Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Books Lately

Show Us Your Books day with Steph & JanaI don't share everything I read during the link up, so if you want to see all the books I read but don't talk about here (mostly romance books), lets be friends on goodreads!

Veronica Speedwell 1-3 - Deanna Raybourn
butterfly hunter and grumpy historian solve murders and go on adventures

I started reading this series because I thought it would be a trilogy, but it's not, it will be 5 books and that's annoying. I wish I would have waited, but I'm not super mad because all 3 of these were absolutely delightful. Plus, the way they are written, I think my lack of memory won't be a problem. They are funny, I love the characters and the mysteries.
Received 3rd from Netgalley.
All the Beautiful Lies - Peter Swanson
mystery/thriller about obsession, revenge and inappropriate stuff

This is my first book by this author, and I really didn't think I was going to end up liking it because it took me quite a bit to get into it. Then all of a sudden I was super into it and couldn't put it down. It was creepy AF. I don't normally read books like this so I don't know if it was actually good or if it just blew my mind because it's not my normal jam. 
Received copy from Edelweiss.
The Woman in the Window - A.J. Finn
agoraphobic woman spying on her neighbours sees something she shouldn't

Another one that took me ages to get into, I think because these aren't my normal read, it takes me several chapters for them to get to unputdownable. But at about 25% things start happening and I finished it in one sitting. Again, because this isn't my normal kind of read, perhaps that's why it blew my mind and I didn't see anything coming? Don't know, don't care. The one thing I guessed was (highlight for spoiler) that her husband and daughter were dead, but I didn't guess the killer at all.

Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
follows two half sisters and their descendants

Unpopular opinion alert. This is the book Gina and I decided on this time, and it's been on my list for ages. I've heard amazing things, I've borrowed it from the library 5 times and tried to start it like 27 times. I am glad I read it, I understand why it's popular and why people should read it, but that doesn't mean it was any easier for me to get through. It's an important book, absolutely, but it was not an enjoyable reading experience for me. I really struggled through it. Not because it wasn't written well or because it was too difficult to read, I enjoy difficult books, I like to feel all the emotions. I just did not connect with this one. 
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman
granny dies, granddaughter hands out letters to people granny wants to apologise to

Bloody hell this book took me forever and a day to get through. I started with the e-book and couldn't get into it, switched to the audio and it was much better, finished with the e-book because I wanted to finish before today and audio takes me a lot longer. This is a hard one to rate, on one hand it was excruciatingly boring at times, other times it was so emotional I cried. I think the storytelling within the story is what bored me, but the characters and their relationships gave me all the feels. So it was like 50/50. I loved Beartown but now I'm wary of his other books. I don't know.

Every Note Played - Lisa Genova
former piano player has ALS, ex wife takes care of him

I expected to be blown away by this, I've only read Still Alice but that was 3 years ago and I still think about it. This was fine, I didn't hate but, but it was missing whatever Still Alice had. 
Received copy from Netgalley.
The Upside of Falling Down - Rebekah Crane
only survivor of plane crash remembers nothing, so she escapes with a stranger

This was really cute. I enjoyed it about as much, maybe more, as Grover Cleveland. It was kind of fluffy and adorable, a light read with sprinkles of serious stuff.
Received copy from Netgalley.
Twist of Faith - Ellen J Green
girl's adoptive mother dies, she starts investigating her past and other deaths

I had a HUGE issue with this book and it ruined the entire book for me. There is a huge twist, and I would have been okay with the twist except for how the book was written. Hard to say without spoilers, but there is a difference between misleading your reader and surprising them with a twist vs sloppy writing that turns the misleading into tricking and straight up lying. Highlight if you want to know: the girl is the killer, but the story is told in first POV and she's asking questions she knows the answer to and investigating things she did - this is fine, except her thoughts are 'what is this, who did this' etc etc. If it were told in 3rd person POV, I would have been shocked as shit, instead I was pissed off.

Linking up with Steph & Jana.
Life According to Steph

If you're a romance fan, here are a few I enjoyed recently:

Gina and I are reading Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin before the next link up if you want to join us.

TL;DR - I recommend The Woman in the Window and probably Homegoing, even though I didn't personally love it, I still think it's important? I don't know.

Read anything decent lately?

