This has been the most intense week that I’ve had in awhile. Happily, it seems like things are on their way to working out, but it’s been weird. I did get some reading done and participated in #24in48 over the weekend. I definitely did not read 24 hours in 2 days, but I was able to finish 2 and a half books and read 11 hours, so that’s a win.
In case you haven’t seen - I was the featured guest on a podcast! Sarah’s Book Shelves Live is run by Sarah from the blog Sarah’s Book Shelves . She hosts a weekly show featuring real talk about books and book recommendations from a featured guest. Each week, she talks with her guest about 2 old books they love, 2 new books they love, and a new release they’re excited about. You’ll have to listen to see what I recommended :)
Linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date- the host of “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”
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#partner books tagged. Had to pull out the big guns space heater to deal with this weather we've been having! 🥶 As @thedailytay said, Midwesterners are truly unable to talk about anything else when the weather is like this 🤷🏼♀️ . What a perfect time to participate in the @24in48 readathon! The rules are simple but the challenge is not- try to read for 24 of 48 hours. I plan on filtering in audiobooks while I do stuff around the house, but a lot of my time will be parked right in front of this space heater 💜 Here's what I'm trying to get through! . 👵🏼An Elderly Lady is Up To No Good 📚Well Read Black Girl 🍴At the Wolf's Table 🗝The Gunslinger 🗣We Cast a Shadow 🤠The Line That Held Us . No, I won't read all of these in 24 hours and I probably won't make it to 24- but it's fun to try! #24in48
I finished reading
Y’all. This was one of the most intense and all consuming thrillers I’ve read in awhile. I had the benefit of being on an airplane as I tore through it so I had no distractions. Darby Thorne is a college student who is heading back to home Utah to try and get to the hospital after her mother received a serious medical diagnosis. On the way, she gets stuck in a blizzard and pulls over to the nearest rest stop. She’s there with four strangers and while she’s in the parking lot trying to get a signal, she sees a child locked in the back of a van. How can she fix this?
This one really worked for me. Yes, it’s intense and has its brutal parts. It’s extreme and teetered the line of believability, but the characters kept me engaged. It’s been getting a ton of hype, but in this thriller lover’s opinion, the hype is warranted. I expect it’ll be on my favorite thriller of the year list and I can definitely see this being made into a movie.
I picked this up because it met the criteria for a nonviolent true crime book for the @bookriot Read Harder Challenge. I enjoyed the crime chapters and hearing about the behind the scenes of libraries. It gave me all of the nostalgic feelings. But- there was so much detail and I found myself tuning out for some of it. I also do not recommend listening to it- the author reads it and it was not my favorite narration. Still, if you love books about books and reading, give it a try.
This was a delight. It’s translated from Swedish, so it meets the criteria for a translated book written/translated by a woman for the Read Harder challenge, but I initially picked it up because the cover is so cute. Maude likes to keep to herself. She inherited a beautiful apartment in Stokholm when she was young and will do whatever she can to make sure she gets to keep what is rightfully hers. If this means killing people who try and take things from her… so be it. A funny, irreverent pick me up.
Appalachia Noir is totally outside of my comfort zone, but that’s what made me select it from Book of the Month. Darl Moody is just trying to keep his family’s freezer full of deer meet when he accidentally kills Carol Brewer. Carol Brewer comes from the infamously violent Brewer family- Darl knows its a death sentence if this comes out. He does what he thinks is best to help deal with the crime and ends up bringing more people into his mess. This book is shady and rather brutal at times, but it’s also a beautifully written look at choices, family, and the things you do for the ones you love.
I’m currently reading
I am loving this collection of stories- I’m reading with a pen in hand. There are gorgeous quotes from authors I know and love, as well as from those I have yet to read. It also furthered my drive to read more diverse books- the collection has a ton of further reading lists and I’m reminded of how much work I have to do.
Upcoming Reading Plans
I’m getting to this this week once and for all! That, along with the ones I’m in the middle of, should keep me plenty busy for the week.
All of the titles listed below were sent to me.
The Falcolner (1/29/19 from Atria Books)- coming of age story about a girl in the 1990s who loves basketball and has a crush on her (according to her) out of her league best friend. I don’t always read YA, but I am always down for a female protagonist you can root for, no matter the genre.
Disrupt-Her (1/29/19 from Hay House Inc.)- you know how sometimes books that you are meant to read just find you? That’s how I feel about Disrupt-Her. It’s a super cool feminist manifesto with a gorgeous cover and mantras that I actually didn’t find cheesy. The author is Miki Agrawal, the founder of THINX, TUSHY, and more. She’s sharing 15 commonly held beliefs and offers 15 rebuttals as to how and why you should disrupt this tired way of thinking (e.g. replace the word failure with revelation).
The Night Olivia Fell (2/5/19 from Gallery books- sent to me by Booksparks)- my internet friends are going crazy over this one. This is domestic suspense with a plot driven by family secrets.
The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After (1/8/19 from Penguin Random House #partner)- Wow. This sounds so moving. Julie Yip-Wiliams was born in Vietnam, blind, and narrowly escaped getting euthanized by her grandmother. She ultimately went on to become a Harvard educated lawyer and to start a family, but found out that she has terminal metastatic colon cancer at the age of thirty seven. The description is giving me a mashup of Educated and When Breath Becomes Air.
Beautiful Bad (3/5/19 from Park Row)- A psychological thriller told from alternating points of view. A marriage is on the verge of ending- the wife is afraid of her husband and worried for their child. Oh, and someone’s been murdered.
Golden Child (1/29/19 from SJP for Hogarth)- The latest from Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint. Set in Trinidad, it’s a story about two brothers who are completely different from each other. One, the known trouble maker, goes missing, and the father is forced to make a decision no parent should ever have to make. Excited for this one!
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