Monday Reading Update

Anyone else spend the weekend in due to snow and ice? Here in Ohio, we got a heavy dose of ice and snow drifts which I don’t think will be melting anytime soon since we’re supposed to have below 0 temps this week:( I’m ready for winter to be over! What I was most looking forward to was lounging on the couch under my comfy blanket and getting lost in a good book. It didn’t happen . What did happen? I ended up DNFing another most anticipated winter read. I’ve been struggling with my winter reading these last 2 weeks that’s for sure. Is anyone else having this issue? I’m really hoping an outstanding 5 star read comes along SOON! If you’ve read something amazing be sure to let me know what it was in the comments!

RECENTLY READ…

As Long As We Both Shall Live  was a book I had seen pretty positive reviews for on Instagram and the prologue was especially intriguing. In fact, it had one of the best first sentences I’ve read in a long time so I thought it might be a psychological thriller I actually ended up loving. It wasn’t. You can read my mini review on Goodreads (here) but I found it to be predictable and in several ways trying to be a Gone Girl knockoff.

I was thrilled to get an early copy of Into The Jungle  since I loved her first book The River at Night  , so much so that I dropped everything and read it in one day. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this one. Although the level of detail in the writing of the remote location in the Amazon jungle was excellent (the author has clearly done her research), I was unprepared for the number of scenes involving animals being killed for food, hunting, sport etc. It was honestly too much for me and caused me to somewhat disconnect from the story. I’ll review closer to May pub date.

Maybe in Another Life  has been on my tbr for quite awhile and I had actually tried it in print long ago and couldn’t get into it. This time I listened to the audio book and really enjoyed it. Julia Whelan was the narrator and she made all the difference. The story wasn’t perfect by any means but still worth a listen if you’re in the mood for an easy romance.

 

TRIED BUT WASN’T FEELING….

Well this was surprising to me! Two of my most anticipated winter reads are DNF’s. I was really looking forward to Here and Now and Then for the time travel but the story and characters felt so bogged down in scientific details that I lost interest (DNF 31%). I fully expected to enjoy Sally Thorne’s new book after loving The Hating Game  but I didn’t like the main character Darcy at all. I know she was supposed to be edgy but I found her annoying. The writing seemed stilted, the banter off, it just wasn’t working for me (DNF 18%).

 

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO…

The End of Your Life Bookclub  is the true story of a mother and son who form their own 2 person book club during her chemo treatments. I’m early in the story but I’m enjoying the narrator and really loving the way this mother and son bond over their in depth book discussions. This feels like it will be emotional (I’m really liking mom) but also a very nice tribute to reading and books and how they impact our lives, even at the end.

 

CURRENTLY READING…

I just started The Nowhere Child , (Jan 22) (mystery/suspense) but so far I really like the writing. The set up… a 30 year old woman is approached by a man while on her lunch break at a school in Australia. He shows her a picture of a little 2 year old girl and tells her that girl vanished when she was 2 and he thinks SHE is that girl! I’m fascinated by missing people stories so I’m anticipating this will be a winner for me. Plus, it’s published by Minotaur Books which is one of my favorite publishers.

 

POSSIBLY READING NEXT…

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That’s all for now, how has your reading been going? Tell us all about your hits & misses in the comments! 

Don’t forget, you can connect with me on Instagram (itsbooktalk) , goodreads (itsbooktalk@gmail.com and Twitter (@itsbooktalk) where I typically post some different content and what I’m currently reading, listening to etc.

HAPPY READING! 

 

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Monday Reading Update & Feedback Please!

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I can’t believe 2018 is almost over. Has anyone else been super busy this holiday season? I wish I could say it’s because I’ve been traveling but I haven’t, just a lot of busyness after Christmas. I feel like I’m finally slowing down but yes, my reading has suffered. I’ve read 1 book over the past 2 weeks and I’m starting to get frustrated by not having a book to look forward to reading at the end of the day. I’ve picked up so many books over the last few days and haven’t been able to get into ANY!  I’m sure I’m not alone in that feeling that happens when you can’t get into anything…like oh no, I’m never going to find another book I love! Irrational I know but I start to feel like that. This is also the curse of being a mood reader; I’m only in the mood for certain types of reads lately, namely thrillers or quality romance. P.S. Before I came back to finish writing this post I started a book …read on to find out what has FINALLY got my attention.

