Happy Tuesday & happy belated 7th Anniversary to the Show Us Your Books link-up!
I’m so glad Steph and Jana started this series seven years + 1 month ago. I have found so many wonderful reads thanks to them and the community they’ve cultivated. I missed their anniversary link up, but I still wanted to give them a shoutout!
I hit my GoodRead’s goal of 15 books this year! A small but satisfying achievement. Next year we’re upping it to 20 books.
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney | Thriller | ★★★★/5
I chose this as my BOTM pick because nothing else caught my eye. Honestly, it was a left-field choice for me; I’ve mentioned I don’t read a ton of thrillers. I tend to try to figure out the twists the entire time I’m reading- I never just enjoy the ride. In this one, I DID figure it out early on, but kept reading because a) I was sucked in and b) I wanted to see if I was right. The characters were shady (but not unreliable) and the setting was spooky, so it had all the components of a good thriller IMO. It was a solid 3.5 star read for me, but I round up.
Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena | Thriller | ★★★★★/5
There was nothing mind-blowing about this one to make it 5 stars, but I also had 0 problems with it, flew through it, and enjoyed the ride. So… I had no reason not to give it top marks. No one was likable- especially the dad. You were a little glad that the dead people were dead. And you also wished some of the non-dead people were dead. LOL. *Fun fact- I am Audrey and I also have a brother named Fred. He’s not a dick like the Fred in the book, though.
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling | Romance | ★★★★/5
I found this one as cute as nearly everyone said it was. Based on the description, I was a little worried it’d just be a comedy of errors with nothing going right for the pair. I’m glad I was wrong. I liked Rhys, loved Vivi, and adored her little family and town. I could’ve used more backstory on some of the people/situations, but it was a solid little Halloween romance.
As M grows and cultivates her personality, I’ve started reading parenting books on behavior, discipline, and happiness. I take all parenting books with a massive grain of salt.
No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury | Parenting | ★★★/5
All parenting books should be taken with a grain of salt… and the understanding that every kid is different and will react differently. There were things in this book that I found very valuable: remaining calm when your child is not, talking to your kid like they’re a real human, allowing them the big emotions with the safe boundaries. But then there was stuff that made me go “Ehhhh”, too. I’m interested in listening to her podcast, though.
A Mischief of Monsters by Roger Priddy
This one is a new fav in our household. Lots of sounds and colors. M LOVES it.
I meant to have more M reads, but time got away from me. She’s been a reading machine lately, so I’m sure this category will get bigger soon!
What did you read this past month?
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A Mischief of Monsters looks so cute. I am going to need all of M’s recommendations soon! Lol.
I’ve been seeing The Ex Hex everywhere lately. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
I will happily send you some favorites 😀 Monsters is a GREAT one!
It was perfectly cute for Halloween season!
I have such a hard time taking parenting books with a grain of salt, even though I know you’re right. Instead, though, I get all upset and then stop reading parenting books. Probably not the smartest reaction!
I just downloaded Not a Happy Family on audio – after I finish listening to Bath Haus I’ll give it a try. Also reading A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne which is beautiful when I read it but hasn’t hooked me enough yet to not put it down.
My daughter is nearly 2 and she let’s me know pretty quickly what techniques work and what don’t… lol. I’ve implemented stuff that totally flopped and tried stuff that I thought would be a bust that has been awesome. It’s all trial and error anyway. Lol
I enjoyed Not a Happy Family! Hope you do, too!
Good ole BOTM has us reading the same ones.
I’m still impressed you figured Rock Paper Scissors out early – I was totally knocked over with surprise.
YEP – I need more details of The Ex Hex ladies!!! That aunt seems like the coolest! & Rhys – adorable!
Hahaha- nice. The ladies in The Ex Hex were the best!! I definitely needed more of the aunt!
I can’t wait to read Rock Paper Scissors and Not a Happy Family. I’ve requested both from my library, but the waitlist is so long with how popular they are!
I got both through Book of the Month club. I don’t know that I’d have picked them up without it and my book club. I hope you get them soon and love ’em!
I also really liked Rock Paper Scissors! Much more than I thought it would be.
The creepy setting was fantastic. And the fact that the dog was always safe 😀 Lol
I loved Rock Paper Scissors. I have Not a Happy Family but haven’t read it yet. And I thought The Ex Hex was cute and fun – but a bit of a slow read for me.
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I think both thrillers were enjoyable! I agree about The Ex Hex. Great for Halloween!
I read Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door but didn’t really enjoy it, I do wanna check this out of hers, tho!
I’ve not read that. I don’t do a ton of thrillers, but this one was pretty quick and enjoyable! I hope you like it!
The Ex Hex sounds utterly adorable!
It was very cute and perfect for fall/Halloween time!