September Book of the Month was so-so. I chose one that I could probably do without, Emma in the Night. I had already skipped July and I’m not sure how many times you can skip.. maybe there’s no limit? Lies She Told sounds too much like all those grip lit books. I have Little Fires Everywhere on my Kindle from Netgalley and I’m 20% through. Sourdough just sounds plain weird and I have no interest in Sing, Unburied, Sing.
My August Book of the Month had a great selection. I chose The Hearts Invisible Furies. Then I promptly let someone borrow it. Womp womp. I’m sure I’ll get it back but its 500+ pages so it definitely won’t be soon. I already have Fierce Kingdom on my Kindle from Netgalley and I was slightly interested in The Blinds but not enough to own it.
I am the worst at telling you about my Book of the Month choices. I admit it. I skipped July, so that’s my excuse on that. The choices are below.
I have The Child on my Kindle from Netgalley so I wasn’t going to do that one. American Fire is available on Hoopla so I didn’t need that one. I wavered on Final Girls and The Windfall. Final Girls had some controversy around it because the author is a man but made a female sounding pseudonym in order to profit from the grip lit phenomenon so I’m glad I didn’t get that one. I could have chosen The Windfall but it sounded too much like The Wangs vs. the World and I didn’t like that book. Moving right along!
This book is a gem. It may be my last summer reading tagged book and I wanted a fluffy one. It was published last year in the UK, it had a fair amount of idiocentric phrases that we Americans don’t use. Julian is a new dad to a tiny baby when the book starts out and he uses all his savings to open a bookshop. Fast foward 25ish years and his daughter Emilia is all grown up and now taking car of the bookshop herself after Julian’s death. There’s some flash backs and lots of characters, so be aware that you’ll have to keep track of multiple stories. However, I loved all of the characters and how they all came together. At first I kept getting them confused because each chapter would start with a new person, but once I got them all straight I loved learning about how their lives intersected in the small town of Peasebrook and the influence an adorable bookshop.
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : read a book about books
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : read a book about books or reading
I just finished this series, Giant Days. It’s the story of three friends who met at uni, which I’ve gathered is what they call college in England. It’s up to 5 volumes so far which takes them through their freshman year and the summer before their sophomore year. I actually don’t know if freshman / sophomore etc are the designations they use over there. But anyway. It’s very good. Real life college things, and super funny. I love the characters Esther, Daisy & Susan. They all have their own personalities and they are real people that you could meet at school and be friends with. I can’t imagine reading them in tiny parts (each volume is 5 parts) and much prefer the volume collections. Volume 6 comes out in October so you have plenty of time to read the first 5 and catch up.
This author amazes me. Still Life is the first book in a Canadian mystery series. It was published in 2005 and she now has 13 in the series. That means she basically pumps out a book a year. Which is awesome. She’s like a female James Patterson but without as much notoriety.
I found this to be a great mystery. Not quite a cozy, but definitely not as edgy as the Tana French series (review of book one in that series here). I like the characters. I definitely won’t read all 13 of them. The only thing I don’t like is that Three Pines is supposedly such a small town it wasn’t on the map and yet there’s 13 books about murders there. How many people can really be murderers in a small town? Quick summary below. Also, I watched the movie and it wasn’t half bad. Worth the view if you liked the book.
“Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.”
Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge : a book set around a holiday other than Christmas (the murder was set the day before Thanksgiving)
And so it ends. I received the last book in the Winter series as a digital advanced reader copy from Netgalley. I adore this series (reviews for book 1-3 are below). I heard this is the last one, and she all but confirmed it in an author’s note at the end, which makes me sad. Kelly does die (I was worried he would in my review for book 3) but the family soldiers on, the characters continue and everything is moving forward. They’re all fleshed out and wonderful. There are resolutions but also loose ends. The story could easily continue and I hope it does. Yay for Christmas in August! This book will be released on October 3.
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book with one of the four seasons in the title
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet (I love this series!)
Winter Street (book one)
Winter Stroll (book two)
Winter Storms (book three)