That being said I’ve also been thinking about blog postings for the new year and would love your quick feedback in the comment section. What would you like to see more of on the blog…book lists, Monday Updates, Top Ten Tuesdays, Throwback Thursdays, more reviews, mini reviews, discussions, etc? I’d really like to hear what you’d like to read more (or less) of on the blog. I’m trying to come up with a more consistent posting schedule so please share any thoughts you have. I’m looking forward to talking books with you in 2019…

RECENTLY READ…

 

The Sandman  by Lars Kepler
Published: March 6, 2018 by Knopf
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My Thoughts: This was a fantastic, creepy thriller that also had a good mystery to it. I jumped right into the series with this book (book 4) and didn’t feel like I was missing anything. I love the main character, Joona, and the Scandi setting is perfect for a winter read. Plus, book 5, Stalker is coming out in Feb. If you love intelligent, plot driven thrillers give this a try

 

 

 

TRIED BUT COULDN’T GET INTO…

Scrublands  publishes in January and was a book I was really looking forward to. The marketing blurb said it was The Dry meets Before the Fall but while it was set in Australia like The Dry that’s where the similarities ended for me. I gave this one 40% but found it to be very repetitive and to have way too much going on. The Paragon Hotel  is another January release that sounded right up my alley. Set in the era of Prohibition there’s a single woman with a gun shot wound running from someone on a train bound for Oregon. The blurb says a good mystery involving a missing child comes up but I didn’t get past 10%. The writing and dialogue felt stilted to me and by 10% I had to admit I had no idea who was who or what was going on. If trusted reading friends love it I may give it another try. The premise ( a Serial like documentary with a convicted murderer) and introduction of Don’t Believe It intrigued me and I think I’ll revisit this one another time, it just wasn’t compelling enough to hold my interest right now (DNF 15%). I’ve had She Rides Shotgun  on my TBR for so long. It won the Edgar award for best debut novel which usually is a surefire sign I’ll like a book but while I know the dad in the story was an outlaw and “bad” person, I just found him annoying and didn’t care about the little girl. This is one instance I think if the author would’ve allowed me to get to know either of them before diving right into the action I might’ve been connected enough with at least the little girl to keep going (DNF 8%).

CURRENTLY READING…(as of about 2 hours ago)

Forever is the Worst Long Time  was on my radar in the past but I forgot about it unfortunately. When I saw it on an Instagram favorite books of 2018 post today I immediately downloaded a sample, loved it and promptly bought it! So far it’s reminding me of One Day in December  (My Review) with what seems like an interesting love triangle developing. I’m loving the dialogue and pace, so far so good which makes me really happy.

What have you been reading & loving lately? I’d love to know and don’t forget, if you have an extra minute, leave me a comment letting me know what you’d like to see more of on the blog for 2019! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

 

 

 

IT’S MONDAY WHAT ARE YOU READING?

 

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Hosted by The Book Date

Happy Monday everyone! I had a great weekend, not only in terms of reading but also because I attended one of my very favorite places to go every spring called The Gift of Light Expo which is a mind/body/health/wellness expo. I love it because it includes the opportunity to sit down with many psychics and if you recall my post about The Immortalists you’ll remember I have 2 favorite psychics I chat with every year. It’s enlightening and so much fun! On the reading front I had a bit of an ARC crisis last week as I tried to read a couple of my upcoming ones and I couldn’t get into them. I know I’m not the only mood reader out there, so those of you who are as well will understand that sometimes only a certain genre will “hit” you and for me this past week it’s been…wait for it…romance!! I feel like overall I don’t read a lot of romance but when I come across well-written, angst filled, juicy drama I just love it. Yes, I’m also a sucker for love triangles, that’s probably why I love The Bachelor, isn’t that the ultimate love triangle?? So, you may be surprised about my current reads but I’d love to hear from you if you have other top romance recommendations for me…your favorites and must reads…bring them on!!

