What I Read This Week: February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re having a nice weekend, staying warm and safe wherever you are.

Here’s a summary of what I read this week:

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

Contemporary Fiction/Magical Realism

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Read for my While I Was Reading Challenge category a book with alliteration in the title. This wasn’t my favorite from this author though it was still good. All of SAA’s novels have a dreamlike quality and this one does so in such a beautiful way. This is a story about grief and loss, about recovering and looking forward, but also explores what it looks like when we can’t move on. As SAA does so well, she shows how there is magic hidden in everyday life. The imagery in this book is story, the sights and smells of the lake were clear to me. It’s a slow burn that’s enjoyable all the way through. I recommend this one for readers of literary fiction and magical realism.

Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez

Contemporary Romance

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Advanced copy from NetGalley, expected publication April 6, 2021 This is the third book in my all time favorite romance series. It isn’t directly connected with the others and can be read as a stand alone, but those books are amazing so you should read them too!  

I read this entire book in one day, which is a rarity for me. Abby weaves together joy and sadness in her novels unlike any other author I’ve read. This is a book about a young woman determined to live life on her own terms. Then family issues intrude on her plans and she has to decide if she’s willing to take a different path. This book made me laugh out loud and also had me near tears a few times. It’s a beautiful emotional rollercoaster. I highly recommend it for readers of romance.

Neanderthal Seeks Extra Yarns by Penny Reid

Contemporary Romance

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Book eight in the Knitting in the City Series. This book is a collection of deleted scenes and extra content from the previous seven books. The content itself was fun to read, but it was jarring to jump back into those other stories and hop around in time. These aren’t bad segments at all, though I don’t think they’re necessary to enjoy the series.

Did Not Finish

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Thriller/Audiobook

I quit this audiobook at 40% because I couldn’t get into it, and didn’t care about the story or characters. I suspect if I felt this way almost half way in, that wouldn’t change. I’m attributing the majority of my opinion to the audiobook narrators. The male voice didn’t fit with the character, sounded too young. The female voice was slow and sounded like she was reading most of the time. There wasn’t much emotion/emphasis from either of them.

Currently Reading 


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