I haven’t blogged in over a month. I’ve just been busy; life is getting in the way. But I have been reading. Here are some of the books I’ve read lately.
Disclaimer: There were others, but I’ll be writing full reviews on those, so I’m not sharing them today.
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
This book is hugely popular right now, and it is a very interesting historical fiction book about the race riots in Oklahoma, which I had no idea about, but… I had a hard time feeling any attachment to Will. The book alternates between Will, in the past, and Rowan, in the present. I loved Rowan. I understood her ambition. I enjoyed her relationship with her best friend, her desire to know whose bones she’d found, and her sheltered life. But Will I had a tough time with. He was just too weak maybe in the beginning. I don’t know. He didn’t work for me.
The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg
I bought this book on Audible intending to listen to it with Jim, but then I needed an audiobook, so I started it without him. I enjoyed the world-building at the beginning – steampunk era, magical world. But then there was just NO plot. I know Ceony spends the majority of the book trying to save the Paper Magician, but it just felt like a whole book of exposition. It was WAY too much back story on him and not enough forward movement. Ugh. I told Jim not to listen to it. I won’t be continuing with this series.
The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati
I read this book for my YA book club. It was Annie’s pick. The main character is a teen with bipolar disorder who had previously attempted suicide. The disease parts were kind of interesting, but overall she was just too angsty for me. I just wanted to scream at her to tell someone…anyone…what was going on in her head. Perhaps it’s because I procrastinated reading this book and had to read it in a matter of days, but it was just not my cup of tea. That being said, it wasn’t unenjoyable to read.
The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth
I loved Sally Hepworth’s last book, The Things We Keep, so I had high hopes for this book. And it was a very well done story of a woman dying from cancer, her teenage daughter, and her nurse. It’s told in alternating perspectives, which I love, and the characters were all interesting. This book would be great for a teen or young adult trying to bridge over into the adult fiction genre because Zoe’s characters are very YA feeling. I thoroughly enjoyed this book (although it’s quite sad), but I didn’t really love it.
Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino
I was very excited about this book as well, but it didn’t really do it for me. Charlotte has an amazing one night stand with Adam, and then he brushes her off in the morning. I knew right away that something was up, but I wasn’t exactly sure what. Charlotte doesn’t seem to be able to move on from that night even though she meets someone else. I think my problem with this book was that I didn’t like either of the guys. Seth, a baseball player, is definitely not right for Charlotte. He’s not a bad guy, but she’s clearly not that into him, and I didn’t think she should be with him because of that. But I just didn’t see the attraction to Adam. He’s a spontaneous artist, so not my type. Charlotte couldn’t stop thinking about him, but she couldn’t find him for a long time. I wanted to love this book, but I just couldn’t.
The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge
I had to read this middle grade book when I heard it compared to Dark Matter. And it’s similar in that it’s about parallel dimensions, but that’s really it. This book is about a little boy who is looking for his dead mom in other dimensions. It’s sad and sweet, and the science wasn’t very sound. But I still enjoyed it. I wouldn’t compare it to Dark Matter though since it had none of the suspense.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
This book was another YA book club read – Sarah’s pick. It was about a teenage boy who had attempted suicide after his father’s death. But it takes place in a futuristic world that has a medical procedure where you can get your memories erased. It was way to guy-ish for me. I couldn’t get past some of the language. And things were pretty confusing for a while until it was revealed what was going on. I really had to force myself to finish listening to this book.
I had added this book to my TBR list based on some posts by Jen @ Mommablogsalot, and I had forgotten what it was about before I started listening to it. I got it one day because it was available right away on Overdrive audio. I was not expecting a dystopian novel about a zombifying fungus. Wow. I really, really enjoyed it. And I’m listening to the sequel now.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
This book was another that has gotten a ton of love from the blogging community, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. It was way too character driven for my taste. The story is told from alternating perspectives – 4 characters trying to escape Nazi Germany during World War 2. The history was very interesting. I didn’t know anything about this evacuation, but the book was too slow for me. And I was very confused on the characters in the beginning, even with the full cast audio.
What have you been reading lately?
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