Show Us Your Books Link-Up: March 2019


Ugh, how is it March already? January was the longest month eveeeeeeeer and now it's already March. Maybe I'm extra confused because after about a month of rain and cold, it suddenly became sunny and over 70 degrees.

This was a great month for books in the sense that I finally got two of the books I'd been waiting on for literal months!




This book is not a surprise to anyone. Sometimes I read a well-loved book and think it's overrated...but I actually really loved this one. It reminded me a bit of To Kill a Mockingbird, just with the sense of race and outsider-ness. Maybe also Bitterroot Landing, in the abandoned-abused-but somehow hopeful way. And afterward there were things that made me go "Hmmm maybe this could have been done better, or now that I think about it I'm not sure about this." But I don't care. It was a great read and story and pulled me in.





I read this in bits and pieces. Partly due to time, and partially due to heavy feelings. I loved reading the first part of the book. Obama is an incredible woman and her story felt very forthright and genuine. Hearing the stories from inside the White House was when it got really difficult. Because...I felt genuine care for the country and respect for the diversity of America and humanity in general that I cannot fathom ever coming from a member of the current First Family. So I would get super inspired and proud and then remember what came after the Obamas and get super bummed out again. And then read more and get inspired by her and then come back down. It's a great book, I'm so glad I read it, but it was more emotional than I expected.

This was a good read. Multiple perspectives and interwoven relationships are currently my thing. This follows a group of women from college to slightly further in life. Some things seem super dramatic, but I appreciate the conversation. It got kind of crappy reads on Goodreads that made me wonder if something was wrong with me that I liked it so much, haha. But I did. Not because I liked all the characters, just because...it kept my interest and I could see good and bad about all the situations.




This is being presented as a duology that's more of a companion to the His Fair Assassin trilogy than a follow-up...and I don't know why. It shares a main character with the trilogy, plus many side characters. It begins almost immediately after HFA ends. READ HIS FAIR ASSASSIN TRILOGY FIRST. That small issue aside, I loved it (because I loved HFA). I'm ready to gobble up the next book (the second in this "duology") already. And my complaint is only because HFA freakin' RULES and this attitude of "Oh it's not a big deal" is silly. Read it all!
Okay now when I go to Goodreads to link to the HFA series, it lists Courting Darkness as Book #4 but also as a separate series. I can't keep up...but read them all. 



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17 comments

  1. I started listening to Becoming this week, after finally finishing Outlander #582910359214562488 (approx).

    I'm also glad you liked Where the Crawdads Sing. I listened to that one and lurrrved the narrator and the story. The twist at the end! Completely unexpected.

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  2. Currently on a waiting list of a zillion to read Where the Crawdads Sing, I'll probably read it in about five years! hahaha

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  3. I meant to get to Crawdads last year but just never got to it. Hopefully soon.

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  4. Michelle Obama's book has such an insane wait list at the library, but I'm still holding out hope that I can get my hands on it soon!

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  5. I really hope to read Becoming soon. I plan on borrowing my mom's copy when she's finished.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  6. oooh good to hear about the crawdads book. i'd heard amazing things but wasn't sure if it was for me - but, the choice was made for me when we picked it for book club next month lol. glad you liked it.

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  7. When I finished Becoming I closed it and started to cry. It really makes you so sad to see how we went from them to what is happening right now. I love her message that there is hope though.

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  8. I loved Crawdads too. I can't WAIT to listen to Becoming whenever the library decides to give it to me :)

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  9. I'm currently reading Crawdads and so far NO ONE has anything bad to say about it! How is that possible!? I'm still worried for myself though! LOL! Two hours into it and it's engaging but not up to the hype just yet. Fingers crossed. I thought Becoming was outstanding!

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  10. I loved Crawdads. I described it as lonely, and it was cool to hear the author state that she wrote it in a lonely period.

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  11. You so perfectly stated why I'm struggling to even start Becoming, even though I'm super excited to read it. But I know it will depress me too because of who currently inhabits the White House and all the division and hate he and his ilk proudly sow. I walk around hugging the book though. :D I read book #1 in His Fair Assassin and need to pick the rest of the series. Of course, my recollection of book 1 is also iffy. Ugh. :D Oh well. The life of a bookworm, right?

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  12. Where The Crawdads Sing and Becoming are both on my TBR list! The wait for them at the library however, is another story! :)

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  13. Every review I read of Crawdads and Becoming make me more and more antsy for my library to get it together so I can pick up my holds. I have been waiting for both since like December.

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  14. I hope to read Where the Crawdads Sing soon, I have heard so many good things!! I'm listening to Becoming right now, and I love it--especially since she reads it herself. You're right about it being emotional though, but that is making me love it more.

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  15. Both Crawdads and Becoming are high on my TBR. Glad to hear you liked them!

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  16. I think I'll read Crawdads after the hype dies down. Then, like you said, I can be more objective?

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  17. I loooved Courting Darkness. I read the His Fair Assassin Trilogy first, and YES I AGREE YOU SHOULD READ IT FIRST!! :) I loved the new one too. So fun to be back in that world. I want to read Crawdads and Becoming! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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