January 2020 Reading Roundup

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This was a fun little graphic book about things that book lovers do, have, and think. I could totally relate and it was great as a little sorbet between other things.

Full Steam Ahead

I actually really like this author and lots of her things appear for free on Kindle Unlimited. The female protagonist was strong in her own right and could and did save the male protagonist. He works with her so that she comes to know that she doesn’t have to sacrifice herself to save the day. The main tensions are external, which makes it easier to root for the protagonists.

My Darling Duke

This book was a good example of telling and not showing. There were often many words when I needed images instead. I got the audiobook without listening to a sample and the reader is good, but her voice is a little too soft for me.

I have mixed feelings about the ending. I’m glad for the people involved and what they can have together; however, I think it’s okay to have an HEA without everything resolving to perfection.

Assassination Vacation

I started this book years ago, but I was in a position to finish it. I’m always interested in how Sarah Vowell’s mind works and this book did not disappoint.

The Bromance Book Club

After I read the library copy, I went out and bought this for my husband. I legit thought this book might help him understand me.

41z5ooh5bxl._sx331_bo1204203200_Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Book about grammar, punctuation, and general language use? Yes, please. Recommended to me by my librarian and it did not disappoint. It is a little inside-baseball- much more than Eats, Shoots, and Leaves.

The #metoo Reckoning: Facing the Church’s Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct

Reviewed here.

 

No Whisk No Reward

Another SmartyPants Romance in the Green Valley/Penny Reid/Winston Brothers world. I liked it. The conflict was a little drawn out and artificial feeling, but I was happy with the resolution. I like this world and I’m very impressed with the generosity of Penny Reid to expand the universe for other authors to use as a launching platform.

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

This book has so much interesting information. I highly recommend the audiobook because the narrative performances really paint a picture! The last chapter was new info to me and I was glad I finally finished this book.

Dad is Fat 

Re-read this favorite from Jim Gaffigan

41osk2bhkpgl._sy346_Red, White, and Royal Blue

This book needs its own review. Female POTUS? Young first love gay romance? Interesting thoughts on grief, coming out, and political realities? And more?! This is truly the book my heart needed in this first month of 2020. The story really frames the limitations of saying you love a person, but expecting nothing to change- internally or externally. I wept with joy at the end.

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