It‘s Friday, it‘s fall, I‘m off work, and this book is as delightful as ever!
Rereading this old gem in anticipation of the sequel! Couldn‘t resist including my new favorite bookmark that a coworker brought back from a publishing event 😂
This book has been getting a lot of buzz and a lot of positive reviews but it just didn‘t land right for me. I was all in for the majorly creative premise - a domesticated crow as our zombie novel protagonist who travels with his loyal dog companion - but I felt like the book never delivered satisfactorily on that premise. Some funny moments, some surprisingly poignant moments, but pacing problems and plot holes really took me out of it.
I‘m not usually one for historical romances but this Victorian-era story about a suffragette and the duke she‘s trying to recruit to the cause came so highly recommended I couldn‘t resist. There were places where it dragged on a little long but I loved Annabelle and Sebastian so much I didn‘t mind!
Deja‘s neverending quest for ALL THE FALL SNACKS really spoke to my soul and I adored the art in this book. The plot was pretty thin and very predictable though, which was a bummer. But if all you‘re looking for is a fun and frothy pumpkin spice latte of a book you‘re in luck! 🎃
My bus to NYC broke down en route which sucked but did give me a ton of extra reading time to finish this cute contemporary romance! And I made it to meet my friends with only an hour delay 😜
Rhiannon, one of the MCs, can come across as unlikable but it‘s definitely on purpose and I personally liked her anyway. She‘s tough and her emotional barriers make sense for her character not just to serve as a plot obstacle. A predictable read but fun!
My glamorous early morning reading setting... taking the bus to NYC for a long weekend with my college roommates to celebrate ten years of our friendship!
I liked this book but I didn‘t love it. The premise is fantastic - the Head Librarian of Hell‘s Unwritten Wing has to go on a retrieval mission with a muse and a demon courier to get a book‘s wandering hero back - but the pacing wasn‘t great. The beginning sucked me in and then the middle dragged quite a bit. Things picked back up for the ending though, so that hooked me again. Recommended for library lovers and fans of new takes on the afterlife!
California vacations involve an awful lot of driving.... and despite being the oldest sibling, I‘m somehow still stuck in the third row backseat 🙄 At least it‘s given me plenty of time to finish this excellent script book while we drive all these miles! I was so pleased to see my #libby hold come in when we landed out here and I‘ve thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the story in this format. Definitely recommend to all Good Omens fans!
So I completely understand why this is an enduring classic - the themes of love and conflict and the question of man‘s existence are obviously universal, and the military history detail is incredible.
This is also SUPER BORING, I‘m not gonna lie. I don‘t even care if that makes me sound shallow, I spent the whole time wanting Tolstoy to stop droning on about The Forces of History and get back to the characters already.
Nothing says “family vacation” like getting to the airport two hours early and then getting through security in about five minutes 😂 Hey, it‘s just more time to read my next arc from #netgalley! This one is about a library in hell so I‘m excited 😈
This book is a present-day gender-flipped How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days and... that‘s pretty much it. While it did add a new diversity element of Hannah being biracial and dealing with people who judge her for that, this didn‘t feel that much more modern or fresh to me than the movie.
Publication date November 15 🥃
After a lovely brunch with my sister and cousin I finished this super fun comic! I still can‘t get into listening to the podcast but I enjoyed this volume of the graphic novel version even more than the first. What can I say, I‘m a sucker for a fantasy murder on the orient express situation!
Spent a fun and absolutely beautiful day with my brother and his fiancé in the city seeing Six (if you like pop divas and Tudor history check out the soundtrack asap!) - now I‘m treating myself to a Saturday night comic and chocolate milkshake?☺️
This was pure silly Regency-era spoof fun and I was very much here for the deadpan ridiculousness of Lucy, Byron (yes that Byron, from books) and Sham bumbling their way through vampire-adjacent adventures. The plot definitely drags in the middle of the book though, and it often meanders without much logic or forward motion at all. Not unlike the Gothic literature it pokes fun at, but not always easy to stay engaged with. Pub date Sept 17 🧛♂️
FIRST OF ALL, any man who calls the adult woman he‘s sleeping with “baby girl” or “little sister” and fetishizes her virginity needs to be removed from society.
