What I Read This Week: May 30, 2021

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I finished three books again this week. This brings my total for May to thirteen books and my total for the year to 82. I may get one more finished before the month is over, though I’m not sure.

I also DNF-ed one audio book this week. I seem to have a lower threshold for what I’ll tolerate in a listening experience compared to reading a physical book.

Here’s a re-cap of my week of reading:

Playing the Palace by Paul Rudnick

Contemporary romance

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First thing I noticed is this book is FUNNY. Like, snort laughing out loud hilarious. Carter is a fabulous protagonist and all I wanted for him the whole time was for him to get his shit together and let himself believe he was deserving of being loved and happy. Prince Edgar is the first ever openly gay royalty and it’s a big deal. He struggles with all the expectations thrust upon him by society and tradition and the desire to please his family. He also needs to learn that he’s worthy of being loved for who he is as a person and not on the surface. One of the coolest characters in the book is the Queen of England. I’ll just leave it at that you’re surprised by her like I was. It’s a fun emotional rollercoaster of a read. It’s generally hopeful and positive, with powerful messages about self love and coming into your own despite others’ expectations. I highly recommend it for readers of romance.

Year Book by Seth Rogan

Memoir/Audio book

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This book is pure joy! I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author, along with a full cast. Rogan’s a talented writer. These essays are honest and humble. His delivery is fantastic, I doubt I would have liked it quite as much had I read the physical book. He’s a regular human navigating some freaking bizarre situations and I love the observation and reflection he brings to each anecdote. A few of the pieces involving other celebrities felt like gossip or name dropping and I didn’t care for that. But overall he does a stellar job of calling out bullshit where he sees it. I especially appreciated Rogan’s sharing about experiencing anti-semitism in both his regular life and in Hollywood. It was truly eye-opening and he writes about it with openness and humor in a way that I doubt many other people could. I highly recommend this audiobook for Rogan’s fans as well as listeners/readers of personal essays and celebrity memoir.

Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley

Contemporary romance

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I had high hopes for this one but it didn’t land for me. Second chance romance is my favorite trope so I enjoyed that aspect of it. Kara and Ryan were together in college. Things ended badly and it’s been ten years since they’ve seen each other. Now he shows up when her best friend is getting married, as part of the wedding party on the groom’s side. I liked how it was a surprise to them both and how they put aside their differences in order to make their friends’ wedding go smoothly. The banter between them is fantastic and funny at times. After that, I found the book pretty problematic. Kara is a romance writer and bookstagrammer. Even though she’s successful, no one in her life takes her chosen profession seriously. Ryan has some charming moments but overall he’s a jerk. I can understand why they were drawn to each other after so long apart. However the final obstacle they face in being together is something I’m surprised a heroine in a romance was able to get past. There are so many other romances out there that are much better so I can’t say I recommend this one. 

Did Not Finish

Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh

Mystery/Thriller/Audio book

I couldn’t get into it and didn’t like the narrator (the character, not the voice actor). It was dragging when I felt it could have gotten to the meat of the story. Also it’s quite bleak and I’m not in the headspace for that right now.

Currently Reading

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