Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Books Lately

Best day in blogland! I have read a few books since the link up even though we've been busy with our kitchen renovation. Can't wait to see what everyone else has been reading.



Confessions - Kanae Minato - 5 Stars
multiple povs surrounding a little girl's death

Holy messed up book batman. Ending legit jaw drop. Can't even make real sentences right now.

Honestly though, is this the most amazing book ever? Probably not but I straight up could not put it down and I just thought it was really fabulous. Hard to read in some parts and totally f*cked up but wow. 

Happiness for Beginners - Katherine Center - 5 Stars
woman goes on 'wild' like journey a year after divorce

I read this right after Confessions because I needed something light and fluffy. I wish I hadn't waited so long to read it, it was so adorable. My little synopsis up there doesn't do it justice. Sure it's 'chick-lit' but if you like those kind of books I recommend. It was funny, interesting, light without being too fluffy. It had a few heavy topics thrown in but it was overall a light book. Predictable but in a good way. I really liked it. I wish the epilogue was more fleshed out but only because I love a good epilogue.
Alpha & Omega series - Patricia Briggs - 4 Stars
paranormal romance

This series has been on my list forever and I'm so annoyed that I didn't realise it wasn't finished. The next (final?) book comes out next year. Rage. I really enjoyed this series though, I felt like it was interesting, funny with the right amount of romance. The books did start to run together a bit and seem very similar, but I do recommend if this is your jam. I know the covers are ridiculous. Kind of comes with the paranormal romance territory.
The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy - Beau North & Brooke West - 4 Stars
P&P retelling groundhog day style

Oh my goodness, why did I wait so long to read this! It was such an enjoyable read, such a fresh and unique retelling. The epilogue ripped my heart out and stomped all over it. Goodness. The only thing I didn't like - besides the epilogue, sobs - were the things missing in the end, as in (highlight for spoilers) Wickham never got his just desserts and Elizabeth ended up never knowing about the first proposal. No biggie since it all worked out and Elizabeth caught up in the end, but still. I think this was a great P&P retelling and I'm kicking myself I had it on my netgalley list for so long. 
Received copy from NetGalley
Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility - Hillary Manton Lodge - 3 Stars
sense & sensibility retelling with the sisters running a tea shop

I don't think I have ever read an S&S retelling, so I was excited for this one. I missed that it was 'christian fiction' when I requested it though and I almost just returned it without reading. I’m really glad I gave it a go! It wasn't overly religious at all, just a couple of references. It was cute, funny, and I liked it. Something was missing for me though. If you could give half stars it would be 3.5. I really liked this quote: Every woman swoons over a man walking out of a lake in a white shirt. It’s a universal truth. 

Received copy from NetGalley
A Closed and Common Orbit - Becky Chambers - 4 Stars

I really loved the first book and at first I was bummed when I realised this book follows different characters. It eventually grew on me though. It focuses on 2 characters and their stories, I vastly preferred one over the other. Obviously I recommend if you liked the first one, and I just read there is going to be a 3rd, yay!
Fat Chance - Nick Spalding - 3 Stars
couple goes on biggest loser type radio competition

This was enjoyable enough and passed the time just fine. It was predictable, silly, light. There are a couple of things that could offend easily, but I just took it for what it was, the author trying to be funny even if I didn't find it funny myself. But in spite of that, I did think it was a cute funny book overall. 
The Wonder - Emma Donoghue - 3 Stars
nurse is called to monitor child who hasn't eaten in 4 months

Goodness this book was such a slog to get through. I very nearly gave up on it several times but since I suck at giving up on books, I kept going. There were definitely parts I liked and I think overall the story worked well, it was just super slow and I wanted to shake a lot of the characters.

I am glad I read it though because the last 25% was good and I really liked the ending, but ugh. I don't know if I'd necessarily recommend it. 

Received copy from NetGalley
memoir of her life/time with scientology

I didn't know anything about Leah Remini and I'm not necessarily a 'fan', but I gotta admit I was curious about Scientology and all that. It was definitely interesting with a side of wtf how do people believe this and Leah seems funny and honest. 


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Linking up with Steph & Jana.



TL;DR - I recommend Confessions, Happiness for Beginners and Troublemaker if any of those sound like your jam.


Read anything decent lately?


