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Friday, May 15, 2020

What I've Been Reading Lately #19

Here's what I've been reading lately.

The Moon Sister - by Lucinda Riley - 3*
This is the #5 in The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley. I enjoy reading about each sister every year or so. It's fun to discover bits and pieces of each sister's life and see how they become better humans and fully themselves.
The male characters are mostly meh in this series, and this book is no exception. I like the past story line better than the present one, but I liked Tiggy's character, and her personality. I am curious how the bits we learned about Zed and Pa will play out in the next book.
The novel is full of action, and although it starts a bit slow it picks up. I was intimidated by the 500+ pages, but I am glad I am almost all caught up with the story of the seven six sisters.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse - by Charlie Mackesy - 5*
I loved this book! I like nice, deep quotes, and this book is just that - about 100 pages of quotes and beautiful sketches and drawings.
I reminded me of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint - Exupery, a book I didn't like that much and it felt pretentious, but if you liked that one, I am sure you'll like The Boy... too.
There are a lot of life lessons (I know this too sounds pretentious), and they could be a good starting point for discussions with older kids, maybe 7-8+.
This is one book I am sure I'll come back to in the future, especially because it reads quickly, but most importantly because it's like a warm cup of cocoa and a much needed hug from your mom.

The Paris Hours - Alex George - 4*
I liked this one. It had a slow start, but it picked up and I enjoyed learning about the lives of four fictional characters that briefly brush shoulders with well known figures of the 1927 Paris.
The span is one day, but we learn the stories of the four main characters through flashbacks provided by the narrator. It's one of my favourite ways to learn about a character.
This historical fiction is for anyone who likes novels set in Paris between the two World Wars.

 The Blue Castle - L. M. Montgomery - 4*
This was such an impulse read! I love it when I do that, although I try to temper my reading because I like to (mostly!) stay on top of my reviews.
I first heard about this (I think!) from Modern Mrs. Darcy blog, namely the daily e-book deals.
It focuses on Velancy, a 29 year old woman who suddenly changes. How, I won't tell you. I'll just say that this book was a lovely surprise, I am glad I read it, and this one, had a lot of ideas that are food for thought.
This novel came at the right moment. It's funny+sarcastic+smart, but too pathetic for my liking at times what with all the nature descriptions. Looking back, I see their point, but mid-reading it was something I semi-read, if you get my gist... But other than that, go Velancy! 
 
I like Sophie's writing, it's like a comfy favourite blanket. This is the third book of hers I'm reading, and I like learning more about her family and her faith. 
In this one I feel there is too much relying on setting up the story and the punchline before the "meaty" part. It's nonetheless deep and mature, honest and relatable no matter the age. For fans of her writing or Melanie Shankle, this is a perfect book this summer.

The Sun Sister - Lucinda Riley - 3*
The writing is not the greatest, the characters are not fully developed, the dialogue is cringy at times, the romantic relationships are forced just to have a box ticked, and the overall depth is lacking. However, it's entertaining and the author sure can spin a tale.
To learn the character's background we go back into the past. The story is more interesting than the present day, but it was about 100-200 pages too long. In a novel focused on a character of African descent, a lot of time is spent talking about the world of the white people.
Racism and drug addiction are issues addressed in this novel, and I think they fit with the main character's lifestyle and background.
More attention should have been paid to the editorial aspects. I don't understand why some things are randomly put between brackets. Why?
There's a seventh book in the works and I can't wait to see how the series ends!


Don't Overthing It - by Anne Bogel - 4.5*
This one is pragmatic and to the point. She made some good and excellent points. It's very helpful, too! It's the sort of book I want to reread at some point because I am sure some things need to be redrilled into my mind.

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Not a bad reading month, if I dare say so myself! Here's to a great rest of May, reading-wise!
 

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