Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Books Lately

Yay first Show Us Your Books of 2018 with Steph & Jana!

Wasted Words - Staci Hart - 5 Stars 
emma retelling

Totes adorbs. Same author as A Thousand Letters (Persuasion retelling) and I enjoyed it about the same. Cam was super geeky and I loved that - she can be annoying because she's Emma, super meddlesome and a bit of a know-it-all, so if you go in prepared for that (it would annoy me otherwise) you're good. I don't know if Emma translates to modern retellings as well as Persuasion and P&P, some things just don't make sense in this day and age, but I think the author did a really good job at balancing the original with her modern adaptation. Recommend.
Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng - 4 Stars
2 different families and all their drama

This book is super hard to explain and it's really convoluted, and book club was supposed to be tonight but now it's next week and book club has a rule - no talking about the book before book club, so hopefully no-one in my book club reads this. There were parts of this book that were boring and I wanted to skim, and other parts that I couldn't read fast enough. It was heartbreaking and made you think. Uncomfortable topics, unlikable characters, unthinkable situations. My expectations were high, I've never read anything by this author, and I went into this having no idea what it was about. I got some bad news the day I read the bulk of this and it definitely tainted my enjoyment of this book, but I still really liked it and recommend it.

Dating You/Hating You - Christina Lauren - 5 Stars 
enemies to lovers office romance

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. It did remind me a lot of The Hating Game, but different enough to stand on its own. This is only my second book by this duo, and I'd say I enjoyed it more than the other (Roomies). It was really funny. Paced well, good plot, loved the characters and the side characters. Felt all the feelings, good and bad. Really enjoyed, definitely recommend.

We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories - Gabrielle Union - 4 Stars
collection of essays about her life

I don't know what it is, but I enjoy celebrity memoirs even when I'm not exactly a fan of the celebrity. I avoid people I really don't like, but if I am kind of curious about them, I will pick it up and more than likely end up a fan by the end of the book. That definitely happened with this one - Gabrielle is funny and smart, and much more honest than I was expecting. She talks about a lot of things that are 'taboo' and opened my eyes about things I was definitely ignorant about. I recommend.
The Jane Austen Project - Kathleen A. Flynn 3 Stars
travel back in time to meet austen/save her lost novel

Some parts I loved, others I didn't. The idea is fantastic and overall I liked the story, but not some of the details. The world they left is different to ours and not explained, but words/terms are used so they don't make sense. The ending is abrupt, I didn't always understand the characters... sounds like I hated it, but I didn't. Overall it was a good read, but perhaps could have been a bit better.
I Could Write a Book - Karen M. Cox - 1 Star
emma retelling

I could make so many jokes about the title of this book. This was just so bad, so boring, so how the hell is under 300 pages but feels like 600. I almost DNF'd it so many times. Kicking myself that I didn't.

Linking up with Steph & Jana.
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Also, I just want to share something. This was a library book and someone had taken a sharpie to every single 'goddamn' in this book. It made me SO mad. I don't care what your religious views are, who thinks this is okay? Also please note that this was a romance so there were lots of other bad words in there that weren't attacked with a sharpie. Who the hell thinks this is okay? The library was aware of it, but man. It made me so mad. 



TL;DR - I recommend Little Fires Everywhere and We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories

Read anything decent lately?


42 comments:

  1. You literally hit the nail on the head with your review of Little Fires Everywhere. Someone recommended it to me with the same "I have no idea how to describe it, but overall I was interested". And I actually shockingly liked it too, but would still have no idea how to describe the type of book it is. I miss my book club I used to belong to in DC. It's always so fun to chat with others about the same book.

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  2. I keep seeing Little Fires Everywhere, um, everywhere appropriately enough ;-) Seems to be popular.

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  3. OMG, who writes in a library book?!?!?! That's infuriating. I have a few books that I dogeared, but I literally had to sit there and debate for 10 minutes about whether it was important enough to me to desecrate my poor books AND they're books I know I'm not giving away any time soon.

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  4. I still can't decide if I want to read Little Fires Everywhere- I'm guessing it's one I'll get to at some point, but I'm not rushed to read it. Noo I can't believe someone did that to a library book- that's the worst! Also the worst when a book that isn't long feels really long and you just want it to be over! lol.

