Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! First off, happy freaking 5 year anniversary ladies!! I cannot believe it has been that long and I'm so happy it is still going. Please never stop. Also, small reminder that I coincidentally posted about books on the same day you all started, so I am the original member/link-er-upper, right? Let me have that? Jk. But not really. Why do I remember things like that and can't remember if I locked the door?

I was hoping I'd have more books to talk about today, but alas. Thankfully I feel like reading again - for a few weeks there I was worried - but I've been too busy with the house, moving, etc. Things will calm down soon, the house will close and I'll put everything in the apartment away, and then I'll have more time to read. 

Quick side note - thank you to all the kind comments and emails and messages after my post last week. I did chuckle a bit at how it seemed like I was trying to sneak that little tidbit in my post - I wasn't trying to be sneaky, I am just in such 'to do list' mode right now that I was just reporting like, yep, this is what is new, then this, then this... but it did make me laugh, I wasn't going for the shock factor. I just didn't want to open with that and I didn't quite know how to segue into it, like by the way, I'm getting divorced. Not that I'm apologising, we all know how much we hate apologising in blogland. Just explaining. But anyway. Thank you again. I am doing okay.

Moving on...

The Huntress - Kate Quinn
world war 2
This book took me 100 years to read. It was good. It was written well. But lort, it was long. It felt like a Kate Morton book, except that at least with a KM book, the slog makes up for it because the whole convoluted mess all comes together neatly with a bow at the end.... you know? I don't know that this book was worth the length, if that makes sense. It was good. I liked it. But I kept waiting for something more to happen and it didn't. I'm not mad I read it. There were some parts I really enjoyed. I liked the characters and their relationships. I liked learning about different aspects of the war I hadn't before. I got teary a couple of times. I did like it, I just didn't hardcore love it.
A Nearly Normal Family - M.T. Edvardsson
legal thriller
Book club's latest. Not the biggest hit. If I'd read this on my own, I would have DNF'd in the first part because the father's section was awful. I liked the daughter's section the most, the mother's just felt unnecessary. There was a lot of repetition. Overall, it was kind of interesting and I did want to know what happened. But it was a pretty 'meh' read.
Outfox - Sandra Brown
romantic suspense
After about a month of not really reading, I jumped back in with an author that I always enjoy, I can always count on her to wow me and keep me interested in both the romance and the suspense. Her books are always twisty and interesting and I can't put them down..... so imagine how disappointed I am! I thought it was just me and my mood, but several of my goodreads friends feel the same. This just was not Sandra Brown quality. I read the first 60% quickly because it was an easy read, but then I struggled to finish it because nothing interesting was happening, the suspense was not suspenseful, the romance was kind of cringey.... Overall, not the worst book I've ever read, but definitely the worst 'newer' Sandra Brown I've read (I generally don't love her 80s/early 90s stuff).
Murder at the Brightwell - Ashley Weaver
cozy historical mystery 
This book has been on my list for a very long time. It was fun. It took me a long time to read, though I think that was me and not the book. I didn't guess the killer, so I did find that part interesting. It wasn't the most amazing book, it wasn't the most captivating read, but I did enjoy it overall, I did have a good time reading it and I already have the next one from the library.
No Judgments - Meg Cabot
I quite enjoyed the princess diaries series so I was intrigued by this new series by Meg Cabot. Wasn't impressed by the novella that came before this one, but chalked that up to it being a novella... but unfortunately, wasn't terribly impressed by this one either. It was cute and a quick read, but there was way too much going on, I felt like it was a 'lets fit all the things in!' kind of book. If it's going on in the world today, MC tried to put it in this book. Because of that, the romance was definitely underdeveloped and rushed. But it was cute enough and passed the time more than fine.
Received from Edelweiss.
War - Laura Thalassa
I had high, high, HIGH expectations for this after loving Pestilence so very much (sidenote, hate these covers, the original Pestilence cover was the most beautiful cover in the entire world). I didn't love this one. Was it me, was it the book? I don't know. I didn't love or care about the characters, so I didn't care about the story. I'll still read the next one, but meh on this one.
He's So Fine (Lucky Harbor, #11) - Jill Shalvis
Good ol' Jill Shalvis never lets me down. That's all I have to say about this book actually. I went in expecting XYZ and that's exactly what I got. I love her. This was delightful.

Dear Girls and The Heart's Invisible Furies - I literally just started this one this morning, so no thoughts yet.

Linking up with Steph & Jana. Happy 5 year anniversary guys!


Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend The Huntress & Murder at the Brightwell, even though they are all under 'enjoyable enough' I definitely enjoyed those two more than the other two.

Read anything decent lately?

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