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:
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.
The 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!
Just started this one too, and I am really enjoying it!
DNF (aka: Not For Me):
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%.