Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Books Lately

My last books lately post was a little lacklustre, I just didn't feel like reading for a few weeks. It happens. I went in and out of the mood again this month, I think I read like 6 books in one weekend and then didn't read for 2 weeks. Life is weird.




Keep Me Posted - Lisa Beazley - 3 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was enjoyable, it was very real which I appreciated. I do wish the book was faster paced. It took a long time for the conflict to even arise, which of course made the ending/resolution feel rushed, and too neatly wrapped up However, there were definitely things I liked! I loved Cassie's relationship with her kids and her husband. What really struck a chord with me was how she realised that Leo would let her retell a story a thousand times over, but she interrupted him when he did the same, and gosh I do that too. So rude! Going to try and be better. It really was a sweet book and I did enjoy reading it, and I really do wish there were half stars because I would totally give this 3.5 (or 3.75!).
Swear on This Life - Renee Carlino - 4 5 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVED this book. When I saw it on netgalley, I knew it was by the same author who wrote Before We Were Strangers which I honestly didn't hate, I just didn't love love love it. I thought this would be another like that, but is so much better. The characters are likable, the story is so unique, I just freaking loved it. It's captivating, and I normally don't like stories within a story but it works. There were only two parts I didn't like (spoiler) I didn't like the Trevor guy and didn't think there was much point to his story, and I didn't like how Em forgave her shitty father so easily. Or maybe I'm just jealous that he changed. I'm glad her mom was a piece of shit still though, that is way more realistic. The ending was a wee bit rushed, but still good. Is this book amazing literature? No. Is it enjoyable? Yes. Highly recommend. More of a 4.5. Upped it to 5 because it was that damn good.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple - 3 Stars

I have been hearing about this book for a couple of years, so I think maybe it was a bit too hyped or my expectations were too high. It was funny, it was different, but it wasn't my favourite book ever. That being said, I'd still recommend it and I'm not mad I read it.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series - Maggie Stiefvater  3 Stars

I actually read the first book, Shiver, many years ago before I even knew what goodreads was or what YA even meant. It's been so long that I hardly remembered anything about it, so I thought I'd give it another go. I really don't know what to think of this series. I read it all in one weekend, but I wasn't blown away.


First book: good 
Second book: meh 
Third book: blah are you freaking kidding me.

One thing I really hate is a lazy ending. I don't want to use my imagination, I am using it enough to read. Sometimes a vague ending works, sometimes it doesn't.
The Fall Up - Aly Martinez - 4 Stars 

Okay, this book was all sorts of cheesy, adorable and kinda lame. But I enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the use of certain words.. Honestly, I swear I'm not a prude but I think books/scenes can be sexy without the use of some words that I am not gonna write out here. They really take me out of the book and make me dislike it. That being said, the story was super cute, a tear or two might have slipped down my cheek as I finished it, so obviously I enjoyed it despite the crass words.
Magical Beings' Rehabilitation Center series - KM Shea - 4 Stars

I really like KM Shea's books. They are quite ridiculous and silly but I love them. They are all on kindle unlimited, and I am not sure if I'd pay for them but I would definitely borrow them from the library, if that gives you an idea of how much I like her books. They are all very short, quick, silly, make you smile books. This one was a little bit younger and sillier than I'm used to, and there were parts that bugged me, but overall I really enjoyed both of them. That being said, I think a certain kind of person would like her books, but most wouldn't.


Red Queen & Glass Sword - Victoria Aveyard - 4 Stars

Red Queen has been on my list for ages. I was worried because of the negative reviews, but I think I am finally getting to the point where I can say screw reviews and read what I want. That being said, it didn't super blow me away, though I was intrigued and I did enjoy it. I picked up the second book almost immediately, but it took me a lot longer to get through. The 3rd book isn't coming out till next year and the 4th until 2018, like wtf. 
 If you like YA dystopia type books, I recommend.
Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge - 3 Stars

I was so disappointed in this book. In case it isn't obvious, I love fairy tale retellings and Beauty & the Beast is my fave. This book had so much potential. I think that it was very predictable, I mean we all know the B&tB story, but still. I didn't like how there were so many stories within the story and they were used to explain other things and it all just got so convoluted, not to mention boring. The main character was so fickle, in an eye rolling kind of way. The story started out strong but completely did a 180 and then the ending was all kinds of stupid. 


The Infinite Sea - Rick Yancey - 2 Stars

This book was excruciatingly boring. Yancey treats his readers like idiots, constantly repeating things and over explaining others. It's infuriating. I didn't hate The 5th Wave but I was curious to see what happened but the answer to that is nothing much. The only character I liked dies.

