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I know it’s not spring yet, but the weather here has turned sunny, and though it’s still very cold at least it feels like the promise of spring is out there. I know others are still buried in snow (my son in Montana got 2 feet last week), and I feel for you. Hopefully, you can use it as an excuse to stay in and read! Last week on the blog, I reviewed Daisy Jones & The Six, plus three other books in my February edition of Clearing the Shelves. Now I’m well into a mountain of March books sitting in my TBR stack. What are you reading this week?
Last Week’s Reads
- I really enjoyed The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray. The title is a mouthful, but after finishing the book I love the title and think it fits the story beautifully. In fact, the title of this book will be a big focus of my review on Thursday.
- I also liked Jen Waite’s memoir, A Beautiful, Terrible Thing. Yes, I thought she could have handled things differently at times and that frustrated me a bit, but I know that’s easy to say when you’re not in the midst of living it and instead observing from a distance. The book reaffirmed my love of memoirs!
- Somehow this winter I’ve ended up with several WWII era novels. I reviewed The Lost Girls of Paris last week and though I liked it, I also thought it was a little on the light side for historical fiction. The same can be said of The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner. It covers a very different niche of people affected by that war, so I’m learning a lot. With only 25% left to go, I’m looking forward to seeing how the story plays out.
- After seeing many great reviews of The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, and then also seeing Renee from It’s Book Talk gush about the audio version, I knew I had to make it my next listen. At about three hours in, you can add my name to the list of fans! I’m loving the dual narration from equally unreliable characters.
Likely to Read Next
- I mentioned The Altruists by Andrew Ridker last week, and now it sits at the top of my TBR stack, so I’ll definitely give it a try. Not sure why I’m nervous about this one. Have any of you read it?
- If you visit regularly, you know short stories are not my thing, so I’m also VERY nervous about Look How Happy I’m Making You by Polly Rosenwaike. Her stories all revolve around early motherhood, from trying to get pregnant to struggling with a newborn. It could go either way, but I thought I might just try the stories here and there between other books.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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I’m so happy you’re enjoying The Silent Patient! I’d love to chat with you when you’re finished and see what you think of the whole story. Have a great week, glad the sun is shining for you!
Thank you so much for recommending the audio so highly. I’ll text you when I finish!
Sarah's Book Shelves says
I just got on the hold list for Silent Patient and it’s LONG! Wish I’d done it earlier! May end up buying it since I probably want to consider it for the Summer Reading Guide.
And, also waiting for my Daisy Jones hold to come in.
I’ve got those short stories coming up too…will look forward to your vetting!
Maybe you should vet the short stories! You have more patience and experience with them than I do.
Beth F says
Care and Feeding is on my list (trying to decide if I want to listen or read). I’ve grown to love short stories.
I’m going to try to stay really open with these short stories since the format is still one I struggle with.
I enjoyed The Silent Patient! Looking forward to your review on Care and Feeding.
So glad to hear another fan of The Silent Patient. I have a ways to go, but it gets better all the time.
Laurel-Rain Snow says
I enjoyed The Silent Patient, which seemed slow and calm…until it turned upside down and twisted my perspective.
Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES
Yay! I’m looking forward to the upside down part.
Kathy Martin says
Nice looking bunch of books. Spring isn’t even a glimmer in the world’s eye here in Minnesota where wer have more than two feet of snow on the ground. You’re right that it does make for good reading time. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Thanks, Kathy. I hope the thaw comes sooner rather than later for you.
Can’t wait to dive into Ravenously Hungry Girls…just finished The Island of Sea Girls and patiently waiting for Daisy Jones to be delivered so I can dive into that one!
Daisy Jones is such a fast read. I almost wish I’d savored it a little more. I didn’t love Lisa Sees last book, but maybe I should try The Island of Sea Girls.
The Silent Patient (audiobook) is available on Scribd. I definitely want to listen to this one
I need to look into Scribd since I do so many audiobooks. The audio version of The Silent Patient is terrific….love the narrators.
No snow here. But more rain is coming. My weekly updates.
I’ll take rain over snow ANY day!
I’m so happy A Beautiful Terrible worked for you! And I get what you mean about frustrating. I felt the same way but had to keep reminding myself how young she was- like Beck in A Corner of the Oval.
I have not heard anything about The Altruists! I hope it’s good one.
I finished Daisy Jones this morning and loved it. I’m a little freaked out- this is my 3rd 4-5 star book in less than a month, making me think everything else in March is going to be disappointing.
Allison | Mind Joggle says
I’ll have my reviews up next week, but I was really impressed with The Altruists. The characters aren’t very likable, which sometimes makes it hard for me to love a book like this. But wow–Ridker can write! He had so many sharp single lines that managed to be critical, observant, and sympathetic all at once. They were usually brief and a cap on a larger narrative, so kind of hard to quote, but I really enjoyed his writing style. I’ll be interested in your thoughts!
Glad you liked Daisy Jones. It sounds right up my alley. And I’m on the wait list for it. I saw the synopsis for The Altruists but wasn’t sure if it pits the father too against his kids, in trying to get money back?? Hmm. You’ll have to let us know.