This was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time but it was a tough, emotional read so I would be hesitant to recommend it without that warning. This isn’t a happy book even though there were moments of joy throughout. But the feelings of sadness and despair outweighed those for me and I was left thinking about this book for days afterwards.Continue reading “A Woman is No Man”
Sometimes a book is talked about so much and with such grandiose praise that it can never live up to the hype. Even if your friends, and readers you trust have told you that you’ll like it and that it’s wonderful, you worry it will be a letdown. It may have won awards and recognitions, but there’s still a chance that the writing won’t be your style, or you won’t like the characters or *gasp* you will just outright hate it. Months before “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” was published, I heard incredible things about it. It was written about in journals and blogs and the buzz kept growing until it was released. Even today, 9 months after it was released, my library has multiple holds on it and the wait list is still long. So, when I finally started to read this book, I was nervous that it wouldn’t live up to my high expectations. As it turns out, I had nothing to be nervous about. “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” is an enchanting, heartbreaking, poignant book that I will remember for a long time.Continue reading “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue”
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author that makes you stay up past your bedtime. Once you start reading her books, you can’t put them down, even as you tell yourself to slow down, savor it. You know you’re going to be mad when the book is over and you have to wait until her next book is released yet you can’t stop yourself. I haven’t been disappointed by one of her books yet and “Malibu Rising” continued this trend. Get your hands on a copy of this book as quick as you can and enjoy!Continue reading “Malibu Rising”
I host a book club at my library which was started last year during the first few months of the pandemic. At the time, the books we read were mostly mysteries or whatever books we were able to get our hands on easily while in quarantine. With the start of the new year, I took the opportunity to really think about a theme for the year. With everything going on in the world and in an effort to introduce different books and authors to my community, I chose the theme of ownvoices. The first book I chose was Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai first English novel, “The Mountains Sing.” While historical fiction is a genre I don’t normally gravitate towards, I’m so glad I decided to read this book. Not only is it a phenomenal book and taught me things I never knew about the Vietnam War, it also led to a fantastic discussion and I would highly recommend it to all readers.Continue reading “The Mountains Sing”
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a crier. I cry at movies. I cry at TV shows. I will even cry at commercials! But for some reason, it takes a lot to make me cry at books. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I cried while reading one….until now. And my crying was intense and prolonged. It was a sustained cry for the last 100 pages. It was not cute. This book, while not perfect, is one of the best books I have ever read. I finished it in 3 sittings because I was so invested in the story and characters. I am still thinking about it and will continue to think about it for several more days. I am hesitant to recommend it due to the heaviness of the plot but if you’re looking for a book that will rip your heart out and take your breath away, I can’t recommend this book enough.Continue reading “The Great Believers”
Readers, I have something to confess… I am a librarian who has never read a Stephen King book. Shocking, I know. In my defense, I am not a horror fan and anything I read or consume that is even remotely horror is very specific (I know what I can handle.) But Mr. King has written various genres so that’s where my excuse falls apart. So why this book as my first King? Besides having been recommended to me by numerous friends, I LOVE time travel and will read anything about it. Having read this, I am now mad that I haven’t read King books before and waited so long to read this one. Have you ever started a book and liked it so much that you subconsciously read it really, really slowly in order to make it last? Only me? This is how I felt reading this book. I didn’t want it to end yet couldn’t wait to see what would happen, simultaneously. I know I am late to the game but 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.
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.
This was my first Alyssa Cole book and I can safely say that I am a FAN. After reading this book, I want to read everything she has written and recommended. I am always looking to read more books by women and women of color and Cole has been on my radar based on the great reviews her books get and how well her books circulate at my library. I’m so glad I finally picked up one of her books. The premise is what got me interested in this book (and it fits a challenge requirement for me) but the writing, the story, and the characters are what kept me reading. This was an incredible historical romance and I highly recommend it.
It took me a long time to read this book, not because it wasn’t good or because it’s over 400 pages. It took me a while to read it because the language used and the writing style was unique and beautiful and I wanted to take my time savoring every word and phrase written on the page. Although it took me a few chapters to get used to the way Lindsay Faye writes and her use of period-appropriate terms once I was able to wrap my head around her style, I was hooked. I normally don’t read historical fiction but this book was great and I highly recommend it.