Finished this one on the train back to NYC! I‘ve been fascinated by this story since I discovered the Cut article about the situation, and I‘m eager to see what Netflix and HBO come up with.
The stack at my desk keeps growing 😬
At the launch event at Town Hall for the new Adventure Zone!! Can‘t believe I get to see Justin and Griffin in person! They said there would be surprise guests for the reading and if it‘s not Lin-Manuel Miranda I will riot.
Doing some reading in Central Park this afternoon! Loving this one so far.
Surprise surprise, I ended up enjoying it, and it‘s very clear why it won the Pulitzer. It was superbly written and I felt so connected to Marie-Laure. I‘m still wary of WWII historical fiction as a whole, but at least I‘ve found one that I liked (even though the end broke my heart).
I forgot to mention it because yesterday was a whirlwind, but I started my new job as a sales assistant at Simon & Schuster!! I‘m so so excited to be able to work with books for the rest of my life. Publishing has been my dream for years and I can‘t believe I actually get to do my dream job.
So here‘s the deal. We all know how I feel about wartime historical fiction. The only reason I have this is because my ex-boyfriends mom lent it to me and I never gave it back (whoops). But I felt so guilty just getting rid of it because it won the Pulitzer and the synopsis sounded interesting and it probably is very good. So I‘m going to finally read this and get it out of the way. Wish me luck!
I read so much this month that I could barely keep up with myself! I zipped through these 7 books and loved all but one. I did a little wrap up on my blog, please go check it out!
I‘ve come to the conclusion that historical fiction set during World War II just isn‘t my cup of tea. This one just didn‘t wow me. Please check out my full review! https://amysbookreviews.com/2019/06/11/the-lost-girls-of-paris-by-pam-jenoff-rev...
On Monday, I got to work Tan France‘s book launch for his new memoir, Naturally Tan. As a huge fan of Queer Eye, I was so excited to meet someone I‘ve looked up to for the past year. Tan is one of the most genuinely lovely people I‘ve ever met, and I‘ve never met someone who radiated more positivity. Definitely go check out his book! #booklaunch
After 2 months, I‘m finally done! I enjoyed this epic fantasy immensely and I really wish there was a book 2. The characters were well-rounded, the world was expansive, the politics were intriguing, and most importantly, there were dragons. This is definitely worth the time it takes to read it. Check out my full review here: https://amysbookreviews.com/2019/06/02/the-priory-of-the-orange-tree-by-samantha...
I am very excited to announce that I now have a book review blog, amysbookreviews.com! I‘m so stoked about this and I‘ve worked really hard on getting everything to look right and figuring out how to make a website. It would mean so much to me if you could take a moment to check it out, leave a comment, do some sharing, whatever you feel like!
In the middle of this one and I‘m loving it so far! I really enjoyed The Goldfinch when I read it a few years ago, so I‘m pleased with this! I‘m finding myself both fascinated and repulsed by the characters, and the atmosphere of Vermont is lovely. Should be done soon since I can‘t put it down.
This one was just ok. I read so many thrillers that it‘s hard to surprise me anymore, and the twist wasn‘t all that shocking to me, and maybe I just missed them but the clues didn‘t really seem to be there. I did like how the two timelines worked seamlessly together, and I liked the suspense. But the character‘s motivations didn‘t make sense and were contradictory. Still better than last month though!
Finally finished my first nonfiction read of the year! I haven‘t been feeling super motivated to read lately so this one took me much longer than it normally would, but I really enjoyed it. Laing‘s writing is beautiful and her nature descriptions are so vivid. I liked all the history of the landscape that was interwoven with her journey.
One of my big 2019 reading goals is to read more nonfiction, because I currently read none, so I‘m starting with this one! This one called to me because I‘m drawn to anything relating to water (I‘m a Pisces so duh) and because I wrote my thesis on Virginia Woolf. Excited for this new adventure!
This just wasn‘t for me. “Folly” just made me angry the whole time and I liked “Madness” at first but then it got pretentious and I found myself skipping through it just to get it done. And the end with Ezra is just insufferable. The only connection I see is through the war and the mentioning of the desert discs show. I gave it 2 stars because it did pick up a bit in “Madness,” but I just really didn‘t like this.
Yet another post from my coffee shop! I figured I would stop letting the size of this one keep me from putting it off even longer, so here we go! All of the reviews I‘ve seen of this make it seem like it‘s right up my alley, so I‘m super excited about it.
Finished this one pretty quickly! For his debut novel, I think it‘s pretty well done! I definitely would love to see the strength of his prose grow as he continues writing, because some of the dialogue was a bit juvenile and cliche, but I liked the twists, and he did a great job of dropping clues throughout the book. I don‘t know if I would‘ve picked it up if he hadn‘t come into my store, but I‘m glad I read it! 3.5 stars.
I sped through the rest of this and completed my goal of wanting to finish it before the end of March! Solid mystery at an Australian boarding school where 3 girls vanish from a picnic on Valentine‘s Day. I thought the ambiguous ending really works for this story, though I am usually a fan of having no loose ends. Solid 3 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
So Bobby Hall‘s (aka the rapper Logic, for those that know him that way) debut novel came out yesterday. I was working the info desk at Barnes & Noble last night, when I look up and there he is, signing all the books on the shelf! Of course I grabbed one for myself, and they were all gone within 15 minutes. It was so cool!
Holy cow this one was wild, and took me longer than I thought it would. It definitely required all my attention, and I wish there had been some trigger warnings for the graphic-ness, but I ended up fully invested in Tracker‘s story. I also felt put off by the slow and confusing beginning, but sticking with it paid off. The storytelling was immensely rich, and while I did have some problems with it, I‘m glad I pushed through.
Finished this one and hooooo boy do I have some thoughts. I liked it, but watching the show first definitely impacted my reading. I found the characters to be 10x more hate-able in the book, and man I wish there was more Blythe (who is the best character in the show, in my opinion). I can‘t really say more without spoiling it, but I‘m excited to see where the world of Joe goes next.
I made it through the whole trilogy! This one was a little shorter than the other two, but still great. All the creepy through lines were well done, and I loved seeing the author‘s growth from the first two to this one. Hopefully the next installment will come soon!
My haul from Barnes & Noble! I had ordered A Closed and Common Orbit for myself to the store I work at and figured why not get everything else on my list? I‘m super excited about all of these! I read The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet and In The Woods last week (individual posts to come) and I cant wait for what‘s next. Happy Valentine‘s to me!
February page of my Bibliophile planner! Sadly I‘ve only read 3 books on here.
I liked this one much better than the first. The plot is much more streamlined and easy to follow, and the author does horror SO well. I was genuinely terrified reading this (and it doesn‘t help that I read most of it at night). I still have issues with the offensive language, but that‘s just me.
So I have mixed feelings about this. I don‘t read a lot of horror, but I really liked this for the wackiness and the humor. However, the plot was ALL over the place (you can tell it was self published), and all the offensive language kinda ruined it for me a bit. In context, maybe it makes sense to have it, but I didn‘t feel like it added anything.
Season 3 is here! Who else is loving this series? I really don‘t want it to end, they did such an amazing job with this adaptation.