37 comments:

  1. Veronica Speedwell sounds so fun... how are those books not already on my tbr?

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  2. I felt the same way about My Grandmother Asked Me and Homegoing. I couldn’t finish either! I’ve heard good things about the woman in the window, so will need to check that out!

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  3. So many books I haven’t read yet, yay!

    Major bummer about Every Note Played! I loved Lisa’s other books!

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  4. Yay Veronica Speedwell! You know how I feel about those books:) I would love to read Rhythm, chord, and malykhin with you guys, just got it last week! I understand your feelings on Homegoing and Grandmother and I am sooo anxious to see how Us Against You compares to Beartown. I think I will read it this month even though I was planning to wait until closer to the release date. I did not see that spoiler coming at all in the Woman in the Window, but I should have! Haha

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  5. I’m intrigued by All the Beautiful Lies! The Upside of Falling Down also sounds kind of cute. I still have Beartown on my TBR list.

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  6. I currently have so many books to get through on my Kindle and yet, I find myself stalking your new to-reads constantly, lol! I just added The Woman in the Window to my list because apparently I like to freak myself out! xo

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  7. I did love Homegoing, but I can totally get why it's not everyone's cup of tea. I had to keep referencing the family tree at the front to keep everything straight. All the Beautiful Lies isn't something I'd normally pick up either, but you've got me intrigued!!

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  8. I keep hearing about The Women in the Window everywhere! cant wait to raed that one
    I HATEEEEE when books are a set. I try to wait until they are all out before I'll read them - but to read one & THEN find out its part of a series - THE WORST!!!!!

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  9. I hadn't heard of any of these (aside from HRC's book, of course). I love that you always expose me to new books- I assume because a lot of them are lesser known ARCS from NetGalley?

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  10. How was Veronica Speedwell not on my radar? Adding immediately to my TBR. I do prefer when I can consume a series at once too, especially since I'm old and forgetful. But since I am old and forgetful, I should start Veronica Speedwell now before I forget why it's on my TBR. :D Also, I read the spoiler on Twist of Faith and I would have gone berserk over that twist. I have not read Homegoing because I know it will be a tough read and I will try to distance myself emotionally so I don't end curled up in a ball on the floor but I still need to read it. All the Beautiful Lies intrigues me now and adding it to my TBR.

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  11. Veronica Speedwell sounds like such a fun series! Sorry there's still two more books to wait around/read, but I'm glad you like them so they will be enjoyable to get to at some point. :)

    Yeah, I know Homegoing has a lot of great reviews and it's important, but it just doesn't seem like something I'll ever read.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  12. I have The Woman in the Window requested, and am even more excited to get it. Definitely have to check out All the Beautiful Lies!

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  13. I really liked Woman in the Window! And I didn't guess any of it AT ALL. I'm usually good at guessing some twists, but nope - not on that one!

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  14. Sometimes I’m really in the mood for creepy so I’m going to add All The Beautiful Lies to my list! The Woman In The Window has been on my list for a while and I just need to get it from the library. And The Upside Of Falling Down sounds like a really cute read! I’ll add that one to my list too!

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  15. I've read one other Peter Swanson book and it was enjoyable enough. I'll probably check out All the Beautiful Lies. I really want to read The Woman In the Window! I'd like to read Homegoing, but I'm definitely not in the mindset for it at the moment.

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  16. Wow, you read a lot of books in March. Thanks for all the suggestions... I haven't read any of these books yet and always look to add more to my ever-growing to-read list :)

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  17. Ooh, The Woman in the Window sounds good! Adding it to my TBR list :)

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  18. I can't decide if I should read Homegoing or not. If I read too many serious fictions then I burn myself out... I have to limited them. I know I was to read The Hate U Give soon. A Curious Beginning sounds great!

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  19. I didn't love Inside the O'Briens as much as I liked Still Alice, so I get a little skeptical of her stuff. And same with Fredrick Backman. I liked Ove, but Beartown had some super boring parts for me so I think I might skip the grandma one all together maybe. I dont know. I am on the wait list for The Woman in the Window. I am going to add All the Beautiful Lies.

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  20. I'm going to say the same as I said in Gina's post. I had to think of Homegoing as individual stories, because trying to tie them back gave me a headache. I think there was so much to be learned in that book.

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  21. Part of my thinks Homegoing is intentionally hard and uncomfortable to read.

