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PREDICTING YOUR NEXT GREAT READ

August Wrap Up

“Instructions for Dancing” by: Nicola Yoon

Having already read previous works from this author, I had a feeling I was going to enjoy this one, and I did!

I especially enjoyed the sort of magical superpower our MC had for seeing the meet cute to break up of couples just by seeing a couple in love kissing. Quite a unique super power to have and I wasn’t expecting this mix of genres.

I loved the writing style and the quick pace along with the side characters and the entire friend group dynamic.

While I am not a fan of some of the choices some of the characters made, it is fiction afterall and I do know some people make decisions like that in real life…so while I personally wouldn’t react to certain situations the same way, I could understand that some people would and it was nice to read about different perspectives.

I still wasn’t a fan of the whole cheating father thing, but all and all it was a great read and I would recommend!

“If Cats Disappeared from the World” by: Genki Kawamura

What if you found out you were going to die? At only age 30 our MC finds out exactly this and soon after encounters someone looking to make a deal with him. For every day you get to live longer, something has to disappear from the world forever.

From there we are sent into a whirlwind of reflections and meditations on what would happen if certain things disappeared forever from the world and what that would mean.

Very introspective and one of those books where almost every sentence or so I found myself stopping and sort of staring off into space deep in thought. All. The. Feels.

This book was my third 5 star read in a row and definitely earned a spot amongst the most profound books I have ever read.

Everything was stated in such a succinct way and I annotated it very heavily.

Cried at the second to last chapter and man oh man. While I was familiar with the concepts presented, it was written so charmingly that I wanted to linger and wished for more.

Incredible and so nuanced.

Ahhhhh, just do yourself a favor, especially if you need to go on a feels trip, and read it. You’ll be so glad you did!

Plus it is a super short one at only 168 pages!

“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by: V.E. Schwab

This book was amazing.

All the stars!

Serious contender for best book I have read this year.

I adored Addie and her story and her love with Henry and all of her snippets of time between making her deal and meeting him and Luke and just ahhhhhh!!!!

This book was everything single thing I want in a story and I got so lost in the world sometimes that I forgot I was reading fiction.

Incredible. One of my new favorites of all time!

The irony is not lost on me that with a title like that, and considering the premise, this book is gonna sit with me for a LONG time to come!

“An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good” by: Helene Tursten

This was so good and so unexpected!

I must say that after that first short story I was like “Seriously?! No way!” The no nonsense attitude this lady had and her entire outlook was so interesting and I must say I have never read from a perspective quite like it before.

Grabbed a copy to add to my shelves and instantly looked to see if there were more and saw that there is another installment coming out October 5th. Have it pre-ordered already. Check out my review of the e-arc that I received from Netgalley at the end of this post.

“Yolk” by: Mary H.K. Choi

This book was everything.

So happy to finally dive into this one because I haven’t read from this author before, but I kept hearing amazing things and yeah absolutely worth the hype!

I especially enjoyed the way the characters thought and spoke Not every single thought is a good or healthy or nice one in real life and man, was that ever reflected well here.

This is a story I already want to come back to and reread. The sister dynamic and family dynamics were so complicated and so heartbreaking and I already know I am going to want to annotate it when I reread it.

This was my 5th 5 star read in a row. What an incredible reading month and we aren’t even halfway through the month yet?!

Realized yesterday all of these 5 star reads I have been gravitating toward this month have a common theme of someone dying and how the characters around that person react to that.

Grief processing, coping, deals with demons and people making decisions differently than I would. All of these vastly different perspectives on something that is going to happen to every single human which I think all circles back to Dexter and that realization of theme yesterday was strong for me.

Remember to always practice self care friends:

💣💥 TW: Pretty much everything- Alcohol abuse, eating disorders, death, medical talk, cancer, negative body image, infertility, miscarriage, racism, toxic family dynamic/parental abandonment 💥 💣

“Emergency Contact” by: Mary H.K. Choi

1.5 stars rounded up.

Realistic characters but man did I ever feel bad for Penny’s Mom Celeste. Like, man she kept trying and Penny was just a self centered whiny emo bitch. There I said it.

Every family has their own complicated dynamics and all but Penny just didn’t really have any redeeming qualities for me.

Sam was intense and I really liked him quite a lot as a character even if he wasn’t perfect. He wasn’t as irritating as Penny at least. Yet that whole “oh we are both so deep and emo and damaged we need to be together” was cringey.

The chapter where Celeste and Penny have a serious discussion after Celeste gets back from the hospital and I loved that chapter because Celeste finally put Penny in her place. Like, Penny was egotistical and pushed people away and all of that was needed to bring her down a little from this weird self-imposed dark/deep shield she put up. Penny had low self esteem, but like an inflated sense of self in talking shit about and hating everyone around her aside from Sam. I have known people like that in real life and they are just as infuriating.

Anyways, so I feel like there are people that will relate to many of the characters in this one and who will absolutely love this.

