Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! Got a few good ones to share today.

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
ten strangers invited to an island, one by one they die
Never thought I'd say this about an Agatha Christie book, but yeah, totally could not put this down. Really really loved it. Immediately watched the mini series thing right afterwards, which I probably shouldn't have done because it didn't hold my attention as much as it should have. Anywho. Loved it. Really loved it. Only wish I had read it years ago when my nana was still alive so we could talk about it :) 
The Place on Dalhousie - Melina Marchetta
australian amazingness, family and friends and netball
I bought this book as soon as Erin told me about it, even took it to Australia with me, but I kept putting it off. I don't know why, because I knew I would adore it, and I did. I want to cry with how much I love Melina Marchetta books. I want to live in them. One day I want to re-read all of the ones that are connected because I didn't remember enough about the other books when I was reading this one. I think this one might be my favourite of hers. I felt so at home. Made me want to play netball again (do we think there are any leagues in Kentucky? Probably not).
When We Believed in Mermaids - Barbara O'Neal
woman goes to nz after seeing her supposedly dead sister on the news
This one was a slow start for me but by the end I absolutely loved it and not sure I could tell you why. I really liked the writing and the story, but the characters just wormed their way into my heart and I think they are the main reason I loved this book (and the romantic subplot, let's be honest). I do have a small qualm though, the author is very clearly not from NZ and there were quite a few inaccuracies or... I don't know, generalisations that left me feeling a bit funny. So that bummed me out a bit, but obviously not something that would bother most people. I'm not even kiwi so it shouldn't bother me, and it really doesn't - I still loved it.
The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
ya fantasy
I really liked this! I really liked the world he created, the characters, the story. I had a super fun time reading it and will definitely continue the series.
Matchmaking for Beginners - Maddie Dawson
matchmaking and falling in love and lots of sparkles
I liked this. I had some slight issues with the whole sparkles and auras and all that jazz, and from a romance reader point of view there was so much wrong with this book - so I wouldn't recommend for true romance readers - but it was fun and light and cute and if you like fun and light and cute, I would recommend. 
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald - Therese Anne Fowler
the wife of f. scott fitzgerald
We aren't forced to read certain books in high school like it seems schools here are, so I knew nothing about her husband before starting this book, never read anything by him. This book made me not want to read anything about these people ever again. Was I supposed to like them?

Love Her or Lose Her - Tessa Bailey
This is the next in the series after the very popular Fix Her Up... I love Tessa Bailey normally but this one super didn't work for me. Partly because of the characters, partly because of the trope (marriage in trouble, blah). I don't think it was all me though, this just wasn't as good as her others and I had trouble seeing what little good there was because of the trope. I should have just skipped it.
Received from Netgalley.
Temporary - Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry
You would think, combining two authors I absolutely hardcore love, that this book would just be an explosion of amazingness that I adored... and I did like it. But not as much as I expected. It was good and I liked it a lot, but I never got a feeling of 'I am reading a Sarina Bowen or Sarah Mayberry book'. It was missing their distinct voices, which is what I love so much about their books... anyway. It was good. Certainly not mad I read it.
Almost Just Friends - Jill Shalvis
My favourite thing about Jill Shalvis that 99% of the time, I get exactly what I am expecting, and how can you not love that? I don't mean story wise, I mean feelings wise. If you've ever read more than one book by her, you know what I mean. This is my favourite of her newest series. Lots of feelings.
Received from Edelweiss.

Jurassic Park and Never Have I Ever - I'm so close to finishing Never and I was really hoping to finish it before today, but... life.

Linking up with Steph & Jana

Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I recommend Dalhousie for sure, Mermaids and the Agatha Christie book.

Read anything decent lately?

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