Wow. This is my first post in almost a month, almost since my last reading update and I am not sure where the time went. A break and rest was obviously needed and I am planning an update post on what I have been up to this past month, but for now I will focus on the books.
Some fun stats for the month of March:
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
This book was so sweet, but also deep and thought-provoking. The book takes place in San Francisco in the 1950’s with an American born Chinese main character who is learning more about who she is while the world is changing around her. Lily is struggling with being the “good Chinese girl” that everyone says that she is when there is a world out there that she wants to explore and strange feelings for Kath that she didn’t know that she had.
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
This book was crazy and all over the place in such a fun way. This is the third book in the series, but it is one where you don’t have to have read anything before to understand what is going on. It took me a little bit to connect to Eve since she was so different from who I am, but she really grew on me throughout the book. The book focuses on her as she shakes up the life of an uptight B&B owner in ways that he could never imagine. Funny, sexy, and a great fast read that was a lot of fun.
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
Another romance book with two characters who couldn’t be more different yet somehow are drawn together. Darcy is an actuary, while Elle writes an Astrology column and Twitter with a cult following. They are set up by Darcy’s brother and to get him off her back Darcy says it went well when it….didn’t. They then decide to fake a relationship through the holidays and it is working fine, until feelings get in the way.
Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life by Sarah Edmondson
I have learned quite a bit about NXIVM over the past few years, especially through the CBC podcast Uncover, but this was a different side to the story as it was truly told by someone who lived through it all and was really involved. This book isn’t the easiest to read, but it really shares a lot about what went on in the cult and how it built up to what it became in the end.
Amina’s Song by Hena Khan
This is a sweet middle grade novel that helps to challenge what it is like in other countries, and that there are lots of ways to challenge stereotypes. I really like the character of Amina and find that she is very relatable to me and how I felt in middle school and found this was a great read.
Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
This book has such a funny premise. Finlay is a single mom crime author trying to make ends meet after her divorce. When meeting with her agent at a restaurant and describing her next book someone overhears her and thinks that she is a contract killer and hands her a name and quote for A LOT of money. Finlay now has a choice, one that most of us don’t ever have to make in our lives. This book was fun, had lots of surprises, and was just so different from a lot of the books that I read.
Waste Not by Erin Rhoads
I do love a good Zero Waste book and this one was beautiful, but filled with great tips that aren’t too overwhelming and can help with the things you use in the world. It is based from Australia so there are things that aren’t relevant to me, but I really liked how it was laid out and how it felt like I was learning things in a fun and easy way.
What have you been reading and loving lately?
Books Read: 50
Book Riot’s 2021 Read Harder: 6/24
A-Z Challenge: 14/26
Around the World 4/12
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