What I Read This Week: August 14, 2022

I finished three books this week. Summer really seems to have put a cramp in my reading time!

Husband Material by Alexis Hall

Contemporary romance

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Advanced copy from NetGalley, published August 2, 2022. Book two in the London Calling series. This was a decent romance novel but it didn’t have me all up in my feelings, like I was to be while reading one. Luc and Oliver have been together for over two years now, and all around them, people they know are getting married. So they feel pressured to do the same. This is definitely an interesting look at societal pressures and how/why we succumb to them. It’s also about finding your own identity outside of your family. There’s great humor and some decent swoony moments but overall I found the book too long and slow. I liked it but didn’t love it, though I still recommend it for readers of this author.

Upsy Daisy by Chelsie Edwards

Historical romance

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This book was a SLOG. If it wasn’t for a book club, I would have quit by 20% in. It’s slow paced and too long. The overall story is interesting but it lacked any swoony moments and I never felt emotionally connected to the characters. This is the origin story of one of the characters in Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers series, though it takes place while Daisy is in college in the 1970’s, so not much is in the town of Green Valley. I’ll admit I wasn’t particularly interested in Daisy’s story but I hoped it would be a strong enough romance to pull me in to care about her, but it didn’t. What I did like is the theme of the book which has to do with one’s identity in relation to their family. I don’t recommend this one.

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Non-fiction/Audiobook

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is the story of Elizabeth Holmes and Therenos by the writer who first broke the story. It’s an utterly fascinating and thoroughly researched account of what happened with the company. I had previously watched a documentary on this topic so I wasn’t sure I’d learn anything new but I definitely did! The author has many sources who worked for the company and the details about how they were treated and what went on there are stunning. The audiobook had a good pace and was compelling. I highly recommend this one for people who are interested in this story.

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