It’s the second Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means; it’s time for another edition of Show Us Your Books! Compared to last month, which included a couple 2-star reads and a couple of DNFs, this one was AMAZING. I had 6 — yes, SIX — 4-star reads, which is pretty unheard of, for me. I love great reading months!
But I’m also a little bit sick this week (I’m blaming it on the abrupt transition to fall from a week of suffocating 90 degree weather…), so I’m keeping my blurbs short and linking to full reviews in lieu of blurbs where I can. Know that I 100% recommend any of the 4-star books, and honestly, you should go read them now, if you haven’t already… Let’s get to it!
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4-Star Reads ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Immortalists – I am beyond happy that this lived up to my expectations, and it was even better that we got to discuss it in a book club. Because I really needed to discuss it. review + recipe
The Late Bloomers’ Club – This book is cozy as heck and perfect for fall. I’m seeking out Louise Miller’s other novel immediately! review + recipes
Vox – As far as feminist dystopias go, this one’s a good one! Cautionary, haunting, riveting. Because this one didn’t have great food tie-ins, I published my thoughts on it for my first review as a contributor on Literary Quicksand — you can check it out here.
An American Marriage – Everyone is talking about this novel (or was… I was a little late to the game), and while I wasn’t immediately in love with it, I found it utterly captivating. It’s an important story and we need more voices like Jones’. review + recipe
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore – I love a good book about books! And this one was a thriller to boot, so I couldn’t have put it down if I wanted to. review + recipe
There There – This was a slow start, possibly because of the multiple POV format, but it gained momentum, especially halfway through, and I was glued to it for the last 50 pages. I’ll be posting the review on this one later this week, so make sure to come back and check it out.
3-Star Reads ⭐⭐⭐
*The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – This novel had an interesting concept (sort of Groundhog Day meets Life After Life) and engaging writing, but the execution kept me from rating this higher. There was a LOT going on in the story, and I struggled to keep track of the characters, plus the ending didn’t blow me away (and actually confused me a bit more…). Fun fact: In England, this book is called The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, but in the US, because of obviously similarities to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, they had to add the ½.
The House on Mango Street – I read this book as part of my office’s Diversity Book Club, which is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. The vignettes (most chapters were only a page long) read sort of like poetry, which isn’t my thing. Most of them didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me and few of them related to each other. I think a lot of people read this one in school, and I think it’d definitely benefit from being taught and/or discussing. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. I’ll be interested to see what the conversation is like in book club this week!
2-Star Reads ⭐⭐
Summer Sisters (2.5) – I was not a fan of this novel’s format, in which secondary characters had random third person interjections, but also I had a hard time relating to (or liking) the main characters past the first 25% of the story. I wanted this to be better, but it was mostly just frustrating.
Did Not Finish
The Queen of Hearts – People really love this novel, so I felt weird not finishing it, but after the first 7 or so chapters, I still wasn’t hooked (and I had Vox on my shelf…) so I just gave up. I found the dialogue to be unrealistic and the plot/character motivation remained too ambiguous for too long to keep me interested.
*The Dream Daughter – I’m only a quarter of the way through this one, which I picked up on Sunday night, but so far I’m into it. I love a good “realistic time travel” book, and this one seems to fit the bill! I’m interested to see where it goes.
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*I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.