What I Read This Week: June 12, 2022

Yesterday I was traveling home from the Huntington’s Disease Society of America‘s annual convention, so I wasn’t able to get my post up. I still want you to see what I read last week, so here’s my post a day late!

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What I Read This Week: June 12, 2022

Tough by Terry Crews

Memoir/Audioook

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a beautiful memoir. Terry is honest and vulnerable when it comes to every facet of his life. He talks about his abusive traumatic childhood, his journey to the NFL and then to Hollywood, including his role in the #MeToo movement. While it definitely has tragedy and sadness, overall I found his story to be one o hope and inspiration. He is setting a stellar example of not only how to be a man, but how to be a compassionate human in the world we live in. I appreciate his candidness about his past and struggles. I listened to the audiobook read by Terry and he did a great job. It was such an enjoyable listen. I highly recommend this one for readers of memoir and current issues.

Happy Go Lucky by David Sedaris

Non-fiction/Essay collection

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Of course this was enjoyable because it’s David Sedaris, but it had a different tone from his previous work. It’s heavier than usual. Which make sense, because most of the essays focused on the COVID pandemic or the death of his father. It’s obvious that he had been waiting until now to publish a few of these pieces. It’s not my favorite of his but it’s still very good. He has such an amazing ability to find dark humor in everyday life. I also appreciate his willingness to say the things the rest of us are thinking but don’t say out loud. I highly recommend this for Sedaris fans, it’s not the best starting point if you haven’t read him before.

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

Contemporary fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is my book club‘s June selection. I went into this expecting a romance novel but it is not one. It has some romance elements but this is more about Nina’s life as a single woman and her journey through relationships. It’s also about the phenomenon of ghosting and looks at what people deal with when it happens to them. I liked that aspect of the story, it was unique. The writing is strong and the characters are well developed. I recommend this one for readers of contemporary and “women’s” fiction.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Young Adult/LGBTQ+/Audio book

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What an interesting and powerful novel! I was hesitant to read it because I’m death phobic but I’m glad I did. It definitely made me anxious about death and it also inspired me to have fun and live fully. The entire book takes place in the course of one day. Shortly after midnight, both Mateo and Rufus receive calls from Death Cast altering them that this will be their last day alive. We follow them through this day. For a book where you know the ending in advance, this is intense and emotional. I couldn’t put it down! I started listening to the audio book and then switched to my physical copy so I could get through it faster. I highly recommend it for audio book listeners and readers of young adult stories.

As Seen on TV by Meredith Schorr

Contemporary romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Advanced copy from NetGalley, publication June 7, 2022 This is a charming, funny, spicy romance novel, I enjoyed every minute of it! Adina is an aspiring journalist who is obsessed with Hallmark movies. When she hears about a big developer moving into nearby small town, she becomes convinced this is the story that will kickstart her career. Then she gets to the small town and things are not as she expected. It was hilarious to see her having realize experiences when she was expecting a fantasy land. Adi and Finn were great characters both together and separate. They each had a journey that was necessary to complete before they could be together and I always appreciate that in a romance novel. I highly recommend this one for romance readers.

Set on You by Amy Lea

Contemporary romance

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a bit of a disappointment. Based on reviews, I expected to like it more. The premise is good but it falls flat in spots. Crystal is a “curvy” fitness influencer and personal trainer. She’s built her following preaching about self love and body positivity. Then she starts dating a hot fire fighter and the online trolls make her question everything about herself. I liked the enemies to lovers journey, but I didn’t like Crystal that much. There was something about her response to the situations she found herself in that was too dramatic for me. Overall this was a fun read and had some swoony moments but it’s not a favorite and I wouldn’t recommend it.

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