of Presidential memoirs, George W. Bush was the first President, whose activities I was conscience while growing up. His first term was while I was in high school and his second term finished while I was in college. So my interest in Presidential memoirs started with him. I was curious to read about his thoughts about 9/11 and the war on terror, considering that everyone else had an opinion. I needed to know what he was thinking at that time and what his rationale was behind some of the decisions that he made. And so a tradition was born that has led me to read Obama’s book, which was just as enjoyable. It remains to be seen if this tradition will skip the Trump era, but who knows. I may just get that curious.

I seriously had no plans to read “Circe” because in all honesty, I am just not that interested in Greek classic retellings. However, this became a book club read so I had no choice. And not only did I enjoy it, but I actually realized that I was being a little too harsh on the genre and I wanted to read some more. In fact, one just arrived in the mail, but that will be revealed in a later post.

This book is such a powerful book. It focuses on an hour in time during a school shooting and four characters who are in the school at the time of the incident. This book was so raw and literally pulls the reader into a scene that they hope they never are a part of. I seriously had to put the book down a few times because of my anxiety. However, when I got done reading it, I realized that I never heard of another fictional book like it, and done in such a way that it contributes to the conversation that needs to be at the forefront. I have since read another book, “Finding Jake” but I and my book club didn’t think it was that well done. In fact, I DNF’d it, particularly because it was one parent’s view from the outside, and while a parent’s thoughts and emotions are an important perspective, the one thing we all agreed about in book club was that the parent wasn’t believable. I have recommended this book to the group to see if they agree with my assessment. In the meantime, my search continues.

“Americanah” is the book that opened my eyes to the modern immigrant story and what they deal with when they come to America. I read it in 2016, right when immigration in the United States was flaring up to a whole new debate. This book helped me understand that the issue isn’t so black and white and helped me solidify where I stood in the debate. It has also led me to read many other great books including “Behold the Dreamers” which is one of my top 10 favorite books that I recommend every chance I get, as well as “American Dirt”, which focuses on immigration from South America to the US. Each book opens my eyes to the issue in a whole new way.

I would be remiss not to include “Little Women” on this list because this was the book that made appreciate the classics and go in search of more. It was the reason why I read “Jane Eyre” and “Pride and Prejudice” way before it was assigned in English class. It was the reason why I was the only one to read the summer reading assignment “To Kill a Mockingbird”. If not for this book, I think my reading of the classics would have ended once school was finished. Alas I am in a classics book club because I want to continue to expand my reading of the genre and talk about them.

This book about a single teenage mom trying to achieve her dreams and fighting to do is what people should focus on, but you just can’t forget about the food in this book. I seriously wanted to eat everything that was made. And after reading this book, I seriously wanted to read other books that incorporated food into the storyline. This book was just a pure comfort and I wanted to continue to feel that way.

So I finished this book only recently but it has seriously given me a whole new outlook on the fantasy genre. I read the genre sparingly but honestly, if I can find books that are similar to this one, I think I have my new obsession. This book made me not want to turn out the lights. This is a series I have to finish because I need to know what happens.

Seriously, when did young adult books start taking societal issues such as cop shootings against African Americans and put it into context that everyone could understand? I said it then, and I will say it again, everyone needs to read this book, because until you “experience” it, even if through the words of this book, you seriously can’t “understand” what they are going through. I thought I was passed reading young adult books but I’m learning more by reading them than by watching the news. Now find myself venturing over to the YA section of the book store to peruse the shelves.

“Brain on Fire” is a medical mystery about a woman who begins displaying random symptoms that have many people believing that she is a psychotic. Through the help of her family and, eventually doctors, learns she has a rare condition. Maybe it’s the fact that I suffer from an autoimmune condition that forced me to advocate for myself until the doctors would actually do something that this book resonated with me. Ever since, medical mystery stories have started to pile up on my TBR lists.


What books made you want to read more like it? Have you read any of the books on this list? Let’s discuss!

TBR for June 2021

Does anyone else feel like 2021 is going much faster than 2020? I can’t believe we are halfway through the year. Though I am not complaining since June is my favorite month of the year. And not because it’s my birthday month either. June is the transition between spring and summer and the weather is finally getting to be consistently warm. I don’t know about all of you but in upstate NY, the weather was bipolar last month, changing seasons by the hour. I am happy that the forecast finally is putting that 40 degree weather behind us.

Things are also returning to normal. Now with masks mandates easing up and the vaccines showing their worth, people are coming out more. This month, my book clubs are going to start in-person meetings again. It’s going to be so nice finally see everyone without a screen. Which means that I have to make sure that I get all my book club reading done on time, lol.

As I mentioned in my reading wrap-up, since my honeymoon, I have been reading books like it’s the last thing I am going to do. And I don’t feel the urge going away any time soon. In fact, looking at my reading list for the month, I think my streak is going to continue. Even so, I didn’t go too crazy with my list, because every time I do I seem to jinx myself.