Someone else said it perfectly: I just finished this and forgot everything that happened because nothing happened.







I also read The Love That Split the World for book club, you can read the review here.

TL;DR - Books I'd recommend because I enjoyed them: Swear on This Life and The Fall Up. 


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66 comments:

  1. I still haven't read the second book in the Red Queen, the reviews have definitely turned me off reading it.

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  2. I realllly want to read Swear On This Life!

    Goodreads tells me I read 5 books in April, which isn't all that many. Hopefully May will be better.

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  3. I loved Swear On This Life!!!! What parts didn't you like? The Fall Up sounds interesting, I might go ahead and add that to my list. Sucks about Where'd You Go Bernadette. I have had that on my list forever too and haven't gotten around to it.

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  4. I was super disappointed with Cruel Beauty too. Could have been so much better. Beauty & the Beast is my favorite too. Also, I JUST added Where'd You Go Bernadette to my list. Glad you see you liked it.

    Sarah
    The Midwest Darling

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  5. I just put Swear on this Life on my to-read book! I read Red Queen too despite the crappy reviews and enjoyed it, so good on you for reading whatever you want ;)

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  6. I wasn't approved for Swear on this Life so I'll have to wait til it comes out to read it! :) Sounds like a great book though. I listened to Where'd You Go Bernadette last year and I liked it, but I kind of agree that it wasn't noteworthy for me. I still have to finish my post for today...oops!!!

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  7. I'm on the wait list for where'd you go Bernadette. I keep hearing about it, too, but I'm not sure what to expect! Always so impressed with your reading habits, even when you're in a "slump." :)

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  8. Thanks for the good rec's here!! Glad that you liked The Fall Up! I thought it was cheesy too, but still enjoyable. And I felt the same way as you did about Bernadette. It was ok, weird, but not fantastic.

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  9. I read Shiver a few years ago and never read the others, now I'm glad I didn't. I've had Red Queen on my to read list for awhile but I keep forgetting about it. Swear on This Life sounds like my next read though! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  10. The Red Queen has been on my list too. Then I saw it in person and how big it was and was a bit dismayed. I get turned off by large books, even though I enjoy them. There's something wrong with me haha

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  11. Where'd You Go Bernadette has been on my to read list for FOREVER. Adding Swear On This Life now, sounds so good!

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  12. straight up, the bernadette book sucked ass #sorrynotsorry. i tried since i heard it was amazing but i couldn't finish it.

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  13. Few things kill a book for me like the author treating readers like idiots and repeating crap over and over.

    I really enjoyed Bernadette. Solid read.

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  14. Well dang. Now I'm super curious and want to know what words you don't want to write! LOL!! But I do agree that certain text/dialogue is just too...unbelievable and disrupts the story! I am struggling to get into my current book and I was on such a good reading streak!! Boo.

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  15. Swear on This Life sounds really good, an interesting premise and I like realistic books. I don't want everything to be roses all the time, sometimes life's not like that. But also I like books that can manage that without being super heavy and Literary... do you know what I mean?

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  16. At least you had a few goodies mixed in for your re-entry to reading!

    I have Red Queen on my to-read list, I'm glad it was worth reading even if it didn't blow you away.

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  17. I have the Red Queen on my reading list. Currently, I'm reading North & South. It's soo long, it will take me forever to read it. haha Thanks for the book recommendations.

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  18. As always, pinning this for my reading list if I ever get to it again! Ha!

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  19. That's just about how I felt about Bernadette too.I didn't dislike it, I just thought I was going to like it so much more. The MBRC sounds really cute/fun and I don't even like fantasy that much, but I think I'm in a weird reading mood because all of the books in posts today that have been more fantasy/quirkyish are standing out to me.

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    1. not that those books are weird-- just weird for me to want to read, haha.

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  20. I read Shiver years ago, but I remember basically nothing about it. Red Queen looks good. I don't know why I haven't picked it up yet.

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  21. Looks like a pretty good mix of books this month. I'm putting Keep Me Posted and Swear on this life on my list because I'm learning that even 3 star reviews can be great books :).

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  22. So I'll be sure to stay away from Cruel Beauty. UGH!
    I gotta read Red Queen myself.
    I hate when a series gets worse as it goes along. That's how I feel about Dorothy Must Die

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  23. Once I got the hang of reading Bernadette, I liked it so much.

    Lazy endings make me rage. I don't mind ambiguous ones or cliffhangers or whatever, but a lazy ending is infuriating.

