Over the weekend, I took a look through the books I’ve read so far this year. I’m on pace to exceed my original goal of 85 (according to Goodreads I’m 11 books ahead of schedule), and I think I’ve figured out what has changed. Lately I’ve been in the habit of switching between physical/ebooks and audio for the same title. It’s a great way to get immersed in a story- and sometimes switching to audio helps me get more into a book I otherwise may not have finished. Does anyone else do this?
Linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date- the host of “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”
I asked you answered- reviews of older books are just as valued as reviews of new releases. Looking forward to branching out a little bit more in my reading life!
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Per usual, I find myself in the new release section of the bookstore 🙄 I'm finding it hard to fit back list in to my reading life! Fellow book reviewers- how do you do it? Do you guys want reviews on non new books? I know I tend to like reviewing new books to help get them on people's radar, but personally I still find non new book reviews valuable.
I Finished Reading
Dominicana | Angie Cruz | Free from Flatiron Books | This was a pleasant surprise! We went to the Dominican Republic last year for our honeymoon so I was definitely interested in reading an #ownvoices story from this culture. Ana is 15 when she gets pressured into marrying a man that’s over twice her age and moves to New York. It’s a mutually beneficial business arrangement- though Juan did seem to love her in the beginning, things go south quickly. It’s definitely got some tough parts- trigger warning for domestic abuse- but there was levity, too. I loved Ana’s character and reading about how she was able to make the best of her situation. The writing style is unique and I didn’t love it at first, but once I switched to audio I was hooked. The narrator, Coral Pena, is a Dominican-American and did a fabulous job. Cruz created a very authentic young woman- she’s not a character I’m going to forget. Out next week!
The Family Next Door: The Heartbreaking Imprisonment of the 13 Turpin Siblings and Their Extraordinary Rescue | John Glatt | Free from St. Martin’s Press | OMG, this book. It was so bleak. I knew that going in- I mean look at the subtitle- but I did not enjoy this reading experience. The book is broken up into three sections: the back story of how David and Louise met and their early lives with the children, the years of imprisonment and neglect, and finally, the children’s rescue. What these kids went through is like nothing I’ve ever heard of before. They were chained up for the majority of the day, were not given any education, were forced to sleep during the day and be up all night, and only got to take one shower a year. I didn’t find the book to be particularly well written- a lot of the details were repeated over and over and he didn’t seem to do any original reporting of his own. What kept me going was the desire to see the parents get what they deserved and the incredulity that the neighbors or aunts and uncles didn’t notice anything about the family. I really don’t know what else to say about this other than I hope the kids end up ok.
Ayesha At Last | Uzma Jalaluddin | I just started reading this today, but so far it’s great! It’s a story inspired by Pride and Prejudice with Canadian Muslim characters. Ayesha has a huge extended family and is working as a substitute teacher, but her true desire is to be a poet. Her family is subtly hinting that at 27, she’s nearly past her prime, but they seem to give more attention to her cousin Hafsa who’s constantly rejecting marriage proposals. She meets Khalid, a devout Muslim man and she’s both attracted to him and repelled by his overly traditional ideals. So far, it’s been a smart and light meet cute.
Upcoming Reading Plans
Heaven My Home | Attica Locke | Free from Netgalley | I LOVED Bluebird, Bluebird and can’t wait for book 2 in the series. Texas Ranger Darrin Matthews is back again, this time investigating the disappearance of a young boy. The boy comes from a connected and very conservative small town family, making him the subject of skepticism and prejudice. I’ve got high hopes for this one!
Between Heaven and Hell | David Talbot | Out 1.14.20 | Sent by Chronicle Prism
Find Your F*ck Yeah | Alexis Rockley | Out 9.17.19 | Sent by Chronicle Prism
Singapore Sapphire | A. M. Stuart | Out Now | Sent by Berkley
The Kennedy Debutante | Kerri Maher | Out Now | Sent by Berkley
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