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  5. My list keeps getting longer and longer thanks to these posts!

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  6. I didn't LOVE Little Fires everywhere (probably because as you said...in parts it was quite boring and went off on too many tangents) but agree it was good and entertaining. Also thoroughly agree about Gabrielle's book! I think this is the first time we've ever read/reviewed the same book in the same month!

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  7. 1. I HAVE THAT MUG!!!
    2. I appreciate that we often read the same books at the same time without knowing.
    3. Little Fires Everywhere: I agree about the boring/can't stop feeling. I felt like the end wrapped everything up too quickly, but at the same time, I was glad.
    4. Oliphant was similar to Little Fires, kinda.. in that it was boring in places but can't stop in others.

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  8. I'm on the list for Little Fires Everywhere - I've been wanting to read it since I've seen it everywhere on these posts. I still can't believe someone would write in a library book. Like it's not yours, so don't write in it. Ugh, people.

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  9. Can't wait to hear what you think of orient express.... Ive been,wanting to read that one

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  10. Ugh, so I'm a Christian and I dislike the term GD, but I wouldn't do that to a library book (definitely did it to books I owned when I was younger). Just...put the book down, person.

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  11. Ok now I'm super intrigued about Little Fires Everywhere <3
    Green Fashionista

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  12. Little Fire Everywhere is very popular but it will be forever before it comes in.

    I can't with people that ruin library books. Seriously makes me rage.

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  13. The library book thing pisses me off still too! Rude! I already am on the wait list for Little Fires Everywhere. I am adding Wasted Words and Dating You to my list!

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  14. Everyone is talking about Little Fires Everywhere this month! I suppose I should read it, I'll probably get around to it at some point, but for some reason I'm not super compelled to get to it.
    I did love The Hating Game so may try Dating You Hating You!

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  15. I loved Wasted Words - super cute and gave me the feels. Adding Dating You Hating You to my list. I hope Murder on the Orient Express is better than the movie because I fell asleep in the theater I was so bored, lol.

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  16. That's so crazy about people blacking out the word in a library book. That's messed up; it's a public book! Leave it alone!! I'm curious about Little Fires Everywhere - I hear great things. I know a bit about Gabrielle Union, but I am really curious about her memoir. I'm like you, I don't have to know a ton about someone famous or really LOVE them to want to read their memoirs - unless they really drive me nuts, then no. haha

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  17. I feel like punching the sharpie owner in the face. You don't have the power to censor what others read, you insecure in your faith shitbag.

    I loved Little Fires.

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  18. What on earth?! I can't handle people. Why would you ever think it's your place to edit a book you do not own?! I LOVED Little Fires Everywhere and I don't even really know why.

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  19. Little Fires Everywhere has been on my list to purchase for awhile but I have to slowly buy all the ones I want or I'd be sooo poor haha (oh how I wish there was a decent library near me!)

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  20. People who do that to library books are a special kind of asshole.

    Little Fires was excellent.

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  21. The Gabrielle Union book sounds really interesting and I think that I’ll have to get it from the library. I’m glad that you ended up liking Little Fires Everywhere and it really would be a great book club choice. I can’t believe somebody did that to a library book! Isn’t it kind of like defacing public property in a way since the library is ran by the government?

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  22. That would make me so angry seeing a library book all marked up. I guess that's one of the benefits of borrowing ebooks - but still ... who does that and thinks it's OK? I want to read Gabrielle Union's book and also Eleanor Oliphant.

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  23. It took me awhile to get into Little Fires Everywhere as well but I ended up really liking it. It was also my first book by the author. I enjoy reading celebrity memoirs as well and the Gabrielle Union one sounds good! I hate when patrons deface books. That's ridiculous that they crossed out the goddamns in the book. How about just don't read it and return the book? Even when people fold the pages over to bookmark I get annoyed. If it's your book, fine. But it's a book for everyone, so don't ruin it!

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  24. OK, my jaw literally fell open about the library book. That is horrible!

    You already know I'm reading Little Fires, and what's funny is that my book club IS tonight but I'm not finished with the book yet. Next month's book is Eleanor Oliphant.