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  24. I haven't read the second in the Red Queen series yet even though I've seen it at Target every time I go. I'm waiting for my schools library to get in back from one of the students! lol Plus I have about 7 books sitting on my nightstand that need to be read first. One of the reasons I love your blog is because you have great recommendations! :)

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  25. I felt the same way about Bernadette. I think there was maybe a little too much hype. I love these posts. I need to get reading!

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  26. I will have to check out Swear On This Life, since I haven't read any decent books in a while. It's too bad that Infinite Sea turned out crappy, I will have to avoid that one!

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  27. Okay I feel you.. I was on a reading spree last month and then like barely read for a few weeks after that. I think I'm back in the swing of things though which is good:) I'm adding Swear on this Life to my list!

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  28. Love reading your reviews! Added Keep Me Posted and Swear on This Life to my Goodreads list!

    Ashley
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  29. Okay, well I'm definitely adding Swear on This Life to my reading list. I've had Where'd You Go Bernadette on my list forever, but I'm not going to rush to it now since you didn't really love it. I have the Fall Up on my list, too, but I'm with you on some of the language. That Bared to You series is the same way, and I started to get annoyed with it.

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  30. Ooh - MORE to add to my Goodreads pile ... thanks. But seriously, I'm always looking for something good to read, so really, thank you. :)

    I'm currently reading The Boys in the Boat, which is probably the first non-fiction/non-celebrity-memoir book I've read since college. It was apparently already on my list to read anyway but then when I saw it was this quarter's selection for the Andrew Luck Book Club, I thought I'd try it. So far so good (page 3 - there you go).

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  31. Oooh, I definitely added a few from your list to my GoodReads account! Looks like you accomplished a lot of reading this month!

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  32. The 5th Wave as DNF for me, and it doesn't sound like The Infinite Sea was an improvement. I liked the Red Queen overall. It wasn't my favorite YA but haven't had a chance to read the second book. Swear on this Life sounds good and I'm adding it to my TBR.

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  33. I remember hearing a lot about Where'd You Go Bernadette - glad to hear it was good, even if not your favorite!

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  34. I hate waiting for books to come out, so I'll probably hold off on The Red Queen until 2018. I read Cruel Beauty a few years ago and felt about the same way you did. It had some potential but was trying to do too much. Where'd You Go Bernadette was a meh read for me. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't really memorable for me either.

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  35. You know what annoyed me the most about MBRC? There's one single line, where she wants the guy to go away and she says something like she'll scream rape or pretend he was touching her inappropriately. I still like the main character and she is a high school student, after all, so I can't expect her to be perfectly mature and understand appropriate boundaries, but it's still bugging me. I think I might have to move on from KM Shea for a while. I've been reading too many other things and I'm in the mood for more complex writing and longer stories. I might go back to her at some point though! I don't remember if Red Queen is in my TBR, but I'ma add it if it's not!

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  36. I completely agree about Where'd You Go Bernadette. It had been very highly recommended to me for years before I read it but didn't live up to the hype.

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  37. Yeah, I liked but didn't love Bernadette. I don't like stories that seem to start up in the middle of something and never give backstory, and that's what I kept looking for in that book. You're the second person who has recommended Swear on This Life today so on the list it goes!

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  38. Girl you'll always be my inspiration to read more! Definitely adding Swear on this Life to my list :-D
    Green Fashionista

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  39. I'm with Kate; you are incredible with your reading no matter how many books you end up/not end up reading in a weekend! Trying to get through When breath Becomes Air right now but not loving it, sadly.

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  40. Okay, I am definitely adding Swear on This Life to my reading list! It sounds so good :)

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  41. The Fall Up and Swear On This Life both sound like really good books! I also read Keep Me Posted, and I really enjoyed the book too, although I will agree with you that the ending felt rushed. I can't believe that it's going to take so long for all the books in the Red Queen to come out! I feel like I might have to wait a little while to read Glass Sword, but then that means that I might forget everything that happened in Red Queen.

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  42. I thought the ending felt rushed for Keep Me Posted too! I have Swear on This Life on my NetGalley shelf, and I can't wait to get to it! :) I have The Red Queen & The Glass Sword on my Kindle, but I decided to wait on them when I saw the release dates for the other books!

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  43. You had a great month of reading! 6 books in one weekend?! Amazing. That's too bad you didn't love Bernadette. I really enjoyed it, but ya, hype can definitely bring a book down.

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  44. I've been debating whether or not to read the rest of the Red Queen books as they come out or just wait for the last one and read them all together. I really enjoyed the first one, but that's a lot of time between books!

