The Saturday Evening Girls Club: A Novel by Jane Healey
My rating: 2 of 5 stars ★★
Source: Purchased, received in Once Upon a Book Club box
Caprice is the daughter of Italian immigrants who dreams of opening her own hat shop. She attends the Saturday Evening Girls Club with three of her best friends, all of whom also come from immigrant families. As the four girls try to make their way and discover who they are in an ever-changing America, they find that the tradition of their families is difficult to escape. They navigate love, education, family, and dreams, all while attending the Club and supporting each other through it all.
Sigh. This book is essentially the less-good version of what you’d get if you took a huge pot and mixed together the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the book The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
And if you’re like me, naming those two (My Big Fat Greek Wedding and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) as “similar” might give you hope. But unfortunately, this book is missing all of the fun and relatability of those two stories. It’s actually quite dull.
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I have been excited for this box since they first announced it a few months ago. I mean, the book is basically a retelling of Wonder Woman. And then items to go with it? Count me in.
Here is what the August 2017 LitJoy book box contained!
(Click away if you don’t want to see spoilers for the August box!)
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I think there’s an unspoken idea in book blogging that if you really don’t like a popular book, you usually keep those feelings to yourself. (I know you all don’t do this, but bear with me here.)
We don’t want to be that person. We don’t want to complain about someone’s favorite book, resulting in that particular person (or many persons) huffily clicking away from your blog and never returning. As bloggers who want people to read our blogs. We want readers to stick around.
But since you’re here and this was kind of a prompt on Top Ten Tuesday, I’m going for it.
So this is…
Unpopular Opinions I Have About 5 Popular Books
Stick around, will ya?
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I will be giving away any September 2017 new release of your choice, up to $17 shipped. The giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships there free of charge (find that out here).
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The giveaway will close on September 30!
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How was everyone’s August?!
I am happy we’re one month closer to Fall. You’ll see some serious Pumpkin Spice spirit up in here once the crisp weather finally comes.
I read 5 books in August. We went out of town, which always means my reading goals take a kick to the crotch. It’s a step down from the 8 I read in July, but it’s fine.
First, in my actual life…
1. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about it, but did you watch the eclipse?! We were in a 91% totality zone that day so we had a pretty good view. It was neat?? I mean, I wasn’t freaking out about it or anything, but I was glad I got to look at it.
2. I won three giveaways recently! I won “The Girl with All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey from Books, Bones & Buffy. And an epic giveaway from @stmarkseve on Instagram. And a $10 Amazon gift card from Savings in Seconds. Anddd I won a book from Goodreads Giveaways. What is my life right now!! (This is not normal for me, trust me.)
This is what I received from the @stmarkseve giveaway!:
3. The two book clubs I’m a part of start this month! I do one with friends at my house and another at the local library. And they are both so much fun. I have missed them over the summer. So… yay!
4. This month, my first request for a book on Netgalley was declined… It’s totally no big deal, but I’m still over here like:
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I could readily tell you that historical fiction is my favorite genre. More specifically, historical fiction about WWII is my absolute favorite.
My biggest reason I love it so much is because I love to see the bravery, compassion, and endurance of the human race. It’s awful to witness the bad, but it’s amazing to witness the good: the kindness and gentleness that existed even in the heart of horror.
That’s why I love it.
A lot of books about WWII are ehh, but some are so special, I’ll be rereading them for years to come.
So without further ado, here are…
The 5 Best WWII Books
(that may or may not be hidden gems?)
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Oh, this book… It’s powerful, sad, and very moving. Just so good.
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It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a place to share what you’ve been reading and what’s coming up next. And to add books to your own TBR pile, of course! (This awesome challenge is from Emma at Emma’s Bookish Corner, who found it from Kathryn at Book Date.)
Here’s what I’ve been up to:
I just finished…
If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I really enjoyed it and ate it up like a big plate of fried okra.
Real my full review here.
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If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ★★★★
Source: e-ARC from NetGalley/publisher, Sourcebooks Landmark Publishing
Sadie Blue is pregnant and newly married to an mean, abusive moonshiner. Life is undoubtedly hard. Not only for her, but for all the people who live in the North Carolina mountain town of Baines Creek. Everyone in the town, from Sadie’s grandmother to the new schoolteacher, have secrets to keep and a past that won’t stop following them.
If you’re not familiar with the North Carolina mountains, you should be. I’ve had the privilege of visiting them over the past few years and have a profound love for them. I only wish I could call those mountains “Home.”
The Appalachians are remarkably beautiful, but even I know that they have seen a sad and painful history.
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See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
My rating: 2 of 5 stars ★★
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Crime
Source: e-ARC from NetGalley/publisher, Grove Atlantic Publishing
On a hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to their maid, “Someone has cut Father.” Both Andrew Borden and his wife have been brutally murdered with an ax, but there is a baffling lack of evidence. Was there a stranger near the house? Was it Lizzie herself? In this book, the reader sees into the minds of four of the main players in the still-unsolved Borden murders.
When I was young, I was the kid who vegged in front of the TV, watching shows with titles like, “America’s Creepiest Destinations,” “America’s Most Haunted,” and so on.
And trust me, the Borden house was featured on most of those lists. I knew plenty about the Borden murders before beginning this book, which made me very excited to be swept away by the story.
Because like I did, maybe you’re asking yourself, “Could a book about an unsolved double murder be anything but riveting?”
And I’m here to tell you that unfortunately: YES. It can be.
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I’ve always been a big reader.
Before deciding we needed to frequent the library, I remember my mom (jokingly) complaining that my reading habit was too expensive. It’s true. I read voraciously.
I decided to break down my favorites, based loosely on the eras of my relatively eventful life…
1. The Grade School years
My earliest memory of a favorite book is…
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
This is an old series. It was one of my mom’s favorites and she passed it on to me. I read these books over and over and over. You know how 3-year-olds can watch the same movie over and over? Well, that was me, but with this book.
I read it again about a year ago and it was just as cute as I remember.
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