Show Us Your Books October 2018



Last month I was surprised to only have one book, because I DID read a second book! Haha. I read Landline by Rainbow Rowell but somehow the date didn't get saved on Goodreads so I couldn't track it correctly. But I don't see it on any of my SUYB lists over the past few months and I definitely read it recently.

It was a good book, not what I expected...I enjoyed the reality and complexity of the marriage relationship but I did not expect or feel super comfortable with the...supernatural? element. It wasn't a hate-read or anything even close, but I wouldn't recommend it the same way I would Fangirl or Eleanor & Park (my favs from Rowell so far).

I also finished my re-read of Harry Potter (since the last link-up, I finished Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). I didn't read these books when they originally came out- they were literally the only thing I was not allowed to read as a kid. However I watched the movies as a adult and finally read the books a year or two ago. TBH, I'm so glad I reread them because I understood a lot more and enjoyed them...it was somewhat overwhelming the first time and I didn't super enjoy all the little details because I was trying to focus on the plot. The fact that Harry wasn't always speaking as Harry was super confusing last time but this time I understood when it was switching from his viewpoint much better and that helped sooooo much.

Pretty much all of my books this month were all around 3.5-3.75 stars. Each had some slow bits and some really good bits, but weren't as consistent as I personally would have preferred.

FINALLY! I FINALLY READ THIS BOOK! I've seen it everywhere this year and just couldn't get to it, but I did. It was very good and I understand the hype, haha. It was pretty much what I expected, which was a who-dunnit Breakfast Club. I did somewhat guess the ending, or part of it, but probably not until maybe 80% into the book. And there were some parts I didn't see coming or realize how they were connected.

It was an interesting premise but I didn't feel super connected to the characters. However, the last 50 pages really grabbed my attention and that is what makes it more than a standard 3 stars.

This book kind of had two things going on. It was partially about weird celebrity fame culture, which I knew about going in. And this topic was handled well, albeit somewhat on the nose in some sections. Also April May was extremely self-aware but also not working on changing...which was maybe on purpose but IMO if people bother figuring themselves out they usually at least try to change some things so that rang odd to me. But the other part- the Carl mystery part- was actually super interesting and I wanted more of that. Like, I could have read an entire book about that. The two parts weren't exactly disjointed but not weaved together quite as seamlessly as I would have liked.


 The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
This was a wonderful dysfunctional family drama all about relationships- familial relationships, platonic relationships, romantic relationships. It addresses love and family and race and privilege and parenting and aging and I don't even really want to examine why I love it, I just want to sit with it because it was so enjoyable and lovely. Pretty sure I heard about through this link-up, so thank you to whoever it was that originally shared because this was my favorite book of the month.


Life According to Steph

13 comments

  1. I've only read one Rainbow Rowell (attachments), and I did really like it, but I've never been intrigued enough by the synopsis of any of her other books for some reason. I just added The Almost Sisters to my list. I didn't read the entire Harry Potter series until 4 or 5 years ago, but I feel like it's a book you'd get more and more out of each time you read it.

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  2. i liked landline, but felt the same about the 'supernatural' element. it's in the synopsis, i like fantasy books, it just didn't feel like it fit, if that makes sense. glad you liked one of us is lying!

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  3. I still need to read One of Us Is Lying and Landline, and I also want to read Hank Green's book. Thanks for sharing. And re-reading HP is always great because you really do pick up on new things each time.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  4. I liked Landline (not as much as I loved Fangirl!) but the main character, I thought, brought soooo much of that on herself.

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  5. I've read 3 Rainbow Rowell books and while I loved them and this is on my TBR, I have been putting it off due to those supernatural elements! I've read similar reviews about the Hank Green book and though I'd still like to read it, these reviews are not helping me bump it up any. I just added One of Us Is Lying to the holds list at my library this morning!

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  6. I loved One of Us is Lying too! The Almost Sisters sounds really interesting. I’m going to add it to my list :)

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  7. I loved one of us is lyin for what it was even though I predicted the end.

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  8. I have One of Us is Lying and will get to it... soon. :)

    My feelings were similar about Landline. At the time when I read it, it was uber popular and EVERYONE and their brother seemed to be raving about it. I read it, I liked it, but it didn't blow me away. It was an intriguing premise.

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  9. I liked, not loved, Landline. Attachments and E&P are still my favorites by her.

    I need to read Hank's book. Given my undying love for John Green, it's only fair that I read his brother's book.

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  10. I really liked E&P but Attachments and Fangirl underwhelmed a bit so I've avoided Landline to be honest. One of Us is Lying is on my TBR, someday I'll get to it! :D

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  11. Not a Rainbow Rowell fan.

    I enjoy Joshilyn Jackson books.

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  12. Landline is my least favourite by Rainbow Rowell. I think my favourite is maybe Attachments and then Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Almost Sisters is on my never-ending TBR list haha.

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  13. I couldn't get through Landline. Thanks for the rec on Almost Sisters. Enjoy your weekend.

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