What I Read This Week: September 26, 2021

After being in a slump last week, I got my reading mojo back and finished five books this week! That was partly because a couple of them were pretty short, but I’ll take it!

Flower Crowns & Fearsome Things by Amanda Lovelace

Poetry

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Advanced copy from NetGalley, expected publication date October 5, 2021 I’ve read six other poetry collections by Amanda Lovelace and those were all four star reads except one (three stars.) This one feels different than her others, it’s not as cohesive. Each poem is separated from the next by two illustrations which interrupts any chance of flow while reading. Usually her collections have a strong theme but this one felt all over the place. And while I appreciate the undertones of anger present in a lot of her work, here is feels bitter, like some of these poems were written for revenge purposes. Perhaps if I was in a different stage of life, this might have landed differently. It’s not necessarily a bad book but her work is usually so much better, I can’t say I’d recommend this one.

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

Paranormal fiction/audiobook

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This is a collection of short stories following the life of Fred, who has chosen to live his boring life as an accountant after being turned into a vampire. We follow Fred on several adventures as he adjusts to being undead and meets other non-humans. This is such a clever book! I loved the angle of a boring vampire, it’s so different from every other paranormal book I’ve read. Kirby Heyborne’s narration of the audiobook is straight up performance art. I don’t know if I’d have liked the book quite as much if I’d read it on my own. Add to that the sharp writing and dry humor and this was one hell of a listening experience. I highly recommend it!

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazlewood

Contemporary romance

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Three and a half stars rounded up. Overall it’s a very cute romance but the slow burn portion was way too slow. The middle of the book dragged a little. There’s only one sex scene, which bummed me out, but it’s so HOT and lasts for many pages, which seems like a fair trade off! I loved the chemistry and tension Olive and Adam had leading up to them finally getting together. They got themselves into so many awkward situations, a few that made me laugh out loud. I liked them as individuals and especially appreciated how they complimented each other. I highly recommend this one for romance readers.

Attraction by Penny Reid

Contemporary romance

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Book one in the Hypothesis series. This book had me confused and turned on from start to finish! It’s a short, sexy novella that has some Fifty Shades vibes, which I didn’t love, but overall was a quick fun read. Our heroine is a plain Jane who no one notices, until suddenly her very hot, filthy rich chemistry partner does. Now she’s swept up into a fancy new lifestyle. Be warned, this ends with a serious cliffhanger, I’m dying to move on to the next part of the series! I’d recommend this for romance readers who like a traditional alpha male story.

This Jade World by Ira Sukrungruang

Memoir

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Advanced copy from MindBuck Media, expected publication October 1, 2021. This is a powerful memoir about marriage, divorce, and finding yourself again afterward. The narrative moves back and forth from the past to his present on his annual trip to Thailand to visit his family. The switches in time are a little jarring but I got used to them. I appreciate how he was comparing and contrasting the way he felt about his marriage/ex-wife in the past and how that evolved with time. This is also a story about the sacrifices we make in relationships of all kinds. It’s also about learning to believe you are worthy of love and speaking up for what you want. Although I’m a woman, and my previous marriage/divorce was very different from Ira’s, there was a lot about this book that resonated with me. He perfectly captures the roller coaster of an experience. I highly recommend this one for readers of memoir.

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