Recent Reads (October show us your books!!)

Happy 5th Anniversary to Steph and Jana and Show us Your Books!! Wow!! Thank you for the time and effort you both put into this link up. Show us Your Books day is always one of my favourites in the month and I love reading everyone’s reviews of the books they’ve been reading lately. Long live SUYB!!  πŸ™‚

Fall reading is in full swing over here (I LOVE reading in the fall, lol, well, actually any season, but my attention span gets longer in the fall as opposed to the summer). I’ve read some great books lately and cannot wait to chat about them today!!

SERIOUSLY wonderful books

Ask Again, YesAsk Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

I absolutely devoured this book. I can’t even explain what it is that I liked about it so much, but the characters and the plot were so compelling and the writing was incredible. The audiobook was especially well done. I cannot rave about this book enough and I highly recommend it. I don’t want to say too much about the plot here because I really think this is best gone into without much idea of what happens, but there are a few content warnings to heed if there are themes that you’re sensitive about. This is one of those books that I’d recommend to (almost) everyone though – it’s just so well done and so much to think about/discuss.

View all my reviews The Widow of Rose HouseThe Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

I had heard a lot of positive praise for this book, so I had high expectations when I started it despite not being very clear on the genre or plot. I am pleased to report that I absolutely LOVED this book. It took me a chapter or two to get into, but then I was completely engrossed. This book actually crosses genres a little bit, but at its heart, it is a historical mystery/historical romance, in my opinion. There is a slight supernatural element as well. I adored these characters and the main male character, Sam, reminded me a little bit of Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the movie). He definitely had that mad scientist thing going on and it was soooo fun to read about. His family, on the other hand, reminded me of my beloved Bridgertons though there are fewer of them here. They were absolutely heartwarming and just the kind of beloved family that you want to read about. There were humorous moments, suspenseful moments, steamy moments, swoon-worthy lines, and moments of relief and joy in this book. The writing was superb and I cannot wait to follow this wonderful author’s career in the future. Thank you to Edelweiss, Netgalley, and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is a perfect fall read if any of this sounds wonderful to you too.

The Art of Theft (Lady Sherlock, #4)The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas

I am completely hooked on this series about Charlotte Holmes and this addition to the series was wonderful and enticing to read. These characters are lovely and the introduction of several new characters including the Maharani of India and Lord Ingram’s friend
Lieutenant Atwood. I loved the touch of romance in the third book and that tension was still present in this book though I am dying for things to move forward a bit in that regard πŸ˜‰ It was interesting to have Livia and Stephen Marbleton play a more critical role as characters in this book and for the development of the series’ plot with Moriarty too. All in all, I adore this series and I now intend to seek out all of Sherry Thomas’ other works although I don’t expect them to be similar to this. Highly recommend starting this series at the beginning and savouring it all. Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend reading this series in order!!!

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of DistractionThe Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was so thought-provoking and inspiring. This book definitely makes an extremely strong case for the power of reading aloud to children AND to adults and highlights the human connection we are able to embrace when reading together. I loved it.


We Met in DecemberWe Met in December by Rosie Curtis
3.5 stars – I really liked this and read it quickly and loved the characters. The plot felt a bit off and on at times. This is definitely not a Christmassy book in any way – and it reminded me a lot of One Day in December which I had similar feelings for last year πŸ™‚ Thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow paperbacks for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

BossypantsBossypants by Tina Fey

This was hilarious, read by the author. I liked it a lot. I’m probably one of the last people around to read this so not much more I can say about it but if you are a fan of hers at all, you will like this!

Leave the Grave Green (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James, #3)Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie

These books definitely pass the time nicely and are interesting enough for the mystery aspects but not ground-breakingly incredible for me either. I do really like the characters but I didn’t enjoy some of the interpersonal issues in this book – although I’m sure it moves forward in a better way than this book.

Twenty-one Truths About LoveTwenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks

The format of this book was a bit difficult because I tend to (unfortunately) be a bit of a skim reader and I found it difficult to focus my attention on the lists. I also found it difficult that we rarely got other character’s perspectives. However, the lists were heartwarming and the way the story was told was pretty funny at times. It was also a bit “out there” in my opinion, but the ending was cute. It reminded me a little bit of The Rosie Project. Thank you to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Currently reading: A Heart so Fierce and Broken, Mourn Not Your Dead, Bringing Down the Duke, and Finnikin of the Rock. About to start a re-read of Louise Penny’s series and anxiously anticipating our arrival of the new Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire illustrated edition to read to Molly this fall!! (It comes out today!!!)

Happy reading, everyone!! If you’ve read any of these books or you want to, please tell me what you think!!!

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