My Week in Books {12/4/19}

The countdown to Christmas is on. I think something must be wrong with me because I am NOT IN THE MOOD AT ALL. I had to force myself to put the Christmas tree up (and it may or may not only be halfway done…STILL!) and I haven’t done ANY shopping yet. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I hope I find the Christmas cheer soon!

Here’s a rundown of my recent posts that you may have missed:

What have you been reading (and loving) this week?

Last Week’s Reads:Screen Shot 2019-12-04 at 11.06.33 AM

Nothing to See Here by: Kevin Wilson (ECCO) – Pub Date: October 29, 2019

I’m a little on the fence about this one. I enjoyed it – it’s one of those feel good books that are always nice once in awhile. There’s sarcasm and snark which I loved, and the characters were seriously endearing. But overall it fell flat for me. I was sold on the book when I heard that the kids catch fire, but honestly? That part of the book was super disappointing to me. I wanted to explore that aspect so much more, and for a book where that’s supposedly the main point, it felt like an afterthought. This would make a great choice when your life is busy and overwhelming (like now) because it doesn’t take a lot of brain power to get through, but, for me personally, it was more of a miss than a hit.

Currently Reading:

Screen Shot 2019-12-04 at 11.05.34 AMThe Starless Sea by: Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday) – Pub Date: November 5, 2019

This book d e m a n d s that the reader slooooooows way down in order to fully appreciate what Morgenstern is trying to do here. So far, I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews and the criticism I see the most is that it’s confusing and hard to follow. So, take my advice: slow down and give this book your full attention. The world building is amazing (just like The Night Circus), but Morgenstern’s descriptive writing is where the similarities end!

🎧 *** Ordinary Girls by: Jaquira Díaz (Algonquin) – Pub Date: October 29, 2019

Just started this one too, and I am really enjoying it!

DNF (aka: Not For Me):Screen Shot 2019-12-04 at 11.10.49 AM

*** 🎧 Get a Life, Chloe Brown by: Talia Hibbert (Avon) – Pub Date: November 5, 2019

This one isn’t going bad; in fact, I enjoy the narrator A LOT. The reality is that I’m not a huge fan of the romance genre, and I’ve read so many this year that I’m kind of over it. This one is also giving me Eleanor Oliphant vibes and I HATED that book…so for now, I’m quitting in an effort to read some other big 2019 books I’d still like to get to! DNF @ 18%.

*** 🎧 The Deep by: Rivers Solomon (Gallery/Saga Press) – Pub Date: November 5, 2019

I’m just confused enough to quit trying. It’s short enough I contemplated pushing through, but I just can’t find the motivation. DNF @ 40%.

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by: Ruth Reichl (Random House) – Pub Date: April 2, 2019

Ugh…I’m b o r e d. Maybe I don’t appreciate food enough!? 🤷🏼‍♀️ DNF @ 22%.

(#partner #freebooks: All books noted by asterisks (***) indicate I received the book for free from the publisher, the author, or another promotional company to review. All opinions are my own.)

7 thoughts on “My Week in Books {12/4/19}

  1. Ruth Reichl’s memoir hasn’t held any appeal for me. I guess I’d rather eat good food than read about it. Plus I have a chef for a son and a sister who is a major food blogger, so that’s enough foodie info for me!


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