My Week in Books (2/11/19)


(#partner #free books. Thank you, Random House and Farrar, Straus and Giroux via NetGalley , for free books to review. All opinions are my own.)

Last Week’s Reads:

“Throughout my life, the most consistent way I’ve revealed who I really am is through whom I’ve chose to love.”

As a Black woman working for the Feds in the 1980s, Marie Mitchell is sick of being passed over for high profile cases simply because she’s not a man. The United States is on the verge of the Cold War, but her big chance finally comes when she is given a mission by the CIA to go to West Africa to help infiltrate the President of a small country.

This is Wilkinson’s debut novel and she shows a lot of promise. Her writing is good and it’s well-researched. However, I found the storyline a little confusing. She switched from first- to third-person without any real transitions and I often found myself rereading passages because I was confused.

The storyline is intriguing, but I wanted to enjoy this story more than I did. I was invested enough to see it to the end and I definitely wanted to see how it all wrapped up, but even that left me underwhelmed.

Unfortunately, this book wasn’t a big hit with me.

It’s impressive how much Taylor Jenkins Reid packs into this teeny, tiny short story. The story is told solely through letters – a wife finds letters to her husband from his mistress, so she begins writing letters to the mistress’ husband, who then begins to write her back. If you feel like you’re in the middle of a love triangle (err, square), you are…and it’s a quick and wild ride! In the end, you’re left with feelings of hope, sadness, despair, and wonder. If you need something quick to occupy your mind, grab this one! At only about 100 pages, I was amazed, once again, at TJR’s ability to pull at my heartstrings…I love her writing!

Unfortunately, this is a DNF for me at about 40%. I gave it a valiant effort because I liked the premise – siblings must cross war-torn Syria to lay their father’s body to rest. The writing is slow and meditative – not always a problem for me – but in this instance, it just didn’t work. I slowly found myself not caring.

I loved this book and still can’t stop thinking about it – read my full review here.

Currently Reading/Listening:

Likely to Read Next:


Tell me, friends, what’s been your favorite reads lately?

3 thoughts on “My Week in Books (2/11/19)

  1. I have been hearing so many great things about The Last Romantics and have no idea why it never came up on my radar. Adding to my TBR now!

    I finished Death is Hard Work, but it wasn’t easy. I’m going to review it, but with caveats for exactly the reasons you mention. It is tough going.

    I’m halfway through The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls and it is so good. The blurb compares it to An American Marriage and, in this case, it’s accurate. Different story but the prison parallel is there and is wrenching.

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  2. The Last Romantics is so good! I already crave a reread!

    Death…oh boy. It was work and I’m not about reading feeling like work. I look forward to your review!

    I have a copy of Ravenously Hungry Girls on the way…I can’t wait!


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