Tuesday, January 2, 2018

November Reading List

Quick note to say I'm playing catch up on blog posts that should have been scheduled weeks ago. So enjoy these November reads and stay tuned for December reads soon! 

Heather's Reading List

I See You by Claire Mackintosh
I love a good thriller, but this one fell a little short for me. It follows a woman named Zoe who sees her name in a classified ad. It turns out women who have been mentioned in the ad have been attacked in escalating ways and Zoe worries she might be next. It had an interesting premise, but the pay off was just not what I was expecting or wanted. The ending didn't feel like the good kind of twist, and it kind of bummed me out honestly. It was a quick read, just not my favorite in the genre.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks
This story following the romance between a regular girl and a prince in England was totally Wills and Kate inspired, but damn I loved every second of it! It was such a fun look at how the scrutiny of dating a royal can affect relationships and test them in ways no one can understand. Def check this out if you have Royal Wedding fever with the upcoming Harry/Megan nuptials.

The Regulars by Georgia Clark
Such a disappointment! It follows 3 friends who are given a vial of Pretty, something that transforms them from regular plain ladies to gorgeous sirens who can get what they want. So much of the story bothered me, from the way it doesn't just enhance their looks, but completely transforms them into different people, to the half baked attempt to preach the age old message that looks don't buy happiness. It was a book I wished I never picked up, which is saying a lot.

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
Our book club pick from November, this one hit all the right notes telling the story of Grace, a girl with a bad home life, and her abusive romance with Gavin, high school heart throb. I related to this on a lot of levels, and the way the author showed the slow ramp up from jealousy in relationships to full on controlling where you don't know how to get out was spot on. I wish I didn't relate to this as much as I did, but it's a book I wish was around when I was 16.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
My first Agatha Christie read, definitely not my last! Despite recognizing the title of this famous book, I had no idea what to expect going in. I was guessing the whole time as to who could have committed murder on a train in the middle of nowhere, and the ending was so unexpected that I see why Christie is considered a master of the genre. More Hercule Poirot please.

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
I have loved everything by E. Lockhart I've read so far and this was no exception. It tells the story of Jule and Imogen, but in reverse. Jule is on the run and everyone is looking for her friend Imogen. What happened is told in flashback chapters but you don't get to the beginning of the story until the very end of the book. While I feel like you could maybe guess "what happened" it doesn't take away from the ride of finding out how it happened.

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Octavia Butler is a sci fi genius, I know that now. This was a book club pick for the Feminist Literary Society, and it was maybe one of the best books I've ever read? Seriously, it's so good. It gave me some Handmaid's Tale vibes in the way it is grounded in the real world. It felt like the society in the book could really happen. This book follows Lauren, a girl who lives in a walled cul-de-sac with her preacher father and family. The world has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages and eventually that chaos takes her home and family in a fire. Lauren then sets out to create a new life and share her ideas about religion called Earthseed. Seriously, THE BEST BOOK and you should read it immediately.

Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
This follow up to Parable of the Sower is maybe even more powerful, but also harder to read than the first book. This time we are following Lauren as she sets up the first Earthseed homestead. Her daughter also narrates chapters from the future, along with diary entries from Lauren and her husband. It takes a turn I was not expecting, that felt so real I almost couldn't breathe. I had to take breaks from this book, but I still stand by my conclusion that these two books are some of the best I've read in my entire life.

Jen's Reading List 

Paper Girls Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughn  
Since I had read the first couple in October I decided to get caught up in the series and this one had just been released. It was equally great and what the f is happening at the same time.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 6 by Ryan North 
I mean, it's Squirrel Girl. It was great, obvs.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson 
For some reason I'm always a fan of road trip love stories. I don't know if I've found one yet I haven't enjoyed and Morgan always tells a entertaining story.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Moon

Super cute, quirky love story spanning over a day. Serendipity stories always gives me all the feels.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch 

If you are into European jaunt love stories, then this book is for you. For me, nothing will compare to Anna and the French Kiss is this particular niche.

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios 

This was out book club pick and I love it with all my heart. I wished it was around when I was oh say 17 or so.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Heather is such a big fan of Taylor so I love to read them too so we can nerd out. This one could have went so bad but I really loved how everything wrapped up in the end.

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