Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Books I Read (August)

Total Books Read: 6

The House in the Cerulean Sea 
By T.J. Klune 

Favorite book of 2021. 

It was beautiful. 
It was magical. 
The characters were magnificent. 
The story flowed wonderfully. 
I cried and cried and cried. 
100% favorite book of 2021. 

The Viscount Who Loved Me 
By Julia Quinn
[spoilers ahead]

I love the Bridgerton characters 
and I loved this book like the first 
even though (or perhaps "because"?) it was the
exact the same storyline as the first. 

Anthony didn't want to get married, 
just like the Duke didn't want to get married. 
Kate initially hates Anthony, 
the same way that Daphne is originally repulsed. 
They are both forced into marriage by a scandal. 
Then early marriage is fraught with male withdrawal 
(Duke doesn't want child, Anthony doesn't want to love) 
but surprise surprise, 
they work out in the end!

But I still loved it. 

The Brillant Life of Eudora Honeysett 
By Annie Lyons 

Very much "A Man Called Ove" vibes, 
cranky elderly person with complicated history, 
but without Fredrik Backman's writing style. 

This was a lovely tear-jerker book 
where I adored all the characters 
and was sad when the book ended. 

Carry on, Warrior: 
Thoughts on Life Unarmed 
By Glennon Doyle 

This is the first of Glennon Doyle's books, 
but I didn't read it until after "Love Warrior" and "Untamed." 

On one hand, it was interesting to go back in time with Doyle 
seeing as she often references her past self in future books. 

That said, if I hadn't read the other two books, 
I definitely would not have liked this one. 

This Glennon Doyle is very wrapped up in the neat little bow of Christianity. 
It's a very preachy, God-love-heavy book, 
which explains why her later books 
involve so much explaining of herself and her decisions 
to the Christian community. 

While there were nuggets of life truth sprinkled throughout, 
overall it was a meh book and I wouldn't recommend. 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City 
By Matthew Desmond


I cannot say enough good things about this book. 
I knew it would be difficult to read, full of heavy topics, 
and I expected to slog through it, 
but instead I couldn't put it down. 
The stories were captivating. 

It's very similar to "The Warmth of Other Suns" (review here)
in that it taught me a lot about the subject 
(in this case, household instability at the poorest levels) 
through people's stories 
so I felt like I was reading a book of fiction, 
not being schooled on a topic. 

Highly highly highly recommend. 

An Offer from a Gentleman 
By Julia Quinn

The third book in the Bridgerton series. 
I was not pleased with this book 
because it started EXACTLY as "Ever After." 

"Ever After" (starring Drew Barrymore) 
was my childhood BFF's favorite movie, 
so after watching it dozens of times, 
I have the movie memorized. 

This book kicks off almost identically to Ever After. 
It does, after a few chapters, finally divert from the Ever After storyline, 
but it really left a bad taste in my mouth. 

1 comment:

  1. Only a few on here I haven't read, and while I enjoyed Untamed I wasn't planning to read any of her older books so what you said made me happy with my decision. Definitely interested in Evicted!! And currently 25% into Eudora and it totally reminds me of Ove with a different writing style ha - spot on comments there!