Wednesday, March 31, 2021

2021 Q1 Reading Roundup

 I wasn't sure how I wanted to do these reading roundups this year. I had toyed with the idea of doing them once a month, but as I mentioned before I'm hoping as the year goes on work becomes a little more normal/busy and I don't have as much time to read. So I decided to stick with what worked last year and bring you a quarterly reading roundup! 

Code Girls by Liza Mundy : 3 Stars - Nonfiction isn't my thing, but if it's yours I think this would be a great read! I'd love to read a historical fiction book on this subject now

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton : 3 Stars - This is not the type of book I would normally read, but with that said I really enjoyed it. I thought it was an unique story with an interesting narrator. I would put out the caution that there is violence and death

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis : 5 Stars - Really enjoyed this one! I was surprised by the final plot twist at the end. 

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella : 2 Stars - This one fell flat for me and I think it's because I just couldn't connect with Ava. I just found her annoying instead of cute and quirky like I think was the idea

The Ballards of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins : 3 Stars - It's interesting to read a book with the main character as the villain. We always want to cheer for the main character, but that's not the point of this story.

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro : 3 Stars - Overall I enjoyed this book. I wanted to know more about Eva's life during the war years vs. her early life in the United States

The Mad Woman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell : 3 Stars - Confession : I've never read a Bronte novel. I felt that disclaimer was important to know when viewing my rating. I thought this was an interesting enough story, but I wanted more from the ending. It started slow (almost painfully slow) but then seemed to finish too quickly just as it was getting interesting.

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse : 4 Stars - I honestly did not see this twist at the end coming. A great quick read if you like WW2 fiction or suspense novels

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum : 3 Stars - Beautifully written, but a hard subject to read. Trigger Warning : Domestic Abuse 

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne : 4 Stars - Cheesy romantic comedy in all the best ways. I think my only complaint is I would have liked it more on the PG side of PG13 than the R side. Excited for the movie as I think it will transfer well to the screen

The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Freidland : 3 Stars - Just okay. This felt like one of those books that a year from now I won't be able to recall the plot

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan : 3 Stars  - Not what I expected, but still a very fun read. Didn't love that it ended on a cliff hanger 

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfield : 5 Stars - One of the best books I've read in a while. This is a great read, no matter your feelings on Hillary Clinton

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver : 3 Stars - Overall a good piece of literature. I'd recommend this if you're looking for a quality read vs. a quick read

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes : 4 Stars - Just a really delighted read 

The Dutch House by Ann Patchet : 3 Stars - This was just okay. I liked how everything seemly came full circle at the end, but the idea of a mother leaving her children is just too tragic

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim : 3 Stars - I had such high hopes because the story was so unique, but the ending felt a little rushed and trying too hard to end in "happily ever after"

What did you read this quarter? What are you excited to read next? 

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