Happy Hump Day!
Fall is in full swing around here. Pumpkin Spice is still my jam and I really just wish coffee shops would offer it year round. amiright? (Especially that new Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew!!)
While it looks like I read a lot of books this week, it’s not as impressive as it first seems. Twenty-One Truths is quick – the book is literally just lists. I skimmed Speak No Evil because it wasn’t that technical, Evvie was a quick, and Irena was a graphic novel.
What have you been reading (and loving) this week?
Last Week’s Reads:
- This one started out strong, but lost its steam about halfway through.
- While it was an impressive feat to write an entire book only in lists, one can only read so many lists before getting totally burned out.
- Despite my eventual boredom, there were some parts that were incredibly smart and really made me stop and think.
- Daniel is incredibly frustrating. If he seemingly has all this time to write down lists, shouldn’t he be able to get another job and dig him and his wife out of his secret (terrible) financial situation? I mean, put the pen down already!
- The ending wrapped up quickly and a little too tidily considering how much time it took to get there.
- In conclusion, this book was unique in its presentation, but overall, just meh for me.
*** Speak No Evil by: Liana Gardner (Vesuvian Media) – Pub Date: October 1, 2019
For a book that handles difficult topics, I had a hard time connecting to the characters – mostly the main character, Melody – in this one. Raised in a snake handling church, Melody has a gift for calming animals. But when her mother dies and her father disappears, she enters the foster care system and stops talking. Through therapy sessions, she finds her voice again. Many of the topics were introduced, but glossed over and I think that’s where the disconnect happened. I was intrigued enough to keep reading, but ultimately feel very little emotion for this one.
*** Evvie Drake Starts Over by: Linda Holmes (Ballantine) – Pub Date: June 25, 2019
I think Evvie Drake has finally convinced me to stop dismissing #romcom novels. Either that, or this genre has really killed it this year because I keep reading them and finding that they make my heart happy! I loved this one…as have many of you! I’m late to the party, but I’m glad I finally joined. I loved Evvie and Dean’s characters. Linda Holmes is crafty with her dialogue and I truly lol’d at some it! If you need a light and refreshing read, this is the one!
Irena (Book One): Wartime Ghetto by: Jean-David Morvan (Lion Forge) – Pub Date: August 13, 2019
This is a graphic novel that deserves some attention! It’s a true story about Irena Sendlerowa, a social worker in the Warsaw Ghetto during the early days of German occupation. She is credited with saving 2500 Jewish children from the Nazis. Not only is this a great book for young adults, it’s equally as good for adults!
Imaginary Friend by: Stephen Chbosky (Grand Central Publishing) – Pub Date: October 1, 2019
For the first 400 pages of this one, I was enthralled. I could not put it down. I literally canceled my plans for Saturday night and just read this book, staying up until 2 am. (I could have kept going, but #selfcontrol. 😂) Sadly, when I returned to it on Sunday morning, it had lost some of its magic. This book is long – 700 pages – and while the first 400 pages read quickly, the last 300 were a slog to get through. Suddenly the writing became disjointed and repetitive…it felt like two separate authors. I still think it’s worth giving a try if you’re a Stephen King fan because those vibes are there throughout. I loved the good vs evil plot and found the premise of the book interesting; I just wish it would have had a stronger ending.
The Night Circus by: Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday) – Pub Date: September 13, 2011
I read this one back in 2012 but honestly don’t remember much about it. I thought it was a good time of year to reread it – right before her next book comes out (The Starless Sea, Doubleday – pub date: 11/5/19) and right before Halloween. Loving the magical sense of place already!
*** Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption by: Daniel Jones (Broadway Books) – Pub Date: September 3, 2019
Currently on my nightstand! Since short stories are tough for me, I figured before bed might be a good place to try this one because each chapter wraps itself up!
Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions by: Russell Brand (Henry Holt) – Pub Date: October 3, 2017
I don’t have any real addictions (expect maybe sugar), but I am still loving this book. It has brought up some great things for me to ponder. (This book was inspired by the Currently Reading Podcast‘s idea of Slow and Steady.)
DNF (aka: Not For Me):
A House of Ghosts by: W.C. Ryan (Arcade) – Pub Date: October 1, 2019
My October pick – and last selection – from my Shelf Subscription…this isn’t a book I would normally pick up, but it was giving me the spooky vibes with the cover and the idea of holding a seance during a terrible storm on a secluded island. But the story was very slow to unfold and the writing was juvenile (I actually had to check to see if it was YA). It just wasn’t working for me. DNF @ 40% (pg 153).