Happy Monday! Woof- it’s always just a little harder to get back into the swing of things after a long weekend. We went on a wine trip to Michigan (it’s always a good weekend when a winery is involved!) and finally got some yard work done! The weather on Sunday was gorgeous- near 80. That’s Chicago for you- measurable snow one week, 80 the next.
Linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date- the host of “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?”
New Blog Posts
Review of The Last by Hanna Jameson
Eighteen Things To Let Go of Right Now If You Want to Stay Happy on Bookstagram (I've been loving the response to this! Thank you guys ♥️)
My spring cleaning this year included reorganizing my books. But first… to get a picture of all of them sitting in a giant pile! Any guesses as to how many there are? And I do know, because I wrote down all of the titles in a spreadsheet. Soooo satisfying.
I Finished Reading
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls | Anissa Gray | I’m struggling with sharing my thoughts about this. Since I heard about the comparison to An American Marriage I had high hopes, and I think that was in the back of my mind as I read. Its not that this didn’t hold up- the two are just quite different. The Care and Feeding is heavy. I expected it to be, seeing as how it opens with the family matriarch and her husband going to jail, but I don’t think I was expecting it to be as grim as it was. I liked the relationship between Althea and the other women in the prison, but her character was frustrating to me as a whole. I also really liked Viola. I think I wanted to connect with the rest of the characters more than I did. If you like quiet, contemplative stories that examine family relationships and how damage inflicted in childhood can last long into adulthood, then you might like this.
The Escape Room | Megan Goldin | Free from Netgalley | If you're looking to be entertained by an in your face thriller- look no further! This wasn't the most well written (the dialogue for some of the characters was... Not great)- but I couldn't put it down. Four high flying finance execs get forced to go to a “team building” escape room. Things quickly go downhill and it becomes clear that they may not get out of this elevator they seem to be stuck in. The characters were downright nasty, but it was fun to read about the events that got them there.
I’m Currently Reading
I Know Who You Are | Alice Feeney | Free from Flatiron | I just picked this up so it’s too early to have thoughts about it, but Alice Feeney wrote one of my favorite thrillers last year so I’m thinking this will be a good one.
Upcoming Reading Plans
The Waste Lands | Stephen King | I took a break from the Dark Tower series but I think I’m ready to jump back in. This is book 3 in an 8 book series, so I’ve got a long way to go if I'm going to finish!
FKA USA | Reed King Watson | Release Date: 6.18.19 | Free from Flatiron Books | Just wrapped up a giveaway for this one on Instagram. It sounds wild- it's set in the future in the Formerly Known As (FKA) USA and you've got a snarky talking goat and a loveable unlikely protagonist tasked with saving our asses. This could either be really cool, or total confusion. We'll see!
An Unsettled Grave | Bernard Schaffer | Release Date: 7.30.19 | Free from Kensington Publishing | I get a ton of emails from authors asking if I’d like to review their books. Generally, I don’t accept these, not because I dont want to read them, but mostly because I hate feeling “pressured” to read something for review. However, this author did a great job pitching his book to me. It’s a crime novel and he’d clearly visited my page, so not only did he reference a few of my posts, he knew that crime novels are books that I like to read. So I was happy to accept!
This is book 2 in a series, but it sounds like you don’t necessarily need to read the first one to enjoy. The author is a veteran police detective- I love reading crime novels written by those with real life experience. In the first book we are introduced to rookie cop Carrie and her mentor. In book two, she discovers a small human foot buried in the Pennsylvania woods that leads her to a decades-old cold case—and the darkest secrets of her mentor’s youth. I'm in!
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