Second, this was full of cliches and subpar writing, especially during sex scenes. I‘d maybe get the love for this book if the writing was more engaging? As it is, I‘m baffled.
Third, that ending was rushed on the page and for the characters‘ lives. I‘m staying mad about it.
Always a disappointment when amazing covers happen to underwhelming books 😩
The atmospheric creepiness and the body horror of the Tox-infested girls on Raxter Island were incredibly effective in that I was super grossed out all the time but the plot and the choppy narration just d r a g g e d. The minimal backstory explanation and abrupt ending really cemented this as a pan for me. Sad, because the concept had a lot of potential!
We‘ve been in our new house (!!) for two months now, officially, and we‘re down to unpacking the last handful of boxes. It‘ll feel so good once they‘re unpacked at last but all I want to do is keep reading this! It‘s not a perfect book by any means but I do really want to know what‘s going on with the girls and the Tox 💀
This was a lovely post-world war II historical fiction story about the importance of human connection that I know I‘m far, far behind the times on reading. I enjoyed the story and the characters but I have to say, the epistolary format really prevented me from feeling sucked into the story. Dare I admit to preferring the recent movie version? I might owe myself a rewatch after finally reading the book.
This was a super cute graphic novel about two childhood best friends/crushes who reunite and have to save their adorably autumnal New England town from a demon in the woods. The witchiness is soft and lovely, as is the artwork and Nova and Tam's relationship. There's also fabulous diversity representation going on here - both MCs are Chinese-American, Nova wears hearing aids, Tam is non-binary, and Nova's grandmothers are couple goals for sure.
My mom bought me this gorgeous red Chinese evergreen as a housewarming gift despite my black thumb so I knew I had to go into research mode to take good care of it!
This book was a visually appealing and super informative resource that goes over the basics of all plant care and then delves into details about the needs of a ton of different individual plants. I‘d like to become a certified plant lady someday and now I feel like I can be 🌿🌱
This book had so much potential! The premise of an all-male athlete secret book club reading romance novels and helping each other with their relationships is so fun but the execution was blah. None of the characters, not even our leads, ever felt like more than a caricature and I found the dialogue super unrealistic to the point of taking me out of the story.
Points for the concept of a queer romance between a part-time grim reaper and her fellow college student who works at a bakery but this was not as fun and cute as it should have been. The art was too Rick and Morty for my taste, the plot was incredibly random, and none of the characters felt like actual people. Unfortunate, because I was so here for this premise! I used to love that show Dead Like Me about the grim reapers, did anyone else?
This is a very readable reference book about women writers of horror throughout history. The short blurbs about each woman‘s bio and reading recommendations were great, and definitely TBR-accumulating, but this was a hard text to read straight through like a normal book. In my opinion it functions much better as a book to pick up and learn about an author or two then put back down.
This was cute as hell!! Our protagonist, Emily, is staying with her sister after both their lives get upended and she gets roped into volunteering at the local renaissance faire with her niece. Cue an enemies to lovers situation with the faire director, a theater-kid-esque camaraderie between Emily and her new faire friends, and plenty of Shakespeare jokes and you‘ve got a rom com to keep me up past my bedtime! Pub date is September 3 🌹
I was hooked by the premise - ambitious grad student Amira returns to her grandmother‘s house to finish her thesis and finds she has to share the space with a barbershop quartet, one of whom she hate-likes - and I appreciated the frank discussions of race, culture, and discrimination. But the author tries to cram too much in and some plotlines end up feeling incomplete or ignored. 100 pages could have been cut and it would‘ve felt more cohesive.
