What We’re Reading Wednesday, December 8th

Happy Wednesday, book friends! It’s the last week of the semester at the university where I work, and I’m very ready to slow the pace for the next couple of weeks. 

First, though… a lot of essays to grade. Including an alarming number of giant text walls because somehow apparently I should’ve specified that the 500 word reflection should be, um… organized? At all? 

As things slow down work wise, I’ve gotten back into the groove of reading more regularly in the evenings and mornings. Which means — drumroll please — -I’ve got actual updates for this week’s WWRW! Let’s get to it, shall we? 

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Recent Reads

I did it. I finished Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows! It was a fascinating read from start to finish, and I really enjoyed getting to know our two main perspective characters as well as the widows. My full review went up earlier this week, if you’d like to know more! “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows” Reminds Us People Are More Than Our Assumptions.

Also finished this week was Sophie Cousins’ Just Haven’t Met You Yet. This rom-com stars a woman who accidentally grabs a man’s luggage instead of her own, then decides he must be her soul mate based on its contents. It was a fun read overall, though the main character did do a bit of the thing where they get themselves into ridiculous situations that make me cringe. There’s a whole trapped in the closet scene that made me shudder and remember why I’ve taken a pause from reading Sophie Kinsella. 

Wait a minute… perhaps it’s a Sophie thing, writing these kinds of scenes? Anyway, I digress. 

Even if “main character behaves like ridiculous person not raised in human society for no apparent reason” isn’t my cup of tea, I enjoyed the story as a whole and would definitely recommend to rom com fans, particularly those who enjoyed Cousens’ first book, This Time Next Year and fans of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. 

Finally, I received Sarah Anderson’s latest book of comics, Oddball, and read it in a single sitting. If you don’t recognize the name, allow me to jog your memory because I’m confident you’ve seen Anderson’s work:

 Original Comic by Sarah Anderson, sourced from Pinterest

Sarah’s about my age and I find her work super relatable and hilarious. Needless to say, I had to resist the urge to send photos of every other comic to my friends with the caption “it me.” So, yes, big recommendations here. 

Current Reads

I’m still working my way through The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews. Now that I’m seeing the print copy all over Instagram I realize it’s quite a short book so in theory I’ll be finishing it soon enough.

Also on the docket is wrapping up and reviewing Romancing the Holidays, a holiday romance short story collection I’ve been working through. I’d save the holidays for seasonal appropriateness if I wasn’t on a review deadline for BookSirens. It’s cute, though the quality of the stories varies a bit in my opinion.

Audiobook wise I’m listening to Rebekah Tausig’s Sitting Pretty, which I believe I went on about at length last week. I’ve less than an hour left so expect I’ll finish and attempt a review here soon. 

Future Book Plans & On To You

Santa Suit will bring me up to 2022 releases on NetGalley so I’ll take a brief eARC break to rampage through my holiday books while they’re seasonal. Hello, holiday TBR post I wrote back in October! Tis the Season for Holiday Hopefuls.

Audiobook wise I’ve finally got the latest from Jenny Lawson to round out the year in audio credits. 

That’s me for the week, my friends! Let me know what you’re reading, what you’ve enjoyed lately, or what you’re picking up next!

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