Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Books Lately

Yay book day with Steph & Jana! Again, I'm still on a bit of a romance kick (I'm sure it will fizzle and die soon) so I didn't mention all the books I read recently for fear of suffocating everyone with the cheese and happily ever afters, so if you want to see all the books I read but don't talk about here, lets be friends on goodreads!

Darkest Sunrise and Brightest Sunset - Aly Martinez - 5/4 Stars
i can't even explain without spoilers but basically darkness + romance

Seriously, my reaction when I finished the first book was holy shit snacks. Even though I'd guessed what was coming it still shocked me. The second was good, not as unputdownable as the first, but still good. Basically, this woman has a kid and he has a heart problem but then BUT THEN he gets kidnapped AND THAT'S ALL I CAN TELL YOU. Plus romance. Which sounds weird, but it works.

Probably wouldn't recommend it to the mystery connoisseurs but it was good for someone like me who only dabbles in books like that occasionally.
The Duet - R.S. Grey - 5 Stars
two very different musicians have to perform a duet - romance

I have read a few of this author's books and enjoyed them all, this was by far my favourite. It was hilarious, I am not a laugh out loud person and I was alternating between face palming because it was so embarrassing and laughing so hard I couldn't see the words on the page. I recommend all of her books but I really really liked this one. I recommend if you like light hearted romances, as always ignore the cover.
A Thousand Letters - Staci Hart - 5 Stars
modern day persuasion

I loved this book. Thought it was a fantastic Persuasion retelling. Don't be put off by that though, if you're not a Persuasion or JA fan. It has lots of non-Persuasion things in there as well. It was written well, it's quite heartbreaking and infuriating in parts (Anne Elliot is a bit of a doormat, you've been warned). Lots of feels.
The Girl Before - J.P. Delaney - 3 Stars
the girl before died in a (very weird) house the new girl is renting

This book was the definition of couldn't put it down but didn't love it very much. It wasn't what I expected based on the synopsis and it's hard to explain what it was about without spoiling. I read a review that said it was like The Girl on the Train mixed with 50 Shades of Grey, and I would agree (yes, seriously, obviously I love my romance books but I was not expecting that in this book, and it's not 'romance'). I wasn't crazy about the ending, personally, but overall I recommend this.

Received copy from NetGalley
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas - 4 Stars
sixteen year old witnesses police officer fatally shoot her childhood best friend

This was absolutely heartbreaking. It was realistic and hard to read. It was surprisingly funny at times. It was sobering and important. The topic was hard to read about especially because it's so damn realistic. The book itself was well written and the characters were fantastic. 

Other books I read recently but won't bore you with reviews:


Wait for It (still not as good as Winnipeg, but I loved it)Opposites Attract 1&2, Dark Sexy Knight (I know, I know, the cover and the title, ugh face palm with embarrassment, but if you like romances and feelings, I highly recommend), Neanderthal Seeks Human and The Sea King (fantasy romance, sequel to The Winter King which I read in January and LOVED).
Dangerous Minds - Janet Evanovich - 3 Stars
sequel to curious minds

more like 2.5 but I am feeling generous. I was really excited for this one but ended up super struggling through it. I quite liked book #1 but I read it over a year ago so don't remember anything really. I don't know if it was me, or the book, but something felt different. Maybe because this one didn't seem to be co-written, it was only by JE? It just wasn't as good as the first one. I liked the banter between Riley and Emerson, but other than that the story wasn't really intriguing and I just didn't enjoy myself like I did with the first. It passed the time just fine like JE always does, but not enough for me to continue with the series unfortunately.
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter (yes, as in Jessica Jones) - 3 Stars
erin brockovich-y mixed with mystery

I totally requested this because I was curious about the author, I probably should have at least read the synopsis, since it's not my typical read. I feel like this book starts off super Erin Brockovich-y (investigating possible environmental problems caused by big company) and then all of a sudden is a mystery and dealing with some heavy stuff and possible foul play. Overall this book was just okay to me. Perhaps I'm not the best mystery reader, but it just never grabbed me.

