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 […]
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The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli
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, an Indian-Canadian woman in her late 20’s whose grandmother is dying for her to get married. Raina is much more focused on her career, and still suffering from the heartbreak of her last relationship. This is all well and good.
I was still enjoying this story, until <<SPOILER ALERT>> her ex-boyfriend comes to town. To cover this up, she more or less leads her grandmother to believe that she is gay. Her grandmother is very accepting, but the community around her is not. Raina’s best friend is upset because she knows this is a lie. A former family friend comes to her and tells her that he is also gay and she convinces him to come out to his family, which didn’t go well. And he is justifiably upset when he finds out she isn’t gay. I didn’t love that she was lying about her sexuality. The story would have been more interesting if she was actually gay. It just felt all a little off for me. I also hate stories where the trouble people get into are from their own doing over lying.
I didn’t realize before I started it that it was set in Toronto. This was super exciting, I rarely find books that are set in Canada. So I did really love that part. The whole book just felt too long, with the inciting incident coming pretty far into the story. Let me know if you’ve read this one and feel differently.
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
This is the 4th book in the Cormoran Strike series by J.K. Rowling’s alter-ego Robert Galbraith. I have really enjoyed reading this series. I’d have to say that this is my least favourite book in the series so far. If you’ve read the Harry Potter series, you know that she has the knack for really detailed stories. Well, that’s definitely true here. It almost feels like a long book just for the sake of being long. There are so many characters that it’s almost hard to keep them all straight. And I just kept waiting and waiting for the moment when the story actually started. Which, I’m not even kidding, was like 300 pages in.
I’d definitely recommend this series, the Cuckoo’s Calling was an incredible page-turner. This addition to the series just felt a bit meh.
The Second Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith
I picked this up at the library because I liked the cover, and I figured I could get into a book where France itself was basically a character.
Cookbook writer, Paul Stuart, is stuck while writing his latest book. His cousin invites him on a trip with her to France, and he thought that a change of scenery would treat him and his book well. His time in France is filled with ups and downs and just a touch of food poisoning.
I really enjoyed reading this book. This is the first one I’ve read by Alexander McCall Smith. I love books set in small French cities, and this one didn’t disappoint. It felt a little slow in some parts, and I wouldn’t say it was one of my favourite books I’ve ever read. But it was a light, easy read.
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors. I’ve read so many of her books over and over again. I was super excited to read this one.
Fixie Farr is dealing with managing her family store after her dad dies a couple years ago. This isn’t easy with her mother getting sick, and her siblings being pretty useless. After a run-in with a stranger that changes her life, she works to act for herself instead of everyone else.
I liked this book. It wasn’t my favourite ever of her stories, but it wasn’t my least favourite. It’s a fun, easy read. I tore through the book in a day. I think I will definitely re-read this one at some point.
Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder by Chris Cavender – When I saw this book on the shelf at the library, I knew it was for me. Pizza AND a murder mystery? What more could I ask for. I enjoyed this book, but I wouldn’t say I loved it. It was a fun read, but the resolution to the mystery wasn’t mind-blowing or unpredictable. It took me a while to get into it, and it took me longer to read it than most books I’ve come across in the last few months. It’s a great book if you want a solid cosy mystery with a pizza undertone.
The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot – This was the first book I’ve read by Meg Cabot, (I know, how is that even possible). I picked up on a recommendation from a friend. Stylistically, this was a really interesting book. It follows gossip columnist, Melissa Fuller, who finds her elderly neighbour after an attack. She contacts her neighbour’s only living relative to come take care of the pets. Instead, Max, the neighbour’s nephew sends his friend to act as him. And of course, Mel falls in love with pretend Max, and drama ensues.
It is written exclusively in emails from the characters to each other. I didn’t know how this would work, but I thought it was a really cool way to tell a story. I didn’t feel like I was missing any context, because the characters did a great job of describing scenes that had happened in these emails to friends. I felt like I had a good sense of all of the characters and their intentions. I thought the ending of the book was a little predictable, but that’s rarely a deal breaker for me. I enjoyed that there was sort of a true crime twist to this romcom story.
I wouldn’t say I LOVED this book, but I did really enjoy it, and I absolutely will read the other books in this series.
Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot – This book is a part of the popular “Princess Diaries”. It’s the 11th, and most current book in the series. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series. So what made me think I could just pick up the 11th book in a series and understand what was going on? Well, I love a royal wedding, dammit!!! And I’ve seen the movie, so I get the gist of who these characters are.
We follow Mia, Princess of Genovia, as she navigates her late 20s as royalty. Her dad runs into some legal issues, her grandmere is as overbearing as always, and she’s worried her boyfriend is hiding something from her.
I felt like I was completely able to grasp the story, even if I hadn’t read any of the previous books. I think it works pretty well as a standalone book. I really enjoyed reading this book. Mia is an incredibly likeable character, and the book feels very current – but some of the references will be dated in another 5 or so years probably.
My main issue of the book is that, in a 430 page book, all of the main action seems to happen in the last 200 pages. It didn’t even feel like there was a build to that action in the first half of the book. There were quite a few bombshells that happened very late in the book that I feel like maybe could have been eased into earlier. And the book is literally called Royal Wedding, but we BARELY GET ANY ROYAL WEDDING!!!!!
Overall I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it to you if you’re looking for an easy read with characters you’re probably familiar with from your favourite movie from your middle school days. I don’t think it’s even necessary to go back and read the other books in the series to enjoy this one, and I wonder if they’d be a little juvenile anyway.