Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I have apparently read a lot of books since the last link up, so lets hop to it.


Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
dinosaurs
This is definitely not my usual kind of book, and I wouldn't say it was ridiculously enjoyable like my preferred genre, but the fact that it was enjoyable and that I found it interesting and thrilling despite knowing the story from the movie (though it's been a long time) and despite it being about a subject matter I didn't think I would find interesting... well, to me, that is a very good book. I'll definitely read the next one. 
If I Never Met You - Mhairi McFarlane
fake relationship, chick lit, rom-com
I absolutely loved this. Had such a great time reading it, though the beginning was a bit tough (for me, personally) it still absolutely flew by. It was paced so well, everything flowed perfectly. It was hilarious and adorable and I felt all the feelings. Mhairi's humour is right up my alley, always makes me laugh.   
Received from Netgalley. Publishes March 24th
What You Wish For - Katherine Center
duncan's story (helen's bro from happiness for beginners), grief, loss
This was funny and adorable. I laughed and I got super teary. I adored the main characters and her side characters are always fabulous and fleshed out as well. Center just hits all the nails on the heads when it comes to grief and loss and pain and life. I think her books are fantastic in general and even if you live a perfectly happy life, you will enjoy them, but I think they are most important and amazing when you are struggling. - well, they have been for me. They are uplifting without being preachy, realistic without being depressing. Not my favourite of hers but I did love it.
Received from Netgalley. Publishes July 14
Evvie Drake Starts Over - Linda Holmes
widow and former baseball player deal with stuff
This is one of those books that was good, yes, but it was also just the perfect book at the perfect time for me. I loved the characters. I loved the story. I laughed. I cried. Thought it was ridiculously readable and realistic. It touches on so many things. Letting go, moving on, loss, grief, friendships, mental health. It was intense but also silly. It strikes that balance of light and heavy so perfectly. When I was reading it, it made my heart happy. When I was done, I was even happier, but sad it was over. I missed it and the characters. What more can you ask for? I really loved the writing and would 100% read more from this author.
Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt Haig
part memoir part self help re: depression
I really enjoyed this, personally enjoyed the self help-y parts over the memoir-y parts. He's just so great with the words. It left me feeling hopeful and motivated, but still a little blah about certain things. So. I recommend this, but I wouldn't recommend it to just anyone and everyone. Maybe people who suffer from depression and anxiety, people with loved ones who suffer from depression and anxiety, or people who are curious about depression and anxiety because they know no-one who suffers. So. Mostly everyone.
In Five Years - Rebecca Serle
woman gets glimpse of her life 5 years in the future and it's completely different
I should start every review with 'Heather made me do it'. First off, this is up here because I couldn't put it down, not because I loved it. It was very unputdownable in a WTF is going on kind of way. Secondly, people on goodreads need to stop tagging this as romance. Just stop. Thirdly, it's not predictable in any way (in my opinion) and there were lots of feelings. It's short, so it's a quick read. I honestly still don't quite know how I feel about it.
Lovely War - Julie Berry
first world war love stories told by gods and goddesses
I told you I should start every review with Heather made me do it. I was supposed to be reading books I already owned in March but she twisted my arm (jk of course) until I read this one and I'm so glad she did. I know the description sounds odd but it was so so so good. Yes, it has some love stories in it but honestly, unless you absolutely HATE love, give it a go. This has to be one of the most unique, interesting, captivating books I have ever read. I just finished this last night and still haven't gotten my thoughts together properly but if I can recommend any book today, it's this one, hands down. So, so, so good. And if you audiobook, do that. Trust.
Sadie - Courtney Summers
girl goes missing, told in podcast format
I listened to this and it was very well done. Very unique. Would have preferred a more unambiguous ending, but there you go. I felt like the ending was realistic. Which is sad. It's one of those books I'll think about for quite some time. Pretty disturbing.
mom gets some time to herself
Ooh, ooh, ooh did I have issues with this book! Did you know the shrugging woman emoji is actually a shrugging MOM emoji? I didn't know that either. But now we all know. Am I still allowed to use that emoji? Being, you know, not a mother? Some parts of this book really really annoyed me. But there were some funny lines, it was quick and easy. It was fine and fun and I'd recommend it if you're not the kind of person to get annoyed at stuff like that (unlike me).
Problem Child - Victoria Helen Stone
sequel to jane doe
