What We’re Reading Wednesday, September 28th

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Happy Wednesday, book friends! This week has been chock full at work and in the evenings with social activities, so I feel like I’ve blinked and we’re halfway through.

I’m gearing up for a weekend trip of a super secret nature, about which I can share more once the surprise has passed. I’ll pack my books along but it’s unlikely I’ll get much reading in, aside from when the others are asleep and I’m up at 5:30am on account of who I am as a person.

But it’s not the weekend yet, and there’s plenty of reading updates to catch up on before I pack my bags.

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Recent Reads

I’m on a roll and finished another book this week! I finally got around to reading Kerry Winfrey’s Just Another Love Song, which I fully admit to putting off because I wasn’t sure I’d love it as much as I love her other books. Sure enough, I thought this one was cute and cozy but not the best fit for me personally as a reader. I enjoyed it, but it won’t go down as a lifelong favorite. My mini-review went up earlier this week:

Mini Review: “Just Another Love Song”
Just another mini book review of Kerry Winfrey’s latestmedium.com

Current Reads

Audiobook-wise, I’ve got about an hour left in Samantha Irby’s Wow, No Thank You. Overall, I’m really enjoying it.

I will say some of the essay formats don’t lend themselves very well to audio due to the repetitive style. So far, there are two essays that consist mainly of a lot of variations on stories & scenarious that start with the same phrase (like “Sure, sex is good, but…). While it’s a fun format, it does feel particularly repetitive to hear Irby’s attempts to say the same words with a different flavor every time.

I’ve picked up a digital review copy after a bit of a break from them, with Dee Ernst’s Lucy Checks In*. It really hooked me from the first page, and I think I’ll be finishing it pretty quickly. I love that the protagonist is in her 40s and starting over later in life, but it remains to be seen if the apparent love interest can win me over.

Up Next & On to You

By the time I finish Lucy Checks In it’ll probably be October or at least October eve, which means Witchtober begins! I’m going to read From Bad To Cursed with a friend starting on October 1st, so for once I do know what comes next, reading wise.

I’ve got a whole October witchy TBR planned out, which I’ll be releasing as part of the whole two posts I’ve pre-planned for Blogtober 2022. I have very mild intentions of kind of sort of trying to do Blogtober again, but I am traveling a lot next month so we’ll see if I manage it.

What about you, book friends? What have you been reading lately, and how is it treating you?

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What We’re Reading Wednesday, August 31st

Forgive me in advance if this post is less than coherent, book friends. Orientation week rolls right into the first week of the semester, which means I’m writing this on Day 9 of my no-days-off marathon. 

My introvert battery is utterly depleted, yet on I roll teaching classes and doing the day job. Naturally this means I am making very little sense by the time I reach the end of the workday. Saturday can’t get here quickly enough, and I look forward to speaking to no one. I even drew the Hermit card this morning for my daily tarot card. 

I don’t have much time or energy for reading during these first few weeks of the semester, but I do tend to throw on an audiobook on the way home. A few minor updates, here we come! 

(Full disclosure(s): This post uses Bookshop.org affiliate links. Titles noted with an asterisk were received as complimentary review copies in exchange for my honest review). 

Recent Reads

I finally finished Alexis Hall’s A Lady for A Duke. As I mentioned last week, this book got a bit slow through the middle. Lots of mutual pining and angst, not a lot of anything else. The action picked back up towards the end (and yes I do mean that in more ways than one). I think maybe Hall’s pacing just doesn’t work for me, as I had similar complaints about Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake

Current Reads

I’ve just barely started my next print read, The Family Compound* by Liz Parker. This book came out last week, and I’m excited to read it, as I loved Liz Parker’s previous novel, All Are Welcome. This weekend when my brain gets some rest from making the words at people, I’m looking forward to really savoring this book. 

On audio, I’m still working through Thank You for Listening. This book seems to be everywhere lately — it’s even backordered on Bookshop.org. With all the hype, I feel bad saying this, but I’m not enjoying it as much as I expected to. It’s interesting, but it’s slow paced and I’m having trouble connecting with the characters, partly because I think I see where it’s going and I’m annoyed it’s taking us so long to get there. I’m intrigued enough to keep going and I know I’ll finish, but I think I expected something a bit lighter and more laugh out loud funny, for some reason. Maybe the chipper, brightly colored cover? 

Up Next and On to You

No idea what’s next. Just eager to get to the weekend and sleep and have a whole day where I don’t put on makeup or talk to anyone besides my dog (and maybe my husband. Maybe). 

What about you, book friends? Does the back-to-school season mean anything in your life, reading or otherwise? 

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