Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I've had a crappy few weeks and sometimes I turn to books in times of stress, and other times I turn to tv, and this time it has been tv. We watched The Boys on amazon and we are working our way through Mad Men (we originally watched a couple seasons back in 2012 or so). I also watched Derry Girls. As for what I read... Most of these are from right after the last link up, I haven't read much in a couple weeks. But anyway. Hopefully I'll find some good books to add to the TBR today!

First Grave on the Right - Darynda Jones
she's a part time investigator and full time grim reaper 
This book has been on my list for ages. It is tagged romance on the title's main page on goodreads, but I really don't think it is (but it may be in future books). I mean, there is a smidge of romance in the book, but it's not a romance, if that makes sense. Anyway. This was very readable, very quick, very entertaining. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It reminded me a little of Stephanie Plum, but paranormal-y and not as ditzy (nothing wrong with Stephanie Plum, I just got kind of bored with them).
City of Girls - Elizabeth Gilbert
kind of a fictional memoir in the form of a letter
This was book club's choice last month and I finished it at our book club meeting, oops. Sometimes when I 'have' to read a book, I'm a little more critical of it, especially when I procrastinate and don't start it until the day before. I liked this but I did not love it. It was entertaining, but some parts seemed pointless. It was interesting and I didn't have a problem with the writing, but something was missing for me. It was fine, I don't not recommend it. I will say though, if I asked someone a question and they wrote me a 470 page letter, I'd call them and be like 'can you just answer the question in a paragraph? or one page? Did you really need an entire book?' of course, that's the point, it is a book, but come on now. This is not a letter.
Polaris Rising - Jessie Mihalik
sci fi with a smidge of romance
This was a super fun read, I really enjoyed the writing and the story. Sometimes sci-fi just really hits the spot for me. The characters were all fantastic, I do love the kind of serenity/firefly vibe in books. There is romance in this one, could have been developed a bit more for my liking but not a big deal. Overall it was an enjoyable read and I am excited for the next one.
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
mystery thriller thing
This book took me 2 months to read. It wasn't bad, I was interested, it just never reached unputdownable for me. I don't really have strong feelings about it either way. Lots of twists and turns, but nothing mind blowing.
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower - Nancy Campbell Allen
steampunk fairytale retelling
Books like these are hard to separate into my review categories - it's tagged as a romance but it is a proper romance, which generally means nothing more than kisses (some people call this 'clean', as if romance with more than kisses is 'dirty'. Nice message you're sending there). It definitely focuses more on the other elements of the story, so if romance isn't normally your jam I would probably recommend - but of course only if fantasy/steampunk/fairytale retellings are. Anyway, I enjoyed this one but it wasn't as good as the previous two. It was paced a bit oddly and I felt like there were a lot of elements taken from different fairytales. But it was enjoyable.
The Catcus - Sarah Haywood
susan is awful and not at all lovable like eleanor oliphant so stop comparing k thanks
Oh boy. Oh boy. I was not a fan. Who tagged this as a romance? This is the least romantic book I have ever read. Look. Perhaps people who don't like romance think this is romance because there is a guy and a girl and if you smoosh them together, that makes a love story? NO. If you have read Eleanor Oliphant, would you call that a romance? No. It has a romantic subplot, but it is not a romance. Which is fine, but come on, there is a difference. I loved Eleanor. I hate comparing books and didn't actually expect this to be exactly like Eleanor, but I expected the same vibe. Susan is awful. She is absolutely awful. Do not recommend. Hard no. Bloody cute cover though.
Someone Like You - Lauren Layne
I had high expectations for this one because the guy's story had been hyped up in previous books and I really enjoyed it. Not my favourite of hers and I did feel like I'd seen certain elements before - whether it was in another book, a movie, or real life, I don't remember. But it was good. 
Hearts In Darkness - Laura Kaye
This has been on my kindle for years and honestly, based on the cover and synopsis I didn't expect much. I was wrong! I love when that happens. Loved it. I read the second immediately afterwards and loved it just as much but apparently it's not very well thought of. It's set only a few weeks or months later, but it came out 5 years after the first and I guess people weren't too impressed with the direction it took. It didn't bother me, I think because I read them back to back. Slight warning, it is tagged as erotica on goodreads and because tags are by readers, everyone has different definitions. To me, erotica means more sex than story. Someone else might mean it's just more explicit. I do not consider this erotica.
Brazen & the Beast - Sarah MacLean
The first in this series was a bit clunky and hard to understand the convoluted backstory, but once it got going I liked it. This one was immediately easier because I already knew the backstory with the brothers. I love the world MacLean has created in this series.  I absolutely loved the main characters, Hattie was fantastic. The banter was fabulous, the story interesting, it was a super quick easy read... not my favourite of hers, not my favourite historical ever, but enjoyable nonetheless.
The Wedding Party - Jasmine Guillory
Meh. It was fine. I really enjoyed The Wedding Date and liked The Proposal but this was just meh. Very quick easy read but... meh. Perhaps because it claims to be enemies to lovers and it is very much not.

still working on The Huntress and about 75 other books because my attention span just ain't there right now

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TL;DR - I recommend... First Grave on the Right if you like paranormal and City of Girls, if it sounds like your jam.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

July 2019 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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July was both busy and uneventful. We didn't do anything for July 4th, besides house projects. We changed up the little computer area, KC built me a new computer (as you do) and we moved the bookcases downstairs and built wall shelves. Millie is very stoked about my desk. I have to move my keyboard out of the way for her, but as long as she's happy right?

We also ripped up the nasty ass carpet in the sunroom (emphasis on nasty, seriously) and put down sheet vinyl, which wasn't the easiest thing in the world (literally nothing in our house is straight/level/square/logical) but looks bloody fantastic, if I do say so myself.

The cats are big fans.

Then we went to a soccer game where I had some lovely seltzer - not normally my jam - and our team won. I'm not much for sports on TV but can enjoy almost anything live (besides golf, cricket or baseball, so anything where they hit a ball with a stick). It was something fun and different even if we aren't huge fans.

Then we both got sick (I had strep for the first time, yay) so we were sick on our wedding anniversary. We just hung out at home, not very eventful. I haven't had lamb since I moved here (so freaking expensive here) so KC made some lamb meatballs for me, it was lovely.

We went to a place called Holy Grale which was a ton of fun, though it started raining inside even though it wasn't raining outside.... long story short, someone did something stupid upstairs and water overflowed and somehow into the ceiling fan, which then sprayed water all over everyone. We were all thankful it was just water.

Bev sent me some reusable bags (thanks Bev!) and I've used them a couple of times now. They hold so much more than normal grocery bags. I have been behind on blog reading but I can't wait to catch up on everyone's plastic free July blog posts to get some tips. I also got some bags that I've been using for produce, I always felt worse about those vs the actual grocery bags.

Other things - books, cats, doctor's appointments, vet appointments (for 2, both did well but Chelsea is fat and Penny pissed on me on the way home, which was as awesome as it sounds). Not enough workouts but I shall blame being sick.

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So, what's new with you? Lots of fun, busy things planned for August.