My Week in Books {2/7/20}

I’m two days late on this post, but life has been a little hectic. My grandpa had some health issues and I have had to take over some daily care for him. My reading life is definetly suffering, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

This weekend we have a bit of a drive to my daughter’s basketball tournament and I will be able to get some good reading in during that, so to say I’m looking forward to it is an understatement!

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:

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📖 *** The Sun Down Motel by: Simone St. James (Berkley) – Pub Date: February 18, 2020

I LOVED this book! The perfect amount of mystery and spookiness and pacing. I read this book in less than 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down! St. James is now on my autobuy author list, as I also loved her first book, The Broken Girls!

Currently Reading:

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📖 *** Lovely War by: Julie Berry (Viking Books for Young Readers) – Pub Date: March 5, 2019

I just started this one yesterday and I can already tell it’s going to be a 4- or 5-star read for me. The premise is so unique – weaving in mythology with the story of 4 young people and their love stories as they navigate through World War I. The writing is absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to spend more time in Berry’s world!

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

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📱 *** When We Were Vikings by: Andrew David MacDonald (Scout Press) – Pub Date: January 28, 2020

Everyone seems to love this one and I seem to be in the minority in my opinions, but I can’t get over the use of the r-word, the f-word, or what seems to be the sexual conquest of Zelda, a character with fetal alcohol syndrome. While I appreciate what I think the author is trying to do, he didn’t accomplish it for me. The continual references to the Vikings began to be repetitive to me and became an extremely boring part of the book. I liked Gert fine, but AK47 was probably my favorite character in the book. Overall, this book reminded me of Eleonor Oliphant Is Fine, another book I didn’t care for.

DNF @ 49%

📱 *** The Mountains Sing by: Nguyen Phan Que Mai (Algonquin) – Pub Date: March 17, 2020

The writing is clunky and the sentences too simplistic for my writing. Some of the metaphors feel forced. Just not cohesive enough to gain my attention.

DNF at 18%

📱 *** Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me by: Erin Khar (Park Row) – On Shelves: February 25, 2020

I wanted the motivation behind using, but at 23% in, we’re still talking about boyfriends and failed relationships. It was lacking any sort of depth; I struggled to care.

DNF at 23%

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

I wanted to care so, so much…but I just didn’t. It sat on my table for most of January, begging me to read it, but the little that I did was just so incredibly boring for me. I think this is exactly why I don’t read classics!

DNF at 1%


13 thoughts on “My Week in Books {2/7/20}

  1. I’ve been excited to read Sun Down Motel and your review makes me more excited. I’ve been on the fence about Vikings. I wasn’t initially drawn to it, but decided to put it on hold anyway. But after reading your review I think I’ll remove it. Your reference to Elinor sealed it. I did like that book, BUT I did not think it was the most amazing book ever, as so many others did.


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