Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Books Lately

I've never been fond of Valetine's Day because it's too close to my birthday... but I love that SUYB falls on V-Day because there's nothing I love more than books (cats and people don't count). Seriously. Nothing. Okay, food comes close.


Good thing I combine the two.

The Goose Girl - Shannon Hale - 5 Stars
retelling based on old german fairytale, kind of cinderella-ish

Oh, this book was just so wonderful. Absolutely adored it. It's definitely young, but not a kids book I don't think. It made my heart all warm and fuzzy. 

Read for Erin's challenge - Green cover category.
The Hating Game - Sally Thorne - 5 Stars
romantic comedy

Seriously, if you like romantic comedies, you should read this book. I absolutely adored it, gobbled it up. I was expecting something light, funny and romantic. I got that and more. If you don't like those sort of things, skip it. If you do, seriously, read it. I loved it. Seriously. Looooved it.
The Memory Book - Lara Avery - 5 Stars
girl has rare genetic disorder that makes her start losing her memory

Oh, my heart. It's broken. This is a very sad book, but also happy and lovely. Mostly sad, but still good. Not perfect, has its flaws but I didn't want to put it down (until I did because I couldn't handle any more emotions). I do recommend.

The Winter King - C.L. Wilson - 5 Stars 
fantasy romance

I got this book from the library, didn't read it in time, sent it back, thought about not borrowing again, and I am SO glad I did. Look, 100% not for everyone, but if you like books like these, you might like it. For me? I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I couldn't put it down. LITERALLY it was glued to my hands (okay fine not literally). I was about 1/4 way through and I squealed to KC 'oooh this book is SO GOOD' and an hour later he was like 'shut up, you have NOT read that much'. I read it in one sitting because I was like screw everything else! I didn't even eat dinner! I know the cover is stupid! Really stupid! But I LOVED IT SO MUCH. Seriously. Highly recommend but only if you like books like these, don't pick it up if you don't.

Bird Box - Josh Malerman - 4 Stars
scary end of the world type thing except you can't open your eyes

Well shit on a stick this was flipping terrifying. It gave me nightmares. It was weird. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat reading it, which is good. The ending is a bit odd, not resolved really. But it works.


And I Darken - Kiersten White - 4 Stars
ya historical fiction retelling

Well I'm glad I finally got to this, considering I've had it since April. Oops. It took a long time to get good. It was unique, interesting and complicated, but at times slow paced and dry. It's a retelling of historical fiction with many liberties taken (which the author notes at the end) like Vlad the Impaler being female. Lots of political stuff that made my eyes close. I didn't like any of the characters and then somewhere around the middle I was like oh my goodness let me squeeze you with my love. 

Received copy from NetGalley
Nine Women, One Dress - Jane L. Rosen - 4 Stars
bunch of stories all connected by a dress

This book was super cute. It's hard to describe - it's kind of like Love Actually or He's Just Not That Into You, lots of stories and POVs. But the POVs aren't just the women. Because it covers so many people and their stories, none of them are very substantial and it's quite fluffy. But it was sweet and gave me the feels and I liked it. 
The Unidentified Redhead - Alice Clayton - 4 Stars
romancey romance 33 year old woman with 24 year old boy man

I read Wallbanger last year and was kinda eh about it, perhaps because I had super high expectations because everyone said omg! it's so funny! and sexy! and funny! I went into this one with lower expectations and I thought it was better. Funny, sexy (a little too much for me, but I can skim when I'm tired of those scenes) and realistic-ish. A bit of a rushed story, but fun nonetheless. Ends on a cliffhanger, didn't realise there was a sequel. Rage!
If You Find Me - Emily Murdoch - 4 Stars
girls living in the woods with meth addict mother, taken and thrust into real world

This was such a heartbreaking book. Beautiful and sad, well written and kept me interested. It deals with some tough topics, skimming over some things but still, I thought it was very good.

