Show Us Your Books Link-Up: May 2020


Hello, fellow readers! Hope you are doing well. I didn't link up last month, for the first time in what feels like literal years, due to the COVID pandemic. Mostly because, when I began staying home in March...I stopped reading new things. Part of me feels like I have handled all this very well, but for a while I could not read new material. That is a sure sign of something being wrong in my life.

I've learned over the years that when my brain is feeling...overwhelmed, I can't take in new stories. Or if they are new, they must be the lightest and fluffiest of stories that I feel absolutely no investment in/don't take very seriously. Instead of reading anything new, I finished rereading the last 2.5-3.5 books of Harry Potter...again. None of these felt like a good option for a SUYB post, and to be honestly I didn't really want to read any other posts either. Sorry, but I knew I wouldn't be in the head space to actually track or focus on the recommendations, so I took the month off from blogging and reading along with everything else.

Thankfully I finally found my stride and have since read a few new things (if you think I didn't consider just starting back at Sorcerer's Stone for HP though...you're wrong).



Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

This book was...interesting. I enjoyed the story, even though occasionally the waiting for the two timelines to meet up make me impatient. But, I keep reading these types of stories so obviously I don't mind too much. Would recommend if you like other Chamberlain books.
★★★★

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

This book was not the usual Jackson story...it was still good, and still compelling, but the...twist was really not something I was prepared for. Not sure that it was necessary. It also still felt a little random, both that big twist and how things would have gotten started anyway...but still a decent read. Just be ready for something deserving of a trigger warning. It wasn't the worst or super explicit, but it was icky. According to Goodreads, I rated it 5 stars...I always rate right after reading, so now I might bring it down to four but clearly I liked it.
★★★★★

#IMomSoHard by Kristin Hensley & Jen Smedley

Funnily enough, I rated this 4 stars and would probably now move to 5. These ladies are hilarious and I'm super jealous of their friendship.
★★★★

Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon

Finally fell down the Outlander hole. I love a good series and to avoid falling back into the HP trap, I picked this one. Enjoyed it, definitely see what the fuss was all about.
★★★★



What have you been reading lately? Link-up and let us know!
Life According to Steph

14 comments

  1. I recall a few trigger-warning moments from Never Have I Ever...I can't think of an icky one? But yeah, I had trouble putting that one down.

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  2. My reading has been all over the place as well. I totally understand :(

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  3. I read Outlander and I believe the second book as well. I'm not entirely sure why I stopped beyond the fact the books are monster-sized and my library maybe only had physical copies (or the wait for e-copies was scary long). When I need comfort, old books are my favorite too because you know they will satisfy you. HP always brings me comfort.

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  4. hmm your review of never have i ever intrigues me as that is the only one of hers i've read and while i liked it, it didn't blow me away. but i might check out another of hers if that's not her normal style.

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  5. I find some days I can pick up my book and read for hours and other times I just could not focus on anything. That Diane Chamberlain book has been on my list for months! I can't wait for my library to open back up.

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  6. I love the mom so hard girls! I watch all their youtube stuff and am about halfway through their book. Joshilyn Jackson is one of my favorites. I agree that one wasn't her usual, but I still enjoyed it. I haven't jumped on the Outlander train yet.

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  7. You are so right about the icky ending to Never Have I Ever. Yet I still gave it 4 stars, too!

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  8. Glad you had some nice reads recently! I had a hard time focusing on reading at first, but I'm getting better. Still hit or miss some days, but it happens.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  9. Never have I Ever is going on my TBR list!

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  10. I loved the Joshilyn Jackson. I usually do.

    Reading has been difficult for the first time in my life. All other things I've read through.

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  11. Ooh Outlander! I read that years ago but I would love to revisit it. I've read the first four maybe in the series but I kind of lost interest. And I also loved Never Have I Ever.

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  12. I've read the first few Outlander books. While I enjoy them, I can also somehow always walk away. It's weird. I think I'm partway through the 4th book. Glad you're feeling like reading and engaging a bit more again. Quarantine can be lonely. Take care of you and yours!

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  13. Outlander on audiobook brought me soooo much joy. It's the only way I made it through all millionty books. The narrator is just so good.

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  14. My brain goes back and forth on handling books. I cannot handle nonfiction right now, which is unusual for me.

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