Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Show Us Your Books - November 2018

I don't know about you but I'm happy just to be here today on a Tuesday that is not Election-related and solely SUYB related. I am not surprised that in one of the most stressful months of my life, I read 11 books - books are where I retreat to and where I find comfort. You see only 10 here because the eleventh is a beta copy of Church Kids by my friend Rich from school which was awesome. To read something someone you know wrote is so amazing especially when it's a good read. This was my second beta read from a friend in the past year and I am here for it, people. Send more. 

Here's what I've been reading since the last linkup. 
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Engrossing Reads

Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow: I wish I could require everyone to read this book. Especially people who cannot see a) any racism on the national stage right now or b) where that came from. This is non-fiction and it is not dry in the slightest. You will read it, you will like the white supremacist as a person, you will cringe over that, and you will cringe even harder over how so many political talking points right now are the results of 30 years of carefully crafted normalization of white supremacy.  Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Buy kindle or hardcover

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier - Delightfully psychotic. Is that an enticing enough description? Philly library hardback Buy kindle or hardcover

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth - I really liked this. My brain is mashed potatoes, sorry I am not expounding more. But put it on your list. Free advanced copy from Netgalley, comes out April 2019

Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera - This book sang my song - three women, stories interrelated but three different perspectives, different hardships, all that jazz. Where the title derives from is also found buried in the book and I love that. Free advanced copy from Netgalley, comes out June 2019

Passed the Time Just Fine

The Girl With No Name (Detective Josie Quinn #2) - I can barely remember this story without reading the description, but it was a crazy month. And in general that is not unusual for me me since I read a lot. I read the first one in this series. Still like Josie & her team but really over her relationship times a million in this one. I hate when women are kickass professionally and then portrayed as stupid in personal relationships. Hey authors: this is not an interesting juxtaposition. Stop doing it. Philly library paperback

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas - Listen. I waited like eight months for this to come in at the library due to some fuckery. Now I wasn't waiting on baited breath, but if I do wait I always hope more that it's good. And it was fine, but not eight months of waiting fine. Philly library hardback

The Ruin (Cormac Reilly #1) by Dervla McTiernan - This is very reminiscent of the Tana French novels, but not quite as slow and methodical. I liked the Cormac character as well as a few others so I'll check out the next. Philly library hardback

Creep (Creep #1) by Jennifer Hillier - I didn't like anyone in this book but I did appreciate the twist. Philly library hardback 

The Late Bloomers' Club by Louise Miller - I needed a break from psychosis and murder and enjoyed this book. I liked the town a lot and the characters. It was like a piece of Mayberry in the midst of all of my Nightmare on Elm Streets. Philly library hardback

Not Worth It
Lost Lake (Detective Gemma Monroe #3) by Emily Littlejohn - This is the third in a series and I didn't read the first two but didn't feel like I was missing things, so that's good. The pacing was a little off here, too slow, but it was fine. Not fine enough for me to seek out any others in the series. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Did Not Finish
I know this is well loved and critically acclaimed but I did not connect. Maybe another time? OCNJ library hardcover

What have you been reading? 
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