Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & JanaVery disappointed in myself for missing last month's SUYB - I haven't missed one since the beginning. Am I even a SUYB-er anymore?

I didn't mean to be gone for so long, mix of being busy, covid life and feeling like I had nothing to say. Well, I still don't have much to say in general, but can always talk about books, right? 

So, here's what I've read since the last link up. 

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue - V.E. Schwab

a girl makes a deal with the devil and is forgotten by everyone she meets
I fell in love with this book immediately. The writing was amazing, Addie completely captivating, the story fascinating. I liked the twists and how unique the story was. I read the first 40% or so in a day or two, then didn't pick it up again for a few weeks. That was me, not the book, but I do wonder if that is why I wasn't as invested in the second half. I was a bit meh about the last quarter/ending - mainly because I kind of lost the emotional connection to the story, not because of the actual ending itself. I just feel like the first part of the book packed such a huge punch that the last bit of the book felt like it was missing the oomph or something. Anyway. I was mostly satisfied with the ending - I won't lie, I'll always prefer a neater ending - but I wasn't mad about how it ended.
Hollowpox - Jessica Townsend
third in the nevermoor series
I really don't have much to say about this book that I haven't said about the first two in the series - freaking delightful. This world is fantastic, I adore the characters, I'm so intrigued and can't wait to see where it goes. Loved it, hate that I have to wait for the rest of the series.
elderly woman who wants to embrace death on her own terms
Took a bit for this book to worm its way into my heart, but it eventually did. Definitely reminded me of Ove. It was a quick read, I liked the characters, I felt feelings. Liked it a lot.
a library between life and death, every book shows you a different version of your life
Good lord. This book. It's our next book club book though I read it last year. I'm curious to see what they all think of it - I know I loved this book because of how much I could relate to a lot of it.. I'm curious to see how other people feel about it.. not that I think you need to experience depression or anxiety to feel feelings about this book, but I do wonder if that's why it attached itself to my heart. I loved it. I did a mix of the audio and ebook and Carey Mulligan was a fabulous narrator.
Dear Emmie Blue - Lia Louis

emmie is in love with her childhood friend who is about to marry someone else
This book. Heather had been... reminding... me to read it for quite some time because she flew through it and I'd say we have about 99% overlap in books (hold on, let me check goodreads - ok, goodreads says 92%, so close lol). Anywho. I wish I had written a review soon after I'd finished it so I remembered more, all I remember is that I adored all the characters, it made me feel lots of feelings, very emotional but very enjoyable. Someone else compared it to a Mhairi McFarlane book and I'd have to agree.
The Blood Heir - Ilona Andrews

spin off of kate daniels series
Yeah, this isn't a book I'd recommend to just anyone, I think you should read Kate Daniels first, but goodness. I loved it. I loved being back in this world with this family and am dying for more. Julie reminds me of Jane in Miss Fishers, I don't know why. Anywho. I'd been struggling with actually reading books (mostly listening lately) but read this in about 24 hours. Just shows Ilona Andrews can do no wrong in my mind.

You Have a Match - Emma Lord
teenager discovers she has a secret sister via one of those dna services
Ugh, why don't I write reviews as soon as I finish books? My memory is horrible. I really liked Tweet Cute by the same author but I enjoyed this one much, much more. I don't read a ton of YA anymore and I think it's telling that I enjoyed the portion of the story about the grown ups more than the youngens. But it was very good, funny, quick, enjoyable. Kind of parent trap-y.
Received from Netgalley.
We do a fun little book club gift exchange for christmas and I ended up with The City of Dreaming Books - which super sounded like my jam, but I'm incapable of reading books in a series out of order, so made myself read these two... and am now officially cured of that. These books were SO LONG and such a slog and I still had to read the one I was gifted that came highly recommended. I wish I had not read these, because even though so far I am enjoying the third, I might have enjoyed it more on its own since I can't get these two out of my head or stop associating them with the third. Anywho. If you're into fantasy, maybe. I love fantasy but these two weren't for me.
Crazy Stupid Bromance - Lyssa Kay Adams
I did not love the second book in this series, but everyone said the third was better so I'm glad I gave it a go. It was very entertaining and cute, the friends to lovers trope was done well (it's not my favourite, so hard to connect to). I have issues with previously absent fathers in books, but I'm used to them being handled somewhat unrealistically (in my opinion). It was definitely enjoyable and I quite liked it.

An Ember in the Ashes - got it for christmas, loving it so far!

Linking up with Steph & Jana

Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend any of the books up the very top, but especially the midnight library I think.

Read anything decent lately? 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I had a couple weeks of feeling like a reader again, then crashed and burned. I want to blame it mostly on a crappy book, but I think it's still me and the world. But I'm hoping with the election over now, things will magically get back to normal - reading wise, anyway.

Murder on Cold Street - Sherry Thomas
5th in lady sherlock series
I love this series, love these characters. It was super fun to buddy read with Heather, and I definitely enjoyed it. It wasn't as good as the previous book, but it was still a solid read and I recommend the series as a whole if it sounds like your jam.
I absolutely *loved* Evelyn Hardcastle. My expectations might have been too high, but goodness this was boring. So very very boring. What even happened? Couldn't tell ya. So much potential! So much disappointment.
In a Holidaze - Christina Lauren
This was completely and utterly delightful. Adorable and sweet, closed door but handled better than their last one. I thought it was really unique, well written, fabulous characters, fast paced, easy to read. Highly recommend, christmas or any time of year! Super cute and very enjoyable.
The Wedding Deal - Cindi Madsen
This was.... one of those romances that is perfectly fine and passes the time well enough, nothing super offensive or annoying, but nothing wow either. It was cute and I enjoyed it, but remember very little. I remember laughing a few times at some pop culture references and I liked the characters, so I don't not recommend it. 

Linking up with Steph & Jana

Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend the lady Sherlock series, and In a Holidaze if you want a fluffy christmas read.

Read anything decent lately? Or are you struggling like me?

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Checking in

Hi all! Hope everyone is well, as well as can be right now. I'm just popping by to say I'm skipping the link up again, this time on purpose. Just a lot going on, and you know how it is. So, perhaps next month! I'm not quite sure how to end this except to say hope everyone is hanging in there the best they can right now, and I'm just trying to stay positive and I hope you are too.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! Happy 6 year anniversary ladies!! Time flies when you're having fun. Speaking of fun, I've had so much of it lately (jk) that I straight up skipped my own link up and have barely read anything in the last couple months. Thankfully, I cut out something super time consuming very recently and hopefully that means things will calm down and I'll be back to a person who reads. If I can remember how.

Anxious People - Fredrik Backman
eight strangers, failed bank robber, hostage situation
Well this wasn't quite put it down since it took me a month to read, but that's me and not the book. I'll tell you what, this was beautiful and amazing and he is a fantastic writer and an amazing storyteller... but goodness gracious this was not  a light easy fun covid read, you know? I mean, it was so good, I cried, I loved so many lines, it was fantastic. I'm not mad I read it at all and highly recommend it. It's one of those books that you get so immersed in that you feel like you know all the people in real life, so you still think about them weeks later. It was good. I loved it. It's just heavy, and I know a lot of us aren't in the mood for that right now.

buddy reading Murder on Cold Street with my bestie Heather - this series is honestly so wonderful. Reminds me of our beloved Veronica Speedwell - a little bit content wise, but mainly the gooey happy feelings they both give me.

Linking up with 
Steph & Jana. Happy happy happy SUYB link up anniversary ladies!

Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend... gosh you guys, absolutely so hard to choose from ALL the books I read. Too hard.

Read anything decent lately?