The Hate U Give

I put The Hate U Give on my TBR list ages and ages ago. I reserved it at the library and then put the reservation on hold because I was traveling a lot and knew I wouldn’t be able to read it while traveling. I reactivated the hold and then completely cancelled it because you’ve seen my monthly reading counts – they’re abysmal! I knew I’d need a lot more time and energy to read this than I’ve had for most of the year.

So, September it was. Not an ideal month for this book but I really, really wanted to read it and I was tired of putting it off. I’m so glad I finally read it.

It was just as good as you’ve heard it was. Just as painful. Just as anger-inducing. Everyone should read this. Everyone should talk about it.

#BLACKLIVESMATTER

A House for Happy Mothers

I have a love/hate with A House for Happy Mothers — I didn’t like most of the characters, which made it hard to enjoy the book. I liked the subject (outsourcing surrogacy to India) and thought the story covered a lot of ground rather than just skimming over the top of sensitive and difficult topics. And, you’ll never believe it, I liked the ending.

Run

Woot! A Cybil I loved, loved, LOVED. Run was excellent. Both Agnes and Bo felt like real people. I especially liked the ending — Agnes’s parents behaved true to character rather than tying things up in the perfect happily ever after. (And, I admit I might have shed a tear or two there towards the end.)

PS. Four books in the first four days of the month. How long has it been since I could say that?

Three YA! Yes, THREE!

Considering I read a whopping five books total in August, September is off to an amazing start! Three books down (all YA) and it’s 8amish on 9/4! How awesome is that? (And, today’s a holiday so I should be able to get some more reading in — even though we need to run into a city of some sort where there is a Lowes… anyway, back to the books…)

I read the next two books in the Stranje House series. (Refuge for Masterminds and Exile for Dreamers.) Both were just as good as the first one. Now, how long will it be before we get the next two books in the series?

After that, I read The One Memory of Flora Banks was difficult. I think it’s the mom part of me that read this and just shuddered all the way through it. I kept trying to figure out how I would parent a child who had no short-term memory. (I also wonder how kids feel about this story. I might have to go track down some kid reviews to find out.)

Beach House for Rent

We needed an audiobook so I grabbed Beach House for Rent because we always enjoy a book about a Charleston beach… this one was not our favorite. (But at least there weren’t a bunch of glaring inaccuracies about Sullivan’s Island/Isle of Palms, which happens quite a lot in books about my hometown.)

A School for Unusual Girls

TW said I should read A School for Unusual Girls because it was like a YA Pink Carnation book. She’s right, it is like that. It’s also like a non-steampunk Gail Carriger Finishing School book.

Obviously I enjoyed it.

Totally fun and the next book in the series is waiting for us at the library.

All Summer Long

I’ve read a lot of Dorothea Benton Frank’s books because duh, Charleston beaches. All Summer Long was my least favorite. If I had been able to find another light and easy read on my library cart, I’d have probably quit it about 75 pages in. I just did not like the characters and there wasn’t enough “Charleston” for me.

I ended up liking it slightly better towards the ends but not so much. (My favorite characters were NOT the main characters who moved to Sullivan’s Island. I pretty much hated them both.)

The Two-Family House

I probably would have liked The Two-Family House a little more if I hadn’t figured out the entire story from the 2 page prologue.

Having said that, I did like the ending. It wasn’t all a complete happily ever after, which would have been really screwed up considering the entire storyline.

The Hopefuls

Awhile back, we needed a new audiobook and The Hopefuls caught my eye (mostly because I thought it said it was a Jennifer Crusie book, hahaha.)

It was a little slow for me and I didn’t really like the characters very much, so I never felt compelled to listen to it. I don’t think we listened to it at all during our drive to or from Orlando for BH17… that should tell you something. That’s a long ass drive, lol.

It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t great.

Two if by Sea

I liked Two if by Sea mostly.

I didn’t much like Frank but liked all of the other characters. I also didn’t really grok the “bad guys” all that much. I mean I got it but I think I expected a lot more from them than I got at the end. And the ending was completely predictable, so there’s that.