Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I am still kinda in a funk in the sense that I am reading plenty, but books aren't really wowing me right now. With a random exception here or there. Which could be the books I'm reading, sure, but it feels like me, if that makes sense.

^All my choices for Erin's challenge! 

A Curse So Dark and Lonely - Brigid Kemmerer
beauty and the beast retelling
This book was so good!! I kept hearing how amazing it was and I knew I would love it, and I did. But still, it took me almost 2 weeks to read, so that's how I know the funk is me and not the books I am reading. But anyway. This was such a fun, interesting, fantastic Beauty & the Beast retelling. Absolutely loved every second of it, can't wait for the next one.
lady opens a cupcake cafe after being made redundant 
I don't know why this was on netgalley when it was published years ago but I'm not complaining. It was cute. I enjoyed it for the most part but had a really hard time with how she kept going back to her dirtbag ex. I liked the ending, I liked the other characters, I liked the story. Take out how much of a doormat she was and I would have liked this a lot more. No big, it was cute and passed the time well enough.
Received from Netgalley.
Two Can Keep a Secret - Karen McManus
secrets, twins, missing girls and murder mysteries
I really enjoyed her first book and found it instantly unputdownable, though it had its issues. I found this one the opposite of unputdownable in the beginning, perhaps I am easily confused but I couldn't wrap my head around it all. Eventually it picks up and I liked it a lot. So even though it wasn't instantly unputdownable, I much preferred the story, the ending and the characters in this one. I'd definitely read her next one.
Recursion - Blake Crouch
sci-fi mystery thriller
Not my favourite of his, but I did like it a lot. I just think a lot went over my head and I don't know that I loved the topic. It eventually got unputdownable though, when it focuses more on the characters, maybe? I really liked the two main characters and I loved the ending. He really is a fantastic writer, he has a talent for mixing in the sciencey stuff and making it interesting and somewhat easy to understand.
Received from Netgalley.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone - Lori Gottlieb
memoir/self help
This was June's book club book and I admit, I was resistant to reading it. It was interesting, but some parts were super hard to read - that's on me though, don't think it was the content or writing that would bother other people. It was a really good book club book, lots of discussion.
Meet Me in Monaco - Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb
historical fiction, grace kelly, photographer + perfumer
I requested this purely based on their other book. I wasn't loving it as much as Last Christmas in Paris, but it was good - one thing was annoying me but I could brush it off if the story went where I wanted it to go. Then something else happens and it meant I finished the book irrationally bitter and cranky. I still liked it overall, I just would have liked it a lot more if something else had happened. How's that for a vague review.
Received from Edelweiss.

Parental Guidance - Avery Flynn
If you remember me talking about Butterface and Muffin Top - this is the same author. I adore her. I love the topics she writes about, I freaking love her characters, her books are just so bloody delightful. At first I was upset she was veering away from the Hartigans series, but after reading this one I am 0% upset. One of my favourite things is finding an author and knowing exactly what I am getting from them, Avery Flynn is one of them for me. If you are looking for fun, adorable, slightly steamy romances with realistic characters - pick up one of her books.
Received from Netgalley.
The Wallflower Wager - Tessa Dare 
This one doesn't come out until next month, it's the third in the Girl Meets Duke series. I didn't love it as much as the first two, but I did really really enjoy it.  It was funny and adorable and I wanted to squeeze the two main characters. The first one is still my favourite though!
Received ARC.
Lady Bridget's Diary - Maya Rodale
This is a mix between a P&P and Bridget Jones retelling - I know what you're thinking, Kristen, Bridget is a P&P retelling already so that's redundant but there are things in Bridget that aren't in P&P, so this is a mix of the two, and regency to boot. It was bloody delightful. Did I like it because of P&P/Bridget or because it was actually a fabulously wonderful time? Don't know, don't care friends.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown - Talia Hibbert
OMG. I cannot even with my love for this book. It comes out in November - I am never this far ahead with ARCs but there was no way I could hold off. Also, there's a cat! There needs to be more cats in books. The heroine is a chronically ill computer geek with an 'I almost died so I need to get a life' list. Also, the hero is dealing with the after effects of an emotionally abusive relationship and he's all emotionally vulnerable and not a dickhead about it. These things don't sound like they'd make a romcom, but gah. My feelings. My heart. I just, I just can't, okay. It is steamy because it is Talia Hibbert, but this is one of my top reads of 2019 fo shiz. Also, cat.
Received from Netgalley.

Still working on The Huntress and also The Wife Between Us

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Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend A Curse So Dark and Lonely if fantasy is at all your jam. I also did like Two Can Keep A Secret, Recursion & Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.

Read anything decent lately?

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