Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Show Us Your Books: March 2019

Show Us Your Books day falling in birthday week.. Birthdays and books, these are a few of my favorite things. 

I'm super pumped because a while back I sent my broken down Kindle Paperwhite back to Amazon. They gave me $5 for it (lol) and 25% off another kindle purchase. The Paperwhite is the only kindle I can read in the sun and actually see. It was on sale for $99 a while back but of course when I went to buy it was back to $130. Since I had a hand me down Kindle fire from my aunt Lori that still worked, I waited it out and it went back down to $99 yesterday, plus the 25% off, and Lori sent me a gift card. My replacement will arrive tomorrow, two days before my birthday and just as we're entering outdoor reading season. Fabulous  timing! 

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

Engrossing Reads
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A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum - This broke me a thousand times. The first paragraph snatched me right up but I put the book down on Friday and had to summon myself to pick it up again on Saturday. It was a hard read, but if it was hard for me to read, how hard is it for some women to live? I try not to accept that in myself for reasons to avoid difficult topics. Beautiful writing and a perspective I have not read previously. Hardcover, own buy kindle / buy hardcover

I'll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie - This book was weird and hard to put down. Like an infinity times darker Wet Hot American Summer revisited. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Book publishes June 1. Pre-order kindle 4.99 / pre-order hardcover 15.99 / pre-order paperback 10.99

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda - One of two "summer people" type of books I read in the last month. This one had my heart thudding. I didn't see the end coming at all. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Book publishes June 18 and will be perfect for a suspenseful summer beach read. Pre-order kindle 12.99 / pre-order hardcover $20.72

The Girl Across the Street by Vikki Patis - This was sort of a mess at the end and escalated quite quickly, and honestly messy at some parts in the middle, but I still liked the story and never wanted to put it down. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. buy kindle 2.99 / buy paperback 8.92

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward - A collection of essays and poems meaning to be from the starting off point of The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Truly exceptional pieces in here. I am not someone who likes short essay or story collections as a rule. I liked this a lot. buy kindle 11.99 / buy paperback 10.87/buy hardcover 18.75

The Lost Man by Jane Harper - I was under the impression that this would be a continuation of stories about Federal Agent Aaron Falk and was sorely disappointed to find out it wasn't...until I started reading it. I loved it. It's a long, slow burn. And it's a good one. Philly library hardcover buy kindle 14.99 / buy hardcover 18.29 
Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets by Feminista Jones: I read this very quickly for a nonfiction read that had citations. Feminista Jones is smart as hell and stacked the information in a way that was easy to digest. This was not written for me, a white lady, but I sure as hell benefited from reading it. I truly believe that we will never advance as women as long as there are those among us who will not recognize the tremendous impact of race and white supremacy on the patriarchy and the insidious relationship between white supremacy and patriarchy. White women have chosen white supremacy over smashing the patriarchy too often throughout history. Paperback, own buy paperback so you can highlight it

Passed the Time Just Fine

The Never Game (Colter Shaw #1) by Jeffrey Deaver - A quirky lead character for a new series, I liked him. The storyline wasn't totally my bag, but I will give it another go with the next book. Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski - I liked this story and it was well told. I knew something was off all along but wasn't sure with who and I liked to be kept guessing. I am the person who loves when books take place in my hometown/a place I know well but is then also overly bothered by errors that could have been avoided with a tiny bit of research. That happened here with references to our shore town. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

The Winter Sister by Megan Collins - I wasn't expecting much from this, and it turned out fine. For a story with so much in it, it felt very surface to read. Still an interesting premise and not bad. Hardcover, own

Mine by Courtney Cole - I couldn't believe people walked away here. A lot of the story was deeply uncomfortable all around. Lots of emotion throughout and the prevailing one left for me was hate for the husband. Free e-copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Book publishes May 28

Winter in Paradise (Paradise #1) by Elin Hilderbrand - I am not an Elin Hilderbrand fan girl. I needed this to cleanse my palate and it did a good job of that. Enjoyable to read in a few hours on a winter weekend afternoon. Philly library hardcover

The Trapped Girl (Tracy Crosswhite #4) by Robert Dugoni - Standard good continuation of series. amazon e-book, had to buy, library does not and will not be offering

In the Clearing (Tracy Crosswhite #3) by Robert Dugoni - Standard good continuation of series. amazon e-book, had to buy, library does not and will not be offering
Not Worth It

The Couple by Sarah Mitchell - There were a few story lines in this book, and it's almost like they were written in different voices. Some great twists but overall not for me. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Did Not Finish
River Bodies (Northampton County #1) by Karen Katchur - Absolutely nothing about this appealed to me. It was like a wannabe Sons of Anarchy light with some additional awkwardness. Amazon free e-book

What have you been reading? 
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