Happy Wednesday, book friends! This one snuck up on me, since my workplace was closed on Monday for the July 4th holiday and my work wee just started yesterday.
I mostly spent the long weekend resting and trying to get my energy back up after my weeklong pain flare, but I did get some baking and reading in, as well, which was refreshing.
For whatever reason, I’m still pretty low energy today, so let’s jump straight to the reading updates!
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I finished Book Lovers last week and, surprising no one, really enjoyed it. Even though Nora is pretty different from me, I still felt immediately drawn in to her story and her struggles.
The writing is exactly the crisp, funny style I’ve come to expect from Emily Henry, and I loved the bookish touch of leaning into the tropes from romances so self-referentially. Did I predict how it would end pretty early on? Yes. Did that make it any less enjoyable? No, it did not.
Audiobook-wise, I’m back to Jasmine Guillory’s By the Book after a brief hiatus. For some reason, I’m just not that invested in this one. I think the mental gynmastics required to make a modern, real-world Beauty and the Beast adaptation work without the Stockholm Syndrome overtones just takes me out of the story too much to enjoy it fully. I’m going to finish it because it ticks off a box from the Read Harder challenge (fairy tale retelling by a person of color), but I don’t think it’s going to go down as one of my favorite reads for hte year.
I’m also working my way through The Island of Missing Trees and have finally started Alexis Hall’s A Lady for a Duke, not to mention the handful of self-care titles I’ve been reading for the past month or so. Basically, I’m feeling a bit restless, book-wise, and have several titles going at once depending on my mood.
Up Next & On To You
I’ve got a blog tour for No Funny Business* by Amanda Aksel coming up, which means I need to pick that one up next so I can get my review ready to go. I’m excited for this one, which is about an aspiring stand-up comedian being stuck on tour with a more established comedian. I love a good forced proximity romance and liked the setup of a comedy tour as something a little different.
After that, I’m not sure what’s next for me since I have so many titles going at once that I need to get through.
What about you, book friends? What have you been reading lately, and how is it?
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