So yep, I conducted an impomptu reading challenge! I wanted to see if I could read three books in three days. I decided on Tuesday- Thursday as those are my lighter days during the week. All in all, I was happy with the challenge!
The three books I picked were:
My reviews for these books are as follows:
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publishers for an opportunity to read and review this book. This book comes out on March 16th, 2021.
Author: Adrienne Young
Rating: 3/5 stars
This is the second book in a duology. It was… ok.
We are back with Fable, who is in quite the bind after last book’s cliffhanger. I don’t have qualms about Fable – she is a solid character – she’s tough yet vulnerable. The story was suspenseful and kept me turning the pages. However, I found the story itself problematic. While she definitely comes into her own in this novel, I daresay Fable’s relationships with the men in her life are a bit… toxic. Her father has his own version of what love is – your guess being as good as mine – and her love interest seems possessive and troubled. I’m getting a little tired of the ‘he’s so edgy and has done HORRIBLE things but I see the good in him and he loves me, my love will heal him’ – trope. This trend in YA bugs me as it does not seem conducive to healthy relationships. Reading enough of these books has to leave an impression one would think.
Also, there was the overuse of the word gaze… By about quarter of the way through I was thinking – these people sure do a whole lot of gazing at each other… Just to make sure I wasn’t going crazy, I did a search for ‘gaze at me’ within the book on my Kindle and it shot back twenty results with variations of everybody gazing at everybody. Use. Your. Words. And the resolution left me wondering… why didn’t they just plan to do that in the first place? Could’ve saved at least 50 pages or so. I ended it and was a bit disappointed. Welp, if you want to know how Fable resolves, be sure to pick up your copy on March 16th!
The Four Winds
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited when I was approved on NetGalley for this book… though if I had purchased it, it would have been worth every penny.
This is a story about a woman who lives through the Depression Era while trying to take care of her family. She does not live in one the big cities but in rural Texas and then rural California, shedding light on an experience I knew very little about. The main character Elsa was definitely one of my favorites among Hannah’s characters. This book had me crying multiple times ( though that is not unusual for a Hannah novel). There were so many instances demonstrating how powerful an act of kindness can be when everything is going wrong. One thing – the financial set up of the workers who picked cotton and lived in the ‘town’ constructed by the owner, when you realized how shady everything was – it was downright angering – and reminded me of some business models today. This was well worth a read, the book was hard to put down and the story stays with you.
84 Charring Cross Road
Author: Helene Hanff
Rating: 5/5 stars
This last book is re-read and a shorter book. A pivot when I realized I would not have as much free time as I thought on Thursday. It was my favorite read, it made me smile – just like it did the first time I read it. It contains the real correspondence between an American writer and a book store in England over the course of 20 years. I loved it!
Things I Have Learned from this Challenge:
While there was a feeling of accomplishment, I probably should have paid more attention to the content. The triggering toxicity in the YA novel was draining and the Depression Era story – while inspiring- was a bit of a downer. I think I would like to try this again but pick happier (?) and shorter novels. Definitely shorter – I had already started The Four Winds and it was a struggle to get it done even though I wanted to come back to it. I have collected a list of shorter books I want to read for when I want to do this again.