My Week in Books (2/18/19)

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(#partner #freebooks. Thank you, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Scribner, One World, and Bloomsbury (some via NetGalley), for the free books to review. All opinions are my own.)

Last Week’s Reads:

  • Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by: Stephanie Land (Hachette Books) – Pub Date: January 22, 2019
    • I wasn’t as excited about this memoir as most people seem to be. While this book is honest and an important addition to the social injustices of economic inequality in our country, I found myself almost too annoyed with Land and some of her decisions to really be able to relate to the book. You can read my full review here.
  • How to Be Loved: A Memoir by: Eva Hagberg Fisher (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) – Pub Date: February 5, 2019
  • The Art of Leaving: A Memoir by: Ayelet Tsabari (HarperCollins) – Pub Date: February 19, 2019
    • I finished this beautiful memoir about a Jewish-Yemeni and her coming-of-age story through her two mandatory years in the Isreal Defense Forces, traveling around the world, and navigating through the grief of her father. I will have a full review posted on Tuesday!
  • Audio: My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1) by: Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions) – Pub Date: September 25, 2012
    • While I think this book is polarizing (you’re either really into it or really not), I started this one as an audiobook on my drive home from out of town. I was really enjoying it, but when I tried again, I couldn’t get back into it. I’m DNFing it for now, but have plans to revisit the paperback on my shelf before making a final decision. I’m hoping this is just a case of right book, wrong time.

Currently Reading/Listening:

  • Vacuum in the Dark by: Jen Beagin (Scribner) – Pub Date: February 26, 2019
    • Not gonna lie: the cover is what drew me to this one! I’m about 5% in and not quite sure if it’s for me; however, I do think it’ll be a quick read…stay tuned!
  • Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Daughters: A Memoir by: T Kira Madden (Bloomsbury) – Pub Date: March 5, 2019
    • This one got tabled for the week as I tried to get through some other galleys that came through with earlier publishing dates. I’m excited to return to these stories because I was really enjoying them!
  • Audio: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugarby: Cheryl Strayd (Random House Audio) – Pub Date: July 10, 2012
    • Yes, I’m slow…but in my defense, I don’t have a work commute everyday and, generally speaking, my children are in the car with me when I am driving. And this book is not for kids’ ears! However, I’m LOVING it so much, I bought the paperback because there’s so much gold here, I want to be able to underline and meditate upon some of Strayd’s wisdom.

Likely to Read Next:

  • The Huntress by: Kate Quinn (William Morrow) – Pub Date: February 26, 2019
    • The Alice Network was one of my favorite books a couple years ago, so I can’t wait to see what Quinn does in this one!
  • We Cast A Shadow by: Maurice Carlos Ruffin (One World) – Pub Date: January 29, 2019
    • From the synopsis: This electrifying, suspenseful novel is at once a razor-sharp satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. I did’t get to this one yet, but it’s still on my radar!

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

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