I haven’t written a blog post in three months! A LOT has happened in three months (since March 2020 – it is now June 2020). My husband and I started working from home full time in March when the stay-at-home orders were put in place due to COVID-19. We are still working from home and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Now, more recently, there are protests happening all over the world calling for an end to systemic racism.
I’m not going to give my thoughts on the current happenings – I will only say one thing: I hope to see positive change soon in regards to both COVD-19 and the current protests.
As for my reading life, I was in a reading slump for all of March and April. Finally, in May, there was a change and I began to enjoy reading again. Here’s what I read this spring.
Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
This book was fun but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the other books in this series. It’s a light-hearted, happy book. A good one if you need a break from heavier stuff.
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (advanced reader copy)
This book was interesting! It kept me guessing on what would happen next and I wanted to find out! I felt really bad for Shay the whole time. She is a very smart girl, but very lonely, so I could see her getting wrapped up with the sisters. I felt like I knew what was going to happen in the very end (and I was right), but the way the ending was written, you didn’t really know what was coming. I was going to be kind of mad if the ending didn’t go as I expected because it would make Shay look stupid, but it did go the way I expected, in a good way 🙂
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (audio book)
I have seen all the Harry Potter movies but never actually read the books. I was in an audio book slump where I couldn’t finish any audio book I started when this one became available from my library. I had no trouble finishing and enjoying this audio book! Highly recommend!
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (audio book)
I listened to this on audio for the Bad on Paper Podcast. I liked it on audio. It was a short book.
A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum
I read this for my book club. This book made us all very angry. We couldn’t believe this was still happening in modern times in the U.S. I’m not going to go into details because I don’t want to spoil the book. It was very eye-opening to this culture. I would like to think that this is not how all families are and that things are also improving over time.
Anna K: A Love Story by Jenny Lee
I want to give 3.5 stars but rounded down to 3. I enjoyed this book for the most part but all the drugs kind of bothered me a little bit. I got annoyed by all the teen drug use. I wasn’t expecting the ending. It’s not the ending I wanted but at least it didn’t ruin the book for me.
The New Husband by D. J. Palmer
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (advanced reader copy)
Oh my goodness, I think this book got me out of my two-to-three month reading rut. I could NOT put this down! This book was stressful but in a way that made you want to race to the end. The reader knew more information than the characters, so you were rooting for the characters to finally find out the truth. Along the way, you found out even more disturbing information from the characters’ pasts and also more disturbing things kept happening in present time.
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (advanced reader copy)
This book was intense and I loved it!! It’s never easy to read about topics like disappearing children but if you can handle it then pick up this book! There were no descriptions about children being hurt or tortured, so if that would put you over the edge to not want to read it, do not worry. It is focused on the parents side of things. Things get pretty twisty – I couldn’t put this book down. When I was getting close to being finished with the book, I had to stay up a little late to finish it all the way. I had to know what happened!
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
This was an interesting book. It was different from what I normally read. It was more gruesome and had a fantasy element with the whole vampire thing. I enjoyed reading it though and would read something like this again!