Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! Unfortunately I don't have a ton to talk about today, been in a kind of funk. Hopefully I'll find some fun books via the link up and they will magically be available at the library with no waiting...
Things You Save in a Fire - Katherine Center
firefighter moves to be with her estranged mother
I did not love every single second of this one like I did with How to Walk Away, but in the end I did love it. I don't want to spoil anything or set expectations, but I will say the last 25% is intense AF. I very rarely am actually 'on the edge of my seat' but I was with this one. KC tried to talk to me and I was like NOTRIGHTNOW. I really really loved the ending. The kind of ending where you just sit there all content for a few minutes.
Received from Netgalley.
family drama after teenage daughter dies
This book has been on my list for ages, I really enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere and wanted to read this one before Celeste Ng came to my city.... and honestly, I was a bit disappointed.This is such a weird book, not in content but how I felt about it. The writing was fantastic and I wanted to know what happened. But I disliked the characters and was not impressed with the ending. It left a bad taste in my mouth. I was cranky and sad and needed to read fluffy books after I finished. But then I went to see Celeste Ng with my book club and she was so fantastic and fabulous and adorable, I *loved* her. It made me like this book more lol.  I will absolutely read another of her books though.
The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin
4 siblings find out the date they will die
I don't really have strong feelings about this book. I liked it, but didn't love it. Interesting premise, but... kinda boring. I kept waiting for a plot or overall story arc, and that didn't really happen. I kept expecting something else to happen rather than just following their lives until their date arrives. I will say, I thought it was written well, and it was a great book for book club - very discussion provoking.
Educated - Tara Westover
memoir
Goodness gracious, this book is crazy. This woman's life is crazy. At times extremely hard to read, hard to believe people like this exist. 
Ayesha at Last - Uzma Jalaluddin
p&p retelling
Meh. My problem with this book is that I went into it expecting P&P. I don't mean retellings can't change things, I want them to. But I still want the same feelings, I still want to feel the same way about the characters. If you don't want me to have those expectations, don't call it a P&P retelling. There was a lot (a lot) of drama in this book. Too much. In the end, I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it. It was okay. I know that's on me and my expectations, there's no telling how I would have felt if I wasn't expecting P&P feelings.
Received from Netgalley.
ya fantasy 
I think I borrowed this from the library 3 times before I finally got to it. I liked it. I've already forgotten a lot of it. Kidding. It was not an 'easy' read. Lots going on. Very long book. Wouldn't have hurt to have a few things drawn out, but what do I know. This is fantasy, but there are a lot of problems that are relatable to our world. Curious to see where the next book goes.
Cinder & the Prince of Midnight - Susan Ee
cinderella retelling
I am still getting my feelings together but I am shocked that this is the same author as Angelfall. This was so underwhelming and just not... good. I only ever preorder books when I am 99% sure I will love it. This one didn't have the page number listed beforehand, so I paid $5.99 not knowing this was a 201 page book. I could have dealt with that though if the book was actually good. I am so bummed. I don't recommend this, Angelfall fan or not.
Just One of the Groomsmen - Cindi Madsen
This is probably one of the best 'friends to lovers' I've ever read, and that's one of my least favourite tropes so I am super critical of it. This was a ton of fun and I'm glad Heather pushed me to read it, lol. I will definitely pick up more from this author.
Bringing Down the Duke - Evie Dunmore
This was a different kind of historical, different period than I'm used to. It was fun, I really liked it. It was cute and fun. That's all I really remember about it to be honest.
Received from First to Read.
The Bromance Book Club - Lyssa Kay Adams
This was super cute! Very quick read and tons of fun. Love the idea of the book club and loved all the characters. It's not very often you read about already married couples. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend!
Received from Netgalley.

The Huntress + Recursion (comes out today, I meant to finish it before today but... life).

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Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend Things You Save in a Fire if you liked How to Walk Away, though I did like HtWA better. Educated if you like memoirs. 

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