Weekly Wrap-up | Books

Week of February 6th – 12th

10 Total

6 Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
1 Fairy Tale Retelling
1 Picture Books

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Books I read this week:

Happily Ever Afters by Melanie Cellier
⭐️⭐️ I was not very happy with this retelling. I don’t know what I was hoping for but this wasn’t it.

When the Grits Hit the Fan by Maddie Day
and
Biscuits and Slashed Browns by Maddie Day
⭐️⭐️⭐️ I am not sure why but part of me likes this series and the other part doesn’t but I somehow feel compelled to continue reading it. So I think both are only ok at best.
Please someone help me!

The Loyal Wife by Natalie Barelli

The Ghost and the Leprechaun by Bobbi Holmes
and
The Ghost Who Lied by Bobbi Holmes
Books 12 and 13 of The Haunting Danielle Series
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Both of these are great! If you’ve been with me very long I’m sure you’ve already seen me mention this series before. It is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I definitely recommend you check them out if you haven’t already. Then, come check in with me to let me know what you thought. I always love getting your thoughts on books I read/reviewed.

Betty Before X by Ilasah Shabazz
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I am surprised by this book. I had very low expectations and didn’t think I would enjoy this at all. However, I did find myself enjoying it. I loved seeing the perspective of a child’s world in the early 1900’s. Finding out that it is based on Shabazz’ grandmother was very interesting.

I read this for Litsy’s Middle Grade Buddy Read. However, I do think I will be passing on any future books on race, racism and the like for a while because that is all any of the reading groups I follow or participate in are interesting in reading for a while now and it is getting to where most all of them are the same. While this one was an exception, I will likely be creating my own buddy reads for anyone who would like to read something else with a happier tone to it. Let me know if you would be interested.

The Lost Son by
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I will have a full review coming soon. I really enjoyed this! I highly recommend checking it out if you love a story about betrayal, a lost son, a mothers love and determination, love, a beloved father, death and more set during the time of the Holocaust but not focusing on it so much. This will be release on March 14, 2022 so if you enjoy historical fiction with a bittersweet ending then definitely go preorder it here.

Picture books read this week:

Sydney & Taylor and the Great Friend Expedition by Jacqueline Davies and Illustrated by Deborah Hocking
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Read my full review here. This book will be releasing on March 8, 2022 so go preorder it now! I think this is such a cute and inspiring story for young children who are wanting to make friends and perhaps haven’t have much luck. This is the 3rd in this series but it is not necessary to read them in order.

Books Currently Reading:

The Replacement Wife by Darby Kane
So far I am really into this book. I am just waiting to see what happens next.

The Fasting Fix by Andreas Michalsen, MD, PhD
So far I have listed to 52% of this book and it has barely mentioned fasting at all. Most of the whole book is about how you should avoid meat and lots of whole grains and veggies. Not exactly what I was looking for when I wanted a book about fasting. I’m not sure if I will finish reading this one.

I’ve done Keto diet for most of the last 3 years. I was looking into fasting to help me with my blood sugar levels and while fasting I decided to pick up some books on the topic to help motivate me to stick with it. However, this book talked a lot about food and was not a great pick for someone trying to fast. With being this far in and the book only mentioning 2 sentences about fasting in the first 40 pages wasn’t motivation for me. So I had set this down and we will see if it just gets returned to the library or if I try to finish it first.

If you are looking for better books on fasting, I would recommend Life in the Fasting Lane and The Diabetes Code by Dr. Jason Fung.



Tentative book plans for the coming week:

The Tsarina’s Daughter by Ellen Alpsten

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

Persians by Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

The Night Thief #1 by Nicole Lesperance

The Dream Spies #2 by Nicole Lesperance

Would You Rather? Family Challenge Edition by Lindsey Daly

Last Breath by Karin Slaughter

Eggnog, Extortion & Evergreen #14 by Tonya Kappes

The Heart Forger #2 by Ron Chupeco

Reread One Poison Pie by Lynn Cahoon

Reread The People Next Door by Keri Beevis

What did you read this week?



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