Earlier this week I finished House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig. I enjoyed it but expected a bit more because it came so highly recommended.
Then I read Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda. I actually had very low expectations but wanted something mindless to read on a plane. It was pretty good for a thriller. The twist wasn't completely ridiculous like so many other books in the genre.
Now I am reading The Margot Affair by Sanaë Lemoine. It's been on my to read list for ages but my library just bought it recently. This happened to coincide with my trip to Paris, where it's set. Seems like it was meant to be! It's too soon for me form an opinion though.
QOTW: Absolutely not. I hate crowds in general and packed stores are particularly terrible.
I read the Novel Obsession to start out my vacation. WTH did I read? I kept going to see the train wreck but didn’t like it much, so much unlikeable about many of the characters, but especially the main one. I also tried to get into Carrie Soto is back and I’ll show myself Out. I gave up on Carrie and may get back to the essays in Show out. I started reading the Mall and listening to Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow and so far liking those for vacation reads more than the others.
QOTW: I might have done a bit, but working retail on BF during HS and college, I tend to avoid it. I like the #getoutside movement too
I finished Wayward by Chuck Wendig, which I really loved, and The Wilderwomen by Ruth Emmie Lang, which was just ok. Now reading The Worst Journey in the World, about Scott’s South Pole expedition, and Treachery on Tenth Street for when I need a fiction break.
QOTW: Nope, never. There has never been anything I wanted badly enough to deal with crowds. I don’t even like shopping on normal Saturdays if I can help it.
The Stranger Diaries: Harbinder Kaur #1 by Elly Griffiths
Postscript Murders: Harbinder Kaur #2" by Elly Griffiths
It Won't Always Be Like This by Malaka Gharib (good)
Hello, New York: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs by Julia Rothman
Bleeding Heart Yard: Harbinder Kaur #3 by Elly Griffiths
I liked all of the Harbinder Kaur books. I did find it weird the third one had the same quote from the first one and method of murder of the second. I assume it was on purpose but it’s only book three! It was fun how each book was sort of a different mystery novel trope.
I really don’t like shopping at all so no. I don’t even grocery shop on the weekends lol
Post by estrellita on Nov 25, 2022 19:04:13 GMT -5
Finished Love on the Brain. I liked it for the most part, but it was so similar to her other book. And the main character was a little annoying sometimes. Recently started When Women Were Dragons.
QOTW: I went out shopping today for the first time.. maybe ever? We didn't go out until like 10am. Went to Target and it was busy but like a normal weekend day sort of busy. Then we went to an outlet mall and that was crazier. That reminded me of why I don't go out, because there tends to be a lot of dumb people out and I have little patience for it, haha. So, usually I prefer online shopping!
I finished The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron, 4*. While I liked the story it was a little slow at times and I find that I have no real interest in reading the rest of the books in the series for some reason. Maybe if I run out of books to read I'll look into reading them. I am currently reading The Sisters of Night and Fog by Erika Robuck.
Qotw: Growing up it was a mother daughter tradition. I still go out, but usually later in the day with the kids so they can do their Christmas and birthday shopping because there is never any hot sale items we want. This year my daughter and I went to the outlet mall in the morning and besides a few stores it was dead. We stopped at Target on the way home and that wasn't any more busy than normal either. It was actually a really pleasant shopping day.
Post by dearprudence on Nov 26, 2022 16:48:14 GMT -5
Finished The Rehearsals which I liked and Soul of the Deep which was a little disappointing given how much I loved the first.
Started Edgewood, about a musician who agrees to become the court musician for the Wood King in exchange for her grandfather's freedom. I'm enjoying the sense of place it creates, very immersive for the reader.
Started listening to Joan, which is historical fiction about Joan of Arc. So far it's fantastic, but I'm pretty early in since she's only 10 - the battles are still ahead. So it's reading about the life of the people in 15th century France during the war.
QOTW: Are you or have you ever been an in-person Black Friday shopper? I had an amazing friend in high school who used to come pick me up and drag me to the mall. He had this system where we'd go to a store and one of us would get in line while the other shopped, then jump in line with the line-waiter to pay.