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September Reads

September Reads

Another month, another failed attempt at reading more than one book. I am slacking. Hopefully I can use the back half of the year to catch up on my reading. Does anyone have any recommendations for me? The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor […]

August Reads

August Reads

August was a very sad month for me reading. I just couldn’t really get into anything. I tried to read ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ a few times, but just couldn’t really get into it before my borrow expired. Even the one book I’m counting here […]

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 that.

Alex Claremont-Diaz is a smart, ambitious kid whose mother just happens to be president. Embroiled in a feud with Prince Henry, their two PR teams hatch a plan for them to act like friends and to keep international relations positive. As the two become closer, Alex must reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his goals and maybe just fall headfirst into love with a Prince.

This wasn’t a book I was able to rush through and finish in a matter of hours. That being said, I still loved it. I found it gripping. I love anything royal-related and I thought this was a fun spin on things. Alex felt like a fully-realized character with strengths and flaws. It was great to pick up a romcom focused on a gay couple, and I’d love to read more books like this one.

If you’re into a good love story, this is a must-read.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4/5 Stars

Daisy Jones is the daughter of two famous people, neither of which has much interest in her. She grew up fast and got into rock and roll, and everything that comes along with it in the ’60s and ’70s. She was beautiful and talented, with big dreams to become a musician. The Six was a band from small-town America led by Billy Dunne, who were making their rise on the rock charts.

The producer of The Six decided they should bring Daisy in on a track, and that song immediately hit it big. They then decided to bring Daisy in full-time as a band member. This lead to stardom, and a lot of friction.

I had heard a lot of hype about this book, and placed a hold on it without really knowing what it was. The book was told completely in an interview style. When I first started it, I was a little confused, thinking it may have been non-fiction. I’ve read a couple of non-fiction books in this style and I love them. It lends to getting everyone’s side of the story.

It is indeed a work of fiction, but I think it was done really well. I thought it was a really interesting, fun read and really brought the ’70s to life.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

4/5 Stars

This book follows Queenie Jenkins, a Jamaican-British woman living in London. It covers her struggles over the course of a year, starting with the end of her long-term relationship, and continues into struggling at her job and facing life as a Black woman. Queenie is lacking confidence and self-worth after some very upsetting moments in her life. Throughout the book, she works to become a better version of herself.

Queenie was a very interesting look at the world through the eyes of a Black woman. She often felt like she wasn’t enough to fit in with either of her worlds. There are some pretty hard-to-read moments in the book. Candice was really able to make you feel for Queenie. Queenie was an incredibly rootable character. I would definitely recommend reading this one.

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June Reads

June Reads

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson 3/5 Stars The Vanishing Stair is the second book in the Truly, Devious series. Stevie Bell is pulled out of Ellingham Academy by her parents after the murder of her housemate. They were convinced to let her go back […]

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 […]

April Reads

April Reads

Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West

3/5 Stars

Lindy West’s 2016 debut novel reads like a collection of essays about her trials and tribulations of growing up and coming to age as a self-proclaimed fat woman. She discusses how it feels to always be on blast for her size, and how people often disguise their hatred of fat people as ‘helping’. She also talks about fighting trolls online and dating.

I think Lindy offers a very interesting and important perspective. I picked up this book after watching the tv series Shrill, more or less based on her book and her life. I’m glad I read it. I feel like I would have liked it more if I had been in a better headspace while reading it. I was already feeling down, and reading about how awful people are to her for so many reasons just made me feel really sad. If you love feminist literature, this is a good book from that genre.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

4.5/5 Stars

Truly Devious is the first in a YA mystery series following teen detective, Stevie Bell. She arrives at the prestigious Ellingham Academy in rural Vermont prepared to investigate one of her favourite cases, a kidnapping that took place on campus in the ’30s. Along the way, a student is found dead and she works to figure out who committed the crime.

I thought this was a really fantastic YA mystery book. It had me gripped pretty early on. It has some classic YA elements like high school, young love, etc. but it didn’t feel unreadable for somebody barreling towards their 30’s. For a mystery book that involves murder, I didn’t find it particularly gory either. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and placed a hold on the next book as soon as I finished this one.

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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 […]

My Favourite ‘Comfort’ Reads

My Favourite ‘Comfort’ Reads

Many of us, myself included, have a lot more time to read these days. I’ve always been a big reader. It’s a great way to escape into another world. There are a few books that I read over and over again because they are warm […]

February Reads

February Reads

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

5/5 Stars

I had heard of Linda Holmes years back. She made a few guest appearances on a Survivor podcast I listen to, so I was excited to hear she was writing a book. I had this on my holds list for a while, and I felt like a few of the books I had waited a long time for didn’t really live up to the hype. This was not the case with ‘Evvie Drake Starts Over’ – I loved this book!

Evvie Drake is recently widowed, and everyone in her life thinks she has been withdrawn because she misses her husband, but that’s not really the case. She’s trying to deal with the guilt of not missing him at all. Her friend asks her if she is interested in having a lodger, his old friend and struggling baseball player Dean Tenney. They spend the year dealing with their issues, separately and together.

I really loved this book. It’s definitely going to be in my favourite books I’ve read this year come December. It was emotional, funny, and the story really drew me in. I don’t think the ending is spectacularly unexpected, but I loved the way we got there.

Dear Girls by Ali Wong

3.5/5 Stars

This memoir/advice book by comedian Ali Wong is written to her daughters. I love this genre of books, so I was really excited to read this.

I really enjoyed this book. Ali’s point-of-view is unique and engaging. She tells her stories in a way that makes you really connect with her. I laughed and I cried. It was a fun love letter to her beloved daughters.

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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 […]