Book Review Stress

The last few months I have received a handful of books for free in return for a review. Some of these I requested, others have just shown up. Sometimes I get them for being subscribed to an author’s email list. While I really love getting books for free to review, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the number of books to read. Because I work full time and have a side job reviewing books for a website, I don’t have much free time to read whatever I want. I generally am reading a book for review.

The books that I am currently reading for review are:

  • Final Notice by Van Fleisher (e-book)
    • I’m really liking this book so far. A quick synopsis: There is a new smartwatch that gives you a Final Notice right before you are about to die. It is supposed to give you time to get your affairs in order and say goodbye to your friends and family. But some people are using the fact that they are going to die soon to their advantage.
  • Snowflake Obsidian by Sage Steadman (e-book)
    • This is a coming of age story of a girl named Willow revolving around first love. I’m only about a third of the way into this book but I’m really loving it. I’ve read some of Sage Steadman’s work before and loved her other books so I’m not surprised that this is so good! I can’t wait to be able to read more of this book.

Some of the recent books that I have finished (or started and did not finish in one case):

  • One Way or Another by Mary J. Williams (e-book)
    • The first in a quartet, I really fell hard (no pun intended) for this book. I’ve been reading a lot of romance books lately and generally, there are at least a few graphic sex scenes. I’m not a prude and they don’t really bother me, but after the 800,000 time, they all seem to blur together. What I really loved about this book is that yes, there was sex in this book. No there were not very detailed descriptions of what was going on during the sexy-times. The author really focused on the two main characters and fleshing them out as real people. It focused on their relationship and how they grew as a couple, instead of just really hot sex. I gave this book a 5-star rating because I loved it so much (and I immediately bought the second book from Amazon).
  • The Legend of Wonder Woman Vol 1: Origins by Renea de Liz & Ray Dillon (library book, physical book)
    • I’ve been reading a lot of comic books lately and this has been one of my favorites. I really liked learning all about Wonder Woman’s origin story. The artwork was really great and the storyline was awesome.
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (Library book, physical book)
    • DNF: I have had this book on my TBR list for literal years. I was able to get a copy from my library a few weeks ago but didn’t get around to reading it until a few days ago. I got about 20 pages in and gave up. The main character hadn’t spoken to anyone and it was all internal monologuing! I thought this book would be a great option for my Pop Sugar Challenge for a book about grief, but I’m going to have to find something else because I could not get through this book.
  • Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman (e-book, received in exchange for a review)
    • This is a story about a young woman named Clara that is a small batch yarn dyer that is looking for inspiration for her next project. She finds her inspiration in the wildlife paintings of Danielle Solomon. The two form a bond and end up becoming more than friends. I really loved this book and was so sad when it was over. I wanted more of Clara and Danielle!

I’m very excited to see and hear about what books you all have been reading and loving (or not loving). I would love to hear from you either here on the blog or on Twitter (@jillpill90). Happy reading everyone!

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