RECENTLY READ…

Collide is book one of two in the Collide series and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing drew me in immediately and once I settled in with my glass of wine, I flew through this book in one evening. This was exactly the type of read I was looking for and I don’t know how I haven’t come across Gail McHugh before.  Pulse is book two and I also read it in a day. These definitely need to be read in order. While I liked Collide a smidge more, I did find a certain twist the author included in Pulse to be so surprising and unexpected that I found myself seriously considering throwing my kindle across the room! In the end, I recovered and my kindle is fine:) Check back later this week for mini reviews of both. ***In the meantime, if anyone knows why Gail McHugh hasn’t wrote a book in almost 3 years please let me know, I want to start Amber to Ashes but apparently it ends in a cliffhanger and the next book has never come out***

 

TRIED BUT WASN’T FEELING….

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Well, I got to about 24% (kindle reading) which is a lot for a book I kind of liked but wasn’t really feeling and then I decided I really didn’t care about picking it back up. It wasn’t that it was bad either because I thought the beginning was great but for some reason the storyline stalled and I lost interest. As others have suggested I’ll try a different Bohjalian at another time.

 

PODCAST I’M LOVING…..

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You guys know I love podcasts and true crime so I’m thrilled I found this podcast which has kept me busy through several long drives and house projects. Georgia and Karen bring a dark humor vibe to their show (they’re comedians) and I just love it. I highly recommend starting with their episode titled Project Artichoke if you decide to give it a try

 

UPCOMING READING POSSIBILITIES….

Both of these sound great so I may head back into dark and scary with The Sandman or  psychological tension and suspense with Tangerine. Of course I may also grab another romance to squeeze in this week!

Hope you have a great reading week and please feel free to give me some of your favorite must reads in romance

 

IT’S MONDAY WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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Happy Monday everyone! I’ve been on a reading spree lately with some really fantastic reads that I can’t wait to share with you. I think my plan of not continuing on with books I’m not enjoying is really paying off because I’ve had the best time reading lately, staying up late and not even caring about the lost sleep! What I’m also excited about is the variety of books I’m reading, many I might’ve passed by before but am giving a try and it’s paying off. On the movie front, we saw Game Night yesterday and both thought it was great. Funny and pure entertainment as only Jason Bateman can do. Two thumbs up for that one!

RECENTLY READ…

I’ll Be Gone In the Dark  (Feb 27) was a page turning, chilling account of one woman’s search for the serial killer she called The Golden State Killer. I’m no longer going to my mailbox in the dark after reading this…(my review will be up Friday but consider this a must read!)

Kill the Angel (Feb 20) was one of my most anticipated sequels for 2018. I loved Kill the Father  last year but this one seemed to be missing something for me. It was less complex and the main characters who made Kill the Father so great felt stagnant in this one. On a positive note, the ending was a nice surprise.

The Family Next Door (March 6) was my most recent read and I read it in about a day. This is one I would’ve passed by a few months ago as it’s touted as a domestic suspense and I tend to steer clear of most of those; however, this was getting rave reviews from trusted bloggers so I had to take a closer look and I’m so glad I did. I predict this will be a big hit so you might want to add it to your tbr’s now! I’ll have my review up next week.

CURRENTLY READING…

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The Broken Girls  (March 20) Another one I’m really surprised to find that I’m not only enjoying, I can’t wait to get back to it and find out more. Typically I don’t enjoy alternating timelines or ghost stories BUT both are keeping me glued to the pages of this one. It alternates between 1950 and 2014 and I’m equally invested in both as well as the underlying mystery.

UPCOMING READING POSSIBILITIES…. 

The Italian Party  (March 20) I would read this for just the cover and title alone but I love that it’s described as “A smart pleasure” and “sharply funny” and the blurb mentions charming spies and prosecco so I’m sold!

Every Note Played (March 20) I’ve read and loved Lisa’s books in the past so I’m very much looking forward to this one featuring a pianist with ALS. There’s always great depth and emotion to her books so I’ll have my tissues ready.

