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July Reads

July Reads

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston 4/5 Stars What if the first son of the United States and the Prince of England were in their early 20’s and fell in love during a tumultuous election year? Red, White & Royal Blue explores just […]

May Reads

May Reads

In the month of May I managed to read quite a few books and make up for my lacking in other months. I’m now on a better track with my reading challenge! Anyway, on with the books. My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan 3/5 Stars […]

March Reads

March Reads

Well, I didn’t read much in March. I aim for at least 2 books a month. Things came up I guess. I also had a hard time getting through the one book I did read so I guess that slowed me down a bit. My goal is to read at least 3 books in April to make up for it. I definitely will have the time!

American Royals by Katharine McGee

2.5/5 Stars

I put a hold on this book last summer, and it finally came to me. It’s obviously a very popular book. I’ve been hearing about it for a while now. I was really looking forward to reading it.

It takes a look at an alternate reality in which America has a Royal Family. After the Revolutionary War, a crown was offered to George Washington, and hundreds of years later his family still reigns. Princess Beatrice is set to become the first Queen Regnant of the American throne.

The book follows her and her sister, Samantha, and their struggles for normalcy, as well as Samantha’s friend, Nina, and their brother’s ex-girlfriend, Daphne.

I love the concept of the book. I’m very interested in the British Royal Family, and I thought it was an interesting idea to see what that would look like in the USA.

I just didn’t think the book was that great in execution.

It was a lot longer of a book than I was expecting, clocking in at nearly 450 pages. I found it to be a bit too long. It was hard for me to get into at first. I feel like we could have gotten to the point a little bit earlier than we did. That’s probably the difficulty of having 4 narrators interwoven. Each character talks about their POV of each situation, which makes it a little drawn out for my tastes.

I also wish the characters were just a little older. Beatrice is 21, and Samantha, Nina, and Daphne are 17-18. I think if they were in their mid-to-late 20’s, it would all feel a bit more realistic to me? I have no issues reading books where the characters are in that age range! It just doesn’t feel like a good fit here.

Am I going to read the new book in the series coming out this summer? I mean, probably. I’d like to see where the story is going.

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January Reads

January Reads

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren 4.5/5 Stars In the latest offering from the writing duo Christina Lauren, the frequently unlucky Olive ends up taking her twin sister’s honeymoon due to an extreme illness that took over her and her beau’s entire wedding. The catch? She […]

December Reads

December Reads

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal I read The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters in June, and then immediately put in a hold request for Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. It took this long to come in. It’s been a popular book […]

November Reads

November Reads

I Might Regret this by Abbi Jacobson

3.5 Stars

I’ve been wanting to read Abbi Jacobson’s ‘memoir’ since it came out. I watched the first few seasons of Broad City (I loved it! I just haven’t gotten around to finishing it).

It’s not quite a memoir? There are some memories in it. It’s classified as ‘collection of essays, drawings, and vulnerabilities’. I had a good time reading this. It was a pretty quick read. The drawings take up a lot of pages, so you could get this done in an afternoon if you really wanted.

I understand why she didn’t really name names but I love the gossip, you know? It was cool to read about how Abbi and Ilana got their start and how it evolved into creating Broad City.

I would definitely read this if you love Broad City, or personal stories. I think you should probably have some idea of who Abbi is, or you probably wouldn’t get that much from the book.

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August Reads

August Reads

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli 2/5 Stars I had this book on my holds list for about 5 months before I finally got to read it. I was really looking forward to it, and frankly I was a bit disappointed. The story follows Raina, […]

July Reads

July Reads

Maybe This Time by Jane Mansell This had the makings of a perfect book for me: set in the UK romcom/chick lit endorsed by one of my new favourite writers, Katie Fforde Mimi goes to visit her dad and his partner in the Cotswolds, where […]

June Reads

June Reads

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardtark

I’ve been a big fan of the My Favorite Murder Podcast from pretty early on in their run. When they announced that they were writing a book, I was ecstatic. Georgia and Karen have both lived very full lives, and I couldn’t wait to read about it

I enjoyed the book a lot. It was a fairly quick read, and I liked that they were able to develop chapters based on some of their favourite catchphrases. It was a fun read, and I liked being able to get an in depth perspective of their lives. It wasn’t a life-changing book, but I enjoyed it.

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite 

This Nigerian novella was recommended to me by my friend, Ali (check out her blog!). It follows Korede, a nurse in Lagos that lives with her mother and sister in the estate of her late father as she cleans up all of her sister’s messes. Literally and figuratively. Korede’s sweet, charming, beautiful little sister Ayoola is in fact, a serial killer. First it started off as an act of defense, at least that’s what Korede was told, and it has evolved into something more sinister.

This was a very quick read. I finished it in a matter of hours. There’s a low page count, small pages, and a chapter style that lends to a lot of half-empty pages, which all contributes to a quick read. But it was also a real page-turner. I found the story gripping and I couldn’t wait to see where the story was going.

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal

British-born, Punjabi sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina lose their mother after a long illness. The sisters, who have never really gotten along, agree to go on a trip to India to fulfill their mother’s last wish. The trip, as expected, gets off to a rocky start with Rajni and Jezmeen quarreling, while Shirina tries to avoid the conflict. They’re all holding onto secrets that are rocking their world.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The ending was kind of predictable, but I liked the way Balli got there. This was a fun book about sisterhood with a satisfying ending.