‘Read’y Reviews

Oh my god, I’m finally caught up on reviews… for now! Woohoo!

–Marissa

Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz has such a great structure (even on audio). This is the story of a murder of a girl in New York City… told by the woman who found her, and the girl herself. Sounds weird, but so works. This is part murder mystery, part cautionary tale, part coming of age, and part just… sad. I was drawn into listening to this every second I could!

The Personal Assistant by Kimberly Belle had a great set up (Insta influencer’s personal assistant derails her career), but it was a swing and a miss. I was bored, annoyed, apathetic and ended up skimming the end. Wrong book, wrong time?

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier tells the present story of a possible murder, and the definite murder of a woman years ago, and how they might be tied together. We’ve got celebrity, secrets, stripping, old friends and new enemies, and a lot to unpack between these two murders. A solid listen.

Enchantment by Katherine May is the follow-up to one of my favorite non-fiction reads (I never re-read, but I’ve read it like four times!), Wintering. I was SO looking forward to it, and while I still love May’s writing, this one wasn’t the lightning in the bottle for me like Wintering was. Contemplative and quiet, but not earth-shattering for me.

A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams is the latest ‘Bromance Book Club’ series novel, and it’s CHRISTMASSY! The Grinch (Gretchen) meets Little Mary Sunshine (Colton), and sparks fly, but not necessarily in a good way. If you like the other novels in this series, you’ll love this one too!

The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly by Margareta Magnusson is exactly that – an essay-but-essay guide to how to age gracefully, meaningfully, and with joy. Read this paired with her previous work, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning.

Excuse Me While I Disappear by Laurie Notaro spoke to my very soul. 😀 I’ve been reading Notaro since my twenties, and as we’re in the same generation, everything she says about growing older resonated in the most hilarious and warm way. I’m all in on this essay collection!

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