This YA romance between the two teenage heirs to the feuding families who created The Tomorrowmen was cute enough but honestly the whole thing was pretty boring. The slow sleepy pace probably evoked summer in the small Canadian town it‘s set in but it left me feeling like not enough happened to justify the page count.
I don‘t know what planets have aligned to make me want to Officially Get My Shit Together but ya girl has been flossing and moisturizing and taking vitamins and trying to work on conquering that pesky anxiety thing. This book (pictured here on the yoga mat I used to Actually Exercise today who am I) was a fun, sweary, pragmatic approach to adjusting your mindset when freaking out. All pretty common sense stuff, but still a good read.
This was an incredibly fun YA alternate history about Lady Jane Grey! Told by three authors through three character POVs (King Edward, Jane, and her husband G), this story twists the religion and succession crisis of the time into one about people who shape shift into animals vs ones that don‘t and gives these three characters all much happier endings than life did. What more could you want from a book?
This was a quick, interesting little story collection that‘s helping me get through waiting for my car to be serviced. I liked the first few stories about Maud more than the last two, which introduced other character perspectives about the same event. I couldn‘t resist the elderly lady murderer angle or that excellent cross stitch cover!
Scavenger hunts and bookstores and family secrets all sounded very intriguing when I picked this book up but this ended up being a very meh read for me. The extended Tempest metaphor is neat and the scavenger hunt is interesting, but I never felt connected to the characters and it takes ages to get to the meat of the (fairly predictable) family secret.
So I like the post-apocalyptic world Rebecca Roanhorse has built and I obviously like the three emotionally stunted badass female protagonists who really drive this book but something just didn‘t sit this one firmly in the “love it” category for me. The final showdown felt incredibly rushed and I had questions that weren‘t remotely addressed but as book 2 in a series I guess I should have expected those things.
I was really looking forward to a fun, witchy, queer YA romance/teen drama with this one but those pieces never quite came together for me. Honestly with all the never-fully-expanded-upon references to what happened between Hannah and Veronica and to some of the witch lore I thought I missed a whole first book! It ended up keeping my interest when the pacing of the mystery of who‘s after the coven picked up but I don‘t think I‘ll read the sequel.
Give me a jaded female private investigator and I‘m a happy reader. Give me a jaded female private investigator hired to solve a murder at a magic school where her estranged sister works??? I am signed up and already fifty pages deep. The premise holds up and I stayed up past my bedtime to finish reading this so despite any flaws in characterization or pacing this is a solid pick from me!
The premise of this latest Jasmine Guillory is good - the mother of the Duchess of England‘s stylist flies across the pond for a Christmas visit and falls for the Queen‘s private secretary - but the execution is meh. There‘s no difference between what should be the very different narrative voices of Vivian and Malcolm (a flaw in her other books too tbh) and the ending was too rushed. Props for having an older couple in contemporary romance though!
This was so good! Lori Gottlieb really knows how to craft a narrative and I really liked getting the inside stories of some of her therapy patients as well as the extra peek behind the screen of learning what her experience as a patient herself was like. It was a little long but honestly I found myself wanting even more time with everybody she described by the end. Brb, gonna go find a therapist of my own now 😜
I wanted to like this more than I did - the art is amazing and of course the premise and representation is wonderful - but the pacing and clunky dialogue just didn‘t work for me. Still cute, but not as fully realized as it could have been.
Despite the fact that it gets a little rambly in places this was an absolutely fascinating slice of Hollywood history focusing on the life and career of Milicent Patrick, the artist who created the Creature from the Black Lagoon whose legacy was hidden by her jealous boss. The author is clearly passionate about her subject, and I enjoyed the parallels she drew between her own Hollywood career experiences and Milicent‘s.
I really tried to switch from binge reading to video games but after I finished this entire (and entirely delightful) graphic novel while waiting for my laptop to update at the slowest possible pace I think it‘s time to call it a night 😴 But there will be more Squirrel Girl in my future I think! This self-contained story was funny and charming and I really enjoyed it.