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  45. I have Red Queen on my TBR list! And I thought Where'd You Go Bernadette was cute, but yup, definitely weird.

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  46. I just started Bernadette! I will for sure get to Red Queen eventually and I like the sound of Swear on this Life! What a great list of books!

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  47. Bernadette has been on my tbr for a while, and I bounce back and forth whether I want to give it a go (or not).
    I added Swear on the Life already. Yay!

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  48. Ugh, I hate when I read a book or two before I realize that not all the books have been released yet. That JUST happened to me! I read the newest Cassandra Clare book before realizing that the next book isn't due out until next year and the last one isn't out until 2019. Yiiiikes! Definitely a bummer.

    Thanks for these other recommendations! I'm interested in Swear on this Life and Red Queen is already on my to-read list! :)

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  49. love your book reviews! I'm the same way with reading, it ebbs and flows. it usually takes work travel or vacation for me to make time to finish a book or two. I just finished before I go to sleep by s.j. watson and it was pretty good.
    xx, lauren

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  50. Ooo, Swear on this Life sounds really good! Adding that for sure. I really liked Bernadette, but I listened to it on a long solo road trip and it was just perfect for that.

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  51. 6 books in one weekend??? Holy shit! Haha. I wish I could read that fast! I read 6 books throughout the entire month of April, and that was a bit of a stretch. The 8 I read in January is my record in a month (I think).

    It sucks that you had quite a few "meh" books this time around, but it seems like there were several really good picks in there too. (Balance, right?)

    I'm adding Swear on this Life. Should I add The Fall Up? I'm undecided on this one. I'm not a huge fan of cheesy and adorable. And I probably sound like a "doom and gloom" person right now, but it has to be just the right book at just the right time for me to enjoy a romantic comedy sort of thing (which I'm assuming this may be based on your review?). I'm just not sure if it's for me.

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  52. I hate books where nothing happens. What is the point?
    I liked Bernadette. A LOT happened in that book.

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  53. A couple of other bloggers have posted about Keep Me Posted, which I've added to my to read list. I also added Swear On This Life based on your recommendation.

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  54. I've had multiple people tell me to read Where'd You Go Bernadette. It sounds interesting, and I'm sure I'll read it eventually, but I think I haven't gotten around to it because I haven't really been convinced that I'll love it.

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  55. I really loved Keep Me Posted & Where'd You Go, Bernadette! I haven't read the other books you mentioned. I'm reading Me Before You right now (I'm late to the game on this one).

    Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

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  56. Hmm bummer about Cruel Beauty. I definitely loved A Court of Thorns and Roses... which I know I already said... but it's beauty and the beast. I just bought the second one. eep! Looking into a few of these. Definitely been wanting to read the Red Queen etc. :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  57. adding Swear on this life and the fall up. I had an awful reading month this month. I was actually feeling shitty about not reading at all and then I remembered your post from last month, it made me feel a lot better about not having my reading mojo, so thank you! :)

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  58. Swear on This Life DEFINITELY needs to go on my to-read list!

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  59. Swear on this Life is not a typical read for me but I think it's worth checking out. I have the Shiver series on my shelf but haven't gotten to it. Sad hearing that it's not that good. Falling up looks really good too.

    Also did you see that Sandy Hall has a new book out? She wrote A Little Something Different.

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  60. Putting Swear on This Life on my list! I've seen so many on Red Queen so I kind of fell like I have to read it because everyone else is even though I'm not sure if its my cup of tea...

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  61. I started Where'd You Go Bernadette a while back but couldn't fully get into it so I gave up on it. Maybe because it was so hyped up?

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  62. I'm sad you didn't enjoy Bernadette as much as I did! And I also apologize for being part of the hype because I loved that book. I don't really know if I can articulate what specifically about it I loved so much, but I really enjoyed it overall with some small hiccups. But as always, different strokes for different folks!

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  63. I totally agree about giving books half stars and it's usually hovering between 3 and 4. Quite often I read something didn't really warrant a 4 but didn't feel blah enough to be a 3. When that happens, I just round up. 😀
    http://runwright.net

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  64. I think I'll add Swear on this Life to my list and probably Red Queen. I've been on a reading spree this month and will be done with my ABC Reads list soon so now I need more books to read!

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  65. I've had Where'd You Go Bernadette? on my list for awhile. I hate it when books are overhyped and don't live up to expectations. Also, YES about the gross words in sexy scenes. I'm not a prude either and don't mind those scenes if they are tasteful and appropriate in the story but sometimes they can be just crude for no reason.

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