Saturday, June 23, 2018

June Book Haul (3)

For Review:
Vox by Christina Dalcher
The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
The XY by Virginia Bergin

After the Fire by Will Hill
Phoebe Will Destroy You by Blake Nelson
Sanctuary by Caryn Lix

500 Words or Less by Juleah Del Rosario
The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

From the Library:

Violent Ends
Hate List by Jennifer Brown

What books did you get this week?

Friday, June 22, 2018

A Subpar Gatsby Retelling

30653956Title: No One Is Coming to Save Us
Author: Stephanie Powell Watts
Publisher: Ecco
Release Date: April 4, 2017

The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream.
JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina to build his dream home and to woo his high school sweetheart, Ava. But he finds that the people he once knew and loved have changed, just as he has. Ava is now married, and wants a baby more than anything. The decline of the town's once-thriving furniture industry has made Ava's husband Henry grow distant and frustrated. Ava's mother Sylvia has put her own life on hold as she caters to and meddles with those around her. trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia's undeserving but charming husband, just won't stop hanging around.
JJ's newfound wealth forces everyone to consider what more they want and deserve from live than what they already have-and how they might go about getting it. Can they shape their lives to align with their wishes rather than their realities? Or are they resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.

I had to read this book for my English class, and I fairly enjoyed it, though it was hard to get through at times.

what i liked
  • It's a Gatsby retelling! The Great Gatsby is my favorite classic, so it was awesome to read something that was loosely based off the story.
  • The characters. There were a whole lot of characters, whom I all found to be pretty interesting. I wasn't bored with any of the characters, ever.

 what i disliked
  • The book wasn't interesting. It never really held my attention. Yes, I liked the characters, but the plot itself was just so slow-moving. I felt like nothing was really happening. However, this may be because we had to read it over the course of a few weeks, which may have caused me to lose interest in the book. 
  • I was distracted by the fact that this book was a Gatsby retelling. I think that may have also made me lose interest, because the whole time I was trying to connect characters to their Gatsby counterparts. I couldn't even really see all the connections that were brought up during my class. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Little Moments of Love | Review

Title: Little Moments of Love
Author: Catana Chetwynd
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Source: Netgalley

Soppy meets Sarah's Scribbles in this sweet collection of comics about the simple, precious, silly, everyday moments that make up a relationship.
What began as stray doodles on scraps of paper became an internet sensation when Catana Chetwynd's boyfriend shared her drawings online. Now, Catana Comics touches millions of readers with its sweet, relatable humor. Little Moments of Love collects just that-the little moments that are the best parts of being with the person you love.
I downloaded this one on a whim from Netgalley. It was available to read now, so I couldn't help myself. It was so worth it!

-what i liked-
  • The drawings! This is basically a whole bunch of little comics, and the drawings are too cute. There's even an adorable one on the cover!
  • It's so relatable to anyone who has ever been in a relationship. I began to love Catana and her boyfriend; they go through the same things that everyone else does! 
  • It's funny. There are so many cute little humorous parts throughout the comics. 

-what i disliked-
  • I wish it were longer. I wanted there to be more! I kept trying to flip the pages even though there wasn't anything else.