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  25. I really liked Eleanor Oliphant is Fine, so I'll be curious to get your take! It actually made it into my top 10 fiction reads of last year :)

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  26. Great round up and all books I haven't read before which is awesome! Your top picks sound like some great reads I'll be adding to my list. You are the queen of books, I tell ya! xo Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  27. I CANNOT believe that someone would do that to a book. if you are going to do that... at least BUY the book! gahhhh.

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  28. Ahhh ... You've already finished Little Fires Everywhere?! I plan to start it tonight after I finish up with link-up stuff. I'm glad you liked it! I feel like a lot of books are hard to explain, especially if you're trying to avoid spoilers. I'm sure the book club discussion will be really interesting! I'm also sorry that you got some bad news recently ... That really does suck, and I definitely understand how it could taint whatever book you were reading, music you were listening to, etc. at the time. :-(

    Also, the Sharpie thing? What the fuck? How could someone think that was acceptable? Jesus.

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  29. I think I've picked up Little Fires Everywhere every time I've gone into Target. I can't bring myself to buy it so I think I'll see if it's at my library. Also I'm currently reading Murder on the Orient Express too! So far so good for me! What about you? How are you liking it so far?

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  30. It doesn't make sense that somebody would black out goddamn, but not Hell... not ok!!

    I'm in line for Little Fires and it's taking too long!! I am also going to request Gabriel Union's book! I also enjoy celebrity autobiographies a lot!

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  31. I'm in the middle of Murder on the Orient Express. How do you like it? (Or, rather, I'm at 20%).

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  32. The library book vandalism is SO not ok. That makes me mad, too...

    Little Fires Everywhere and the Gabrielle Union book are two that I want to check out soon!

    I'm working my way through the series up to Murder on the Orient Express :)

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  33. That anyone would think profanity is immoral, but defacing someone else's property is okay makes me GODDAMN mad. (I had fun with that one, could you tell? Lol)

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  34. I don't understand why someone would do that :( Makes me sad.

    I'm not one for language, and it isn't because of my religious views, but damaging a book like that is wrong!!

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  35. Little Fires Everywhere is pretty much everywhere right now, haha. I will definitely get to it eventually!

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  36. OMG I WOULD BE SO MAD ABOUT THAT BOOK. UUUGH. Also, terribly hypocritical to mark out that, but not other things that are explicit. People. *grumbles* I am awfully intrigued by Wasted Words and the other. It will be interesting to see, I haven't read Emma... but I do find her character annoying AF as well. LOL. I'll be excited to read Emma and also this one at some point. :) Dating You/Hating You sounds good too. I'm very much leaning toward more romantic books lately. Sorry about your bad news, I hope everything is ok. <3 XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  37. Oooooh I can't stand it when people write in books, but I've never seen it in a library book! UGH! I purchased a book (The Tipping Point) from a used bookstore and I didn't realize there was writing in like half of the margins, and things highlighted, until I tried to read it. So annoying. I was on the fence with Gabrielle Union's memoir but your review has pushed me over- adding it! I hadn't read Celeste Ng's other novel and didn't know anything about Little Fires going into either, but absolutely loved it!

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  38. I enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere but I think her first book, Everything I Never Told You was a more enjoyable read for me. So I hope you end up reading that one! Murder on the Orient Express was a great read for me, I hope you like it too! Dang, that person at your library is crazy. They should buy their own books if they want to sharpie all over them.

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  39. I've got The Jane Austen Project in the kindle - not sure when I'll actually get to it. That sharpie scribe is horrible - of course, the real question is did s/he find all locations or did a word or 2 slip through? :)

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  40. Okay, so maybe I do need to read Little Fires Everywhere if it’s not overrated!

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  41. Ok so I am going to cross I Could Write a Book RIGHT off my list, thank you!!! :) I know what you mean about The Jane Austen project but a least it wasn't a total dud!! I just finished the Lizzie Bennet Diaries book and I have to say that now I am 100% off Austen adaptations for a little bit. Lol. Or at least P&P ones - just need a little break ;) I got Dating You Hating You from the library right after reading your post last week because I LOVED The Hating Game as you know and that sounds like a fun read too. I love Staci Hart's books and loved Little Fires too. Looking forward to your thoughts on Murder on the Orient Express and Eleanor!!!

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