I made myself a Summer TBR, which is something I don’t do that often, and I did okay with it. Still, I liked having a bit of a goal, and I ended up reading 5 out of 12 books I chose for myself. Not that great, but I read 13 books (and working on number 14) throughout the season, so I’m proud of that. Since I liked doing that so much, I thought I would choose some books for the Fall that I’d like to read in the next few months. This time, I think I will do a better job as I’m dying to read some books that fit the season.
The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line (or two)! My current read is Blood & Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant.
Title: Blood & Beauty: The Borgias Author: Sarah Dunant Status: page 354/506 Genre: Historical (Adult)
Whatever some people may say to the contrary, Alexander is nor a man without a conscience.
This has been an impressive and fascinating book based on real people who I already find interesting. There is also a lot of expanding on their choices and the culture of Italy as a whole that I’ve enjoyed. I have loved the exploration of Cesare’s character, as well as what it might have been like for Lucrezia to be surrounded by such powerful men who held her life in their hands for their own gains. Sarah Dunant is a great author who I can’t believe I’ve only read twice, including this book, but I think I will be reading more from her.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books that you have begun without finishing. I try my best to finish a book if I start it, but there are times when I simply don’t want to finish a book, and that’s something I didn’t like to do for a long time. Now, I’m fine with that. Oddly enough, these 8 books are still on my TBR.
5 books read in August! I’m so glad that I was able to read that much despite going back to work and having a few stressful weeks. I finished my vacation read, a YA historical fantasy, 2 graphic novels, and listened to an audiobook.
Shopaholic to the Stars (Shopaholic, #7) by Sophie Kinsella / 2014 / The Dial Press / ★★★★
I found this to be a strong Shopaholic book. There were parts of it that I wasn’t sure I would like at first, and a couple of times Sophie Kinsella surprised me in the direction she went with some things, but overall, this was a nice read. Becky is always a little less serious and responsible than you think she should be, but her growth is obvious in this book. Her saving grace, for me, is that she rarely does anything to hurt someone. And something I enjoyed the most in this book is that there were other people with their own drama, some of which didn’t involve Becky too much. 4 stars. Read More »
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Hidden Gems in the genre of your choosing. I went with Mysteries as it’s one of my favorite genres. I tend to read thrillers or mysteries that are targeted to adults, so I have 6 adult mysteries and 4 YA mysteries.
As it nears September, I’ve been thinking about Fall TV. Usually, I only watch 1-3 shows on a regular basis as I prefer to marathon seasons or entire series. Netflix has ruined me. (To be fair, I used to do this with DVD sets when I was in high school, but it’s much easier now.) Unfortunately, I haven’t found any new shows that I want to watch! So, here are the returning shows that I plan to watch on TV and Netflix.
Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin’s Just Between Us channel on YouTube is one of my favorite for scripted skits (another thing I’ve mentioned before) and I was beyond excited to get to read this book before its release. As I’m an Allison most of the time, my favorite skits revolve around her. It’s a bit uncomfortably #relatable a lot of the time. They also have what they call a Couch Show where they answer questions from viewers. It’s like watching an advice podcast, and they have some wonderful (and, again, relatable) answers that I feel would have been great for me when I was in high school or college. And I love that the book feels true to the skits and the Couch Show videos, but perfectly fit in a YA setting. I gave the book 4 stars for the reasons I mentioned in my original review and because I was impressed with the way they adapted their channel into a book.
If you’re looking to add more diversity to your TBR, please check out this book! Like I said in my July review, this would be the perfect book to read along with a friend, especially if you’re heading off to college away from them.
I received an E-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.