Weekly Round Up #7!

This was a long week but I got so much done that I’m ok with it! Work has been a little crazy but I’m really excited to be going on vacation this upcoming week! I’m going on a cruise with my boyfriend, my parents, and my aunt and uncle. This will be my second cruise to the Bahamas but my boyfriend and my parents first time cruising. We are going to celebrate my boyfriend turning 30 this year and my dad turning 60! And it will be my parents 40th wedding anniversary while we’re on the cruise too. We’ve got lots of fun stuff planned but I’m hoping to get some time to lay out by the pool and read as well. Because of the cruise, I’m not sure if I’ll have a Weekly Round Up next week. I’m going to try and write it out on my phone but I might be having to much fun! Either way, I will definitely update you guys when I get back.

And now back to the books! I actually got a lot of reading done this week. I’m trying to finish up most of my library books before I leave so I don’t have a ton checked out while I’m gone. Books in blue are finished and books in purple are in progress. I have also decided that I will include the words “finished” or “in-progress” in parenthesis as well. In case someone is color blind or having this read out loud to them. Just to be as inclusive as possible so everyone can enjoy my rambling about books.

  • We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly a True Story by Josh Sundquist (finished)
    • Whew, that was a long title! I got this from the library on a whim because it sounded interesting and I’m trying to read more non-fiction. I have mixed feelings about this book. As a reader, it was very entertaining and I read it very quickly (2 days). As a woman, I felt uncomfortable while reading this. Also, full disclosure, I had never heard of Josh Sundquist before I read this book. I didn’t know he was on YouTube or that he was a Paralympian. So going into this I just thought it was another non-fiction book about someone not being able to find love. The premise of the book is that at 25, Josh realizes that he has never had a girlfriend. In order to find out why he goes back to talk with all of the girls that had a major impact on his life. Each chapter is a different girls name and is broken down into different sections. Background, where he tells you the story pretty much of how they met and how she was significant to him. Hypothesis, where he discusses why they never dated or why she didn’t like him. And I can’t even remember what the last section was, but he would meet up with the girls all these years later to ask them what went wrong (Hint: It wasn’t the girls!). The reason that I didn’t really care too much for this book was actually the author. I really felt like he was a baby about all these relationships and most of the blame was usually directed at the girls. Why doesn’t she like me, why won’t she date me, how can I make her like me. There was never anything like well gee why don’t I just ask her and talk to her like a human being?? Like good lord I know you were home schooled (me too! Until I went to COLLEGE.) but come on, you’re giving us all a bad name. One of the girls he legitimately stalks to try and get her to talk to him. Memorizes her face from the school yearbook and then spends his time searching the school for her. Also, the “We should hang out sometime” as a pickup line is creepy too. He says that he uses this so that the girl can’t say no. Which to me is like, no sorry that’s so controlling and not cute at all. Overall I gave this book 2 stars out of 5 because of all the creepiness in it.
  • Glory in Death by JD Robb (finished)
    • This is the second book in the In Death series by Nora Roberts (writing as JD Robb). While I liked the first book I really loved this second installment. I always feel like with the first book you’re getting introduced to all the characters and places so that takes up most of the first half of the book. I always like the second book in a series more because everything is already established and you can jump right into the story. This book was about the murders of three high profile women. An attorney, an actress and a TV anchor. As usual our MC Eve Dallas is assigned the case and she and her team spend the whole book trying to figure out who the murderer is. Eve relationship with her ~man~ Rourke also progresses (no spoilers here!). I loved the ending. I did have an inkling as to who the murderer was but I wasn’t 100% sure until it was revealed in the book. Nora Roberts is such a great writer that I hardly notice the book flying by as I read.  (5 out of 5 stars for this one)
  • Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes by Cory O’Brien, Illustrated by Sarah E. Melville (in-progress)
    • I’m not very far into this book but I am loving it! I love anything to do with mythology so this book is right up my alley. It’s pretty much a simpler (and funnier) retelling of a bunch of different myths, starting with the Greek gods. It also has Norse, Egyptian, Mayan, Christian, Hindu, Japanese, African, Chinese, Sumerian, Native American, and United States. I really only know Greek and Native American myths so I’m really excited to dive into more myths from around the world.

That’s going to be it for this week! These were my favorite books that I read or am currently reading. I didn’t really have any that were bad this week so I’m just going to leave it here. Hope you all had a great week and I will (hopefully) talk to you next week!

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