January 29th, 2020

books - reading dreaming: coloryourdream

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I missed last week. Oops.

I finished three of the books I mentioned before - Positive by David Wellington, Her Sanctuary by Toni Anderson, and The Undertaking by Thomas Lynch. The first two ended up being kind of meh, but the last went downhill drastically in the last half. I only finished it because I was so far along. But the author's views as an older, religious, white guy angered me more and more as I got closer to the end.

CURRENTLY READING

1. Mind Magic by Eileen Wilks (still). It's slow-going because I read it before I go to bed and I've been crashing a lot.

2. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez: I've only just started this so I'm not sure what genre it's going to fall into, but it's about an immigrant family from Mexico who move to Pennsylvania so the damaged daughter can get special care. It's jumping from perspective to perspective in short chapters, so it's very fast reading, but I'm really enjoying discovering these people so far.

3. Her Last Chance by Toni Anderson: The second book in the Her romantic suspense series. I'm only on chapter two, so we'll see how it goes.

4. Ruthless Heart by Emma Lang: Historical western romance about a sheltered LDS woman who goes off in search of her sister who ran away from her polygamous marriage and hooks up with the bounty hunter who's searching for the sister. It's not bad, but won't be anything I remember a month after I finish it.

DID NOT FINISH

1. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum: This should've been a slam dunk. I love stories about this time period, and it had really strong reviews. I didn't even make it two chapters. The author made the stylistic choice not to use quotation marks on any of the dialogue, which made it really hard to read without having to go back and re-read. I don't have time for that.

2. Love May Fail by Matthew Quick: I really enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook, so even though this had mixed reviews, I gave it a go. I had to stop in the third chapter because the female narrator in the first part is awful. Her voice sounds insanely inauthentic, the humor doesn't work for me, and her cries of "Feminist! Feminist!" are belied by her actions/thoughts.