47 comments:

  1. I will always check out a P&P retelling - haven't heard of the Fitzwilliam Darcy one. I read one of the Mercy Thompson series books ages ago but never continued it. I might check out the Alpha & Omega series if I'm in the mood for some urban fantasy. The only author I've liked in that vein so far has been the Fever series by Karen Moning and I'd like to revisit those. I like hearing the crazy stuff about scientology so I added that book to my list. I watched a documentary once that made me go 'wtf?'

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  2. I won The Wonder through Goodreads and I tried it for like, 20 minutes and have had no desire to pick it back up! It just seems weird. Confessions sounds really messed up so I'm going to check it out.

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  3. So glad you liked Confessions! I understand the "not the most amazing book ever" thing. It's not but dang. It's still so good and one of the best in terms of twisted, surprising plots! Have not read any of the others but I think I will add Leah Remini to my Audible list!

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  4. Ok, I totally need to read Happiness for Beginners! I'm in desperate need of a light, happy read right now! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. Adding those first two to my list asap!! I'm starting with Happiness for Beginners! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

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  6. Putting three on my to be read list. I need some happy fluffy books and I'm intrigued by confessions.

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  7. I am going to go ahead and throw Confessions on my TBR! Should I read that paranormal romance? Do you think it is my thing?

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  8. Definitely adding Confessions to my list! I just posted my July reads yesterday - had a couple of good ones in there!

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  9. Happiness for Beginners is on my TBR already.
    I keep hearing about The Wonder but I knew there was a reason I never felt like looking it up...slogs are the worst.

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  10. Just added Confessions to my to read list! Happiness for Beginners was already on my to read list.

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  11. As a fan of King of Queens, and also watching Leah's show on Scientology I'm super intrigued by her book! And now I am super curious about Confessions too!

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  12. I loved Happiness for Beginners! I need to read more books by that author.
    I do love a good P&P retelling too - emphasis on good, unfortunately not all of them are! - but I might check out this one.

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  13. Ugh, I want to read Confessions so bad, but my library does not have it yet, so I'm probably going to have to spend some cash for it. I'm super interested in Happiness for Beginners too!

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  14. OK... I love when a book makes you not even able to form sentences. I'm checking out confessions right now.

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  15. I've had similar thoughts about the Scientology book...a part of me is just so curious! Couldn't get into the one Gaiman book I purchased (American Gods) which is sad because so many seem to love him!

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  16. I hate the slogs, had one of them myself this time.

    Confessions is already on my want to read list, I need to bump that one up!

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  17. Definitely adding those first two and the Mr. Darcy book to my list! They sound like good reads, I need that New Beginnings one in my life right about now lol.

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  18. I keep meaning to read Leah Remini's book and I always forget to write it down. Adding it to my list right now :)

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  19. I love your little one-sentence summaries at the start! (I wanted to say the plural of synopsis but I realised I don't know what it is! Synopsises? Synopses?).

    I hope you LOVE Good Omens. I think it's so clever.

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  20. Wow, that's an impressive number of books in a month! I've heard such mixed reviews on The Wonder that I'm not sure I want to pick it up anymore...I quite liked Room, but it sounds like this new one just doesn't a hold a candle to it in likability/readability.

    We shall see.

    Thanks for the honest reviews! I'm always on the lookout of what to read next :)

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  21. Confessions sounds so good! I'm definitely adding that to my list! And I love a good P&P retelling, so I will definitely be picking up the Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy soon! And I've always been super fascinated by Scientology too, so I want to try and read the Leah Remini book! If you have HBO, you should watch their documentary on Scientology, it's really interesting.

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  22. I added Happiness for Beginners to my TBR immediately after reading your recommendation. I am in the mood for all the light and fluffy books. I've read 7 months of heavy fiction and I need to let me heart/head breathe. I enjoyed Leah Remini's book too. I liked her no hold bars approach to writing.

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  23. OMG. Confessions was AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. I am so so glad you liked it. Definitely on my list of favorites of the year. Her new book is excellent as well. Not quite as good as Confessions but definitely well worth the read.

