Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #18

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BOOKS READ:

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

BOOKS RECEIVED:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

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Book Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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Title: The Bride Test

Author: Helen Hoang

Format: Trade Paperback

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

Number of Pages: 296

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

 

Synopsis:

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #17

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BOOKS READ:

  • In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken
  • Faker by Sarah Smith
  • Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

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Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Format: Hardcover

Publication Date: September 26, 2017

Number of Pages: 287

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, Contemporary

 

Synopsis:

Love hurts…

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

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Book Review: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

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Title: The Girl With All the Gifts

Author: M.R. Carey

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

Number of Pages: 450

Publisher: Orbit

Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Horror

Synopsis:

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

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