What have YOU read recently? Feel free to leave a comment and share what you’ve read and loved (or not) or what you’re looking forward to reading!  

HAPPY READING!

 

IT’S MONDAY WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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Hi all, I know it’s been a little quiet on the blog this past week but I was on vacation in sunny Cancun, Mexico! I didn’t even take my laptop so I could just focus on reading and while I missed doing a little blog hopping, I thoroughly enjoyed all my reading time in the sun…it sure beats the 30 degree gray weather I came back to.  However, one very exciting thing to come back to was the return of Homeland last night! I think we saw glimpses of old Carrie which could spell trouble for her but I loved the season opener, it had a very domestic feel compared to the typical international happenings of years past.

RECENTLY READ… 

I finished The Great Alone on the flight to Mexico and have to say that overall I really liked it. For the first 70% (kindle reading) I actually would’ve said I loved it, but the last 30% changed things a little for me. I’m working on a review which I hope to have up this week.  Sunburn was interesting…it’s described as a cat and mouse story and it was but it also had a bit of mystery. This one was a SLOW BURN though and at times had me wishing the pace would pick up. I’ll have a review up soon but I think this will appeal to lots of readers. I’m on the blog tour this month for Killed which is the final book in the Henning Juul series. This was one of my most anticipated sequels for 2018 and it didn’t disappoint. If you like Nordic Noir I recommend giving this series a try, my review will be up next week.

TRIED BUT WASN’T FEELING….

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I was really looking forward to this one after loving Me Before You but then barely liking After You. I was hoping Moyes would do a turn around for Lou and we’d see a different side, more of the old her from Me Before You, plus it’s set in NYC which was a major draw for me. I got to about 15% and wasn’t at all feeling Lou or the writing. There were pages of details about the apartment Lou was staying in, her walk around NYC, etc without anything happening and it just didn’t appeal to me. I doubt I’ll be tempted to pick it back up

CURRENTLY READING….

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So far I’m really enjoying this thriller! The main characters Dante and Columba make a great team and are well developed but still both somewhat remain a mystery to the reader. I love that the story starts off with action (terrorist attack) and really doesn’t let up but it’s also a mystery at it’s heart. The Italian setting is the perfect backdrop for this type of story. One thing I will say about Dazieri’s writing…it’s dense and you MUST pay attention or you’ll likely miss important details. This isn’t a book you can skim or speed read. I’m not even bothering trying to figure out what’s going on, I’m just enjoying the ride.

PODCAST I’M LOVING….

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In true book nerd fashion, I’ve discovered this podcast and have been completely binging all the episodes. This is hosted by writer Kelton Reid and I absolutely love hearing from the authors he has on as guests. He asks informed questions about their writing process, story development etc, all the behind the scenes makings of how the authors develop and write the stories we love. There’s also helpful writing and productivity hacks that would apply to bloggers as well.

UPCOMING READING POSSIBILITIES….

I’m seeing so many positive reviews for The Storm King and the blurb has buzzwords like dark secrets and unsolved mystery which make it a must read for me. After reading and loving Distress Signals last year, I’ve been eagerly anticipating Howard’s new one. I hope it’s as good as her debut!

That’s it for me, what have you loved reading or listening to lately?   

HAVE A GREAT READING WEEK!!

 

 

 

IT’S MONDAY WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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Hi everyone! I haven’t done a Monday post for a couple of weeks because my reading has been spotty but last week things began looking up. While I have way too many ARCs to get through I’m still finding time for some backlist reads which allows me to keep reading my new favorite author Kristan Higgins. I’m just loving her books. On the movie front, we saw 12 Strong which was fantastic and yesterday Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri which I loved but my husband, not so much. In fact, he gave it 2 thumbs down; whereas, I give it 2 thumbs up so go figure. It happens, we’ve agreed on all the other movies we’ve seen in January so a disagreement was due:)

RECENTLY READ….

