Oh Evelyn Hugo, I adore you. For a while now, I have had friends whose book tastes I trust tell me that I needed to read “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.” So when my book club chose it for their monthly read, I was excited to finally have a reason to pick it up. I expected a quick, light read about a Hollywood starlet and her various relationships and scandals. What I didn’t expect was a heart-breaking, humorous, intriguing story that left me thinking about it for days after I had finished. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Historical fiction is a genre that I don’t normally read. I have found that I prefer reading about the actual history event as opposed to a fictionalized telling of it. There are exceptions to this of course but I struggle to find historical fiction books that I love. This book hasn’t changed my mind on the genre but I did enjoy the mystery of the story and the writing was well done.
There were things that I really enjoyed about this book and found myself wanting to find out how everyone’s lives were affected by the horoscopes. There were other things that annoyed me and prevented me from giving this a higher ratting but it was a quick, fun read and I would recommend it as a summer read.
When “The Nest” was released in 2016, I remember it being on every “must read” or “best of” list I saw. It seemed to be the hottest book that year and it immediately went on my list of to be read. And that’s where it stayed….until I needed a book about a family for one of my reading challenges. I am so glad I finally read this book because it was like nothing I expected it to be and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
This book was on my radar because I was looking for something to meet a reading challenge prompt of: a novel by a Trans or non-binary author. Thanks to Goodreads, I found this book and saw the amazing reviews it had. It ended up being a tough, emotional, absorbing look at what it’s like to be Trans in the world today. I would highly recommend it.
In general, I am a fan of Sci-Fi books that involve alternate realities or characters that see things but don’t know if what they are seeing is actually there or just their imagination. (Is there a sub-genre out there for this type of book?) Kate Hope Day has managed to write a book that contains these elements disguised as a family drama that leaves the reader satisfied but also wanting more. I could see this book being a great pick for book clubs because there is a lot to discuss and dissect.
I don’t know how to write this review or recommend this book because while I didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I thought I would, it’s beautifully written and I could see the story appealing to fans of magical realism and religious fiction. But about 30% into this book, I realized that it wasn’t my cup of tea and while I would have usually stopped reading, I received this book as an advanced reader copy and felt I owed it to the author and publisher to give it a shot and write an honest review.
I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about this book. There were times I really wanted to stop reading but kept on because it was my book club pick and I wanted to be able to discuss it. Then something strange happened…about 40% of the way through the book I ended up really liking it and actually found myself crying at the end. Suffice to say, there were things I really liked about this book and things I did not.
This book had been on my radar since last year when it started popping up on some best lists and when I saw how much it was being checked out at my library. I had heard mixed reviews but was looking for a quick, fun read that would fulfill one of my reading challenges. There were things that I loved about this book but I can’t say it was the best romantic comedy I’ve read. The writing was good though and I liked the characters enough that I enjoyed this book in the end.