They Call Me the Cat Lady by Amy Miller | Another attempt to find a book similar to “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”!

It was so difficult to sit down and write my review for this book. There are a couple of reasons for that. First of all, it was one of those books that didn’t spark a conversation. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I didn’t like it, but it felt like something I’ve read before, not bringing anything new to the table. And secondly, even though I did enjoy this book, I didn’t feel compelled to make other people read it.

«They Call Me the Cat Lady» was a fun, sad and mysterious book. The plot twists were intriguing and I did want to find out more about Nancy Jones’ past, but at the same time, it wasn’t anything extraordinary.

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The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker | “Isn’t the future always an imaginary thing before it comes?”

If you go into this book hoping to get a thrilling science fiction world setting, you’ll be disappointed. This is a Literary Fiction with just a little bit of a dystopian element that helps to propel the plot forward. This is a book that focuses heavily on characters’ choices, believes, their wishes and dreams. 

«The Dreamers» by Karen Thompson Walker isn’t a book for everyone. Surprisingly, after a very “rough” start, I slowly fell in love with the story and many beautiful quotes.

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Three Ways to Disappear by Katy Yocom | The most stunning debut of 2019!

This ARC has been on my Kindle for a couple of months already. After requesting it on a whim, based on the most gorgeous cover and interesting blurb, I was a little wary to actually read it. I couldn’t be more wrong! 

In this brilliant debut novel, Katy Yocom brings us closer to the fatal reality of the extinction of Bengal tigers, layering her novel with intricate family relationships, and emotionally-gripping journey of two sisters, Sarah and Quinn.  

«Three Ways to Disappear» is by far one of the best Literary Fiction books of this year! With such a powerful first novel, Katy Yocom instantly became my new favorite author, and I can’t wait to see what else she will come up with in the future. 

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Miracle Creek by Angie Kim | A slow-burn courtroom drama!

I did it, guys! I finally managed to finish this book! It only took me… what? two and a half months? 

Maybe I should have DNF’d it as soon as I realized that this book wasn’t for me, which happened at exactly 7% into the book. Or maybe I made the right decision to actually read all of it, so I wouldn’t wonder later on if I misjudged the book. I don’t know. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Right after finishing «Miracle Creek» I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads, but as I sat down to write my review, I thought it would be unfair to the author and the book itself to give it a lower rating when I couldn’t pin any flaws to it, other than “it wasn’t for me”. 

As a result, I won’t be rating the book, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it! 

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Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood |How far will you go to protect your child?

T. Greenwood, the author of acclaimed «Rust & Stardust», is releasing her new novel – «Keeping Lucy» that will be available for purchase on August 6th. I haven’t read T. Greenwood previous works but felt very How far will you go to make things right? How far will you go to protect your child? lucky to receive the ARC of her newest book, especially because «Rust & Stardust» has been on my radar ever since its release last year. 

Set in a world where women were seen primarily as housewives, putting their husbands’ needs above anything else, but also the world that has seen Eleanor Roosevelt appointed the chairwoman, fighting for human rights. The world where women finally received the first slim chances to flourish in the society ruled by men. «Keeping Lucy» focuses primarily on women, women’s right, the possibility of choice and freedom.

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Maggsie McNaughton’s Second Chance by Frances Maynard | My second attempt to find a new favorite!

I desperately keep searching for books similar to «Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine». I would love to experience again the same emotions I felt towards Eleanor and her complicated and messed up life. And I keep falling for the blurbs “for fans of Eleanor Oliphant” and then get disappointed when the book doesn’t live up to my expectations. 

This happened with «Where’d You Go, Bernadette» and now again with «Maggsie McNaughton’s Second Chance» by Frances Maynard. These books weren’t bad! (although, I hated Bernadette with all my heart!). And, in fact, I’d like to read another book by Frances Maynard – «The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr», which sounds way more like something I’ll love.

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Three Beach Reads | Quick Reviews!

The summer has officially begun on the 21st of June, and you might be looking for some new Women’s Fiction / Chick-Lit to bring with you to the beach. Earlier this year, I was in the mood for some quick, light reads and picked up these three novels. Not all of them lived up to my expectations, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t like them!