I will 100% NOT recommend the audio though. Sorry narrator, not a fan. Plus I just think the nature of the story and the way the main character talks, with the flashbacks as well, just 'read' it vs listening. I normally don't listen to fiction because of things like this, but it was on sale.. It was still a good book and I enjoyed it, but the things that did grind my gears were audio related.
I've Got Your Number - Sophie Kinsella - 4 Stars 
chick lit typical kinsella book

This was a super fun, light read and I really enjoyed it. It was predictable, but not completely so, and not in a bad way. Recommend if you're looking for a fun read.
Unleashing Mr. Darcy - Teri Wilson - 4 Stars
pride & prejudice variation involving dog shows

I would say P&P variations are my guilty pleasure, except I don't feel guilty. It's hard for me to rate or talk about P&P variations because it's hard to separate them and I honestly can't tell you if it is good on its own, or because I love the original so much. That being said, this one made me gasp and laugh out loud many times and I was totally invested. I LOVED this book until about the last quarter, where it fell a bit flat - I just feel like the parallels the author chose to use just weren't as swoon worthy. I also would have liked the ending to be a bit more fleshed out, or an epilogue for pete's sake - why do we read P&P variations? To get more Lizzy & Darcy, not less. 
The Life We Bury - Allen Eskens - 3 Stars
light mystery about student doing biography on dying convicted murderer

This was in parts interesting, in parts infuriating. It passed the time just fine. I would have liked certain things to be more fleshed out, some parts were skimmed over and others weren't believable. Overall it was enjoyable enough.
A Murder in Time - Julie McElwain - 4 Stars
time travel historical fiction murder mystery

I was super into this one and really enjoyed it. I thought it was well written (some parts annoyed me, the author liked to end chapters with a foreshadowing sentence, very annoying) and interesting. I didn't hate the first few chapters of setting everything up like other people did, I liked the story, the romance, etc. Unfortunately, I struggled hardcore with the second one - A Twist in Time (thanks netgalley!) which bummed me out. I'm hoping there is a third to make up for it.


Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer - 2 Stars
i don't even know

I am missing something with this book. I almost DNF'd it, if not for Erin's challenge and also because the rest of the world seems to adore it. But lordy it was a chore, and I just didn't like it.

Read for Erin's challenge - Rory Gilmore category.



paperback/audiobook


I also read The Spiderwick Chronicles which were really quite enjoyable for kids books.

Linking up with Steph and Jana.

Life According to Steph


TL;DR - I would recommend basically all of them if they sound like your jam. Ha. The Hating Game and The Winter King were definitely my favourites.

Read anything decent lately?

56 comments:

  1. The Memory Book sounds, so, so good!

    Books and food are definitely my greatest loves <3 (The latter is the reason I keep failing to lose the belly fat...)

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  2. So many books! You have me intrigued by The Hating Game!

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  3. I'm so sad I didn't like The Hating Game more, I think I've been in a grumpy book mood lately or something possibly. I tried to read Incredibly Loud by Safron and didn't care for the writing at all, so I'll definitely pass on Everything is Illuminated too, though the cover really sucks you in!

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  4. Ok I have three books to add to my reading list..thanks!!

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  5. I'm waiting for The Hating Game to come in from library hold - It looks really cute!
    I really like most of Sophie Kinsella's books that are NOT the Shopaholic series - Perfect chick lit!
    Bird Box does sound terrifying! That will be a no-go for me.

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  6. ooh intuitive eating, can't wait to see what you think of that one! adding if you find me to my tbr... sounds different!

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  7. If you keep doing these reviews, my to-read list is going to go on forever, haha! Some of these sound really good!

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  8. Ok, definitely downloading The Hating Game! I've been in a bit of a book funk lately and need something light and easy to read! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  9. Building up my spring break reading list! Thanks!

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  10. I'm really intrigued by Unleashing Mr. Darcy! Also glad to see your review on Everything Is Illuminated. Most other reviews I have seen were very positive. It's on my to-be-read list, so it's nice to see a different viewpoint!

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  11. A P&P retelling that involves dogs? I'm there. The Hating Game is at the top of my library list, and now there are so many other books to add to my reading list. As always, thank you for all your recs! You're my insight into the literary world, lol. :)

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  12. You are the second person to remind me that I need to bump up Bird Box. It's been on my list forever. When the library diet is over. See also: The Life We Bury.

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  13. Someone else made me think I wasn't going to like The Hating Game but you loved it and I usually like what you loved. The Goose Girl and the Memory Book sound good too. Adding them!

