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March Reads Part 1

I had a good mix of books this month but never got around to writing about any of them – where in the world did March go?! So here are the first 3 I read this month. Check them out and let me know what you think!

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward was ok. It’s the story of a family who stays in touch but does not communicate very well and the mother decides they all need to go on a international cruise together. They don’t talk about the past or really anything personal even though things are always looming over their heads. Needless to say, the trip does not go well. I really just felt sorry for everyone in the story and also felt very thankful for my family. It was a quick read and easy to get through (nothing to really focus on or think about) so if you just need something to get you by this summer, check it out!

Majesty by Katharine McGee is the second book in her American Royals series and it was just as entertaining as the first, American Royals. America has it’s first queen but Beatrice has the biggest adjustment of all as she tries to navigate a man’s world of being in charge while also trying to please everyone. Imagine that! There is of course family drama, friend and relationship drama, and no missing the hints of how paparazzi functions in real life when it comes to a royal family. These are just entertaining books, especially if you like or are intrigued by royals. This is obviously fiction but there’s enough out there now about royal families that it’s not too far from the truth. But definitely the first book before reading this one!

Next I did a complete 180 and went to The Whisper Man by Alex North. This one was better than his other I read, The Shadows, but still left a little to be desired. When Tom’s wife dies, he has a lot of trouble connecting with his son. They move to a new house but soon learn of strange things happening both at the house and in their new town. Specifically, children are being targeted again, just like what happened decades earlier. It was a little predictable but I appreciated that it was not drawn out and was over and done pretty quickly. If you like a creepy book that you can maybe figure out and isn’t too long, this might be the one for you!


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Book Review Dump

Life has been a little crazy lately – at least to the point where I either can’t stand to be on my computer any longer than the work day or I have been on vacation and haven’t been on my computer at all. But I’ve still been reading! So here’s a quick rundown of the last books I read.

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson was excellent. A black woman becomes a spy during the Cold War and must decide between the man she loves and obligation to her country. I liked the way it was told, as the main character, Marie, telling her sons the story.

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown was a quick and powerful read about Brown’s own experience in a racist world. Her parents named her Austin so she would at least get an interview when she entered the adult world, since everyone would imagine Austin as a white male. She discusses her experiences as a black woman growing up in school, college, working in different organizations, and in social settings. A must read!

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia was a good October read with a creep factor. But it was a little too sci-fi for me. Noemi receives a disturbing letter from her cousin and travels to see her and find out what is wrong. Her cousin’s husband and his family appear to be welcoming, but then strange things start happening in the house. If you like sci fi and suspense you should read it, but it was a little too weird for me.

Finally, The Shadows by Alex North was a perfect October read. Just the right amount of creepy and suspense. It was a little slow at times, but it definitely kept me guessing and trying to figure out the truth when Paul is thrown back into his past and a legend about a murder that has lived on in infamy on the internet.

The last two were books sent to me by a friend, which is the best kind of mail to get, especially these days! Check these out and let me know what you like or didn’t like!