Weekly Round Up #1!

It’s Friday which means two things:

One, it’s the end of the week and two it’s my day off!

This generally means that I sit on my couch and read while eating whatever I can find in my fridge. I also am usually watching Food Network or old movies on Netflix.

Anyway, back to the books which are why we’re all here in the first place. This week I finished a few books and started a few others.

Books in purple are finished, books in blue are in progress

  • Final Notice: (e-book, paid review)
    • I feel like this book had two different themes. The first was what would you do if you knew you had 10, 20, or 30 days left to live? And the second was gun control and the role the NRA plays in the legislature surrounding guns. Even though I was paid to read and review this book it does not change how I felt about it or the fact that I will review it honestly as usual. This book is very one-sided. It leans heavily to the left on issues of gun control specifically. While I agreed with most of the author’s viewpoints I did feel that the ending itself seemed out of character for the one of the main MCs. I won’t spoil what that specifically was, you’ll have to read it for yourself if you want to know.
  • Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter (e-book)
    • I received this book in exchange for a review. This was a really great book. I felt like I was just reading about my friends. The book was very easy to read and the pages flew by while I was reading it. I was rooting for Willow throughout the whole book. She reminded me a lot of myself when I was a young adult. I really connected with a lot of the struggles that she went through. I think that’s one of the reasons that I ended up liking the book so much, it really took me back to that place. The author really did a great job of putting me into Willow’s head and made me understand what she was going through.
  • Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell: (library book)
    • Am I the only person that did not know that this was a book? Much less a non-fiction book?? I was really surprised when I stumbled upon it in the non-fiction section of my library. It is way different than the show though so if you like the show this may not be for you. This book is set up into chapters and then each chapter has a few short stories. I generally like this setup. It makes the book go by a lot faster. I read the first half of the book in a few hours. While I liked the first half of the book the second half was realllllly boring. It just seemed like the characters were petulant children that didn’t get what they wanted. If you like books about jaded New Yorkers then this is the book for you!
  • Two of a Kind by Mary J. Williams: (e-book)
    • This is the second in a quartet about sisters finding love. I really liked the first book (I reviewed it in my last blog post!) so I thought I would continue the series. The second book is about Bryce who is an author of a series of very popular mystery novels. One of her books is being made into a movie and she wants to write the screenplay for the movie. The very controlling director has other plans though. This was a really great book and I’m really loving getting to know all of the sisters in each book. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus: (hardback book borrowed from a friend)
    • I finished this book in two days it was that good. I really like YA to begin with so I feel like this book had an advantage going in. Also, it was compared to the Breakfast Club on the jacket which made me want to read it even more. I really loved the book even though I had a sneaking suspicion about what the plot twist was (I was right!). I don’t want to give much away because there are so many twists and turns but this is about five kids that are in detention and one of them dies. The other kids that were in detention instantly fall under suspicion and become murder suspects. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves YA books, mysteries, or just a great book in general.
  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow: (paperback book, a gift from my boyfriend)
    • I absolutely loved this book! This was my favorite of my recent reads by far. This book is about the children of kings and queens who live in a monastery like place called the Precepture as Prisoners of Peace. If their country goes to war, they die. The concept of this book sounded really interesting, I have never come across something like this is all my reading life. The plot moved along at a quick pace but it also had moments where the kids were farming or making cheese that seemed to balance the rest of the book out very nicely. I would highly, highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone. If I could have given this more than five stars on Goodreads I would have gladly given it ten.
  • Accidental Origami by Karla K. Morton:
    • This is a book of poetry that I’ve been reading off and on for about a week now. I’ve been trying to broaden my reading horizons and read different genres that I normally would not go for. So far I really am enjoying it.

That is it for this post! I really loved all of the books that I got to read this past week or so. I hope that all of you bookworms are enjoying your summer reading as well. I look forward to chatting with you guys! Have a great week!

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