Show Us Your Books Link-Up: August 2018



Best bloggy day of the month! Linking up per usual with Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books. Been using the hell out of the library and loving it. On to the books!

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
I don't even really know how to talk about this book. It was talked about a lot, probably here on the SUYB link-up...and maybe that was part of the problem. It's bibliophile heresay, but I feel like this would have been a better movie than book. The pacing was just awkward. Also, Alice was somewhat of a manic-pixie-dream-girl in reverse which got annoying after a while.
★★★
 
 
A Tyranny of Petticoats, edited by Jessica Spotswood
This is my favorite book of the month! It is sooooo wonderful. It's a collection of short stories from different YA authors. Each story features a young-ish woman in America, starting around the time of the Revolution and going through the 1970s-ish. Time progresses as you go through the book, but the stories are completely different except they feature women and take place in America. It's such an interesting read and I highly recommend. 
★★★★


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
This was fun, a little cheesy in some parts. Similar in style to something like the Shopaholic or Gossip Girl series in the sense that it's centered around money and class. I thought the mentions of religion were an interesting addition. I'd read the rest of the series, but I'm not in a rush. And will probably see the movie. 
★★★
 

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta
This will be a fun ready for anyone who is a fan of Retta, I love her from Parks & Rec and am trying to figure out how to see her new show Good Girls (not on Netflix or Prime, wtf?!). Didn't know she spent time in NC (Duke graduate) so that was fun. 
★★★


Christian fiction can often be super cheesy and bland to read. This one thankfully is not. I like that it addresses diversity, both within racial/cultural aspects and within the Christian faith (and the intersections of those). It also addresses family dynamics, including foster care/adoption, and sobriety and class and overall I am enjoying it. Will likely read the rest of the series.
★★★

What have you been reading lately? Link-up & let us know!


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15 comments

  1. The Marriage Pact is one of those books that I read last year and can't remember at all! I've had The Yada Yada Prayer Group on my iPad to read for a while now so I'm glad to hear it got such a nice review from you & I'm excited to read Crazy Rich Asians soon. I have it from the library, just haven't made time to start it/finish my current book yet (eleanor oliphant is completely fine)!

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  2. I love Retta. I’m glad to hear her book was good.

    I liled The Marriage Pact but the pace was definitely off.

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  3. I didn't know Retta had a book! That's awesome!
    And I liked The Marriage Pact, but yeah, Alice got kind of annoying

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  4. glad you liked the tyranny book! they have a new one coming out in october or september, i think? halloween related kind of. toil and trouble or something? it's on netgalley if you're on there :)

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  5. Retta's book is on my nightstand and I am so excited to read it! Good Girls is amazing. Try the NBC app or website to watch it. It should be there for free.

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  6. I thought the Marriage Pact was good - I could see it being a better movie than book too. I have Retta's book and Crazy Rich Asians on my list - and adding the Yada Yada Prayer Group!

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  7. I thought Crazy Rich Asians was an absolute hoot! It made me laugh on more than one occasion. I read the second book as well. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the first. All the high end consumer product name dropping got old after a while. Right now I'm not sure I will read the third, but I will definitely see the movie!

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  8. I can't wait for Crazy Rich Asians this weekend! So excited! I believe The Marriage Pact is on my TBR. It gets so hard to remember what I've added and not. :D

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  9. The Yada Yada Group sounds fun, and so does A Tyranny of Petticoats! I wasn't crazy about Crazy Rich Asians, but I feel like it will make a better movie than a book!

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  10. The tyranny of petticoats sounds right up my alley! Adding that to my must read list!

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  11. The Marriage Pact didn't impress me, but I felt like I was in the minority there.

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  12. The Tyranny of Petticoats sounds really interesting, and kind of like Homegoing a little bit, except that it doesn't seem like the characters are linked. I'm definitely adding it to my list!

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  13. I want to read the Tyranny of Petticoats and Crazy Rich Asians. Glad that you enjoyed them! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  14. I read the Yada Yada Prayer Group a few years ago and it was so fun!

    I also really want to pick up Tyranny of Petticoats and Crazy Rich Asians! Although the wait list for CRA is SUPER LONG so I'm tempted to just go out and buy a cheap paperback copy lol

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  15. I'm really looking forward to seeing Crazy Rich Asians - I'm sure it translated very well to the big screen!! I'm the same as you though - it was a fun read but I haven't rushed into the rest of the series yet (though I will at some point).

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