Our June book club read was Book Lovers by Emily Henry.
We started a book club with a few friends in the fall of 2021 for a once-per-month book discussion. We don’t always agree, and we don’t always end up loving the books we choose, and we don’t always spend a lot of time talking about the assigned book. But, maybe even more importantly, we laugh a lot, and it’s a bright spot of camaraderie each month.
This is the next in our series of posts where we recap our thoughts on the monthly book following each meeting.
This month’s read was exactly the kind of book I needed at this moment in time. Emily Henry writes books that are easily consumed, with fun characters and stories that aren’t ENTIRELY predictable. Do you know that things are going to work out in the end? Yes. But it’s a journey getting there.
Book Lovers was fun because Nora and Charlie are sort of frenemies to lovers. There were some points of the plot that we nitpicked, but to be honest, the thing I liked the best about this book is that no one gave up anything for their relationships. Too often, romance novels that have an actual plot result in someone giving up something important to them to make the relationship work – but not this time. They know each other, and fall in love with who they actually are, and they have to figure out how to make that work.
I gave this one a solid 4 stars. I listened to the audiobook and the narrators were also quite good, so if audiobooks are your jam I would recommend this one for sure.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read and devoured it in two days. It was everything that I want in a light, summer romance. Aside from the fact that Emily Henry writes the absolute best witty, flirty banter EVER, she writes realistic characters. And scenarios that contain difficulty that isn’t solely driven by the fact that the characters do not communicate with one another. So many romantic novels revolve around people that just refuse to talk to eachother. That wasn’t the case here. The characters communicated their situations, but life just got in the way. That’s realistic. It isn’t always two people who cannot seem to speak with one another. Sometimes, life just happens. I will read everything Emily Henry writes.
I enjoy every Emily Henry book I’ve ever read, mostly because you know there will be a happy ending, even though she doesn’t compromise what the characters need, and she doesn’t use lack of communication as a plot point. Also, she creates great characters that are easy to root for. I enjoyed this one enough that I wanted to stretch it out; I stopped reading early each night so that there would be a good amount left to read the next day. The ending was not a surprise, but that didn’t matter — I would be happy to spend more time and go on more adventures with these characters.
Have you read Book Lovers? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Or, let us know whether you think you’ll try it based on our review.
P.S. If you’d like to follow along with our book club reads, stay tuned for the Thursday post where we’ll reveal our TBR selection for July book club!