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  14. SOOO many books. You are the one that I pull up Goodreads & start marking "Want to read"...
    I have seen The Hating Game on a few link ups today. All good stuff about it.
    The Memory one... I cant handle reading stuff like that - I convince myself I'm coming down with whatever illness a person has in a book. Yes, I know - that's not healthy in itself ;)

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  15. The Hating Game sounds fun!! I love light and easy reads :) they are perfect for vacation. Happy Valentine's Day, girl!

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  16. I'm waiting on The Life We Bury from the library. I added If You Find Me to my list.

    Holy crap, wasn't Bird Box both really interesting and really really fucking scary? I made two of my coworkers read that too back when I read it.

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  17. Need to add The Memory Book and Hating Game. I haven't heard much about either of them, but have seen them both floating around blog land. And well, since you recommend, then I definitely need to check out.

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  18. So glad you loved The Goose Girl and The Hating Game! I definitely want to read A murder in time and the 9 women dresses book. I might try The winter king! It sounds compelling! And of course I'm adding the p&p variation to my list because I love those.

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  19. I really enjoyed "the Last letter from your lover". And anything by sophia Kinella. I think you'd enjoy books by Clodagh Murphy. Some good romances

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  20. The Memory Book sounds kind of like Still Alice (a book I want to read but still haven't read), and I think that I'd have to be in the mood in order to read it. I'm definitely going to pick up The Hating Game at some point, and The Winter King sounds really interesting too. I love P&P retellings too, so the fact that Unleashing Mr. Darcy also has dogs makes me want to read it even more! I'm so glad that you liked I've Got Your Number! I thought that it was funny to read all of the text messages in the book too!

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  21. The Memory Book and Bird Box are already on my list and I added If You Find Me! I'm super intrigued by Bird Box though. I think I added it because of your activity on it in my Goodreads feed.

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  22. I haven't heard of the Bird Box but I'm intrigued!

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  23. So many book to add to my TBR. We're reading Moyes together! I'm sure you'll finish before me, this week has been crazy and I keep thinking about reading but don't have the time. #readingproblems

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  24. You always have the best suggestions! I've added so many of these to my Goodreads list!

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  25. Books, food, cats - all reasons why I adore you! :D The Memory Book - good heavens did I go through so many tissues reading this book. Seriously, Max was giving me major side-eye over my hysterics. Mostly, he was tired of being pestered every 5 minutes because I needed a hug. :D I'm glad you like 9 Women, 1 Dress. It's a fluffy, feel-good read and sometimes I don't read enough of those. I had the opposite response to the Life We Bury and Murder in Time. I really enjoyed The Life We Bury and found Murder in Time to be okay. I found the main character in Murder in Time to be somewhat annoying but really loved the side characters. Bird Box has been on my TBR forever and you're second person to review it positively this month. I enjoy horror books and need to read this soon.

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  26. Adding so many of these to my list! So appreciate you linking to Goodreads rather than Amazon, makes it a lot easier to add them.

    I just finished Intuitive Eating and really liked it. Some of it seemed repetitive, but it drove the point home. I really want some of my friends that I hear talking about diets to read it now!

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  27. I put The Memory Book on hold after reading Tanya's review of it in her book post! Glad you agree! I'm currently reading The Hating Game but am not loving it as much as I thought I would.

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  28. People that read as much as you always amaze me. Like, damn girl.
    There are a few here that are already on my TBR list, but thanks to you I've added more!

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  29. I loved A Murder in Time and really struggled with A Twist in Time too. It does seem like there will be a third book, though, and I am definitely up for reading it! The Hating Game sounds so cute. Bird Box seems insanely creepy! I want to read And I Darken, but everything I have read lately has felt SO slow, so I might need to hold off a bit.

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  30. Ha- I'd be annoyed if a holiday fell too close to my birthday as well! Also, I love your format. Putting your descriptions under the title makes it easy for me to tell if I think I'd like it or not. I love stories that are told from several different POVs, so definitely adding Nine Women, and If You Find Me based off the description.

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  31. So many good books! I too wasn't feeling Everything Is Illuminated. Like I didn't get it? Ha! Glad I'm not alone!

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  32. Do you find scary books really odd? I am currently reading one and it just feels so weird - but I also can't put it down because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

    I didn't finish Everything is Illuminated and now I'm kind of glad, haha :P

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  33. Did you already mention The Hating Game to me before? Because I have that on my to-read list and for some reason I thought it was based on a Kristen recommendation. Either way, I'm excited to read that. I'm also excited for Goose Girl! That one sounds really good!