    I really like Peter Swanson books. Waiting on this one from the library!

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  22. My mom just told me about My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry. I have it requested at the library.

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  23. I've been avoiding reading The Woman in the Window due to burn out on the girl/the woman type books, but I haven't seen a negative review yet. Even from people who don't normally love that genre. Maybe, I need to try it.

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  24. Uh oh, Homegoing has been on my to-read list for awhile. Definitely have to wait until I have quality reading time. I usually prefer suspenseful, quick reads! My Grandmother Asked Me....has been on my to read list as well since I've become such a big Backman fan. I wasn't blown away by The Woman in the Window.

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  25. I usually shy away from spoilers, but I highlighted the last one because I knew I wouldn't read it (based on your review). That's the kind of shit that pisses me off as well. It's crazy because you know it could have actually been a pretty decent book if the author had just thought things through a little more. Don't make things make zero sense ... That should be the first rule of writing a novel. Haha.

    I'm glad you liked The Woman in the Window! I highlighted your spoiler here too (since I've already read it), and I guessed the same thing you did. I've never read any Peter Swanson books, but I have several on my list (including this one). Maybe I just need to pick one up.

    Homegoing has been on my list for a long time as well. I have to be in a very specific mood to read that kind of book because I know I won't really enjoy and appreciate it if I'm not.

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  26. I listened to The Woman in the Window on audio and it never quite went fast enough for me. I picked up on the first twist right away but not the second one.

    I'm OFFICIALLY done with Backman. Beartown was fine (I think I have issues with books in translation in general at this point) but I quit Ove and Britt-Marie at like 25% each, so obviously I just can't do his books.

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  27. You had me at grumpy historian! That book sounds charming!

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  28. ALSO. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. I quit it halfway through. BOrrrrrring. However, A Man Called Ove was delightful and I'd love to hear what you think if you read it!

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  29. Definitely going to read the two thrillers at the top eventually. I loved Beartown but hated the other Backman book I read (Britt-Marie), so I'm hesitant on his other works as well.

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  30. I loved Homegoing but know what you mean about a book not being bad, but it just wasn't one you liked or could really connect with. My library holds are suspended right now, but The Woman in the Window is one of them and I'm really excited to read it.

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  31. I LOVED Homegoing but I do understand why people didn't enjoy it like I did.

    I'm on the fence about the new Lisa Genova book. I know she's a good writer and very sympathetic and accurate when she writes about these terrible diseases, like Jodi Picoult with her social issues, but I don't know that I can do it right now.

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  32. I am glad you were able to enjoy Peter Swanson's book! I liked the other two I read by him (The Kind Worth Killing moreso than Her Every Fear) but he definitely favors the dark and twisty. Can't wait to read his latest. Also glad you enjoyed Woman in the Window and you know my thoughts on Homegoing! Fingers crossed that this month's choice is much more FUN than our last selections! LOL!

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  33. OMG! I JUST read Rhythm... and finished it last night! I liked it. I'll be excited to discuss with you both next month! It was pretty different from Lukov (the only other Zapata I have read so far) but I liked them both quite a bit. I have Lingus (ugh that title) and Winnipeg on my ipad. Saving Winnipeg because I know it's everyone's favorite. Welp, just bought Act Like It. So there you go. I never should have started reading romance... it's so much more fun and quick than everything else. LOLOL I just got a copy of that Backman book, we'll see how it goes. His are so emotional! I want to read Homegoing someday and the Speedwell series. Boo for more books though, I get where you're coming from. I want to read more Penny Reid as well. So many books! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  34. I love the Veronica Speedwell Books! I hate waiting between books too, but I agree that this series won’t be as hard to pick up after a time. They are just so fun!

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  35. Ok I quit reading the Woman in the Window because I just couldn't get into it so thanks for the spoiler alert. I do want to know what happens but just didn't care to keep reading. AH! The Upside of falling down looks like something I would like!

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  36. All the Beautiful Lies sounds intriguing!

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  37. I feel like Beartown was Backman's exceptional book. I tried 100 YO Man and the one about the old guy with the burning house. I couldn't do it.

    I'm disappointed that Every Note Played was disappointing. I let my checkout lapse and now I'm #24958271284593 (approx.) on the wait list at the library.

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