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Well I tried to hold off until March 6th, pub day for Bachelor Nation, but it was just too tempting! I started it late Thursday night and finished it Friday evening so…super fast read about my absolute favorite guilty pleasure show. I’ve watched The Bachelor since Trista started as the Bachelorette and I’ve only missed one season- Sean Lowe- he just really bugged me so I opted not to watch but I learned from Bachelor Nation that he was apparently the one Bachelor who had his shirt off the entire season…huh, who knew? For all you Bachelor fans, you won’t be disappointed and suffice it to say I’ll be watching the show with a new found perspective moving forward. If You Only Knew was my other read last week which I loved and featured on my Throwback Thursday post as well. That book would make a perfect book club book and Kristan’s writing is a cut above most other women’s fiction I’ve read in the past year. I’m planning on reading more of her backlist and anxiously awaiting my netgalley approval (hopefully) for her upcoming summer book Good Luck With That. 

TRIED BUT WASN’T FEELING….

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The premise of this upcoming release (Feb 6) was intriguing and I’ll admit I fell for the marketing promotion comparing it to Tana French but the writing style didn’t click with me and then I checked a couple Goodreads reviews and I wasn’t comfortable with the relationship that apparently develops in the story so I put it down

 

CURRENTLY READING….

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Can I just say I’m in awe of Kristin Hannah’s storytelling ability! I’m about 40% through this and I literally can’t put it down…I didn’t even want to stop reading to work on this post…it’s an amazing story and I’m not even halfway! I hope I can finish and have a review up for pub day this Tues Feb 6th but if not I’ll have it up soon.

UPCOMING READING POSSIBILITIES…..

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Both of these are Feb 20 releases but I’m leaning more toward reading Kill The Angel first since it’s the sequel to Kill the Father which I loved and I’m anxious to get back to those characters. I have a busy week ahead so I may not be posting or blog hopping as much as usual. If that’s the case, I’ll catch up next week. I hope you all have a great reading week!

What books are YOU looking forward to this month??

 

 

 

IT’S MONDAY WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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Hi Everyone! I can’t believe it’s mid-January already although I’m kind of happy the month is flying by…I’m done with snow and freezing temperatures and ready for spring! I thought the cold temps would lead to cozy evenings reading by the fire but that is NOT what’s happening. I’ve actually only finished 2 books since Jan 1 which is shocking and perplexing for me. I have, however, started many and either abandoned them right away or in some cases (Grist Mill Road) at 35% into the story. So often lately the premise and/or blurb of the books I pick up sound so good but the actual execution or story development is disappointing.  On the flip side, we’ve been to several outstanding movies these last few weeks...The Darkest Hour, All the Money in the World, Molly’s Game and The Post…all excellent and all based on true stories. My favorite out of the 4 was Molly’s Game which was a juicy look at backroom high stakes poker. My advice is don’t google anything about the movie before you see it, just go then google!!

RECENTLY READ…..

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I think I fell for the marketing of this one which is billed as one of the top thrillers of 2018 but I can’t say I found it very thrilling. I’m positive it’ll be a favorite of many and the movie rights are already sold with Charlize Theron starring but I had many issues with this one from the get go. It’s probably a case of it’s not the book it’s me but I have pretty high expectations for thrillers and this didn’t meet them.

 

CURRENTLY READING….

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I just started this last night and while I’m intrigued and I like the writing style, it hasn’t grabbed me like I’d hoped. It’s early and I’ll keep going to see if I can stay invested

 

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO….

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I was in the mood for an inspiring audiobook so when I heard Jack Canfield on Oprah’s recent Super Soul Conversations podcast, I knew I wanted to hear more from him. I’ve listened to about 5 hours of this and I really like it. Not all of the principles are new of course but that’s ok, I appreciate being reminded of what’s possible and I find the stories of the people he includes compelling and yes, inspiring!

LIKELY TO READ NEXT….

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I read and loved Matt Wesolowski’s first book Six Stories last year and this one is really calling to me right now. His writing is so original and creative that I know I’m in for a treat. If you’re a fan of podcasts ala Serial, Making a Murderer, etc then you should really grab one of these books.

How’s your reading year starting off? Anyone else struggling with 2018 reads like me? 