Book Club Picks

Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier

I started reading this book for my Modern Library Book Club for June and I am loving it. I am only about 70 pages in so I haven’t even gotten to the juicy part of this book but the beginning intrigued me with mysterious memories of the past and the hinting of something dark and sinister that they left behind. DuMaurier’s writing style is very conversational and pulls the reader in. Every time I pick up this book, I get sucked in and don’t want to put it down. I’m actually disappointed when I have to go do other things. I have just reached the part when the new Mrs. DeWinters arrives at Manderley and she is learning that she must contend with how the former Mrs. DeWinters ran things, along with that horrifying Danvers woman. She is already freaking me out and she hasn’t even done anything yet.

Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

I have never heard of this book before the Capital District Book Club selected it but I am intrigued. It’s a story about the story behind Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. I have always been interested in Shakespeare, though somewhat intimidated by him and have only read the plays that school has assigned, which I am afraid is not many and it has been many years. Maybe this is the push I need to get me interested enough to actually read Shakespeare again, starting with “Hamlet”.

Blonde” by Joyce Carol Oates

I don’t know much about Marilyn Monroe except for that she was a Hollywood star, had a lot of emotional struggles and may or may not have had an affair with JFK. That is it. However, one of my book club members in the smaller group I go to is intrigued by her and chose this book as her pick for the year. This is a fictional retelling of the star’s inner, poetic and spiritual life so I am interested in how the author does it. Also I have never read Joyce Carol Oates though she has always been on my list of authors to read.

Revolutionary Road” by Richard Yates

I never read this book nor saw the movie, though I have heard of it. This is the July pick for the Modern Library Book Club and since our discussions are always the first Wednesday of the month, I try to get ahead in my reading. I did read the summary and I think this is going to be a good one. So far we have been lucky and most of the books have been really good.

Personal picks

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton” by Julia Quinn

I can’t wait to read the fourth book in the Bridgerton series because it has to do with Penelope and Colin. In the Netflix show and in one of the first three books, Penelope is absolutely in love with Colin Bridgerton but Colin is totally blind to her feelings. He just sees her as a friend to his younger sister. I seriously want to know how she finally gets him. Oh and I have no doubt it is going to be a doozy. Also, if the third book’s foreshadowing is correct, I think we may finally find out who Lady Whistledown is.

To Sir Phillip, With Love” by Julia Quinn

Eloise Bridgerton is one of my favorite Bridgerton females. In all of the books, she is fiercely independent and rebels against the societal norms. I loved her from the first time I read about her and I can’t wait to read her story in full.


What are you reading during the month of June? Have you read any of the books on this list? Let’s discuss!

May 2021 reading wrap-up

It’s been a crazy two months and in some ways I am sad to see May wrap up. My husband and I finally had the wedding we have been waiting three years to have.

It’s why I disappeared for the last month and a half. I thought that I had most of the wedding planning done but what I didn’t anticipate was all the drama that comes just weeks before the wedding. And not all the drama was good. At one point I was so depressed I couldn’t even read, let alone write about what I had read. However I am happy to say that despite all this, things worked out for the better and my husband and I had the wedding we had dreamed about and with the people we cared about celebrating with us. Then it was off for a mini honeymoon to the Poconos.

It was during that trip to the Poconos that I finally began to relax, my mind cleared and I began reading again. Voraciously I might add and it hasn’t stopped since I got back. I read nearly as many books in the past two weeks as I do in a month. And as you probably noticed, I began writing on the blog again. So you can say I am officially back.

So here are the books that I have been devouring this month.

So I did get sucked into the Bridgerton series and watched the first season of the Netflix show in a weekend. Then I found out it was a book series and I HAD to read it. I started the Duke and I back in March but due to the drama that unfolded, I never got around to finishing it. I figured it was the perfect book to bring on a honeymoon and I was right. I took advantage of the balcony we had overlooking a pond during a quiet morning and read most of the book in a sitting. And then it just spiraled.

“The Duke and I”, aka Daphne’s story, was in words what Netflix had created visually. I was happy about this. Of course there were some differences as the show does pull in tidbits from the other books to provide some context to the other characters, but overall the book and the show are pretty similar as I explain in my review. I rather enjoyed Daphne and Simon’s story and I was glad that I started the series.

In fact, the following two stories, “The Viscount Who Loved Me” and “An Offer From a Gentleman” are just as enjoyable as we read about Anthony Bridgerton and Benedict Bridgerton and their romances, which I am happy to say are all different. Anthony’s plan is to marry without love just to fullfill his duty as the heir of the Bridgerton property and Benedict ends up meeting a mysterious women at a masquerade that ends up haunting his dreams. Each of these stories I loved differently. As I explain in my review of The Viscount, I loved the love-hate relationship between Anthony and Kate which leads to some comical situations that had me laughing aloud. The opposite was true of An Offer. I didn’t think I was going to even like the story and ended up loving it. It was one of the more emotional of the three and actually brought me to tears, which I explain more here.

