What I Read This Week: March 14, 2021
Last week I was bummed because I’d only finished three books. Well, this week I finished three and I’m totally okay with it. If this is the pace I need right now, I’m not going to question my instincts.
In response to feeling burnt out on reading, I’ve been doing other things to fill my time and my brain. I’ve been playing video games, watching shows, and have gotten back into a fitness routine. I’ve also taken on some work managing social media for a friend’s business. For a while there (hello pandemic) my life was almost nothing but reading, and it may swing back that way from time to time. For now I’m content having a lower number of books read and spreading my time across multiple pursuits.
Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan
Advanced copy from Edelweiss+, expected publication April 6,2021 Naomi is a retired porn star who gets talked into teaching a seminar on modern intimacy at a Jewish synagogue. If that isn’t the most brilliant plot for a romance novel, I don’t know what is! I’m beyond impressed that novels with characters who are sex workers are mainstream! Danan’s writing is clever and concise. She gets straight to the point with compassion, humor, and plenty of steam. The sex positivity in this book is wonderful. The tension between the two main love interests builds in an incredibly sexy yet tender way. I loved everything about this story and highly recommend it for readers of romance, though I suggest you read The Roommate first.
Marriage and Murder by Penny Reid
I absolutely loved this book in every way. It was a comfort to return to Green Valley and the Winston family. This book is much more solidly a mystery than the first in the series. I was shocked by several twists in the story and laughed out loud plenty of times. This is also a very sexy book for a murder mystery! I appreciate how Penny shows that her characters struggle with real life situations like feeling guilty for being horny while in a state of grieving. Her characters and her stories perfectly capture the messiness of real life. I recommend this series for readers of cozy mysteries and romance. You must at least start with Beard Science before you tackle the mysteries.
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
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I generally don’t care for prequels so I had my expectations fairly low for this one and was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this story. Angie writes a male protagonist so well. Maverick is a complicated character with a hard life and good intentions. I love characters who represent real life like that. Her writing is phenomenal in every way. With all this being said, it wasn’t quite a five star read for me. The pace is slow throughout and when I finished I was left wanting more. I highly recommend this one for Thomas’ fans and for YA readers.