May 2019 TBR

(#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.)

May 2019 TBR

These monthly TBR posts are almost comical because I rarely stick to them. I’m such a mood reader, so while I list them here with the best of intentions, not all of them have made the cut by month’s end. 🤷🏼‍♀️

** The Farm by: Joanne Ramos (Random House) – On Shelves: May 7, 2019

  • I’m all about books that push the boundaries of our thinking and this one promises to mess with your mind. Hosts live on the grounds of a retreat, all their needs (money, food, etc) met while they are pregnant. Once they give birth, the baby is given to a wealthy client. With themes of motherhood and privileged lifestyles vs those who have less, I hope this one delivers. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews and DNFs but I’m hopeful I’ll enjoy it!

Beyond the Point by: Claire Gibson (William Morrow) – Pub Date: April 2, 2019

  • I have yet to see a negative review for this one. I’m so glad I added it to my Book of the Month box last month!

Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by: Jacob Tobia (Putnam) – Pub Date: March 5, 2019

  • I still can’t believe I haven’t made the time for this one yet because it’s probably the one I want to read the most! 

The Affairs of the Falcóns by: Melissa Rivero (ECCO) – Pub Date: April 2, 2019

  • I started this one on audio and the writing was just too beautiful to miss so I ordered the book. It’s here now and I can’t wait to read it. I’ve only seen great reviews!

** Waisted by: Randy Susan Meyers (Atria) – On Shelves: May 21, 2019

** What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life’s “What Ifs” by: Chanel Reynolds (Harper Wave) – Pub Date: March 19, 2019

  • Who doesn’t need help when it comes to wills and money? My husband and I are in a place where we’re wanting to review our options and I’m looking forward to the advice in this one!

** Necessary People by: Anna Pitoniak (Little, Brown and Company) – On Shelves: May 21, 2019

  • Toxic female friendship? I’m intrigued. This is also a Book of the Month selection this month so I think it’s going to be showing up quite a bit soon!

The Mother-in-Law by: Sally Hepworth (St. Martin’s) – Pub Date: April 23, 2019

  • This is another book I’ve seen mostly good reviews on. I’m not sure it’s much of a thriller; as I understand it, it’s more of a deep character study? I’m not sure, but I’m excited to get to it!

** The Flatshare by: Beth O’Leary (Flatiron) – Pub Date: April 18, 2019

  • I think this one is going to be a great “brain candy” read, as my friend Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves) likes to call them. I usually refer to them as “palate cleansers” – just something light and easy and enjoyable, particularly after a dark and/or heavy read! Also, this is what summer/beach reading is all about!

** Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting by: Anna Quindlen (Random House) – Pub Date: April 23, 2019

  • Like everyone else, I’m going to try to read this one quickly before Mother’s Day so I can pass it along to a grandma in my life! 

 

The Huntress

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(Thank you, William Morrow and TLC Book Tours, for the free book to review. All opinions are my own.)

As a huge fan of Kate Quinn’s last novel, The Alice Network (read my review here), I was beyond excited to dig into her latest novel. The Huntress follows three main characters and the story alternates between their perspectives.

Nina was a Night Witch during the war – an all-women night bomber regime from the Soviet Union. After being shot down behind enemy lines, she barely escapes a deadly encounter with The Huntress. Ian Graham is a Nazi hunter who wants to find The Huntress and bring her to justice. Ian and Nina team up to hunt her down, and their mission takes them over seas to post-war Boston. There they meet Jordan, a seventeen-year-old aspiring photographer. Jordan is suspicious of the woman her dad has recently married, and feels there is something odd about her story of her past. When all three of these characters’ (along with Tony) worlds collide, they realize they’re all hunting the same woman – The Huntress.

One thing that attracted me to this story was yet another perspective I hadn’t heard before – that of the Night Witches. This, along with the Nina’s character, were by far my favorite part of the book. I loved Nina’s independence, fearlessness, and feistiness. She evolved into a character I really came to like. I loved how her past totally influenced her present guardedness and I would have loved a novel solely focused on her.

I honestly lost interest in Jordan’s part of the story. I found it very predictable. While I loved her relationship with her father, it wasn’t enough for me to get truly invested in her story. Sadly, I think her sections detracted from the overall story and so I continued to hope to get to the point where I wanted to read the rest of the story so much I couldn’t put the book down, but it never came. There were times I felt like it was work to read…and that made me so sad.

This was a long book…one that was just okay for me. I wanted to love it as much as The Alice Network, but something was just missing throughout for me. However, learning about the Night Witches and what an awesome (never-before-heard-of) aspect of WWII was worth the read to me!

 

 

 

 

The Last Romantics

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“Once upon a time,” I began, “there was a father and a mother and four children, three girls and one boy. They lived together in a house like any other house, in a town like many other towns, and for a time they were happy.” I paused, and all those faces in the auditorium stared down at me, all those eyes. “And then—“ I stopped again, faltering. I sipped my glass of water. “And then there was the Pause. Everything started there. Our mother didn’t mean for it to happen, she didn’t, but this is a story about the failures of love, and the Pause was the first.”

A multi-generational family saga with deeply flawed, but relatable, characters are my favorite kind of story to get wrapped up in. Though beautiful prose, we are taken on a journey with the Skinners through loss, grief, betrayal, loyalty, hope, but most of all, love. Love in all its forms – romantic, familial, casual, selfish, unconditional. I loved the prose, the characters, the plot, the angst…every single thing (especially Joe and Fiona)! Fans of THE IMMORTALISTS will enjoy this book as it had the same feelings of magic and hope and sibling love. 

After reading Tara Conklin’s debut novel, THE HOUSE GIRL, and loving it, I was curious if she could write another book that I would love as much as that one…well, she did! The differences between these two books – entirely different eras, plots, and themes – shows her depth and talent as a truly gifted writer. I’m a fan and she will be added to my auto-buy author list. She is magical in her writing, invoking all the emotions of the reader.

I loved it this book from the first page to the last and I already know this book will end up on my Favorites List for 2019.  

Speaking of #autobuyauthors, who are some of your favorites? I love Tara Conklin (duh!), Jane Harper, John Boyne, Taylor Jenkin Reid, and Brene Brown.