Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Showin' My Books October 2020

I haven't posted in a few months, so I have quite a few books to list, though not as many as I'd like, because back in September I broke my wrist which required surgery and I haven't been able to focus on books. (Also, if there are typos in this post, sorry - typing isn't super easy either.) 

This month is the sixth anniversary of Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana! Be sure to check out other bloggers who linked up if you're looking for reading recommendations.

Life According to Steph 

The Guest List by Lucy Foley - Kept me guessing the whole time. Really liked this one! (Erin's challenge - set in a different country; own hard cover from Book of the Month)

The Holdout by Graham Moore - A lot happens at the end in a short amount of pages and it was a little hard to keep up, but overall I liked it. (Erin's challenge - freebie; own hard cover from Book of the Month)

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones - I've never read any of Jones' poetry, but this is his memoir and I saw a lot of buzz about it. Then I found out that he had moved to Columbus. I started following him on Twitter and lo and behold, he lives very close to me! (I haven't stalked him or anything but keep hoping that maybe I'll run into him someday when he's walking his dog.) I listened to this, as it's read by the author, and it was just beautifully written and read. (read just because; purchased audio from libro.fm)

The Last Flight by Julie Clark - Really liked this one. The alternating POV worked well and the ending left me wanting more, but not in a bad way. (read for book club; own hard cover from Book of the Month)

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum - There were times when I felt like I was hate-reading, but that’s because the subject matter was infuriating. It makes me crazy to know that women all over actually have to live like this. But there was hope as well, which ultimately allowed me to like this book. (Erin's challenge - immigrant main character; own hard cover from Book of the Month)

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James - I loved this book. Read it in one day. I felt like it combined two former favorites of mine: the TV show "Cold Case" and ghost story books from when I was growing up (I used to devour John Saul books). (Erin's challenge - starts with "S;" own hard cover from Book of the Month)

Loved this quote: "...folding the corner of a page - even in a thirty-year-old book - is sacrilege."

One quibble - it's mentioned multiple times in the book that the motel sign is blue and yellow, but as you can see, on the cover it's red and yellow.

Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart - The second book in the Kopp sisters series. I liked the end of the book better than the journey to get there (I wanted more of the sisters). I really enjoyed the author's notes detailing which parts of the book actually happened. (Erin's challenge - female police officer or detective; read on Kindle)

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett - This book. Wonderful characters, differing POV, lots to digest. I have to admit that I had tried reading Bennett's first novel, The Mothers, but couldn't quite get into it. Now I think I might try it again. (read for book club; own hard cover from Book of the Month)

Here's hoping I can settle back into a book soon. I have about four started!