Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Books Lately - February & March 2022

Happy Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I was so happy and proud of posting January's books and all set to just be a perfect little (SUYB) poster this year.... then February happened and ugh, still not doing so great. I took a couple weeks off reading because I always end up hating whatever books I read during tough times. 

My favourite reading buddy, reading is lonely without her.

Saga #55 & #56 - Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Read this series in 2019 and then re-read them in 2021. Loved. I still adore this series, I'm not sure how I would have felt about these new ones if I'd only just discovered Saga, but because I had to wait almost 2 years, perhaps my expectations were too high (some people had to wait 3 years, so.) They aren't as good as the first lot, though maybe it's because I'm still sad about something. Overall, I did enjoy them and want more, and recommend this series as a whole. Even if you think you don't like graphic novels.
I liked this series. More or less than her other series, I don't really know - just in a different way. I'm really bad about rereading the synopsis of books before I read the book, so something in the synopsis shocked me and I think I stayed shocked and upset for the entire first book. I don't think I have a ton to say about these books that others haven't said, it's a very interesting world, I love her writing, I really enjoyed all the characters and how everything played out. I'm very curious to see where she'll take things and wish we didn't have to wait so long. I will say, my brain just doesn't analyse fantasy or completely understand everything like it used to. I read for enjoyment and if I can enjoy it even with a few things going over my head, I'm okay with that.
The Hathaways - Lisa Kleypas
Ok, I read the first book in this series years ago, have owned the second for just as long and I'm trying to read books I own. Romance readers know how authors like to hint at future couples/books so I was super intrigued by one couple and really wanted to finish book two to get to it. I don't skip books or read out of order though, so I of course had to read book three before book four.. and book three ended up being my favourite! It was fantastic and everything I love about historical romance. I know if you're a historical romance fan you've likely already read these or they are on your list - I won't lie, books 1, 2 and 4 are good and fine but not her best. Book 3 was fabulous though, in my opinion. Just worked for me.
I enjoyed Death on the Nile more than Styles (I keep wanting to call it Harry Styles). The Styles one didn't grab me the same way, but it was fine. I did quite enjoy Death on the Nile and couldn't guess how it was going to end, but I wasn't really gobsmacked when everything was revealed. But I still liked it a lot - And Then There Were None is still my favourite of hers. Mainly I like her books because it makes me feel close to my Nan somehow, even though I never read her books until after my Nana died. Really regret that.
This was a book club book and I 100% would never have picked it up otherwise. I listened to it, no way I would have been able to read it, just not my cuppa. I listened while I cleaned and played video games one day. Parts of it were interesting, but really I feel like this could have been called 'cleaning and decorating the white house over the years'. I don't know if it's because I'm not American or I wouldn't enjoy it regardless, who knows. I didn't hate it, it was fine and there were definitely interesting tidbits. He cared a lot about the first ladies weight and what they ate though...
Gallant - VE Schwab
I knew this wouldn't be like Addie or Shades of Magic, but I still thought it sounded very interesting. It wasn't as good as I hoped, which sucks, but it was still well written and really unique. Super creepy tone, I just never really connected with it. It was fine though, not mad I read it. Just wanted a bit more.
I really liked this one! It was ridiculous and over the top and just a damn good time. It was a really easy read and I laughed several times. It was a book club pick and it was overall well liked. I just started the second.
Heather recommended this one to me and it was on netgalley so I thought why not. I have this weird habit when I listen to the audiobook, I have to have the ebook handy, open while I listen. And I didn't have that with this one, and I'm so used to it that I really struggled retaining information sometimes because of it. I did learn about the 52 Hertz whale which was interesting and heartbreaking. There's a lot going on in this book and I wasn't super dooper into it until the end, which I think was very well done. Overall I liked it though.
Circe - Madeline Miller
I have owned this book for a really long time, and I have heard nothing but good things over the years. I kept meaning to read it but I always slack on books I own and choose arcs/library books instead. So I finally made myself read it and I did like it. Unfortunately, when bad things happen in my life, whatever book I am reading/read after the bad thing... Well, it just never survives. It sucks, but Circe was that book this time. I liked the writing, I liked the overall story, I liked the world. I don't know why I felt a bit dead inside when I finished - was it me? The state of the world? The book? The bad thing? Who knows. I do think I would have loved it if circumstances were different... But I read for enjoyment and good feelings, and whether it's the book's fault or not.... anyway. I ramble. I will definitely pick up another book by this author.

I don't have much to say about these ones, mainly because I read them a few weeks ago and don't remember enough to write a good review. They were all solid romances though and I enjoyed all of them. The Suite Spot was good, not as amazing as The Float Plan, but really sweet and enjoyable in its own way. Jill Shalvis never lets me down, her books are always exactly what I expect - in a good way. Tessa Bailey has been up and down for me in the last couple of years, but this series about the two sisters was very good - I did like this one more than the first. Recommend if they sound like your jam.

UnEnchanted - Chanda Hahn
2022 is the year I read books I own and this was the oldest book on my kindle, so what a good place to start! Unfortunately, it didn't work for me. I don't enjoy shitting all over books so I don't want to go into it too much - lots of people love it! I thought it had potential and the idea is fabulously unique. I just really disliked it.

Just started the second Finlay Donovan for something light and fun.

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