    Room was awesome, Frog Music sucked, and I've been hesitant to read anything else by Emma Donoghue as a result

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  24. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Troublemaker as I wasn't a big fan of Leah Remini going into the book. I like her a lot more now because I appreciate her taking on Scientology and her honesty. She admitted her complicity but also did something about it too. I enjoyed the Alpha and Omega books too (and yes, the covers are so dang cheesy), although I prefer her Mercy Thompson series just a bit more because I love Mercy. Many characters overlap. I feel bad admitting this but I had Confessions in my hands but never got around to reading it so I had to return it to the library. Now it sounds like I must recheck it out again! :D

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  25. I'm not familiar with Leah Remini or scientology either, but somehow ended up watching her on youtube the other day, and got totally sucked into the thing because it sounds so hard to believe, so I'd definitely be interested in checking out her book. Everyone loves Happiness for Beginners and I'm seriously hoping my library picks up a copy soon.

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  26. Girl, as always, I'm in awe of how much you manage to read! But seriously...I have the Leah Remini book on my shelf, and I really want to read it one day...Scientology is cray!

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  27. Felt like same way about The Wonder. Confessions sounds like something I would like!

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  28. Ooh I loved Good Omens - but then I love pretty much everything Terry Pratchett wrote.

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  29. Confessions sounds 100% for me. Added it to my list. Also, used your link for BOTM. :)

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  30. Troublemaker is on my TBR since I watched Leah Remini's bio/doc special on TV because I'm intrigued by the whole idea of Scientology. I love how real and honest she is about the whole thing, like even a "normal" person can be sucked into those things. I'm disappointed to hear about The Wonder- it sounds so promising! Adding Confessions to my TBR though I'm a bit nervous after reading the synopsis!

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  31. Oh I'm taking major notes! I'm loving the whole other lives of Darcy bit! I eat that stuff up!

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  32. The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy sounds intriguing!

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  33. I've watched a few interviews with Leah Remini. And a documentary about Scientology. It's scary! She comes across well. Brave woman to be speaking out about her experiences

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  34. Well I am totally intrigued by Confessions! Adding it to my list!

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  35. I 100% agree with you about Confessions! I loved the progression and different POVs. I listened the the audiobook in one afternoon while cleaning the house. I love Leah and her show and this book that started it all. I hope she doesn't stop going after Scientology.

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  36. So glad you loved Happiness for Beginners! I just knew you would! ;) that Darcy book was so good too. Totally agree with your thoughts. I too did not love The Wonder but I pushed through because I was really curious about how it was all working. I haven't read anything else by her and I'm not in a rush to get to any others. I have Good Omens on audio so would love to hear your thoughts!

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  37. I went to goodreads to add Confessions, and it's already on my tbr. Don't remember how it got there. How often does that happen with this link up?!? Sooooo often.

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  38. Ooooh... adding so many of these to my TBR. LOL on the paranormal romance covers. Too true, too true. I've totally given up on caring what anyone thinks of my reading taste. LOL. I just read what I feel like. It's kind of the best. I can definitely relate to needing fluff after intense reads. Generally life is intense for me right now, so fluff it is! LOL XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  39. "Oh I just happened to read a few books", she says... HA. I read one book and a short story. Hahahaha. Queen Reader over here, ladies and gentleman :)
    But anyway, I'm glad most of these were entertaining and good!

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  40. Yep ... adding some more to my TBR! Sounds like Happiness for Beginners should be top of my list right now so I'll be on the lookout for it. And count me in on anything related to Mr. Darcy. :)

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  41. Ive had that Leah Rimini book on my kindle for some time now because of curiosity as well. Thanks for the recs Kris.

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  42. After reading your post I am adding The Wonder and Happiness For Beginners on my TBR. Thanks for the great reviews! I have a cat who looks very similar to yours! Pam :)

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  43. Totally putting Confessions on my TBR list! Hooray for no crappy books lately!

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  44. Adding Happiness for Beginners to my TBR! I'm not a huge chick lit fan, but this one sounds like something I would enjoy.

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  45. wow, adding confessions to my TBR right now!!!

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  46. I hadn't heard of Confessions until now but I'm definitely putting it on my reading list. I'm also very interested in reading Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. I've watched a couple episodes of Leah's TV series regarding Scientology on TV and it's very good.

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  47. Ooh I'm so excited to read The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Jane of Austin! I love pretty much all re-tellings of Jane Austen books so I'm pretty sure I'll love both of these, haha!

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