What I Read This Week: March 21, 2021
Never Put a Cactus in the Bathroom: A Room-by-Room Guide to Styling and Caring for Your Houseplants by Emily L. Hay Hinsdale and Loni Harris (illustrator)
Advanced copy from NetGalley, Expected publication April 13, 2021 I was drawn to this book by the fun title! I love houseplants and am always looking to up my game, so I was hoping to learn a lot about fine tuning my plant care. And while I did learn a few things, this is definitely a book for beginners. I liked how the author went room by room through a home and gave tips for how each plant could thrive or decline there. I also liked the author’s casual tone. Her writing is straight forward and easy to understand. I recommend this one for beginner house plant enthusiasts.
The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
This is what I call a a literary thriller. It has a mystery component with lots of excitement and surprises. Along with that thread, we get Alexandra’s story. She’s one of the “entertainers” who performs at a bachelor party gone awry. Through her own voice, she tells the reader her story, showing how she ended up in that situation. It’s a heartbreaking story that shocked me at times. The writing is solid and emotional. Some of the content and language is harsh but it’s never gratuitous. Bohjalian is great at bringing humanity to him characters. I highly recommend this for readers of literary fictions and thrillers.
Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Advanced copy from NetGalley, Expected publication April 6, 2021 At the core of this novel are the concepts of family, friendships, marriage, and loyalty. The start had me expecting a suspenseful storyline. Instead it was slow paced, dragged on and on, hopping around in time. I suspect the author was trying to build suspense but it didn’t pan out. I’m surprised this was written by the author of The Nest. I found that novel to be rich and well written. This one missed the mark for me, I can’t say I’d recommend it.
Ice Ice Babies by Ruby Dixon
Book 7.2 in the Ice Planet Barbarians series. Available on Kindle Unlimited. I love these novellas! It brings me so much joy to return to the ice planet and get a glimpse of the daily lives of these characters I’ve grown to care about. I appreciate these books because they take me 100% out of reality. Yet the human women still deal with issues that are relatable. In this story, Nora is struggling to find her groove after giving birth to twins. Her mate is gone almost all the time because he’s feeling the pressure of having a family to provide for. I enjoyed seeing how these Earthly struggles still exist on another planet and were solvable. I highly recommend this series for romance readers looking for something a little different.
*This one is definitely not a standalone. It should be read after Barbarian’s Mate.*