Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I have a couple good books to share today even though I'm not fully back to my normal reading self. I'm sure I'll get back there eventually, I'm all about not forcing it.

A Woman Is No Man - Etaf Rum
three generations of palestinian women in brooklyn
I really hemmed and hawed over the category to put this book under - because it took me 4 and 1/2 months to read, it was the opposite of couldn't put it down. I started it in a not so great place of my life and didn't pick it up for weeks at a time (mainly because I didn't feel like reading and when I did, I wanted comfort and this is not that book). Finally, I picked it back up and flew through the second half. The topic of this book makes it hard to read so I doubt it'll be a finish-in-one-sitting for anyone. I don't know how much my 'meh-ness' with the first half of the book was me and how much was the book... I think mostly me. I really enjoyed the second half, if a book stomping all over your heart can be enjoyed. It broke my heart. So even though it took me ages and I didn't *love* the writing/first half, it goes up here and I do recommend it.
Ask Again, Yes - Mary Beth Keane
family drama
Read this for book club, it went over fairly well-ish. I had heard great things so perhaps my expectations were a bit high. I thought it was written really well. Definitely more character driven than plot driven, which I am normally okay with except in this one I feel like it needed just a tiny bit more of a plot, or fewer characters... I like character driven books but I feel like this one had too many characters to really connect to any of them properly. Though, perhaps that was the point, it was more of an overall look at their lives rather than a close up of a short period. I thought certain things could have been developed more or at least not skipped over... but overall, definitely enjoyed it and do recommend it. This is another I wasn't sure which category to put it in, but I finished it in a day and enjoyed reading it, so up here it goes.

Dear Girls - Ali Wong
ali wong's letters to her daughters/memoir
For some reason, I am always intrigued by memoirs even if I'm not a 'fan' of the celebrity. Some of the ones I've enjoyed the most are ones where I didn't know much about the person beforehand (Gabrielle Union, Leah Remini, Shonda Rhimes, Tina Fey to name a few, and yes, Tina's was like, 10 years ago, I am a fan now). I've never watched her standup, but I really enjoyed Always be my Maybe, so I figured why not. Long story long, parts of this were funny but I am not sure her sense of humour is really for me. If you are an Ali Wong fan, I recommend. If, like me, you didn't know much about her humour beforehand, maybe not. Also, it was a lot about marriage/pregnancy/babies, which, you know, not exactly things I find funny right now, but again, that's me and not the book.
Received from Netgalley.

Love on Lexington Avenue - Lauren Layne
I adore LL's books but the first in this series was a letdown, so I was hesitant to try this. But I figured I've read 18 of her books and out of all of those, only 4 of them were 3 stars, so not even bad, just not great. Anyway. This one follows in the same footsteps steam-wise (aka, none) but it was much more enjoyable - everything about it clicked for me. I adored the characters and the story, it was cute and funny, the ending was literally the cutest ending on the entire planet. Excited for the next one!
Received from Netgalley.
Awk-Weird - Avery Flynn
Avery Flynn can do no wrong in my eyes. This was adorable. Oops baby after one night stand is not normally my jam, and I tend to stay away from that trope anyway for obvious reasons, but again, Avery Flynn can do no wrong. I love love loved the found family in this one - made me think of my own found family. Very cute, definitely recommend if you like romance/her other books.
Received from Netgalley.

Still reading The Heart's Invisible Furies (about 20% in)

Linking up with Steph & Jana

Life According to Steph

I also re-read the first four in the Winston Brothers series, the second in the Charley Davidson series, the thirteenth in the Psy-Changeling series and the prequel novella in the His Dark Materials series (definitely continuing) - but don't have much to say about any of them except I enjoyed them all.

TL;DR - I recommend Ask Again, Yes and A Woman Is No Man.

Read anything decent lately?

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