Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Books Lately

My reading has been all over the place lately. Read a million things in one day! Read nothing for a couple weeks. You know, whatever.




The Boston Girl - Anita Diamant - 4 Stars

Listened to this on the drive to Richmond, so finished it in one go which is rare for me and audiobooks. I wish I hadn't put this one off for so long, I don't know why I did. It was such a lovely book, entertaining and sweet. Not especially plot driven or deep, but that is the nature of the way it is told. I really enjoyed it and felt like I was sitting down with a grandma telling me the story of her life, which I imagine is how the author wanted you to feel.
A Knight in Shining Armor - Jude Deveraux - 4 Stars

Total 'guilty pleasure' or chick lit, or shelf candy, or rom com or whatthef*ckever, enjoyable, squeal inducing, 'listen to this line KC' and all that jazz. It was kind of predictable in certain ways (like I want the happy ending in all my books) but I had no idea what was going to happen whilst reading, which was great..... because I (highlight for spoiler) got really mad at the ending. But then I accepted and moved on.
If you like Kate & Leopold, I recommend!
A Kingdom of Dreams - Judith McNaught - 4 Stars

I enjoyed this very much. Definitely had flaws but I was totally into it and oblivious to the real world. If you like historical romance, I recommend it. It's a little bit of a hot mess, but I really liked it.
Notorious RBG - Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik - 4 Stars

Listened to this one on the drive back to Louisville, so again finished it in one go. I knew nothing about RBG except what I'd heard/read from Steph, Jana and other bloggers. It was definitely interesting and she sounds like an amazing person and one can only hope to be half as fierce as her. As for the actual way it was told, it was a bit dry in parts and jumped around a lot and really felt like non fiction, if that makes sense. But I still enjoyed learning about her.
Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly - 4 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've had this netgalley book since March. Oops. I always find it hard to review or talk about books like these, such a hard subject matter, always emotional and disturbing. This was not my favourite book like this, which of course sounds absolutely horrible considering what it is about. 
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day -Winifred Watson - 3 Stars

More like 3.5. I had no idea this book was written in 1938. I'm glad Heather told me it was a DNF for her, because it adjusted my expectations. It was quite hard to get into, written in a way I'd never encountered before, with lots of words used that had different meanings (slut, hussy, ejaculated and orgy to name a few) that made me giggle like a 13 year old. But anyway. Once I got into it, it was a super quick, light, easy read and quite enjoyable.
On Dublin Street - Samantha Young - 4 Stars

Pretty solid typical romance.  Slightly ridiculous in parts yadi yadi yada who cares. I liked it and it passed the time just fine and dandy.

Not My Father's Son - Alan Cumming - 4 Stars

I knew nothing about Alan Cumming, though I had heard what his book was about. To be honest, I thought it would make me much more emotional, and parts of the story about his dad did make me sad and cry because of the parallels to my own story, but in other parts I was SO bored. Other parts I was laughing like a looney. Overall I enjoyed it.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake - Amy E. Reichert - 4 Stars

Predictable, mushy and fluffy, but totally adorable and thoroughly enjoyable. Made me hungry.
Mine Till Midnight - Lisa Kleypas - 4 Stars

Exactly what I expected and passed the time just fine.
Hex Hall series - Rachel Hawkins - 4 Stars

This was a fun, interesting, light series. I thought the first 2 were better than the 3rd, personally. The whole series was better than I expected looking at the cover or synopsis, so that's always good.


Definitely Not Mr. Darcy - Karen Doornebos - 3 Stars

Eh. I didn't hate this book, but I felt like it had way more potential and it did not live up to it. It started off strong but fizzled out. I prefer Austenland and would recommend that over this.


TL;DR - I would recommend The Boston Girl, Notorious RBG and The Coincidence of Coconut Cake.

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45 comments:

  1. Forgive me leonard!! I LOVED that book!

    i've been struggling with reading....as in i only read ONE book this whole time :s

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  2. i always appreciate your book reviews! we have similar reading tastes and you also read books i normally wouldnt consider right away on my own. adding some of your more recommended to my goodreads list. thanks!

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  3. I may try the coconut cake one. I haven't read these food-type fluffy books yet.
    I felt like The Boston Girl was okay. I think the lack of plot bothered me.
    I love how your "all over" months are more successful (volume-wise) than my best month ha ha.