Received copy from NetGalley
Jane, Unlimited - Kristin Cashore - 4 Stars
choose your own adventure kind of, 5 different stories after a certain choice, sci-fi-ish

This book is SO confusing. Let me just throw that out there. It's weird and quirky. It is well written and the storytelling is fantastic, loved the characters. It is unique and I've never read anything like it. It is NOTHING like Graceling, so if you're expecting anything even a smidge similar, step away. You''ll be disappointed for sure. I honestly don't know if I would recommend it. It was a bit of a slog to get through at times.

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen - 2 Stars
everyone is mean to the poor cousin they forced to come live with them

Basically I was bored silly the whole time I was reading this. No thanks, sorry Jane.



Linking up with Steph & Jana.


Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend The Girl Before and The Hate U Give (plus all the romances I liked, but obviously only to those who like those kinds of books).

Read anything decent lately?

35 comments:

  1. I love the romance genre and crave it during the winter so I will check out the ones you've read! The Hate U Give is amazing so far... I'm probably about halfway through. Such a bummer about that book by the author of Graceling! And bummer about Mansfield too. I'm definitely going to check out The Duet. I liked the girl before in that I was desperate to figure out wtf was going on but it was super weird too.

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  2. Oh, I really liked the Girl Before! I'm glad it at least got a passing grade from you even if it wasn't entirely your thing. More and more I'm thinking I don't want to read The Hate U Give...it was on my list for awhile but really sounds depressing. :/ I don't know who Jessica Jones is but I think of Krysten Ritter as Jane from Breaking Bad! :) Bummer you didn't enjoy that one much.

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  3. I still have to read the hate u give. Hopefully in time for next months link up (skipped this one as I only read one non-legal book - work was hectic). PS i love a good romance so keep em coming!

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  4. Mansfield Park is my least favorite JA book. I loved The Hate U Give - would I read it again? No -- but it was something I needed to read and will recommmend to everyone. I do have Bonfire on my list - I might save that for time off this winter.

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  5. Yay thousand letters! Read it and loved it, too this month. The Duet is on my TBR list after you sent me the recommendation! Hate U Give sounds like an important one I need to read soon.

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  6. Both of your Currently Reading books are on my tbr, so I'm excited to hear what you think. I'm kind of bummed you didn't care for Mansfield- I've never read it, but I really like the movie, and anytime I take one of those quizzes I get that I'm most like Fanny (lol, maybe not a good thing). I'm kind of intrigued by A Thousand Letters, but is it super romancey?

    ps. I've never craved a mcflurry more after that first picture, lol.

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  7. I'm adding The Hate U Give to my TBR list! It seems to have been a popular book this month!

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  8. The Hate U Give is EVERYWHERE right now, but it sounds really good.

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  9. I do love romance! Glad you've been reading some good ones. I own The Hate U Give and need to read that! I'm curious about Bonfire - I do like mysteries.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  10. I have Krystin Ritter's book from BOTMC, I'll probably be reading that soon.

    Loved The Hate U Give.

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  11. I need to pick up The Hate U Give! It seems like such a great read! And A Thousand Letters is going on my list as well! I love Jane Austen retellings!

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  12. The Hate U Give... I'm nervous to read it - I keep hearing all the rave about it but how emotional it can be. I get triggered by emotional books so I have to be prepared to go into them. Maybe after the holidays.

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  13. I wish I could read as half or even a quarter that you do. It really is awesome how much you read. Truly, I mean that. I need to shut the tv off and just read at night. I don't know what it is but when I read, I just feel better about myself. Maybe it is because when I read I feel like I'm also learning. Does that make sense or am I just babbling??

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  14. I read The Hate U Give last month too and totally agree with your review- soooo good. And I'm so excited they're making it into a movie! Even the synopsis of Bonfire and Jane, Unlimited confused me haha. The Girl Before is on my TBR!