Let’s begin with the one I liked the most and leave the one I didn’t enjoy for last.

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The Farm by Joanne Ramos | And all the topics the book made me think about!

«The Farm» is the new Literary Fiction novel that most likely will become a bestseller in just a couple of weeks. From the gorgeous cover to the carefully crafted plot, this book immediately stands out from the crowd of newly released adult fiction!

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple | Soo-Lin is the most inconvenient person in the entire world!

Last year I read and LOVED «Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine» by Gail Honeyman. It was by far one of the best books I read in a very long time. And so I went googling. Searching for as many books as possible that would have similar to Eleanor characters. One book that kept coming up in almost every post was «Where’d You Go Bernadette» by Maria Semple.

And based on the fact that (1) it is similar to my other favorite, (2) has an appealing cover and (3) a movie starring Cate Blanchett is coming out in August 2019, I’ve decided to purchase it with high hopes for another favorite.

Imagine all of this excitement that was completely crushed after the first 50 pages of the book!

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The Girls at 17 Swan Street by Yara Zgheib

As much as I think that (1) mental illnesses should be talked about, (2) people should be aware and educated on these topics, and (3) feel free to speak about them to others to help them overcome their struggles, I’m also not usually the targeted audience for the books that are focused on “mental illnesses”. Normally I wouldn’t even pick them up.

«The Girls at 17 Swan Street» sounded like something I might enjoy, and besides, we are bound to leave our comfort zone from time to time. This was my attempt of trying something different, of expanding my reading horizons.

I didn’t dislike it, I didn’t enjoy it either. It was one of those books that once I put down, I didn’t want to pick up again.

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Mr. & Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel | The perfect book to take on vacation!

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A debut novel by Juliet McDaniel is an absurd presentation of a socialite’s life, Maxine Simmons, in the late 60s – early 70s California – Palm Springs. Satirical, witty and VERY addicting – «Mr. & Mrs. American Pie» is a perfect summer read. Don’t need to look any longer if you are hunting for some books to take with you on summer vacations.

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Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee | Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another

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«Empathy: because the commonality among human beings is emotion, and the only way we can bridge our vast discrepancies in experience is through what we feel. Let us be humbled in the knowledge that one may never fully understand the interior lives of others – but let us continue to care.»

This was my third book in just a couple of months that strongly focused on characters and deep emotions. And you know what? I’m loving every second of these experiences. In «Everything Here is Beautiful» we see the story from multiple perspectives – Miranda, Lucia, Manny, Yonah. Their fates forever linked by one deep emotion – Empathy.

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng | Can you plan your life to perfection?

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Shaker Heights, Cleveland, is a community that has been planned out to a tee. It is a stable and safe environment for steady, successful families. Where nothing could go wrong. Or could it?

Surprisingly, I wasn’t interested in reading this book right away. But couldn’t stay strong during all the hype that happened on multiple social media platforms after the release, and had to see for myself what this was all about. Continue reading “Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng | Can you plan your life to perfection?”

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin | What if you knew when you were going to die?

Once you read the final line of the book, flip that last page over and close it with satisfying smile on your face, what is usually the first thing that comes into your mind?

Plot twists?

Events that took place at the end of the story?

Or maybe certain characters?

Honestly, I always found plot-driven stories much more enjoyable to read than the ones focused primarily on character development. Only when I finally had a pleasure to read Chloe Benjamin’s writing, I discovered the incredible world where the separation of plot-driven vs character-driven ceased to exist! Continue reading “The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin | What if you knew when you were going to die?”

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | An astounding tale that sweeps through generations

It is undeniable that «Homegoing» must be included in school literature program! Yaa Gyasi created the most emotional novel. It all started with two half sisters, Effia and Esi, in XVIII century Ghana and then followed generation after generation until our days, and saw the true power of family, of the past, of history.

I would not be lying if I said that I’ve never read anything more beautiful, heart-wracking and touching. She was able to grip my heart and shatter it times and times again, as every new generation went through a series of struggles, poised by the historical settings at that particular time. Continue reading “Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | An astounding tale that sweeps through generations”