I am little exhausted by reading and all those words, so I've decided to take a break from reading in April. It's just too much with writing all day and then reading what I write. LIKE ENOUGH ALREADY WITH WORDS!
So, friends, I am done with books!
Okay, I know that was a very lame April Fool's Day joke, but I had to do something to commemorate this *special* theme day! Of course, I am not done with books or words! The time I spend reading and writing is the only time my mind is actually quiet. It is the ultimate peace to allow the words to reel me in and silence the loud, irritating, impulsive voices that dominate my inner mind space on the regular.
When I reported in February, I was wrapping up the book "Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone"(Ernest Cunningham, #1) by Benjamin Stevenson. I enjoyed this book; but it did take some work to trudge through some spots. Sometimes, I felt like the author could be a bit clearer and a better communicator. I have this criticism of many male writers--which makes me laugh--because I also often tell my husband that he's left out important context and details when he is telling me things.
This month, I flexed my Kindle Unlimited membership to read some fun, juicy, non-serious books. I did also read The Personal Librarian, a historical fiction book, that was very, very substantive and made me feel scholarly.
Here's what I read in March:
1. Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarry Fisher
I wanted to love this book and in the beginning, I was all in. Then it all fell apart. It literally made no sense and not in the way that fiction is fictitious; but in the way that the story was not a story but merely some scenes tossed together very quickly and then wrote "The End." I was so disappointed in this one! My suggestion: take the audience from the name of the book and NEVER NEVER read this.
2. Off the Map by Trish Doller
This part-three in a series by Trish Doller. The first book "Float Plan" is the best of the bunch; but Off the Map was still enjoyable, even if it is just okay. It is filled with romantic tension and of course, some steamy scenes (nearly from the jump). The characters are likable. You root for everyone. It's not that deep.
3. Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score
This is a super popular Kindle Unlimited read. Like most Kindle Unlimited books, sometimes the plot is a little limited. But, I liked this story from the fun, mysterious opening to the romantic tension. There is definitely adult, pornographic content, but Score just sort of works it in and discusses human bodily functions as if she is describing where to find the ziplock bags in the pantry. There is something refreshing about all this and how she simply doesn't bat an eyelash at describing a"big erection" in great detail, on a Tuesday in Virginia.
The book is longer than most in the romance genre, but I liked it so much I went back for the second installment in the series later in March.
4. The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
I needed a bit of a porno palette cleanser after Things We Never Got Over and also wanted to feel educated and smart. The Personal Librarian, which was the NPR Book of the Year last year, delivered with a beautiful, engaging historical fiction story about J.P. Morgan's Librarian Belle Greene. Belle lived as a white women, denying her heritage to pursue her dreams. The book delves into her incredible story and also the complications, impossibility and heartaches of being back in the United States. Despite its heavy topic, I flew right through it--it was so beautifully written!
5. Do Not Disturb by Freida McFadden
McFadden has what seems like an endless supply of psychological thrillers in Kindle Unlimited. While the quality of the books is not super high, McFadden is able to present crazy, ridiculous scenarios to the reader, nature that magical suspension of disbelief and deliver addicting thrillers. I enjoyed reading this one; even though I felt a little tricked by the twist at the end.
6. The Perfect Son by Freida McFadden
So, I wanted this book to knock it out of the park, but it did not. McFadden's sentence construction is really high-level, which lends itself to layered, twisty stories, but then sometimes she seems to get lost and has to trick the reader to make her true plot to life. This happened in The Perfect Son. All of that being said, I did enjoy reading and satisfied my binge reading craving.
7. Things We Hide from the Light by Lucy Score
I couldn't wait any longer and I had to get back to Lucy Score's Knockemout series! A sequel to "Things We Never Got Over," this book brings the reader back to familiar characters and also familiar pornography. Seriously, the second edition had me blushing from the jump and covering my Kindle so no one could see the words on the screen. Pornography aside, the story is fun, easy and light. Sometimes these guilty pleasure books are such a relief from the stress of daily life and the world.