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  34. You are right, the cover for The Winter King is totally ridiculous. But, it does sound right up my alley and your review makes me want to read it!

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  35. Bird Box sounds so interesting & just added it to my want to read list! I've never heard of The Hating Game before but it sounds like it would be interesting & something different than what I normally read these days!

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  36. I haven't read any of these, but I've definitely keep reading while cooking! The Memory Book sounds really interesting. Right now I'm reading Sharp Objects and I'm going to be really sad when it's over because then I will have read all of Gillian Flynn's books, I think!

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  37. I read the hating game and thought it was super cute too!! I also read I've got your number - we are on the same book wave length LOL! Checking out the rest of your reads to add to my list!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  38. Ok well, I haven't read any of these so thanks for all the 5 star recommendations! And the honorable mention for kids books is great since I am always trying to help my kids with their selections. I haven't been reading as much this month, and I think it's in part because the books I've picked haven't grabbed me as much/quickly. So I don't make more time for reading when I'm not into a "can't put it down" situation.

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  39. The Hating Game sounds like so much fun! I believe Everything is Illuminated is a movie.... unless I'm thinking about the wrong thing. But I've heard the book is kind of crazy. Sorry ou didn't like it. As always, nice work on all the books, girl!

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  40. I loved I've Got Your Number. It was a quick, light read and it made me LOL quite a few times. Most of her books are silly and cheesy, but this one was probably my favorite of hers.

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  41. I'm really dying to read the Intuitive Eating book. How is it on audio? I'm not really one for audio books, though. Idk why I can't do it. It's hard for me to focus whether I'm reading OR listening. It has to be super good for me to be all in. I'm just finished up "The Shack". Not sure what I'll pick up next!

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  42. Bird Box was so intense wasn't it?! I probably would've had nightmares to but I'm kind of into horror so I was OK. The hating game is on my list now too because I think I might be in the mood for something a little more light!

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  43. Obviously I've already added The Hating Game to my to-read list! Looking forward to hearing how that JoJo Moyes book is ;) xo

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  44. Bird Box scared the heck out of me too.

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  45. I'm currently reading It Ends with Us and I've really enjoyed it so far!

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  46. Wow it's impressive how many books you've read recently. The Hating Game sounds interesting...I'll have to look into that one.

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  47. You read so much! I love it. Seriously. I want to read Goose Girl, the Hating Game, and Bird Box already for sure. Also, a murder in time. Just that cover *angel choir sounds*...! I've heard great things about intuitive eating.. and I also want to check out the short stories. I kind of love short stories. :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  48. adding The Hating Game to my to read list! I hope you are liking The Last Letter from Your Lover -- i loved that book (not as much as Me Before You but more than any of Moyes other books). xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  49. I loved The Memory Book and Bird Box! I really need to read And I Darken and The Hating Game. Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren @ www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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  50. What an awesome share! Taking time for myself to sit down and read was one thing I wanted to start at the beginning of the year and it has been the best :) Thanks for this awesome list, I'll have to add them to my reading list!

    xo,
    Amanda
    misslulupearlblog.blogspot.com

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  51. I just finished a Murder in Time! I LOVED it! and I am so glad to hear the second one comes out this spring!

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  52. The Winter King looks right up my ally right now! lol :)

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  53. Bird Box is on my to read list, because of course I want nightmares. I want to read Nine Women One Dress, too. I read Everything Is Illuminated a long time ago and I loved it, but it's been so long that I can't vouch for it haha. His book Eating Animals did turn me vegan, though. I think he's actually vegetarian, which I am now, but it made me go all the way for a long time.

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  54. Bird Box made me feel unsettled. I didn't like it much, but it was weird and interesting. I'm going to add The Memory Book. YA books that will make me sad are my jam lately.

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  55. I've had Bird Box on my to-read list for a couple of years now. I need to get around to reading it soon. Just added The Hating Game to my to-read list thanks to you. I love funny, lighthearted reads every once in awhile.

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  56. Goose Girl!!! All the love!!!

    So Josh Mallerman, the author of Bird Box is from my area and he came to one of my book clubs a couple of months ago when we read it. It was interesting chatting with him.

    I see you're going to NZ/Aus, when are you going? We're doing the same thing in April, lol

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