Show Us Your Books: Summer?

Hi friends! It's been so long since I've sat down and written that blogger decided to change their interface! I honestly don't hate it. I'm sure it'll take some getting used to but I'm a grown up, I can handle change. I haven't felt like anything I could write lately would be worth reading. I have, however, gotten back into my reading rhythm, and spent more than one full weekend doing nothing other than reading. Yes, the weeds in the garden beds are out of control, how did you guess? I think a few posts are in order and we'll pretend like they're already in the pipeline. Specifically about how we somehow have a tomato forest in our garden and also more okra than you can shake a stick at. 

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo: This one was kind of hard for me to finish because I could almost see what the ending was going to be? Without trying to spoil it, I can't really explain that any further.. It was a heartbreaking story from start to finish though, and I recommend it! 

The Price of Paradise: This one was one of the free amazon books you can get for kindle if your a prime subscriber? It was originally written in Spanish and translated over. It's a story about love and loss and revolution and it was so good. There were twists and turns and the mob and I really enjoyed the whole thing. Plus! I learned a lot about Cuba in the process!

The Victory Garden: I think this one was also a free amazon one? It's been a minute so I'm not sure. It was also a good read. WWII, y'all know I get stuck there quite often. Again, love, loss, war, my bread and butter it seems. As it goes with most of my reviews, I recommend this one too. It was somehow light and predictable even for a WWII novel, you know? Maybe that's silly. 

Just Mercy: This one also broke my heart. I learned a lot and plan to watch the movie soon ( I haven't had the attention span for a movie in quite some time...) This one will really open your eyes to the prison industrial complex, the school to prison pipeline, and the death penalty. I highly recommend it, but just know that you're probably going to come out the other end very angry. 

A Blade So Black: This was so fun! It's a new take on Alice in Wonderland and I couldn't put it down. The only reason I haven't finished the series (this is the first of said series) is because the library didn't have the other books available for eBook checkout and they've only recently reopened for curbside pickup. I tore right through this one, the characters are so fun and witty and I love a good re-imagining of Alice. 

The Vanishing Half: I also read this one in one single weekend. Like, started it on Friday evening, finished it on Saturday night. It tells the story of twins who choose to live completely different lives, and then the lives of their daughters. It's a really great story and I definitely recommend it too! I think it lives up to the hype.

A Discovery of Witches: OKAY GUYS WHY WERE YOU HIDING THIS SERIES FROM ME FOR REAL? I tore through this entire series and these books are all like 500 pages long. Couldn't put them down. Wasn't patient enough to wait for the second and third one to come off library holds so I bought them. Then I watched the entire first season of the TV show, followed by several hours on the internet trying to figure out when season two would be released (like everything else, it's on a corona delay)

Shadow of Night: I think this might be my favorite of the three, if I had to pick. In this one Diana & Matthew TIMEWALK and live in the 1590's in England. Time travel, witches, vampires, murder, bad guys, IT HAS EVERYTHING OKAY. Honestly. Which is part of why I was so bummed to find out the second season is delayed, because obviously I wanted some period drama to fill my days with. 

The Book of Life: I know this one is allegedly the last one in the series, but I think there will be more. At least I hope so. There's another book, Time's Convert that depending on where you read it is either #1 in the "All Souls" Series, or #4 in the Discovery of Witches. WHO KNOWS. There are a couple of story lines in this one that sort of get dropped? I'm hoping that just means they'll be picked up in future books. And a little bit of unnecessary unrequited love drama, but like, still very good. I still tore right through it, and honestly can't wait for more. 

Girl, Woman, Other: This one tells the story of several Black characters that eventually all tie together. It felt more like a collection of short stories with a chapter at the end tying them all together? I really enjoyed it but I did kind of forget about various overlapping characters until they were all tied together at the end. 

Time's Convert: BOOK FOUR! or book one of the universe series? Anyways, it focuses more on the story of Marcus and Phoebe and honestly I would read books about all of the lives of the supporting characters in this story universe forever and ever amen. This one is set after the first three, like in immediate succession so you definitely need to read the other three to really understand what's going on in this one (which is why I feel like it's more of a book 4 than a book 1, but I'm neither author nor publisher so what do I know?)

Dread Nation: BLACK GIRLS FIGHTING ZOMBIES. This one is the first of two books (see the second one as my next book, lol) Where the Dead rise up the day after the battle of Gettysburg and it re-imagines history if that happened. This story touches on all kinds of issues and involves our heroines straight up kicking ass and taking names. I really enjoyed both of these, and highly recommend!

Deathless Divide: I liked that this one sort of wrapped up the story. Like, there's a little bit of an opening at the end for there to be more books in the series? But it also ties up a lot of loose ends and things that usually frustrate me. It feels like the story is complete. More zombie fighting, a few Utopian towns that aren't actually Utopian, happily ever afters, and people not wanting to settle. It's a fun little series.

Murder in the Mews: BACK AT IT AGAIN WITH MY PAL POIROT! This one is a collection of like, five Poirot stories. I love the theme that people think they can pull one over on Poirot. He always figures it out! Those little gray cells my friends. I always enjoy a Poirot novel and sometimes when I get overwhelmed trying to pick a new read, as silly as that may sound. I love the format and I love watching characters try to outsmart him. 

Appointment with Death: Another Poirot novel! This time it's set in Jerusalem and involves an American family! We don't even really see Poirot until the second half of the book. I really didn't see the murder coming in this one. I know I say that almost every time but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Currently reading:  The Warmth of Other Suns. Also, in other personal news, we invested in an AIR FRYER and now are frying ALL THE THINGS. So please send me any and all of your tips, tricks, favorite recipes, etc. Finally linking back up for Show Us Your Books, I've missed everyone! 

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