Show Us Your Books Link-Up: January 2020

It's the first SUYB of a new decade! Whoo hoo! Looking forward to lots and lots of good books in the upcoming year/s.

After rereading sounds like I haven't liked any of my recent reads. But they were all good! Nothing that I absolutely loved but very strong reads.

The Books

The Sisters of Glass Ferry by Kim Michele Richardson
This book was good...not necessarily I wanted but good. My one complaint is that the word Kentucky is used way too much. The state of Kentucky, the river named Kentucky, Kentucky whiskey...I get it. It's about Kentucky. Sadly this is a trope of a lot of Southern novels...either because we have a chip on our shoulder and feel the need to defend, or because we are still thought of as "other" by so much of the country that it's important to reminder non-Southerners every five seconds so they don't loose the vibe of the story. Either way, if you remove half of the times that shows up it would be a better book IMO. Still worth reading, just...ya know, personal gripe.

 This was a more fun, slightly creepy in a Stepford-ish way. I did not suspect the true identity of Isabelle and was a little blindsighted. The end wasn't exactly wrapped up in a way that I loved, it was still a great book. TBF I have issues with the endings of a lot of maybe I just get upset when things I like end?

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
As expected, this was a good read. Is it Evelyn or Daisy level? No. But it was a good read. It switches back and forth between two "lives" of one character...really between two possible lives, showing the two different paths a life can take based one single choice. Interesting to see the things TJR let stay the same between the two options, and what she made seem almost trivial or easily swapped. I liked one story better than the other...but enjoyed both. Each chapter was both exciting and frustrating because I wanted to keep the current story but also check back in with the other interesting experiment.

This book was...hard. It was long, and simply written. Which is fine...but I prefer slightly more emotion, and even the emotional parts were laid out somewhat matter-of-factually. Which is sometimes good to read and sometimes not as fun to read. The span of the main character's long. So painful, and also joyful. So strong, and so...random, regarding the occurrences and who survived and who did not. So far this review doesn't sound like I like it, but I did! It just had a lot to chew on, and I'm not done yet. If some books are light and fluffy like cotton candy, this was more like a steak. 

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi
Oh, boy. This is a complicated one. Here's the thing: I did not like reading this book. It did not immediately pull me in like the first book of the series. did what it did really well. Like any good dystopian was intense. And super frustrating at times. But what it did an excellent job at is beautifully expressing the ways our personal feelings and viewpoints can have drastic effects. It is a war, and war is uncomfortable.


This is another one that was a slow burn- after three in a row, maybe it was me! I was actually thinking of not even continuing the series (#3 should come out sometime this month)...but by the end I was sucked in. TBF, had I went back and read #1 I probably would have liked this more. But some things were foggy. It's very much a "whodunit" YA...and I like those books but sometimes I just don't feel like analyzing everything, so it's a slow burn until the character completely figures it out and tells me what's going on, haha.

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  1. I have been seeing a few different people reading that Sally Hepworth book. Adding that to my library request list now!

  2. I felt exactly the same way about Maybe in Another Life.
    I've tried to read Lisa See a few times and I just can't get into her writing style. I'm sure it's just me since everyone loves her books.

  3. i loved maybe in another life! but i read it before evelyn or daisy came out, so i'm not sure i would have as much otherwise? because now i expect those kinds of books from TJR lol. but i did love that one. your review for children of virtue and vengeance has me super intrigued... i'm hold at the library. i have that maureen johnson series on my list!

  4. I just started Children of Virtue and Vengeance and haven't been pulled in yet either- so glad to hear I'm not the only one! It doesn't help that I read the last one when it first came out, and now I'm having a hard time remember exactly where everyone left off! I read Daisy and decided I want to read TJR's backlist, but I'll probably start with Evelyn. This one sounds a lot like that movie Sliding Doors with Gwyneth Paltrow.

  5. The Family Next Door was my favorite I've read by her!

  6. The Family Next Door sounds intriguing, I haven't heard of this author before.

  7. The matter of fact nature and emotion-less aspects of Sea Women are reflective of the culture in the book and a mark of superb writing. It was definitely a steak!

  8. TJR's earlier books definitely aren't as good as her most recent, but they're still worth the read.

  9. I really enjoyed Maybe in Another Life and The Family Next Door. I've read a lot of both of these author's books and have enjoyed almost all of them. I see you read a couple of series books....I've been trying to stay away from them. It's so hard to keep up and keep the stories straight until the next book.

  10. I still need to read something by TJF. I'm glad you still enjoyed these overall even if you weren't head over heels in love with any.


  11. Maybe in Another Life sounds very interesting. I haven't read any of her other books yet; maybe this will be my first ;) Thanks for sharing!

  12. I want to read The Family Next Door.
    I have Truly Devious on my shelf. Hoping to get to it soon.

  13. Maybe in Another Life was my first and favorite TJR. I think she's the best when she writes about real people (another blogger also said that, and it really stuck with me).
    I just got The Family Next Door yesterday!