I honestly didn’t think I was going to like “The Diviners” by Libba Bray because I am not a huge fantasy reader. This was a book I received through a care package during COVID last year from my book club and was not even on my radar. But then last week, something made me pick it up and I absolutely couldn’t stop reading it. In fact, it is one of the creepiest books I have read in some time. This is also a series and since the book left some things unresolved, I now have to read the others. I am hoping to have a review on this soon because honestly it was that good.

“The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett was the only book club read I managed this month though I was unable to attend the discussion due to the wedding. However my maid of honor is also in the book club and we began to discuss it and all the themes that this book uncovers. And oh how there are so many. I wish that I wrote down all of my feelings after I finished this book so that I could provide a review. This book definitely plays on your emotions. I was sad, angry and happy for all the characters at different points in this book. They definitely felt very real to me and many of the discussions that were occurring I could see happening in real life. There is a reason why this book gets some nods. If you haven’t done so, read it.


What did you read in May? Have you read any of the books on this list? What did you think? Let’s discuss!

‘An Offer From a Gentleman’ by Julia Quinn

The third book in the Bridgerton series has become my favorite so far, which is funny because when I first started reading the book I didn’t think I was going to like it, mainly because of the Cinderella theme. And yet, by the end of the book I was crying over this book. There is just so much emotion in this plot, you can’t help but get swept up into it.

What almost killed it for me at the beginning was that the Cinderella theme was a little too obvious and almost mirrored the story exactly except there was a missing glove rather than a missing glass slipper. In fact, I felt like I was reading the book version of the movie “Ever After” with Drew Barrymore. I could picture the movie play out right in my head as Sophie looks waits for her father’s carriage to arrive with her new mother and two step daughters to the father’s death and Sophie then becoming a servant to the night of the masquerade, which is also in ‘Ever After’ where she wears a gown from her grandmother (similar to the movie) and inevitably “meets” Benedict Bridgerton. Of course, this is a masquerade, so to say they meet is taken with a grain of salt since Sophie has to dash out before the unmasking.

Luckily the Cinderella theme only plays out for the first third of the book and then I feel the novel really begins to pick up. We fast forward a few years to where Sophie is trying to make ends meet on her own. Then one fateful night she finds herself in some trouble only to have Benedict stumble across her and try to help her in more ways than one. I loved the relationship that blossoms between the two.

Sophie is not like our other female characters in the other books who are part of the ton looking for marriage. Sophie is of the lower class and though she knows that she shouldn’t fall for one of the most eligible bachelors, she can’t forget the one night when she felt like she belonged. She has had a hard life but she know what she likes and is independent. I loved how she stood up to Benedict and refused to let him turn her into something she isn’t. Also can I just say how much I cheered for her when she finally stood up to her stepmother Amarinta? That women deserved what she got! If Sophie didn’t stand up to her I think I would have for her. Ugh! Vile woman!

Benedict on the other hand is not like the other Bridgerton males. While Anthony is loaded down with the burden of heading the family since the death of their father, Benedict doesn’t have that responsibility. However, he isn’t with his own secrets, secrets which Sophie uncovers little by little. Where Anthony is somewhat colder, Benedict is more emotional. While he knows that he shouldn’t go for the girl that is of the lower class, he is ready to tell them all to go to hell.

The other thing that I liked about this book is how Quinn changed the main POV to a non-Bridgerton. Sure we get Benedict’s POV here and there but Quinn primarily uses Sophie’s perspective through out the novel. I loved the change.

I should also note that Quinn seems to be making her female characters more and more independent and free thinkers. Granted I am only on the third book but even in this story, we get some more background on the younger Bridgerton sisters. I think Daphne’s independence is going to pale in comparison to Eloise. I so can’t wait to read her story.

And of course, Lady Whistledown is still up to her usual rumor mongering. However, I must say she was little more tempered in this book then she was in the other two. There is even a bit of foreshadowing at the end of the book that makes me wonder if Whistledown’s identity will at last be uncovered.

This series is everything I thought it was going to be and more. Just when I think it can’t get any better, it does. I so can’t wait learn about the relationships the other Bridgerton siblings end up getting into.


Have you read “An Offer From a Gentleman”? What did you think? Let’s discuss!

‘The Viscount Who Loved Me’ by Julia Quinn

The second book in the Bridgerton series was just as delightful as “The Duke and I”. Since Daphne is off and married, it is now Anthony’s turn.

