Hi readers! Hope you had a nice weekend. I’m on a bit of a winning streak- finished two books that I rated 4.5 or better and am really enjoying my current read!
Linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date- the host of “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”
Are you a member of BOTM? I have been for almost 3 years now and I love it. In fact, most of my favorites of 2019 have been BOTM choices. Here’s my unread stack that I’d like to get to by the end of the year. (By now my list of books that “I’d like to get to by the end of the year” works out to be about 50 books, but who’s counting.)
I Finished Reading
My Friend Anna | Rachel DeLoache WIlliams | I started listening to this on Monday and was finished by Wednesday. I couldn’t turn away! I had never heard of the story of Anna Delvey, the fake German heiress that conned friends and banks out of over $250,000. The author is one of the friends she conned, and her story was absolutely captivating. Some of the criticism of this book was that the author “deserved it” or that she was fine with Anna when she was buying her things, but I didn’t find her story or personality grating at all. She tells the story in a real and logical way; I swear I’ve known manipulative people like Anna in my past and I can see myself getting caught up too. I really enjoyed the authors writing and hope she goes on to write more. My only criticism is that it opens with the trip in Morocco where a lot of the drama went down- I thought she gave the best stuff away too early. Still, I’m giving it 4.5 stars. Great on audio too!
The Nickel Boys | Colson Whitehead | What can I say about The Nickel Boys or Colson Whitehead that hasn’t already been said? I adored this. The Nickel Boys is based on a real-life reform school for boys located in Florida, where boys were sent under the guise of rehabilitation but were instead subjected to extreme psychological and physical abuse. The narrative centers on the story of two boys, Elwood and Turner, who come from different walks of life and have opposite philosophies how to navigate the world. Elwood is ambitious and favors the words of Dr. King, where Turner is more pragmatic with a persistent sense of self-preservation. I was so impressed with the level of depth Whitehead was able to pack in 224 pages. It really made the prose and structure stand out. The characters are memorable and this is a story that I'm not likely to forget. It will definitely be on my favorites of 2019 list. 5/5
Dominicana | Angie Cruz | Partner Dominicana is the story of a 15-year-old girl from the Dominican Republic who gets pressured into marrying a man that’s over twice her age so that she can create a better life for herself and her family. I’m only 30% through but I’m enjoying it. The writing style is definitely unique- it’s first person narration so it almost reads like she’s reading from her diary- and I found I’m liking it more on audio. Full thoughts to come! Out September 3rd.
Upcoming Reading Plans
The Reckless Oath We Made | Bryn Greenwood #partner | Bryn Greenwood’s All The Ugly and Wonderful Things was one of my favorite books from 2016. The premise of this one sounds like of out there- but if I were to only judge ATUAWT by its premise only I wouldn’t have gone anywhere near it either. I’m expecting this to be full of heart with vivid characters I’ll come to love.
The Family Upstairs | Lisa Jewell | Out 11.5.19 | Sent by Atria
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