HAPPY READING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT’S MONDAY WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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Hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate

I debated about even writing this post because I’ve been in the WORST reading slump since I started blogging! As someone who reads for relaxation and fun, it’s disheartening to not have a book to look forward to at the end of the day…I”m sure so many of you know the feeling.  Needless to say, my Fall TBR has let me down significantly as just about everything I was looking forward to has flopped for me. Some of the titles I’ve tried and put into my DNF (did not finish) pile include: Manhattan Beach By Jennifer Egan, Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak, Start Without Me by Joshua Feldman, and The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall. One that started off strong for me,  then quickly lost steam ( I just don’t love flashbacks) resulting in me super skim reading to find out how it ended was Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughn. I’m confident I’ll get back on track soon whether it’s with one of my 2018 reads ( read on to find out which one) or something from my backlist…I know my next great read is around the corner:) In the meantime, I’m working on a couple non-review posts I hope you’ll enjoy and I’ve finally gotten around to watching the first episode of This Is Us from season 1!! I’m so late to this show but I can see why everyone loves it.

CURRENTLY READING…

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This beauty dropped onto my front porch late Saturday afternoon and I can’t tell you how excited I was to get it! I absolutely loved and still regularly recommend The Last Child which I read several years ago and this is the much anticipated sequel. I’ve only read a few pages so far but I’m really liking it and the vibe is not at all what I expected. I’ll hold off on a full review until pub date (Feb 27th, 2018) but I’ll be sure to give you a sneak peak with my thoughts when I’ve finished. 

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO…

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I couldn’t ignore all the glowing reviews of this one any longer and I also couldn’t wait any longer for my library hold to come in so off to Audible I went. I just started listening but I’m super intrigued, especially since this is set about 90 min from where I live. The narrator is fantastic and I’m already looking forward to my next long drive and walk. 

UPCOMING READING POSSIBILITIES….
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The fact that Lisa Gardner blurbed The Dark Lake and it’s one of The Book of the Month’s selections this month has me very interested. Sweet Little Lies is my treat to myself for my one year blogiversary and it arrived on Saturday!

What are you looking forward to reading this week? Hope you all have a wonderful week of reading!   

 

IT’S MONDAY WHAT ARE YOU READING?

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Hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate

I had an interesting reading week last week, finishing 3 books…one that was ok, one I didn’t like at all and one that I enjoyed so much I REALLY needed at least 50 more pages from the author! All in all, I’m feeling much more positive about all my upcoming reads as I’ve gotten some potentially great upcoming netgalley reads along with a phenomenol library haul this past week. On the movie front, we saw Girl’s Trip which I absolutely loved and even my husband, who resisted my movie choice, said he liked it!

RECENTLY READ….

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The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress was my Throwback Thursday pick last week and although it was an interesting story and I liked the characters, it overall didn’t blow me away.

Fierce Kingdom was a spur of the moment pick based on some super positive reviews and my curiosity about a thriller set in a zoo. There were several pivotal plot occurrences that made this story SO unbelievable and were so distracting that I ended up completely disengaging from the story. This just didn’t work for me

Young Jane Young was the breath of fresh air that I desperately needed. I was really looking forward to this one after loving The Storied Life of AJ Fikrey so much and while I don’t think it’s quite as good or as moving as that one, this was still a really great story. In fact, If I could beg the author for at least 50 more pages I would!

TRIED BUT PUT BACK DOWN…

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I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for approval for this book, so when I finally got it on Edelweiss Friday I was so happy. I requested it based on the fact that I read 1 comment on Goodreads that compared it to A Little Life and I just had to have it. Twenty or so pages in, I wasn’t prepared for the darkness of the story and the detailed child sexual abuse that occurs and felt that I don’t want to continue with it at this time. I may revisit this one.

UP NEXT….

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Yesterday is one of my top library picks this week and has such an original murder mystery premise that I’m so interested to see how it plays out

Tennison is a recent purchase that I knew I just had to buy after my friend Annie’s awesome review . This seems like a really compelling mystery story and it’s the first book in the series which I think only has 3 books as of now. Plenty of time to catch up on this one!

How was your reading week? Have you tried or want to try any of these?