I have just been in the mood for light and easy reads this week, my darker themed books are giving me evils. I read Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann which seems a bit of a marmite book but I really enjoyed the cynical beyond her years main character. It makes the romance seem all the more sweet when it happens. I liked the charity shop setting and the relationships she forms there too.
On audio I had Beth O’Leary new book, The Road Trip, which I liked more than The Switch. I laughed out loud at the roadside wee incident and, even though I didn’t love the past sections at the start, they end up being important to the story and add a much more serious note in amongst the comedy of errors of the road trip. Trigger warning for sexual assault.
On the other hand Morgan Matson’s new book, Take Me Home Tonight, was a little bit of a let down. There is a very random side story with their friend involving a kidnapping, but then at the end it’s implied it was all made up, but the friend maybe thinks it was real? WTF? Has Morgan Matson reached the stage of success where no one at her publisher tells her no?
That, coupled with the selfishness of Kat, meant I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as her other books. The point is kind of that they realise they are young and naïve and their behaviour is a bit crap, but she was so single-minded and the thing she uses and lies to her best friend for, doesn’t even seem like a good idea. I did enjoy Stevie’s story of bonding with her step siblings and Brad the Pomeranian. I may review this fully when I’ve had a think about it.
So a three-book week is pretty good considering I also did a puzzle:
For the whole puzzle I thought that pirate on the left was on his phone, which wouldn’t have seemed that crazy considering there are dinosaurs, and pirates, and planets, and lions… Hah, I loved it. I think the concept is that the paintings have come alive? It was such a bargain for £7!
Josh made Scully a Whac-A-Corn game:
— Ellie Warren (@patchworkbunny) May 10, 2021
New books acquired:
Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson (ebook)
Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney (ebook)
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala (audio)
In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland
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