August Wrap-up Part 1

  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang was good. I would say it’s probably one of the better contemporary romances I’ve tried to read (I actually finished it!). I really enjoyed our main two characters, but I did have a few hang-ups. Stella’s description of her past sexual encounters… sounds a lot like rape. I understand she was there ‘participating’ but at the same time it sounds like… she wasn’t. I had problems with that. Otherwise a lot of what threw me out was just the setting, contemporary is hard for me. I don’t typically talk about the stuff I start and DNF, but it’s a lot and a lot of contemporary romance. The part I found most interesting was Michael, though I almost wish we’d gotten more looking at his profession and it’s impact.
  • I, funny enough, followed this after a string of DNFs with Bear with Me by Lucy Eden. This was honestly just silly. I don’t think I’d recommend it and I think I mostly read it as an exercise in ‘what a pop-culture themed short story would do with shifters’ attitude. I think I gave it a 2 star on Goodreads.
  • Nothing is Wrong and Here is Why by Alexandra Petri was a 5 star read right on the disappointed heels of that one. This is a series of satirical political essays . They get dark, they can get topical, but mostly they’re absurdly funny in that ‘oh god it’s relevant’ kind of way. It’s definitely for the people who are left-leaning as it takes hard and repeated jabs at the Trump camp, so go into it with care if you’re more conservative.
  • I finally finished The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum. I was reading this for what felt like forever. I remember being super into it the first few days and then just… petering out. This is another one I don’t have a lot to say on. I gave it a 3 stars, there was nothing offensive or categorically bad about it. It had some interesting themes, characters, families, but it didn’t have that magical ‘umph’ for me
  • Finally, another hit, The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place) by Maryrose Wood was a great middle grade. I might save my thoughts and do a full series review once I get a few more of these under my belt. I loved the perfect blend of mystery and fun in this. It’s so well done, that even I as an adult reader have no clue what’s going on – which for middle grade is damn impressive.

That’s the first part of August down. Like I said, it was a lukewarm start to the month, the essay collection was the biggest highlight for me, though I didn’t make a full post on it because I didn’t have any good concrete thoughts.
I hope everyone else’s August was better!

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