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  15. The Hate U Give was outstanding. I can't say that enough. The Girl Before was enjoyable but it had too much resemblance to 50 Shades of Gray for my liking and I think that made me not like it as much.

    I keep hearing about Bonfire but I'm on the fence about it.

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  16. I love romance books, so I definitely have to check some of those outs!

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  17. I enjoyed The Girl Before and thought The Hate U Give was such a great read. I'm not a huge romance reader but sometimes I enjoy a quick, fluffy read!

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  18. I liked The Girl Before because it surprised me. How I thought one way about a character and kept needing to revise my opinion of them. The Hate U Give is on my TBR but I'm a little hesitant to read it right now. Racism is a trigger for me and the subject matter is all too real right now, which makes it super important but not an easy read. And right now, I'm looking for easy reads! I've heard great things about Gabrielle Union's memoir and I enjoyed the Roanoke Girls quite a bit. It's messed up but good.

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  19. Ooh! I'm adding the Gabrielle Union book to my list. You know I can't resist a good ol' fashioned celebrity memoir! Lol

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  20. The Hate U Give was heartbreaking!

    I am trying to find time to read Gabrielle Union's book! I love her, she is so talented.

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  21. I had read/heard similar sentiments about The Hate U Give (heartbreaking).

    You are right! You have been on a romance kick! :)

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  22. I'm on the waiting list at the library for The Hate U Give, but there are 30 people ahead of me, so I might buy it. I have heard good things about The Roanoake Girls!

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  23. The Girl Before was okay. I listened to it last year. I would read another one by that author.

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  24. Love the Hate U Give - so good and eye-opening. The premise for The Girl Before sounds so good, but I don't want to be disappointed! Ahhh, I'm probably going to read it anyway!

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  25. I really need to read The Hate U Give with what everyone has said about it. Darkest Sunrise sounds really good!

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  26. Oh I'll be curious to hear what you think about Gabrielle Union's book--I really like her. I may have to try Bonfire, but I'm not sure it's quite for me either. I keep hearing about it though. I agree about The Hate U Give... what an excellent book.

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  27. I agree with Olya- The Hate U Give has got to move up on my TBR list based on everyone's reviews.
    I love Gabrielle Union- how's her book??

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  28. I got stuck halfway through Mansfield Park it was just SO dull. The foreword in my study version of the book was more interesting than the book... Basically about how this was written by Jane Austen later in life and she was all moral and trying to tell people how to behave. Only she went a bit overboard.

    I'm on a no-reading kick (?) which I'm hoping will fizzle and die soon. My sister left me a whole pile of books so I just need to get stuck in really!

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  29. A blogger friend just sent me The Hate You Give, and I'm excited to read it since so many people are talking about it :)

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  30. I've been wanting to read the hate you give for a while now!

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  31. I felt the same way about The Girl Before. I needed to know what happened and then I wasn't that impressed... it was weird. I think it would be a good movie (and I think they are making one) but not an amazing book.

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  32. So many great books! I always love these posts of yours because I add so many to my TBR list!

    Do you have any good Christmassy book recs? I am all about everything Christmas at the moment so I've decided I should theme my books to match :P

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  33. I should probably give this whole genre a go huh? I’m reading The Night Circus and love it so much! Perfect for highway reading on the long drive south/north!

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  34. Looking into A Thousand Letters. :) I got The Hate U Give, but had to give it back to the library before I could finish it! :( I barely read in October. I'm kinda sad about it, but not sad about living life.. but miss books. The eternal struggle. LOL. Also haven't read much in November. LOL Maybe I will over my days off this week. I'm so excited not to be at work! :P Xo - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  35. I loved The Hate U Give. I just added A Thousand Letters after seeing on Heather's blog and now you endorsed it too so clearly a win! The Duet sounds interesting, think I would like it? Felt same as you about Girl Before.

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