My Week in Books {2/19/20}

FINALLY – a week of good and consistent reading! It feels like forever since I’ve enjoyed my reading life.

I finished four books this week which is much closer to my usual pace. I think the biggest difference is that I actually enjoyed what I read – it didn’t feel like a struggle. I had two 5-star reads back-to-back…and NO DNF’s this week! 🙌🏼

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

In case you missed them, here are some of my most recent posts:

Last Week’s Reads:

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📖 The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by: Anissa Gray

I was so impressed with this debut novel! I saw it all over booksta last year and for whatever reason I never picked it up…I’m kicking myself now! 🙄

I love a book with hidden secrets that are revealed over time. Secrets that make you understand why a character is the way they are, and how those secrets impact who they’ve become and how they then relate to one another. This book nails that dynamic so well.

This is a story about a family – three daughters and one brother – and what happens with the oldest (and stand-in mother figure to the other siblings), Althea, is sentenced to prison after her husband and her are convicted of a crime. Althea’s daughters, Baby Vi and Kim, are left swirling in the aftermath of their parents’ crime, and the siblings come together to help take care of them as best as they can. Through the transitionary process, deep secrets begin to emerge and old hurts are brought to life.

The course of this book is only a few days with flashbacks to childhood, but I became so attached and invested in these lives that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I loved Gray’s writing and felt like I was absolutely immersed in her storytelling.

There are trigger warnings for disordered eating and childhood trauma and abuse.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Berkley Books | Pub Date: February 19, 2019 | 304 Pages | Hardcover | Purchase via Bookstore Link

📖 *** The Girl With the Louding Voice by: Abi Daré

After the first chapter, I wasn’t sure I could read this entire book due to its syntax…but I was wrong, and I couldn’t imagine the story being told any other way!

This is an incredible coming-of-age (my favorite!) debut novel. Adunni is a 14-year-old girl who her father marries off to an old man who already has two wives, but no sons. Her sole purpose is to bear him a son, but after a tragedy happens, Adunni is forced to run away. She then becomes a housemaid for a wealthy woman in Lagos. There, she meets some of the best (and worst) people and she fights for her dream of furthering her education to become a teacher and to have a “loading voice”.

While parts of Adunni’s story is hard to read (trauma, abuse, rape, oppression, etc), the core of who Adunni is and what she stands for is heartwarming. I couldn’t help but cheer her on and hope the best for her. I also loved the secondary characters – Tia and Kofi. The way they took risks and had Adunni’s best interests at heart added so much texture to the story.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ |Dutton | Pub Date: February 4, 2020 | 384 Pages | Hardcover | Purchase via Bookstore Link

📖 Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by: Emily and Amelia Nagoski

Because this is the #HWRbooks selection for February, I’ll keep most of my comments for the discussion on February 22 (you can find me that at: @happiestwhenreading.) Overall, I liked this book (A LOT in the beginning, but slowly lost interest by the end). It has some great insight, but as a person who has already negotiated a lot of the advice given within the pages, it was redunant information for me personally. If you’re new to discovering why you feel like crap all the time, this book will be extremely helpful for you! Please head to Instagram on Saturday to participate in the book discussion!

⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Ballantine | Pub Date: March 26, 2019 | 277 Pages | Hardcover | Purchase via Bookstore Link

📖 Tuesday Mooney Talks To Ghosts by: Kate Racculia

For a book that started off well, it slowly lost its momentum and eventually kind of fizzled out for me. When a billionaire dies, he sends the public on a scavenger hunt. Tuesday Mooney is quickly drawn in as she is naturally inclined to research and putting together pieces of puzzles. I really loved Tuesday Mooney – she’s a quirky character that gave me Eleanor Oliphant vibes (though I didn’t like Eleanor). She’s sort of that nerdy and lonely person that you can’t help but root for. Most of the story I really liked, it’s just that there were a lot of characters to keep straight and the story jumped around quite a bit. It wasn’t that it was hard to keep track of – it just interrupted the flow. I can’t quite put my finger on what went wrong for me, but I couldn’t care less how it wrapped up at the end.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Pub Date: October 8, 2019 | 359 Pages | Hardcover | Purchase via Bookstore Link

Currently Reading:

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🎧 *** Open Book by: Jessica Simpson

I just started this one yesterday and I’m hooked! Jessica Simpson narrates this one herself and it’s really good. She’s open and vulnerable and honest, and I can’t wait to keep listening!

Dey Street Books | Pub Date: February 4, 2020 | 416 Pages | Audiobook | Purchase via Bookstore Link

📖 *** The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World by: Jeff Goodell

This book is interesting! Full of scientific fact that details the urgency we must be making right now in order to help out our planet, my heart actually hurts while reading this. Maybe not so much for myself, but so much for my children and future grandchildren. I’m not sure what kind of world we’re going to be handing them, but this book is a good glimpse of where we’re headed…and it’s not good!

Little Brown | Pub Date: October 24, 2017 | 352 Pages | Hardcover | Purchase via Bookstore Link

(#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.)

13 thoughts on “My Week in Books {2/19/20}

  1. I’m also reading more slowly this year, in my case because I’m trying to spend more time thinking about each book I read and because I’m trying to read more challenging books. I’m enjoying it, but it is hard to not feel a little bad about reading fewer books!

    I really loved The Gown, perhaps because I’m alright with a decent amount of coincidence stitching together a multi-perspective story and I’m not that interested in royalty. I’m glad it mostly worked for you though, even though you had a few gripes with it 🙂

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