My Week in Books {1/29/20}

I am over the moon that January is almost over! It’s been long, emotional, and exhausting…I’m ready to kiss it goodbye!

In case you missed them, here are some links to my recent posts:

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

Last Week’s Reads:

Screen Shot 2020-01-29 at 10.21.55 AM📖 *** A Long Petal of the Sea by: Isabel Allende (Ballantine) – Pub Date: January 21, 2020

What an incredible story – and history lesson – this one was! I knew absolutely NOTHING about the Spanish Civil War, so this book blew my mind! Just before WWII broke out across Europe, Spain found themselves in a battle for their own country. Admist talks about a giant war looming on the horizon (WWII), Spainards still fled to France as refugees. There, 2200 Spanish refugees were removed from the French internment camps by poet Pablo Neruda, put on the SS Winnipeg ship, and sent to Chile under President Pedro Auirre Cerda‘s endorsement. This story takes off from there, following one family through their experience. It’s a little heavy on the factual information and that is kind of detracting from the character development a little bit, but overall I found this to be an outstanding hostorical fiction novel! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📖 *** The Wolf Wants In by: Laura McHugh (Spiegel & Grau) – Pub Date: August 6, 2019

Do you like dark and gritty books? Then this book is for you!

It gave me all the Marlena, Sugar Run, and The Line That Held Us vibes. It’s a literary mystery that had me immersed…not only for the whodunit? aspect, but for the deeper nuances the author explores. It’s not a long book (under 300), but everything about it was perfection (well, except for the many cast of secondary characters that were somewhat difficult to keep placed properly within the story). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📖 A Curse So Dark and Lonely by: Brigid Kemmerer (Cursebreaksers, #1) (Bloomsbury YA) – Pub Date: January 29, 2019

Finally, finally a book that gave me a glimmer of hope that my reading life might start to pick up again!

I first heard about A Curse So Dark and Lonely from the Currently Reading podcast (one of my favorites!). YA is hit or miss for me, but when Meredith mentioned that she’s jealous of those that get to read it for the first time, she had me convinced!

The book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast (though I’ve never seen the movie so I can’t say how closely it follows the storyline or if that even matters), and I loved every page of it. All the characters – main and secondary – are incredibly well written, I loved the world of Ironrose, and the fantasy/conflict aspect was well executed! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

I’m excited for the second book, A Heart So Fierce and Broken, which was just released on January 7th!

Also, I’m including a link to Kemmerer’s Goodreads account where she talks about highlighted passages from the book. I love these reader insights into the author’s mind as she was writing!

Currently Reading:

Screen Shot 2020-01-29 at 10.23.42 AM📱 *** Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me by: Erin Khar (Park Row) – On Shelves: February 25, 2020

This book piqued my interested because I’m always fascinated by the motivations behind drug use. I’m about 25% into this one and it’s not offering the insights I was hoping for…I’m giving it a bit further, but I’m not super hopeful at this point.

📖 Little Women by: Louisa May Alcott ( Roberts Brothers) – Pub Date: September 30, 1868

I have zero motivation to pick this one up. I’ll give it until the end of January, but may have to rethink this purchase. 🤔

DNF (aka: Not For Me and/or Skipping For Now):

Screen Shot 2020-01-29 at 10.26.38 AM📖 Maybe In Another Life by: Taylor Jenkins Reid (Washington Square Press) – Pub Date: July 7, 2015

Love the concept of this book: alternating chapters that explores what happens if one choice is made over another…and how that one decision plays out. But I couldn’t get past the simplistic writing style, cheesy dialogue, and predictability. This is my least favorite TJR book so far. DNF at 40%.


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