So I barely read anything for awhile there, which was actually good. I had a big stack of books and I’d start the first chapter and then throw it on the “no thanks!” pile. It was quite refreshing. I also watched a ton of tv. It was highly enjoyable, except for that situation where The Americans ended and I didn’t feel like paying Amazon $21 for Season Two.
Then I went to Vermont where you have to make your own fun and there was a lot of sitting by a lake and reading because going in lakes is not so much my thing. Lakes are fine I guess but so mucky and full of fish and sticks that could be freshwater eels. Excellent for reading by though.
Anyway, here’s what I read when I finally around to reading.
47. The Three
This was legit terrible. I don’t give a lot of one star ratings on Goodreads but if I could have given this pile of dreck zero stars I would have. Do NOT write an entire book with a bunch of weird woowoo unexplained mysterious happenings and then NEVER EXPLAIN THEM to me or I will be TICKED OFF.
48. The Truth About Alice
I liked this book. It hinged on the overwrought and the plot was a tidge ridiculous but I enjoyed it, for the most part. It’s YAF/romance/mystery/mean girls type stuff and I liked it.
49. Saints of the Shadow Bible
This is your standard Inspector Rebus mystery. Enjoyable as always.
50. Off Course
This is one of those books where the main character just keeps messing up and making these seemingly random bad decisions, but I didn’t hate it as much as I often hate those sorts of books. I actually really liked it. It was interesting and the main character grew on me.
51. Open Road Summer
This was fine, but I didn’t like it nearly as much as I loved How to Love. However I would like to add to the dear Goodread reviewers of the world, that it is possible to write a book with a main character who is a girl/woman/lady, who is kind of unfriendly at times, who maybe isn’t the nicest to other girls/women/ladies, and to not have written a defense of slut shaming. Some high school girls are bitches, and you are allowed to write books about this without having SLUT SHAMER tattooed on your forehead. Jesus.
This was depressing, but in that good “I want to read a sad-ish book in the bathtub and feel my lady feelings” kind of way. I really really liked it. It reminded me a lot of One Day, so if that wasn’t for you, not gonna recommend this to you. If you loved One Day with all your heart, as I did, then you might like this.
53. One Plus One
I liked this. It was no “Me Before You” but it was still highly enjoyable.
54. Dorothy Must Die
This was ok. I thought it skewed a little weird/dippy. Also I got to the end and realized it’s part of one of god knows how many, and that just irritates me. NOT EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS A TRILOGY.
55. Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #4)
I read all three of the Wolves of Mercy Falls books and by the end I was ANNOYED because that book three sucked hard, so lord knows why I read this. Maybe because it was about Isabelle and Cole and they were always intriguing to me? Anyway. This book is SUPER cheesy and has no real point and goes around in circles and is a giant stall job and I LOVED it. I seriously loved every single cheesy ass goofy fake band name douchey rock star minute of it. I could not read it fast enough. LOVED LOVED LOVED. But you have been warned, War and Peace it is not.
56. Lucky Us
Oh, I liked this. It did get a bit downtrodden after nothing but bad things happened endlessly but the main character is great and over all I really enjoyed it and I liked the ending which is unusual for me. Four stars.
57. The Paper Magician
This was on the goofy side but I was going with it in a “ok fun YAF fantasy magic why not!” kind of way until some kind of weird spell got put on the main character and she ended up walking around INSIDE A HUMAN HEART. Like, someone shrunk her down or something? And she had to climb through squishy valves and pools of blood? For two thirds of the book? No. Just no. No on prying open squishy valves.
58. The Secret Place
I am well aware that I read this 2 and a half months before the rest of the world gets to read it, because Jennie is the most wonderful person and sent the galley to me BEFORE SHE HAD READ IT HERSELF, so for now I will just say that although it was not my favorite Tana French book, personally, it may be the best writing I have read from her so far, and that it’s still by far and away better than almost everything I’ve read this year.Parts of it read like poetry, for goodness sake. Beautiful.
I liked this, in the way that you like “Girls” even though at times the characters are horrible people. Much like that show, it made me laugh, and if you make me laugh I can forgive almost anything.
60. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
This was wonderful. I thought it was fantastic. I honestly don’t know anyone that hasn’t liked this book though. It’s really good. It reminded me a lot of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Read it.
61. The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
Meh. Sorry, but I just can’t do Veronica with no Logan.
62. After I’m Gone
Super cheesy, highly enjoyable. The mystery is sort of dumb but the family dynamics are really fun. If you like reading about big mob families you’ll probably like this.
63. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
God. I should have known when the back blurb mentioned “The Girl Who Played With Fire” which is a book I DID NOT ENJOY. God. This was just so stupid and awful. So awful. This is the sort of the book where you find out in the last 15 pages that actually, the high school teacher wasn’t really a teacher. And used to be a woman, but was abused by his mother so he killed his mother and all those screaming fights everyone heard between him and his mother was actually his split personality pretending to be his mother, and the reason everyone thought he did it was because he drives a red Corvette and the murderer drove a red Corvette but actually he was just test driving the neighbors secret red Corvette that had been hidden in the ex girlfriends garage for 33 years because the ex girlfriend once accidentally ran over a baby with it and then buried the baby in her parents backyard but they couldn’t hear her burying the baby because they listened to really loud death metal all the time because they were trying to cover up the sounds of their son screaming at night because he accidentally shoved his girlfriend off a cliff so he could steal the movie script she wrote and pass it off as his own and none of those people even murdered the main murdered person to begin with. DEAR GOD JUST STOP.