quick lit – next page, please {june 2019}

For the first time, I decided to plan my June reads and I posted a pic on Insta.  And while it didn’t go as planned, I did like having a general idea of what books that I wanted to read for the month. Plus, I thought it was a cute photo and gave me an opportunity to use my letterboard.

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FYI – Anne will always refer to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Anne Bogel. WSIRN refers to one of her podcast, What Should I Read Next, one of my fav podcast.  Since I was guest this year, (Episode 179 – shameful plug!), we are, officially, on a first-name basis. I am linking up with her monthly Quick Lit post, as I have done for years.  Check her out!

Also, my thoughts on my pick, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters, from that WSIRN episode is up on the blog. Check it out here.

Read

  • Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl. This book was AMAZING. I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, even after Anne raved about it on WSIRN when Emily P. Freeman was her guest. She also included it in her 2019 Summer Reading Guide. Wow! It was a memoir that read like a page-turning novel. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next and stayed up late a couple of nights.  A memoir isn’t supposed to do that to you! I have added everything Ruth Reichl has ever written to my ever-growing TBR list. Side note: As a foodie, I don’t know why I haven’t been reading more books about food?
  • That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam. I read this because it was the pick of the Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club. You can check us out on Facebook here and see my full review here.
  • Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center. I really enjoyed this one. It’s releasing August 13th so a huge thank you to The Snail on the Wall for the ARC. It was a page turner; pulled two late(ish) nights because I wanted to see what happened. And I didn’t jump ahead! My full review will be here on Friday, July 26.
  • Recursion by Blake Crouch. This was also one of Anne’s 2019 Summer Reading Guide picks and I must say, initially it was not on my radar until she discussed it a bit WSIRN episode. I can’t remember which one, though.    Anyway, this is a sci-fi thriller mystery-out of my usual reading comfort zone but I have to say that I did enjoy this one. I love time traveling stories (what does that say about me, I wonder?) and this was that.  Crouch is an excellent writer and I might pick up his earlier book Dark Matter, because I enjoyed this one so much.

Currently Reading

On Hold/Abandoned Reading

  • Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald. Anne helped me notice that for my fun fiction reads, I do not typically enjoy longish books (350+ pages) and with this one, I think she was right. My ARC (thanks again to The Snail on the Wall) was about 400 pages.  Time traveling was involved (are you guys noticing a theme?) but the pace was slow and I was trying to read it on the plane and it wasn’t holding my attention.  I switched to Things You Save in the Fire and didn’t get back to it this month.  I might come back to it though. Might being the operative word.

So, what have you guys been reading? Read any of these?

enjoy life…

book review: “never have i ever” by joshilyn jackson

Pic. Never Have I Ever

I adored “The Almost Sisters”, my best book read of 2018, so I was thrilled to get an Advanced Readers’ Copy (ARC) of Joshilyn Jackson’s Never Have I Ever (NHIE), releasing July 30. This book is also a Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide pick which only increased my desire to get my hand on a copy. In NHIE, Jackson ups the ante, stepping fully into the psychological territory first explored in “gods in Alabama”. It read like a departure for Jackson, yet hauntingly familiar.

The Snail on the Wall Books was kind of enough to provide me with an ARC in exchange for my thoughts and so I wanted to finish it quickly. I set aside an entire day to read it. Like most psychological thrillers, NHIE began with a slow burn but by page 100, I became interested and happily kept turning the pages to find out what happened next until I reached a satisfying conclusion (and after GoT, I needed a satisfying conclusion. LOL)

I missed the humor in The Almost Sisters that balanced out all that dark and twisty.  And it is dark, ladies and gentleman.  Individuals may find some triggers within its pages, so readers beware.  And while “The Almost Sisters” held subtle but profound social commentary, NHIE is more personal.  Jackson describes what happens when the secrets that we bury deep within us are threatened to be exposed and the lengths that we are willing to go when we’re pushed to the brink. It would make a good book club pick.

If you tend to be very conservative in your reading preferences, this may not be the pick for you.  But if you are looking for a page-turner (my personal benchmark) for the late summer read in the same vein of The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine and a darker Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, give this one a go.

3 ½ stars

Read my reviews of Mrs. Parrish here and Lies here both for the Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this or will you be reading it? Do you agree or disagree with me? And if you are looking for as noncommital a book club as you can get, check out the RCM Virtual Book Club.

enjoy life…

 

quick lit – next page, please {may 2019}

 

May was a very good reading month.  I read seven books, and unless I am mistaken that is the most books I have read in a month this year.

 Read

  • We Should All Be Feminist and Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I watched Adichie’s TEDTalk and was interested in what more she had to say on this topic.  These books are super short but I’m counting them toward my overall goal to read 39 books in 2019.
  • Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis. I went into this one with a little trepidation based upon the feedback I had seen on social media. I began reading it in Barnes & Noble and realized that I wanted to mark it up and so I bought it. I don’t know if I agreed with everything she said but I DEFINITELY needed to hear all of it! And I can honestly say that I have made some positive changes in my life as a result of my reading the book.
  • If You want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland. I thoroughly enjoyed this book on writing craft. It presented a different perspective on writing than one that I have heard before. I got this from the library and will probably want to read it again.
  • The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone. I was so excited to see a sequel to The Expats which I read in 2014 after I had started it and abandoned it. Then it became a Rocket City Mom Book Club pick and I read it again and really loved it. I was #1 on the Hold list at my library (that NEVER happens) and I picked it up as soon as it became available. I gotta say, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one.  All the elements that I liked about The Expats, (IE. the malaise of mommydom) was there but maybe, just like The Expats, I am not appreciating it as I should on the first reading.  I must admit that I read it in a rush because it was not renewable and I had to return it to the library. The storyline was a wee bit difficult to follow (stocks and investments were involved and I don’t get those so that might have had something to do with it). As always, I enjoyed the different perspectives on the world and the political commentary about racial tension, immigration, stereotypes in Europe.  If you like thrillers and enjoyed The Expats, I’d be interested in your take on this.
  • Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson. Psychological thriller so a departure for Jackson. Full review will appear on the blog soon.
  • The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal. This was my pick from the three that Anne Bogel recommended to me when I was a guest on her podcast What Should I Read Next, Episode 179. I am currently working on a comprehensive blog post to tell you what I think.

Currently Reading

  • That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam. I am reading this because it is the next pick of the Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club. You can check us out on Facebook here.
  • The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. Due to two trips out of town, my tidying has been delayed. I’m rereading these according to the categories I’m dealing with at the time. I’m working on Komono now.

On Hold/Abandoned Reading

  • The Huntress

What have you been reading?

Per usual, I am linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy. I am amazed by that community. You should check it out.

enjoy life…