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  4. Ahaha ok so I don't remember at all what happened in Kate and Leopold but I know that I did NOT like it very much so I'm interested in what I will think of that Deveraux book! It does sound interesting though! I read part of Mine Before Midnight this month too but it went back to the library unfinished...maybe I will finish it someday. Those books are easy reads and I love them for it. Glad you enjoyed Miss Pettigrew - I might have to try it again someday!! A Kingdom of Dreams and The Boston Girl sound good too so I will add those to my list! I have heard of the Coconut cake book but not sure if I need a book that makes me hungry right now LOL. What is Hex Hall about?!

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  5. Notorious RBG! I think I'll give A Knight in Shining Armor a try. After last month, I'm kind of on a roll with reading books that you've read. :P

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  6. Before I was even finished reading this post I had to head to Amazon to figure out what Lilac girls was about. Couldn't take the suspense!! I have not read or even heard of any of these books to have an opinion here but glad to have your suggestions for future reference!

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  7. Lots of solid recommendations! Adding Boston Girl and Knight in Shining Armor to my list.

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  8. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake sounds cute- and also I really love coconut, haha. Your cover of Miss Pettigrew is so pretty! I think I've seen part of the movie before, and it does sound good based on the synopsis, but I'll probably pass on it for now.

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  9. I watched Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day last year fro Jenn's movie challenge. I found it to be quite enjoyable. It also probably exceeds the book, which almost never happens.

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  10. Judith McNaught is like my all time favorite. I have all of her books and have re-read them more times then I can count. Read Something Wonderful next if you interested in more from her. It's much better than Kingdom of Dreams. Whitney, My Love is really good too even though it has a stupid title. Actually all of the titles are mega cheesey. But the stories get better and better! Once and Always is good too and so is Until You. Best part is they all connect to each other which I am a big fan of. Ok that's all.

    I can't believe I didn't pay attention. I actually have several books to write about so my post will be coming later this afternoon/evening. K bye! :)

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  11. I think there need to be more books with cake as a cover - I'd definitely pick them up. I love reading your reviews, since I only read one book at a time (and for MONTHS!) it helps me pick up something I would enjoy!

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  12. Still boycotting the library after they slapped a fine on my account. AKA being a child about the whole situation. Because I really miss reading, and now that I moved the library we live by is super huge & has amazing hours & BOOKS. So, I'm certain that soon I'll just suck it up & pay the fine, it's like $10, just kills me to pay it. But Coincidence of Coconut Cake sounds like a perfect read to ease back into it.

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  13. I was curious about Alan Cummings book. He always intrigues me...

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  14. I want to read The Notorious RBG...maybe for Christmas, haha!

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  15. I liked Coconut Cake better than I thought. I adored The Boston Girl and I am still recovering from the horror of The Lilac Girls.

    RBG was nonfiction, so that's why it read like that! LOL

    I like Alan Cummings but not sure if I want to read that book.

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  16. I just got the Alan Cumming book - I love him and can't wait to read it. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  17. I enjoyed RBG but it was a bit dry in places, like reading the legal briefs. Important stuff, but I was more interested in her, ya know? Lilac Girls is on my TBR but like you, the subject matter isn't easy, so I have mentally gird my loins before I can dive into a book of that nature. The Boston Girl is on my TBR and honestly I forgot why I put it there (too many books) but seeing your review makes me think I need to take another look at it. And yes, I either read nothing or everything too. :)

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  18. I've seen the movie version of Miss Pettigrew but I didn't know the book was written so long ago! I love Kate & Leopold, so cute, so might give Knight a try the next time I need something light and fun. Which, let's face it, is more often than not :-)

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  19. A few of these are already on my TBR list or I've been eyeing them for a while. For having some book-free weeks you sure got a lot of reading done! Haha!

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  20. I've been wanting to read The Boston Girl. Glad you liked it. Glad that's what you've said about it... because I'm always wary of sad books. LOL Which is why I definitely still have nt read Lilac Girls.. really putting it off. : / But glad you liked it, should really bit the bullet. Fluffy reads are great. I'm all about the feel-good! That was definitely me finishing the Stephanie Perkins books. OMG KC I AM DYING THIS IS HILARIOUS! :P XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  21. So I'm adding The Boston Girl and A Knight In Shining Armor to my list! I totally hear you on not feeling like you can write reviews on books that deal with tough subjects like Lilac Girls. I really do think that the author did a good job of bringing to life those characters and what they must have lived through during the war. I've had The Coincidence of Coconut Cake on my list for a while, and I need to read it when it's time for a light and fluffy read!