Strange reflective vibe for me once I finished this. Like it was written well, but I didn’t actually like it as a story…and it reminded me of some toxic past “friendships” I have had which wasn’t great.

I enjoyed Yolk infinitely more, so while I didn’t actually LIKE this book, I felt like it was still worth the read just for the fact that I finally read a book featuring a character that had these odd mix of traits that people I have known (and disliked!) in real life have had. So I am glad I read it, but I think I will donate this one and try my best to forget I read it actually.

“The Deal (Off-Campus #1)” by: Elle Kennedy

Listened to this one on audio and both narrators were phenomenal!

This was so unexpectedly deliciously amazing.

Like, Garrett is totally not my personal type, and I don’t usually gravitate toward sports stories or jock love interests, but the dynamic with Hannah and Garrett was really good.

I especially enjoyed the story because I didn’t make predictions as I went along, I just let the story unfold and was surprised pretty often because of it. Suspension of disbelief really does work out well sometimes!

Was it perfect? No. Did I care? Nope!

The type of story I needed when I needed it. Dove right into book two!

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by: Elle Kennedy

Super nice that this series is a companion one in that you don’t necessarily need to read them all or in order. Some of the events and characters cross over though and that was nifty! I didn’t like this one as much as the first one, but it was a solid installment. I felt that the hook-up culture was represented well, however, I felt like it was too quick and Logan was not an attractive love interest. Man whores are just not the type that do it for me personally, but the having sex with random women to “get Hannah” out of his system was beyond disgusting and cringey when you consider that he supposedly slept with a different girl every night for a week straight and then what we are supposed to swoon over him hooking up with the female lead of this? Wasn’t a fan of that aspect, however once they actually started to date and fall for each other, it got more interesting and I think I liked the slow burn build up that happened with Garrett and Hannah from book one and their entire story more. Will be moving onto book three soon, which thankfully I heard was better for those of us that weren’t super wild over book two.

“A Three Book Problem (Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #7)” by: Vicki Delany

*I was sent an e-arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Sadly I think that I am not really a fan of this series anymore. It breaks my heart to say that as this series has been one that I have pretty much loved up until this latest installment. The pacing was too draggy, I didn’t care about the characters, I thought that Gemma seemed a bit snarkier than her usual and I didn’t like the dynamic with her and Jayne any longer.

The premise seemed intriguing, but got to where I was like come on, get to it already because I just didn’t care about the setting or the people at the house for that fateful weekend any longer. The affair plotline I thought at least would be more to it than there was and it just seemed like all of the characters pretty much hated each other aside from Donald. Ryan was barely in it overall and I just simply think I am jumping ship with the series now.

Plus I really noticed the crutch words and phrases that the author uses and it made me reflect on her previous works with a sort of new outlook. The “at hand” one especially really grated hard here and I feel like maybe this one was written without the same care as the previous in the series. Something was off and the when the whodunnit stuff did get revealed, I realized that I had stopped caring about everything at least a 100 pages prior. Sigh. It took me dang near a month to finish this too and that is a huge problem. Too bad, but it is what it is.

Quick Facts:

Format: Paperback

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Expected Publication Date: January 11th, 2022

“An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed” by: Helene Tursten

*I was sent an e-arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

This was positively delightful!

The fact that we pick up soon after the events of book one was a pleasant surprise and we see Maud reflecting on various moments if her life as she travels via airline to her destination in Africa.

What a beautifully written installment featuring our favorite elderly lady whom should not be crossed!

The ending was killer and I especially loved the two gingerbread cookie recipes highlighted at the end along with the notes stating to basically not use them for the same purposes as Maud did earlier in the book!

Very highly recommend this series!

Quick Facts:

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: SoHo Press/ SoHo Crime

Expected Publication Date: October 5th, 2021

“This Book Is Not Good for You (Secret #3)” by: Pseudonymous Bosch

My reread of this series is still going really well. Still big time enjoying Yo-Yoji as a character and the chocolate storyline here was fun!

“Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things” by: Amanda Lovelace

*I was sent an e-arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *

Another wonderful poetry installment by Amanda Lovelace.

The fact that this one was inspired by Persephone was absolutely *chefs kiss*.

The writing style is one that is easy to inhale read as the pacing is always done so well and the poems all tied together to essentially tell a story.

The illustrations included were beautiful and the poems themselves were ones that I feel many of us can relate to.

Well done!

Quick Facts:

Format: Paperback

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Expected Publication Date: October 5th, 2021

“Oddball (Sarah’s Scribbles #4) by: Sarah Andersen

*I was sent an e-arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Read in one sitting.

So fricken cute. Plus relatable for a lot of it. I love the animals, the generation stuff, and the juxtaposition of goth and cute princess glitter vibes.

Seriously, another great installment in the scribbles series!

Quick Facts:

Format: Paperback

Genre: Graphic Novel/Comics

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Expected Publication Date: October 12th, 2021

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