I loved the first book and was super excited for this one... This one is much slower, much more 'tell' than 'show' in regards to Jane, which unfortunately made it a tad boring. We are told how messed up Jane is, but we already knew that and maybe more showing would have been better. I just didn't love it as much. Definitely a set up for the third book, which I was meh about until the ending and then I was like whoa. Need it now.
Received from Netgalley. Publishes March 24
You Are Not Alone - Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
psychological thriller, wrong place wrong time
I feel like this had potential, but it fell flat. Lots of coincidences in this book, character development was a bit lacking. It was all just a bit bogged down in stuff that didn't help the story. That being said, I was mildly curious to see the connections and where it was going so I didn't dnf. Also, this is ridiculous and means nothing, but they mention reading Pride & Prejudice and the sisters were Jane & Cassandra. so I’m sitting there the whole time wondering if there is an Austen connection or something, I searched through all the reviews to see if anyone else thought the same lol. The answer is no.
Received from Netgalley.
The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish
memoir
I didn't know much about TH before starting this, I just saw a video of her talking about groupon and it made me laugh so I figured why not. I did really enjoy this, it was hilarious and seriously messed up. I really admire her for being as positive as she is. There are places I wanted more depth but it's still a lot more honest than a lot of memoirs. It's not amazingly written, so if you expect that you might be disappointed. If  you're offended easily, I wouldn't recommend. Like I said, I only knew the groupon story but I felt like I had a good handle on her humour based off that talk show snippet, but even I was a teensy bit taken aback at times. If you listen to this, there is a fun song at the end that I had in my head for days afterwards.
Never Have I Ever - Joshilyn Jackson
thriller/mystery about past coming back, betrayal, deception, etc
This was definitely interesting and twisty and disturbing. It was a bit too slow in the beginning for me. Took awhile to get going, though to be fair once it did, it really got going. I remember a couple of jaw dropping moments. I think I'd give this author another go, but I'm not champing at the bit to do so.
Carnival Row - Stephanie K Smith
This was an audible original and I picked it a few months ago because I knew I wanted to watch the show eventually. This book counts on you already being familiar with the show, even though it is described as a prequel. It also tries to do a lot, and that paired with the underdeveloped world meant it all went over my head.
Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince - VE Schwab
I loved the Shades of Magic series and I have loved graphic novels in the past, so I figured this was a shoo-in. Nope. Shoo-out. There was way too much going on each page and it was hard to tell what was going on. I figured everything would be as amazing as Saga. I was wrong.
Chassing Cassandra - Lisa Kleypas
Holy mother of all that is good in the romance world, this is one of the best historical romances I've ever read. Maybe. I don't know. I just adored it. I have enjoyed all the other books in this series a lot, but Marrying Winterborne was just in a world of its own for me. So I expected to like this one, a lot, but didn't expect to love it as much as I did, and now I need to re-read Winterborne to see which one I love more. Anyway, on to this book. It was just absolutely amazing and perfect and delightful. I loved Tom. Cassandra was fabulous as well, but lord. Tom stole the show, and my heart. Watching them fall in love, especially Tom, just melted my cold dead heart. It was beautiful and swoony and adorable.
Then Came You - Lisa Kleypas
Hey, another Kleypas book. This one was published in 1993 so lord, did it have some issues. Some seriously messed up stuff that just wouldn't fly in romancelandia today, and if you've read a recent Kleypas book you know she wouldn't write that stuff now anyway. But, if you can keep that in mind and shrug that stuff off, it's good. I read it in one sitting. I always tend to prefer her heroes over her heroines, she just writes them so well. I loved Lily, but Alex was just fabulous (in the end, he was not fabulous in the beginning). So yeah, it's kind of bonkers and doesn't really age well, but I did enjoy it and laugh at the ridiculous stuff. I've heard hardcore amazing things about the next one, so I can't wait for that.
Some Like It Scandalous & An Heiress to Remember - Maya Rodale
I liked book one in this series (Duchess by Design) but it didn't blow me away or anything, so my expectations were kind of medium for Scandalous and I ended up absolutely adoring it, smile on my face the entire time. So then I had super high expectations for Heiress (thanks Netgalley!) which was good and fine but not as amazing as Scandalous. But all in all, a fun and different historical romance series - set in gilded age NYC.
Love Hard - Nalini Singh
Yeah, Nalini can do absolutely no wrong in my eyes. Romance in all the genres- contemporary, paranormal, sci-fi, plus general mystery/thriller.. I adore her. This was no different. All the perfects. Fantastic. Loved it. Need more.
Received from Netgalley.


Watching You - Lisa Jewell

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TL;DR - I recommend lots of books but mainly Lovely War.

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