Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Books Lately

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I hit a bit of a reading wall in June, read two duds and it just killed my reading mojo for a couple of weeks. But thankfully things picked up again, as they do, so I actually have some books to share today.

The Switch - Beth O'Leary
woman and her grandmother switch houses for 2 months
I absolutely loved The Flatshare so I had high expectations for this one. It's completely different (obviously) and definitely less of a romance, which was a bit of a bummer for me personally, but not enough of a bummer to take away from the book. The characters and the story were delightful and I adored everything. I think what I loved about both books is O'Leary's writing, not only the content. The characters really make the book in this one, they are so realistic and endearing. I loved Eileen and Leena, loved their relationship and how they dealt with their grief. The small town was so charming, I loved all the characters and the cats, loved Eileen making friends with all the people in London. Thanks to Heather for gifting me this one! It doesn't come out in the US until August.
Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid
privilege, race, economic status
I honestly don't know how to talk about this book? I'm still not quite sure how I felt about it. I think I expected it to be more about 'the event' in the beginning, but I really enjoyed that it was about more everyday things, while still touching on quite intense and hard topics. This would make a fantastic book club book. There's a lot to think about and would spark a lot of discussion. It stayed with me a long time after finishing it. I think overall, I really liked it. I liked the characters and also loved to hate some characters. It was a page turner for sure.
One to Watch - Kate Stayman-London
plus size fashion blogger stars in bachelorette type show
Oh my goodness, was this book was a roller coaster. I’ve never watched the bachelor or bachelorette, so didn’t think this would be my jam - but I kept hearing about it and couldn’t resist. That cover! It was so delightful and lovely, such an easy and quick read - though at times, gosh, broke my heart. I can't believe how awful some people can be. Overall, very entertaining and I just adored the characters - definitely recommend if you're looking for a light read. I don't personally consider this a romance even though she's on a show meant for people to find love, but obviously it involves a bit of romance so if that's not your jam, skedaddle.
Received from Netgalley.
The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett
follows the lives of once close but now estranged twin sisters and their children
Man, the character development in this book! Freaking amazing. These characters. Loved them all. Loved their stories. Loved getting to know them. It was beautifully written. I wish I was better with the words - all I can say is that I highly recommend.
mom and daughter go on college tour
This is my second Abbi Waxman book and after Nina Hill, I had high, high, high expectations. I knew it would be nothing like Nina, so I think that helped. I am not a parent and I'm not american, so the whole college thing was hard to relate to, but not too bad. It was really entertaining and easy to read. I loved the two main characters, especially getting both of their POVs on the same thing, analysing each other. Overall, I really liked it - it was a light read, funny and sweet, thoroughly enjoyable.
Her Last Flight - Beatriz Williams
lost pilot and wartime photographer, historical fiction
I did enjoy this one though it was a bit slow, took a bit to get into. It takes place between 1928 and 1947, but I feel like it’s written in such a modern way – especially with the way characters behave – that I would forget until something specific was mentioned. I enjoyed one time period/character's story more than the other, as is almost always the way with books like these that are split into two time periods/characters. The second half is definitely better than the first and I love how this author connects everything and always has a good twist or turn. And of course, a bazillion stars for the cat, Sandy. What a sweetie.
Received from Netgalley.
The Heir Affair - Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
sequel to the royal we
To say I was excited for this would be a massive understatement. It didn't disappoint. This book is drama drama drama and very emotional - I’m glad Heather gave me a heads up on the trigger warnings because it was emotional and hard to read in parts. I don’t want to spoil anything but I thought it was handled with sensitivity that you don’t always see in books with those situations. I admit I was a wee bit disappointed in one character's ending but, what can you do. Getting a sequel to a beloved book is always wonderful, but even better when the sequel is actually good! Eleanor in this book was fantastic. It was a joy to read, perfect escapism, so much fun. If you loved The Royal We, you’ve got to read this one.
Received from Netgalley.
The Weight of the Stars - K Ancrum
This is my first DNF of 2020. I really wanted to love this book, but it was confusing and weird and not what I thought it was at all. I thought it was going to be sci-fi, but it was just about teenagers with a few mentions of a space program? Nothing made sense and I disliked everyone. Think it's a case of me not being the intended audience or something, maybe it's me not the book, but good lord that was a chore.
Stealing Home - Sherryl Woods
ooh boy I was *not* a fan of this. I absolutely should have DNF'd but I'm a sucker for reading things so I can watch the show/movie. There is so much wrong with this book - with the double standards for men and women, the annoying teenagers, the women hating other women, the fat free nonsense, the lets throw in a random eating disorder but not actually deal with it, ughhhhhhhhhh. This book made me MAD. The show was cute though, if a bit cringey (what, I told you I was a sucker).
Take a Hint, Dani Brown - Talia Hibbert
I love Talia Hibbert. I could probably just end the review there, tbh. This was fabulous. I loved Dani, I loved Zaf. Loved them together. I loved how light and silly and hilarious this was. I loved how intense, heartbreaking and realistic it was. And steamy as all get out, of course. Who doesn't love a fake dating trope? Would read anything Talia Hibbert publishes.
The A.I. Who Loved Me - Alyssa Cole
I loved this. It was fun and different and I wish it was longer. I hope we get more like this. This was originally an audible exclusive, but I waited for the ebook because I prefer reading over listening when it comes to romance. It was very short so nice and quick, and I loved how unique it was. Made my cheeks hurt from smiling.
Loud Mouth - Avery Flynn
This was so much fun, quick and definitely starts with a bang (pun intended). I really love her writing, she's one of those authors that I know exactly what I'm getting and I love it - this one was no different. Very readable, enjoyable, silly and fun. Steamy and adorable too.
Not Like the Movies - Kerry Winfrey
This was really cute - I liked it more than the first (Tom Hanks), not that there was anything wrong with the first, just connected more with this one. I really liked Chloe, though not as selfless as her I related to her a lot. Nick just sounds absolutely amazing. It was fast paced, funny, adorable, written well. Really enjoyed it. Loved all the side characters, the chemistry between Chloe and Nick, the friendship between Chloe and Annie. It was fun and sweet, a delightful read. Definitely recommend, especially if you like rom-coms!
Received from Netgalley.
Mermaid Inn & Paradise Cove - Jenny Holiday
These were absolutely delightful. I love her writing, love the characters, the friendships and the relationships. Her books always feel really realistic to me, and they are super readable. Second chance isn't my favourite, but the first was well done - I preferred the second just because I liked the characters a bit more and the trope was way more my speed. Highly recommend both. Reminds me a lot of the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis, if you're a fan of those books.
Received Paradise Cove from Netgalley.

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Life According to Steph

I also read So You Want to Talk About Race, White Fragility, Just Mercy, and Me and White Supremacy and none of those really need reviews, but I definitely recommend them if you're looking to educate yourself.

TL;DR - I recommend any and all of the above if they sound like your jam.

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