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(Full disclosure: I do receive a small percentage if you use my shop and/or the link provided. This, however, does not take away from the fact that you’re supporting small bookshop owners everywhere!) Thank you so much if you do happen to purchase! 🙏🏼
Before moving onto some #minibookreviews, here are some links to my recent posts, in case you missed them:
- Once Upon a Book Club: A Fun and Unique Book Subsription Service
- Nonfiction Reader Challenge 2020 (Vol. 2)
- Q1: Unread Shelf Project 2020
- April 2020 TBR
- March 2020 Reading Wrap-Up
- Q1: Top Reads & Recommendation Sources
- Libro.fm’s Bookstore Link – Allowing you to easily buy physical books from your favorite indie bookstore!
What have you been reading (and loving) this week?
Last Week’s Reads:
📖 *** Oona Out of Order by: Margarita Montimore 👩🏻
Imagine living your life completely out of order. That your life “resets” every New Year’s Eve and you have no idea how old you’ll be, what you’ll be doing in your life, or who will even be there. That’s how Oona lives her life – out of order.
I loved the creativity of this book, but as with other time travel books, I have a hard time focusing because I can’t fully immerse into the characters or their experiences. My mind wonders to how the author kept everything straight and continued to make the story make sense – basically I focus on everything that doesn’t matter instead of gaining the gist of the story.
The characters in this book were so well developed, which was a little surprising considering all the jumps in time. I think that speaks to Montimore’s writing talent, and I also know that’s why I was able to stick with the book until the end…I wanted to know how it was going to wrap up.
Overall, Oona Out of Order was an enjoyable and felt like the perfect escape right now.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Flatiron Books | Pub Date: February 25, 2020 | 352 Pages | Hardcover | Purchase via Bookshop
📖 *** Writers & Lovers by: Lily King ✍🏽
This one started off slow and I was really worried about it. It kind of gave me Normal People vibes – a meandering stream of consciousness that doesn’t wrap up by the time the book is finished. These types of books are the worst for me…I don’t understand the point and it feels like a waste of time.
However, around the 100 page mark, the story started melding together and I fell into the book. The writing became immersive and almost meditative. I wanted to hurry up and see what happens, but I also wanted to slllloooowww way down to enjoy this story. By the last page, I had a grin on my face (literally) and I gave the book a hug. It was everything I needed right now.
This book is totally different than King’s previous book, Euphoria. I don’t even think it’s fair to compare the two – they kind of feel like they were written by different people. I really liked Euphoria as well and, with the addition of Writers & Lovers to King’s resume, I think we see her full range as an author. I can’t wait to read what she writes next!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 | Grove Press | Pub Date: March 3, 2020 | 320 Pages | Hardcover | Purchase via Bookshop
📖 *** Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons by: Cara Natterson 👦🏽
I have a fourteen-year-old son so it was a no-brainer that I’d pick this one up. I have to say, none of it truly rocked my world as much of the information I already know. I appreciated the second part more – the chapters about social media, pornography, and body acceptance the most!
⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Ballantine | Pub Date: February 11, 2020 | 288 Pages | Hardcover | Purchase via Bookshop
📖 A Prayer for Travelers by: Ruchika Tomar 🌵
Some of my most respected reviewers read and loved this one. While I agree the writing is really good – atmospheric and metaphorical – after awhile, I felt bogged down by the details of the desert. A lot of the plot felt unnecessary to me and totally detracted from the real mystery. Lastly, the buildup to the end was anticlimactic; I admit, it could have been because I ended up skimming the last 100 pages and I missed important plot points, but it’s super disappointing to invest time into a book that eventually comes together in such a murky way, that the reader isn’t really sure what ended up happening.
One of the first thing a reader notices about the book is that the chapters are written out of order. At first I was confused and worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep it the timeline straight, but Tomar handled it so well and it was truly impressive considering this is her debut novel. While I don’t have a link to share, I read somewhere that she did this intentionally in order to convey how pieces of a story come back to you following a trauma. For that reason alone, this is a interesting book to read.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ | Riverhead | Pub Date: July 9, 2019 | 352 Pages | Hardcover | Purchase via Bookshop
📖 Recipe For a Perfect Wife by: Karma Brown 👰🏼
Dutton | Pub Date: December 31, 2019 | 336 Pages | Hardcover | Purchase via Bookshop
🎧 *** Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by: Ronan Farrow 🗞
My goal starting today is to finally finish this one…I think I’ll use cleaning out my closet as the motivation. Also, the weather in Colorado has been cold and it’s supposed to warm back up…so I better get it done!
Little, Brown and Company | Pub Date: October 15, 2019 | 448 Pages | Audiobook | Purchase via Bookshop