Anthony is the oldest of the Bridgerton clan taking care of the estate that his father left behind. It occurs to Anthony that he must get married if he is going to provide an heir. However, he doesn’t want to marry for love for his own personal reasons. A simple wife with whom he can respect but isn’t too dependent upon him will do just fine. He has his sights on Edwina Sheffeld, a beautiful woman who has many admirable suitors. But then Anthony meets Edwina’s sister Kate, who is determined not to let her sister marry the biggest rake there ever was.

I loved the love-hate dynamic between Anthony and Kate. It is every entertaining and you can’t help but keep turning the pages only to find out what happens between the two of them. I found the events that unfold between the two highly comical, especially the scene where the two are chasing after Kate’s Corgi through the town and end up in the lake. I could picture the whole scene in my head and couldn’t help but chuckle out loud.

I also liked how Quinn develops Anthony’s character. His father dies at an age when Anthony can use his wisdom the most and it effects him in a way that it doesn’t the others in his family. His father’s death further goes to shape how he lives his life and who he plans to marry. That is, until Kate shows up and throws a wrench into his plans.

If you love the banter between the Bridgerton clan in the first book, you will not be disappointed as it appears in this book as well. In the “The Duke and I” the banter between the siblings comes during more serious moments, whereas in this book, we catch the family just having pure fun. Though I am not sure if the Bridgerton’s annual Pall Mall game would be considered fun since its a highly competitive game. However, as the reader just observing, one can’t help but laugh at it all. If anything this made me love the family all the more.

And of course, we can’t forget Lady Whistledown, which I think is the secret star of the books. I realized after posting my review for the “Duke and I” that I had completely left her out of the review and I can’t believe it. She is what makes the books even more enjoyable. Her gossip column about the goings on of the members of the Ton sets up each of the chapters and you can’t help but wait with baited breath, like each of the characters, as they see what Lady Whistledown has to say about a particular event. However, we don’t know who Lady Whistledown is yet, though if you watched the Netflix show, it has probably been spoiled (I can’t believe they did that!) Though I can’t help but wonder if she/he is the same person in the book as the person they made Whistledown to be in the show.

Anyway, if you are wondering whether you should continue on with the series, I would have to say yes. You don’t necessarily have to read “The Duke and I” to read “The Viscount Who Loved Me” to understand Anthony’s story. However, there are mentions of a few things that happened in the first book. Though you can always go back later.


Have you read “The Viscount Who Loved Me”? What did you think? Let’s discuss!

TTT: Book titles that are complete sentences

It’s been a while since I did a Top 10 Tuesday, by That Artsy Reader Girl. Honestly I wasn’t going to do one this week because I couldn’t think of any quotes that fit a particular theme, at least not enough to make it worth while. But then I saw last week’s post – Book titles that are complete sentences – and I was intrigued. I wondered how many books I had actually read with titles that were actual sentences. Turns out, more than I realized. Here are some of my favorites.

“The Girl with the Louding Voice”
“My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry”
“One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest”
“All the Light We Cannot See”
“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”
“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”
“Everything I Never Told You”
“The Thing Around Your Neck”
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette”
“This Is Where It Ends”

What other books have titles that are complete sentences? Have you read any of the books on this list? Let’s discuss!

‘The Duke and I’ by Julia Quinn

So I wasn’t going to get on the “Bridgerton” train but thanks to boredom, I ended up watching the Netflix show about a month or so ago. And of course, I loved it. I didn’t even know it was a book series until I began seeing all the blog posts about the first book and the comparisons to the show. Well, because the book is (almost) always better than the movie/show, I couldn’t help reading the first book.

I was rather surprised by how closely aligned to the book the show is in regards to Daphne and Simon’s storyline. I really liked how Quinn set up these two characters. Simon is a duke who swears never to marry to spite his father who hated him and Daphne, debutante who is looking is on the marriage market, searching for her husband. These two characters couldn’t be more different if they tried. They end up using these difference for a common purpose. Of course things don’t necessarily work out the way they planned but alas, does it ever?

I have come to rather like the Bridgerton family very much and the banter between the siblings. They are a close family and I enjoyed their family dynamic. However, I noticed upon reading the book, that Quinn doesn’t get too much into the background of the other characters in the first book, whereas the Netflix show does. I think the show is going to follow the books so that each seasons will follow a different Bridgerton, but with some storyline around these characters already outlined in the first season, it will be interesting to see how the show begins to veer away from the books, as I am sure that it is bound to happen.

What the book provides that the show doesn’t is a little more insight into Simon’s character and what is going through his mind about his decisions. While the show did a good job of showing us why Simon’s character is the way he is, there is something to be said about reading a characters thoughts in the moment, especially when it came to Daphne’s character.

Overall I enjoyed the book and have since bought several of the others in the series. As you know, I am not one to follow through with a series but alas, I need to find out what happens to each of the Bridgerton clan.


Have you read “Bridgerton: The Duke and I”? Have you seen the show? Which did you like better? Let’s discuss!