What I Read This Week: November 8, 2020

Hello and welcome to my new weekly feature!

Instead of one long post reviewing my reads each month, I’ll be posting every Sunday with my reads for that week. You’ll still get a monthly post that will focus specifically on my favorite reads of the month.

Here’s a look at my week in reading. I finished four books, and I’ve included the ones I quit as well as what I’m reading now.

Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid

Contemporary romance

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This is book 1.5 in the Knitting in the City series. I liked this much better than book one. Just five months into dating, Quinn is ready to marry Janie. She has different ideas about what should happen in a relationship before a wedding. This was a fun read that gave us a lot more insight into the characters than the previous book. I recommend this for readers of romance only after Neanderthal Meets Human.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Young adult fiction/romance

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I read this for Country Book Shelf‘s Reading Challenge category of book with 20 or twenty in the title. There were parts of that were sweet and meaningful, and the rest of it felt juvenile. Yes, I realize this is a YA novel, but there is a ton out there that don’t necessarily feel that way. Anna suffers so much by not talking about what’s going on in her life, which was hard to watch. What I loved about the book was Anna giving herself permission to love again, and finding her own identity seprarte from her best friends. There so much YA out there that’s stronger, I can’t say I recommend this one. 

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Contemporary fiction/romance

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I read this for my While I Was Reading 2020 Challenge category of a book with a month in the title. This is a love story about characters continue to meet up on the date over the span of several years. I’m not one to cry while reading, but if I was this book would have done it for me! I definitely was feelings LOTS of feels. I appreciate that this isn’t a typical love story. The two characters are on their own journey separate from each other, which gets more and more intertwined as the years go on. I found it a fair representation of young love and coming into adulthood. I highly recommend this one for readers of contemporary fiction and romance, though I recommend readers try the physical copy before the audio.

Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s by Tiffany Midge

Non-fiction Personal Essay

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I chose this book after hearing Tiffany’s writing compared to that of David Sedaris, and I found it to be a fair comparison. The essays in this collection are focused specifially on her life, and those of other modern Native Americans. She tackles sterotypes and racism with honesty and twisted humor. I laughed out loud in some parts and was saddened by others. While definitely entertaining, this was also an eye opening reading experience for me to have a look into the minds and life of Native Americans on current issues. I highly recommend this one for readers of essays, humor, and memoir.

DNF’s this week (Did not finish)

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Non-fiction Personal Essay

The first essay in this collection shares its title with the book and is extraordinary. The essays that followed seemed mediocre in comparison. By page 80, I didn’t want to continue reading. I decided to set it aside and return to the rest of the essays at another time.

The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater by Alanna Okun

Non-fiction Personal Essay

DNF on p50. I appreicate the idea of these essays, life lessons the author learned through examples of crafting. The first couple pieces were fun to read, then the writing felt redundant. I think I’d enjoy this more if I knitted, even though I do other crafts.

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