I currently have 13 books that I’ve read and haven’t talked about yet on the blog. I hesitate to say I’m “13 books behind for review” because it creates unnecessary pressure on me but alas. I haven’t been doing a good job about blogging plus I’m still trying to decide if I just want to do batches of talking about what I’m reading or take the time to do longer book talks. I feel like people don’t really read reviews/book talks anymore and I want to talk about books in a way that lets me get out all my ~book feels~ and a way that is helpful for you guys in finding book recs or someone to commiserate over a book with.
Anywhoooo, here’s some of what I’ve been reading lately! Let me know in the comments what you’ve been reading also!
About In A Sentence or Two: The first book in a cozy mystery series featuring a lady detective and widow, Laeticia Rodd.
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this cozy historical (Victorian) mystery as I was definitely missing the void of finishing Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries earlier this year. Laeticia Rodd is a fiery lady private inspector and solving this mystery with her is a perfect way to spend a chilly Fall day. I fell in love with Laeticia — she’s clever and thoughtful and just such a wonderful character to follow on a trail of fake identities, love affairs, family secrets, scandals in high society and WAY more! I enjoyed that even though I was turning the pages to unravel this well-plotted mystery I also really loved the characterizations of all the people she encountered.
Then I read:
About In A Sentence Or Two: A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.
Thoughts: Oh man, this was one of those books that made me anxious with the scenario at hand. A baby and a dead man drift to their shore and the wife, having just lost another pregnancy, thinks it’s a sign for them to keep her and raise her. Immediately I was like RED ALERT RED ALERT this is not a good idea and the way the whole thing played out tugged at my heart especially when they discover the mother is still out there. I could feel the guilt of the husband. The love and the pain of his wife — even though I didn’t agree with her decision. I felt absolutely horrible for the mother of the child from the beginning and then even more later on. But then, right along side all that messy heartbreaking stuff, is joy when you see the love and happiness. Even when you know it is built on something false. I felt torn so often. A very emotional story that’s for sure! I hope to see the movie because the setting was something I pictured so vividly!
About In A Sentence Or Two:
Thoughts: I had heard lots of things like “OH YOU WILL SOB!” about this and they were right…I did. What a haunting story. I think I might write a post at some point to talk further how this book straight up threw me back in time to when my mom was sick with cancer and all the messy/guilty/complicated/fearful/grief-stricken things that were swirling in my head but yeah…it definitely awoke something in me. The illustrations are incredible and add to the mood of the story. I am just still in awe of this masterful portrait of grief in this coming of age story.
Have you read any of these? What did you think?! Any of these going on your TBR? Tell me what you’ve been reading!
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