You guys, I have been deathly ill. No, I did not have the flu. I had a head cold that required the assistance of steroids. STEROIDS! How do those two things even relate?
Somehow, I finished a book during this. I love Anna Quindlen (previous book review here) and when I saw her new book on Netgalley I scooped it up. Alternate Side is all about a dead end street in New York City and the families that live there. Specifically Nora and Charlie and their fraternal twins, Rachel and Oliver. I guess I was so excited to read this that I didn’t look at the summary when I requested it because I was shocked at the turning point on the block. Something bad happens and the ripples from that event change Nora, her home, her family, her job and her marriage. Basically everything. Through all of this though Nora and Quindlen are writing a love letter to New York City. After the event, and even before, Charlie wants to leave the city. Nora refuses. It is her city. She can’t fathom leaving and being herself somewhere else. This is what I loved most. I loved the characters and the story but because I love NYC so much I basically loved all the praise towards it. So beautifully written.
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book with characters who are twins
Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book by a favorite author
BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : a book with a cover you hate – I do hate this cover. The whole location of the book revolves around Nora living on a dead end street in New York City. A lot of the plot surrounds this. And yet the cover, what I assume to be a street diagram, does not display a dead end street anywhere. It could be a road map to anything. I do not like it. One bit.
I’m on an airplane right now! And I might be reading these things on my Kindle. Unless I’m reading these things from my suitcase.
And I Darken by Kiersten White. I’m not sure this series is for me. Which is why I put it on my Kindle instead of committing to carrying it.
Front Lines and Silver Stars by Michael Grant. What an amazing premise this book has, women can sign up and be drafted in WWII. And such a great Goodreads review; 4.14 for book 1 and 4.4 for book 2! The only thing I don’t like is only 2 of the 3 books in the series are out. So if I get really addicted or there’s a cliffhanger that would be annoying. Again, not sure I’ll like it so I didn’t want to commit to bringing two 550+ page books with me. HOLY CRAP. Definitely Kindle books.
Last, two romances. I just finished A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean and liked it a lot. Romances are a necessary evil sometimes. I hate them and I love them all at once. I hate the formula that they both seem to follow but occasionally I like to pick one up. This is similar to my feelings toward mysteries. The second book in MacLean’s series is One Good Earl Deserves a Lover which I got on my Kindle. I mean, look at that cover. What great colors. I found this series through a blog post called 14 Romance Novels for Non-Romance Readers. I have no idea how I got there other than the RA for All blog I follow is having a Why I Love series on different genres and the last one was about romance.
None of these books take into account my backlog of Netgalley titles. Some of the ones I’m squeeing over include Mrs. by Caitlin Macy (pub 2/13) and The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (pub 4/3). That’s it. So many books, not enough travel time. Happy weekend!
I received this poetry book from Netgalley. I can’t say I know a lot about poetry but I can say this book is gorgeous. I read it in one sitting. In the dark. In my bed. Which was a great location because most of these poems are about a break up, sadness, anger, and many other things that wouldn’t have felt as magnified on a sunny day outside. Trista experiences a break up with a girl she wasn’t really dating. They were friends and yet also more. This girl she was in love with said horrible things about same sex relationships, all the while loving Trista. Or Trista was feeling like she loved her. How can you really know when someone loves you? So she left. Moved to Australia. And tried to forget her first love. There are also some poems about being bisexual and her relationship with her mother. All around it was just so moving. I loved it. It will be released in May of 2018. Put it on your list!
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author
I finished The Invisible Library. It was so fun. There was literally a chapter that ended with, and then the alligators came. Whaaa? There is nothing that can’t happen in the alternate worlds that Irene and Kai visit as librarians. They are sent by their employer, The Library, to visit alternative worlds and retrieve books. Mainly fairy tales. That part I didn’t quite get. Why fairy tales? They do talk about it but it wasn’t a good enough reason to resonate. I like the relationship between Irene and Kai, there’s a bit of romantic tension but it could go either way. This is definitely a world building book, I will move on to book two. Goodreads also said that readers of this book also enjoyed Sorcerer to the Crown. Which I can verify as truth because I also enjoyed Sorcerer to the Crown.
I’m about 50 pages in to two books. I need to push on with one of them. Have you read them? Give me advice on which to continue to the end.
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. So far very funny but a bit confusing because it’s a new world. Needs full attention.
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan. I was hoping this would fulfill my Discovery of Witches hole. I can’t say it’s doing that but I do like the generational progressions. It’s reminding me a bit of Homegoing.
Every Note Played is the new Lisa Genova book. Lisa Genova of the Still Alice / Julianne Moore movie (and book). Her book Inside the O’Briens is also being made into a movie. I must admit I’ve read all her books – there are 4 before this one – except for Inside the O’Briens. I couldn’t handle the language. But I should try again.
Every Note Played was a great book and reacquainted me with my love for Genova. She is seriously amazing. She typically writes fiction books about a character with a medical issue. Still Alice was Alzheimers, Inside the O’Briens was Huntington’s and now Every Note Played is ALS. She’s so knowledgeable. Listen to this. “Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University.” I mean honestly. Have you ever heard such a thing? Good Lord.
Anyway, Richard and Karina are the main characters of this new book. Newly divorced, they are both pianists who met at school and quickly married. At first Richard, the more famous of the two, thinks he just has tendinitis. He is then diagnosed with ALS and instead of telling anyone he goes into denial. By the time he loses both of his arms Karina has discovered and accepts the fact that he must come back and live at their family home. What follows is his quick decline and their changing relationship with each other and their 18 year old daughter. I didn’t know much about ALS, I’m not sure many do past the ice bucket challenge, and I learned so much. I highly recommend this poignant story. Also, I’ve read TWO books from my Netgalley before their publication date. It’s a record! Every Note Played will be released in March of 2018.
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book by or about someone with a disability
We’ve put out the lights and put up the tree. The holidays are here y’all! Coincidentally, someone in my Facebook book group asked about great books to read over winter and this would be a great one! I just finished it and it was full of holiday fun. (Side note, if you’re look for a series to binge definitely check out the Winter Street series by Elin Hildebrand. Link to my review of the most recent book and links to other past 3 in the series are in that post as well.)
Seven Days of Us is about a family who is brought together for the Christmas season and quarantined. You cannot leave! For seven days! It sounds simple enough but being in close quarters makes people crazy. Each chapter is a different family member, which I enjoy. Multiple POVs always keep me moving right along when reading. At first it seems like a fluffy little book but there are some shocking moments in there too that I wasn’t expecting. I liked the characters a lot and definitely liked the way it ended and came together. Also, who doesn’t look a good British book?? I read it via Netgalley but it was released last month.