Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! Almost forgot about it until Heather reminded me last night. I feel like I'm worse with the whole 'what day is it' now that I'm back in the office vs when I was at home. Or maybe not. My brain has left the building. I haven't finished a book in a week, didn't read at all over the weekend, so all of these books seem so long ago.


When No-One is Watching - Alyssa Cole
thriller set in brooklyn neighbourhood, gentrification, racism, conspiracy
This was fantastic! It started a bit clunky for me, a bit slow, but it really picks up. Holy moly, this book did not go where I expected it to. It doesn't read like a true thriller at first, the suspense builds up sneakily and a lot happens at once. I saw some reviews complaining about the pacing because of that, but it didn't bother me. I loved all the characters, the writing, the setting. I also really appreciated learning all the history. Parts of the present day were ridiculously hard to read and it made me feel so sad and sick, so I can't even imagine how hard it would be to live with that disgusting behaviour day in and day out. I thought this was a fantastic, well written, timely, thought provoking book.
Received from Netgalley. Publishes 15th of Sept.
Oona Out of Order - Margarita Montimore
woman wakes up each birthday in a different time in her life
I had heard mixed things about this one so I was on the fence - then it was book club's pick so the choice was made for me. I'm so glad, it was really enjoyable! Very unique. Oona was a teensy bit hard to like at times, just because she refused to listen to her past self and some of the decisions she made, oy vey. I do think the book could have benefited from a few random one page chapters with some of the years we missed - nothing too in depth, but I feel like it could have added a lot to the story - things like living through terrorist attacks you knew were coming, or knowing when someone was going to die, etc. Anyway, not perfect, but super readable and I really liked it. It made me feel lots of feelings.
The Jane Austen Society - Natalie Jenner
small town, after second world war, austen fans
I almost didn't read this arc because the audiobook is done by none other than the magical wonderful gorgeous amazing Richard Armitage, but I couldn't wait after Heather loved it so much. I might listen to it just for funsies. I think my main problem with this book was that people kept comparing it to Guernsey, which is not this book's fault. Guernsey is one of my all time faves, so nothing really has a chance 'against' it. They aren't similar story wise, but definitely vibe wise. This is a slow, quiet, sweet book. It deals with some seriously heavy subjects but still somehow has a light feel to it. Lots of characters, took a bit to get to know them all. I think this would make a great movie/tv series and I wouldn't be surprised if it's already in the works with how much hype this was getting prior to publishing - and did I mention Richard Armitage? This is her first book!
Received from Netgalley.
Oh hey, for fun:


I should count how many times I've shared that gif on this blog. 
Mrs Everything - Jennifer Weiner
follows the lives of two sisters, 1950s to present day
I think I need to change up my category thingys because this was fantastic and I really liked it, but it was not unputdownable and took me a long time to read. It's been a long ass time since I've read a Jennifer Weiner book. Everyone kept talking about this one so I knew not to expect the same style as In Her Shoes or Good In Bed. This is one of those books that follows someone's life and because life can be a bit depressing because, you know, it's life, these kinds of books can be a bit depressing. It's not a bad thing, it's just sad because you get invested in their lives because you get know them so well. I mean, it's a good book that gets you so invested, right? I did really like this, I cried, I got angry, I laughed. I feel like I know these women now.
The Eyes of the Dragon - Stephen King
fantasy, dragons, magic, murder
This is my first Stephen King book, because I'm not a horror fan *at all* but I was assured that this was absolutely not horror at all (why are people tagging it as horror on goodreads? stop). I'm glad I gave it a go, I really enjoyed it! It was super unique. Definitely a bit slow, but I felt like it was developed really well and I really got to know all the characters and the world. It was solid. I liked it.
Open Book - Jessica Simpson
memoir
I was a big fan of Jessica's music back in the day so it was super interesting to read about her experiences and remember my own thoughts (like when the video for I think I'm in love with you came out). Made me really think about how vicious the media and that cycle is - as a teenager, I saw her in those videos and wanted to look like her because I thought that was normal and I was abnormal, when in reality she was being pressured about her weight and not eating. I know it as an adult and I think we're in a slightly better place these days, but hearing her talk about things that I had such strong memories associated with was kind of surreal. Anyway. It seemed to me like she was really honest without ever coming across mean or petty. Overall I really liked it.
Untamed - Glennon Doyle
memoir/self-help
Hello gorgeous cover. I really enjoyed this one, some parts more than others. I love how raw and honest the author is. I really related to a lot of the stories, and not so much to others. It's kind of scattered and not a whole lot of rhyme or reason to the order, but I thought it worked well. I liked her message and can understand why people find her so inspirational. It was thought provoking and I feel like it's the kind of book that inspires you to examine your own thoughts/opinions on the things she talked about. I think I highlighted like half the book. Really liked it.
Rock Bottom Girl - Lucy Score
I really, really, really disliked another book by this author so I was hesitant to read this one - but I don't like listening to the episodes of Not Your Mom's podcast without reading the book, so.... I'm so glad I did! I loved this one. Older characters, hilarious, sweet, adorable. It flew by for a 500 page book.
Wolf Gone Wild - Juliette Cross
This is another case of 'read a book by this author and didn't love it but NoYoMo made me read it' and I am so freaking glad. Love love loved it. Gorgeous cover, unique story, fun, silly, adorable, just all around fabulous. Definitely recommend, I think this would be great even for those who don't normally like paranormal.

I am in the middle of 9 books. Nothing is grabbing me right now. But I am enjoying this new one by Abbi Waxman - comes out on the 16th of June.

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TL;DR - I recommend When No-One is Watching but while you're waiting for that one, Oona or Jane Austen were super enjoyable. I think everyone should read Untamed, just because I feel like we can all get something from it.

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