Work Book (for lunchtime reading):
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer – A coworker recommended this sci-fi novel and I immediately dived right in. The government is conducting explorations of Area X, a cordoned off section of the country with sinister history. Prior teams have been mysteriously killed or altered, so the current four woman team has no idea what to expect. This first book in the trilogy tells the story of their expedition. Great for sci-fi fans!
Midnight at the Blackbird Café – I requested this ARC when I heard the comparison to Sarah Addison Allen. Magical realism is such a fun genre, so this story is right up my alley. It also features a café and baking as part of the main storyline, which I always love reading about! Although it’s a bit light on the magic, I’m still enjoying the family relationships in the small southern town. I’m sensing there might be one or two new romances brewing as well 😊
A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny – On to Book #4! I’ve heard the series gets very good from here on out, which is awesome considering I’ve loved the others up until this point. Well, ok I didn’t LOVE the second book, but that was just because of one particular character. The rest is terrific.
Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – It took me ages to finally read this book, but it was worth the wait. This a well-written YA love story. I liked trying to guess who was “Blue” along with Simon and was pleased when he was finally revealed!
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers – I was scrolling through my library’s audiobook selection when I came across Mary Poppins! In all my years of reading, I’ve never picked up this treasure by P.L. Travers. The audiobook narrator is perfect and tells the stories with charming voices.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I’m listening to this on Scribd (so much cheaper than Audible)! Audiobooks with a full cast provide an incredible listening experience and I’m always ecstatic when I come across one. Daisy Jones is clearly one of the most popular books of the year for good reason – the characters are compelling, the story is unique and there’s a hint of mystery as you wait to find out what happens with the band. My only complaint is the overuse of clichés. Every time I hear a classic cliché I cringe a bit and it takes me out of the story. “Chickens running around with their heads cut off”, etc. It feels a bit like lazy writing. I’d still recommend the book, but probably wouldn’t make it a 5 star read at this point.
Around the Web:
Baking Through an Entire Cookbook – Lessons learned from actually trying every recipe in a cookbook. I’d love to do this someday…
Upcoming Movies Based on Classic Books – There are a few new movies coming out soon that are based on classics. I’m particularly excited for Little Women!
Fantasy Novels to Add to Your TBR – Beyond the Bookends has a massive list of fantasy novels you should read! So many good books on here.
For more mini reviews, check out Reading Roundup #55!
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