I’ve been on a roll lately, quantity wise. I finished 3 books this week, but only loved one.
Linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date- the host of “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”
Lets see how far I overshot with my October TBR List!
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#partner An approximation of what I’ll be reading in October! Will I get to all of these? Probably not. Am I going to try? Also no, because I’m more of a mood reader and I’m sure something shiny will come around to distract me. What say you? Are you good at sticking to your #TBRStack, or do you just like to make the photos like me? 😊
I Finished Reading
Good Girl, Bad Girl | Michael Robotham | I think I’m in the minority with this one, but I wasn’t crazy about it. A psychologist in England with a troubled past gets called in to consult on a couple of cases. In one, we have “Angel Face”, a young girl who was discovered hiding after weeks of hiding in a home where a man had been brutally murdered. She refuses to share her identity and has the uncanny ability to read people and know if they’re telling the truth. In the other case, a rising ice skating star was found dead under suspicious circumstances on a bike path near her house. What I liked: the troubled psychologist with a past. It can be an overdone troupe, but I liked Cyrus. I’m also intrigued by Angel Face and her backstory. What I didn’t like: there were SO many side characters and meandering plot points. All I wanted to know was who Angel Face was, and I was unsatisfied with her development. I wanted to see more from her- which I suppose we’ll get, as it’s been announced that this will be a series (something I did not know going in). I also didn’t care for the ending- it just goes straight off the rails. I partially guessed what was going on but a major ick factor was thrown in and pushed me over the line of not recommending. Still, I was intrigued by Angel Face and Cyrus enough to check back in with book 2. But I’m a glutton for punishment, so keep that in mind. 3 stars.
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know | Malcolm Gladwell | Well. I really don’t know how to review this one. I didn’t hate it, but I did walk away with a bad taste in my mouth. I’ll break it into pros and cons. Pro: It’s Malcolm Gladwell, so you know it’s well researched. I like that he attempted to take on very real issues in today’s world (systemic racism, sexual assault). I listened to this and the audiobook production was top notch; it was almost like a podcast hybrid with music, news clips, and voice reenactments in addition to the text. I was looking forward to getting to know more about the cases he chose to illustrate his points- Sandra Bland, Sylvia Plath, Bernie Madoff, Brock Turner, and Amanda Knox. Cons: I’m not sure this points were made. Yes. It’s exceedingly easy to misunderstand people that we don’t know. Racial bias exists. You really don’t know what’s underneath the surface. But what do we do with this? I had the biggest issue with the Brock Turner section. It read as victim blaming- yes, a shit ton of alcohol was consumed but the line between rape and not rape is pretty clear. All told, it got under my skin but it was not in the best way. (I did love the sampling of the Janelle Monae song- really powerful)
Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me | Adrienne Brodeur | I really, really liked this! This memoir takes place on Cape Cod and begins when the author, then age 14, is woken by her mother who tells her that a man who she was not married to kissed her. The man is Ben Souther, a married man and her husbands lifelong friend. The author gets sucked into being an accomplice in her mother’s affair- and the entanglement leads to a lifetime of consequences.
The writing is straightforward and compelling. You really feel for the author as she continually vies for her mother’s affection, always falling short of the love her mother has for herself. There was a ton of food imagery throughout the book, and you come to find the title Wild Game is a very clever double entendre. If you like complicated family dynamics and drama that will keep you turning the pages, pick up WILD GAME. Out October 15!
I Miss You When I Blink | Mary Laura Philpott | This is my audiobook for the week. I didn’t think I’d connect with it because I don’t have kids (and had the perception that this was largely about motherhood) but I’m definitely vibing with the author (Fellow Type As where you at?!)
Upcoming Reading Plans
All This Could Be Yours | Jami Attenberg | It’s time! I’m a massive Jami Attenberg fan and I’m expecting her latest not to disappoint. A man whose lead a complex life is on his deathbead, and his daughter intends to find out exactly what secrets he’s been harboring all of these years.
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