My Week in Books {8/5/20}

Thrillers are proving to be the genre that saves me during these endless days of coronavirus. They don’t require a ton of my attention, yet they keep me interested in reading and I can’t seem to turn the pages fast enough. This isn’t typically my preferred genre, so I really need to take advantage of this season and pull more from my shelves in the next few months. I’d love any recommendations for thrillers/mysteries/psychological thrillers you may have!

Anyway, before moving onto some #minibookreviews, here are some recent posts:

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

Last Week’s Reads:

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📖 A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight

The murder mystery/legal thriller genre is giving me life during this coronavirus stage of life!

Though A Good Marriage is a bit of a slow burn, McCreight introduces so many characters and elements that it kept me turning the pages! Set in Park Slope, NY among an elite neighborhood (which I loved…reading about stoops and brownstones…makes this rural girl’s heart pitter-patter!), the twists and turns kept me on my toes. I had a genuine connection with Amanda and Lizzie and really wanted to see how this one played out. My only critique is that the culmination of the mystery was a bit of a let down (but I also think this is a complaint I always seem to have when it comes to thrillers).

Regardless, it was a page turner that I couldn’t put down…something I needed amongst the hard reads I’ve got going on lately. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Currently Reading:

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📖 The Overstory by Richard Powers

I’m definitely intimidated with this one – it’s dense and the writing is small. It’s about trees and nature (which doesn’t exactly jazz me), but the reviews make me want to give this a valient effort. When someone says they immediately want to flip to the beginning of a book they just finished and read it all over again, I’m listening! Stay tuned…

📱 *** Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America by Conor Dougherty

Another intimidating book. Reading about a housing crisis in California isn’t exactly a thrill ride, but as much as I’ve tried to ignore this one, something keeps tugging me back in. I’m abnout 30% in (which is about 28% further than I thought I’d get), so we’ll see where this one takes me!

📖 Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Ugh…will I ever finish this one??? The MOST intimidating book of the bunch. I only have one more section left, and while I was supposed to be done with this one in July, it’s proving to be a true battle to finish. It’s not because it isn’t worthy or good, it’s just loooong and also dense and full of history (again, not exactly my forte). I have highlighted the heck out of my copy and I know I’ll need to return to it several times, but it has been eyeopening and educational.

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

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📖 *** The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Maybe this one is a case of wrong book, wrong time, but I just could not get into this one. It makes me so sad because I LOVED The Flatshare last year, but I made it to 47% and just failed to care.

(#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.)

4 thoughts on “My Week in Books {8/5/20}

  1. Interesting that thrillers are your thing right now. You might enjoy The Boys’ Club by Erica Katz. It’s more of a legal drama, but fast and easy. I listened to Stamped and then got a print copy of Stamped From the Beginning, but haven’t even started it. I think I’ll be better able to focus on a book that important in the fall. Hope you’re doing well, Carla.


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