Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Books Lately

Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I've been kind of so-so on books lately. I go up and down and I like to just let those phases run their course. I was reading The Clockmaker's Daughter and don't want to say I DNF'd it, because I don't even remember the first 2 chapters, but I am pausing it for now. Just not in the mood for a Kate Morton book. Once I finally admitted that, I got back into reading but mostly romance so I don't have a whole lot of 'normal' books to share.

Jane Doe - Victoria Helen Stone
mystery thriller with sociopath
This one is near impossible to talk about or describe without spoilers. Basically, the main character is a nutjob but this is one of the times that you like them/agree with them/want them to succeed... Kind of like Joe from You, but even more so. I knew I liked this author's writing because she writes romance under another name but I was hesitant because this isn't my usual genre. I was pleasantly surprised because I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty 
nine strangers go to a health resort
I really, really, really liked this. I am so glad I read it as soon as it was released, unlike Truly Madly Guilty where I waited a bit and then the hype was too insane and there were negative reviews and I ended up waiting a couple of years. I will say, this one is nothing like what I've read from her previously and I think she is a super versatile writer. It does get a bit weird and it's hard to explain why without spoilers. I loved the characters in this book and while it's not exactly compelling in a must find out all the things way, it is a very easy quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course, as always, biased because I love all the Australianisms in her books but doubly biased this time because our book club went to go see her talk about it last week and it was everything and now I adore her even more.
Pride - Ibi Zoboi
modern YA diverse P&P retelling
I was insanely excited for this and ridiculously disappointed. I should have DNF'd it but the idea was so fantastic and I kept hoping it would get better. I didn't click with the writing, I personally don't think it should be called a P&P retelling, but mostly the characters are what ruined this for me. I think I am eve more bummed because I was so excited, so sure I would love it. Womp.
Eh, even romances were a bit lacklustre for me lately. A couple of great ones but for the most part everything was very fine but forgettable.

Bad Habits Trilogy // Butterface // Fall // I started the Immortals After Dark series finally, very behind the times at least in the paranormal romance world, and I'm currently up to book 6.
Kingdom of Ash - well, I've read the first chapter a couple of times but this book is almost a thousand pages so I keep putting it off even though I'm excited for it.

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TL;DR - I recommend both Jane Doe and Nine Perfect Strangers. Hopefully my reading mojo will be up before the next link up.

Read anything decent lately?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

October 2018 Recap - What's New With You Link Up

Hello all, time for another what's new with you link up! Thanks again if you join me, I always appreciate it. You don't have to display the button if you don't want to, but don't forget to mention it somewhere in your post and check out some of the other posts! I'll be doing a monthly recap like I do every month.

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So October was a very quiet month.

KC randomly got a hankering to make some bread, so we did. First we made it after following a recipe from a youtube channel that makes things like in the 'olden days' and then we made one I found on pinterest because some things are better modern. Ha. I also figured I'd try and make some muffins, they turned out pretty well too. First time I've ever made muffins (baker, I am not).

My friend invited me to a craft night her friend was hosting, and we made these cute little nail art things and they are way harder than they look. Seriously.

My favourite Heather sent me some goodies that I didn't take photos of besides the crunchie that I demolished immediately. She also sent me these fancy night lights that her husband made on his 3D printing thingy. I need to take a photo of those to share because they are so lovely!

And then there was Halloween - well, Halloween eve. We got all our trick or treaters on Tuesday evening and ran out of candy. No photos, we didn't dress up either. I get kind of overwhelmed and feel a lot of pressure so I only hand a bit of candy out and then I make KC do the rest.

Other than that, I read a lot, nothing new there. I also started watching Riverdale one night when I didn't feel like reading, I think I made it 10 episodes and I'm not over it or anything, but when I felt like reading again I did. I just have a horrible attention span when it comes to TV shows because they take so much longer for me to watch than for me to read a book... You know?

My sweet Pacey died and even though I've been gone for 6 years, I still got regular updates and photos and she definitely remembered me both visits. She lasted a year longer than mum originally thought she would and she wasn't in pain, so that's what matters. I wish I had more photos of her, but when we got her I didn't have a digital camera, so I'm sure photos exist somewhere.. on film ha.

And now here we are in November - this year has definitely flown by. 2017 and 2018 have both been hard years emotionally for me (and lots of other people). I am feeling the same about 2018 as I was 2017 - I am ready for it to be over so 2019 can be better. I know that's a silly way to think, but a new year is a fresh clean slate and always makes me feel better. I honestly feel like I've been under a cloud since November 2016, anyone else? It's funny, my reading went up 50% in 2017 and another 50% in 2018 (so far). Not bragging or trying to be like, look at me I read so much, but reading is 100% my coping mechanism and it shows over the past 2 years.

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So, what's new with you?