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  22. I had the same thought as you about The Boston Girl. My grandmother had a Boston accent, and it felt just like listening to her talk. Sniff sniff.

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  23. I just picked up the Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling). I've heard good things so I'm excited!

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  24. I have had the Boston Girl and The Coincidence of Coconut Cake on my lists for a while - I don't know why I've been putting the Boston girl off..but I'll check it out soon!!

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  25. I felt the exact same way about the Hex Hall series! I'm not sure what happened with that third book. But still, not terrible overall.

    I have heard good things about The Boston Girl, but I still haven't picked it up yet. I need to check that one out!

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  26. i wanted to read Lilac Girls but i think i'll try to find something a little more uplifting! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  27. I loved the Notorious RBG!!! She's totally my hero. And I just added The Boston Girl to my TBR!

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  28. Adding The Boston Girl to my list! I've seen Lilac Girls pop up so many times, I may read it even though I don't know if it's my kind of book. I meant to read Hex Hall ages ago and it slipped off my radar. I still want to give it a shot.

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  29. I really liked The Lilac Girls. I love historical fiction, especially about WWII. On Dublin Street has been on my bookshelf forever! I've only read the first book in the Hex Hall series but enjoyed it. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake has been on my to-read list.

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  30. I'm so glad you liked the Boston Girl! It was such a sweet read for me earlier this year too. I actually think I listened to most of it on my drive to DC in April for Cherry Blossom, hah!

    I loved reading RBG because I love her as a person, but I agree that the story could have been organized a little better. Glad you see what's so great about her too now!

    I think I have The Coincidence of Coconut Cake on my list too; good to see a 4-star for it!

    I'm so glad you're reading a Matthew Quick book right now! I haven't read this one yet, but I hope it's a good one for you.

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  31. I need to read The Boston Girl! I know what you mean about feeling horrible when a WWII book isn't your favorite. I need to read The Coincidence of Coconut Cake soon!

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  32. Thanks for sharing! I've seen the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake speak on a panel, so I really need to read one of her books. I've read Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and I really liked it so I hope you do too!

    -Lauren

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  33. I have RBG, Lilac Girls, and The Boston Girl on my tbr already. Did you listen to the Alan Cummings book? You know, I don't audiobook, but I would think that his narration would make it all the better.

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  34. Haha well I sure enjoyed your snaps about Miss Pettigrew! My how language has evolved! ;)
    The coincidence of coconut cake sounds super cute!

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  35. Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  36. Just looking at the cover on the "Coconut Cake" book makes me want a slice. Haha.

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  37. Thanks for the recommendations! I too found Lilac Girls hard. The subject matter is so important yet so distrubing. I needed a pick me up book after that one.
    xo
    Amanda
    http://www.cupcakendreams.com

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  38. I feel like a book with cake on the cover is my kinda book ;) I'll have me a slice of that! :P

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  39. I'm contemplating a move to Boston so I think I need to add the first book to my list stat!

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  40. Based on the title alone I think I need to read the coconut cake one :) you always amaze me with how much you read. It's incredible!!

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  41. I haven't heard of any of these books before. A Kingdom of Dreams sounds like a book I would enjoy.

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  42. A Knight in Shining Armor sounds fantastic!

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  43. Sigh. I wish I enjoyed historical fiction. I feel like I'm missing out on a ton of good books but I know I wouldn't like them because I'd start them being biased, if that makes sense.

    Glad you liked RBG!

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  44. I'd say this was a pretty impressive amount of books for an "all over the place" month! :-) I felt like I'd read a bunch, but then I realized I'd only read 6 (well, that's all I had time to review before I posted). Haha. Oh well. I know we all read at completely different paces!

    I've had The Lilac Girls on my list for a while now, but I haven't felt like getting into such heavy subject matter lately. (I like how I say that, but I've read several "heavier" books recently. I think some topics are easier to digest than others, though ... At least right now.)

    And finally a big LOL to your giggling like a 13-year-old! That does sound a little weird, though, having those words mean something completely different. Haha.

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