Book 44: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Book: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Goal: 44
Rating: 3/5

I thought parts of this book were super helpful to me, but when she told me to get rid of my books I stopped reading for a bit. I don’t think I’ll ever start greeting my house when I walk in the door, but I thought she gave a lot of good suggestions on how to decide what to keep in my house. Now, time to purge!!

Book 43: Undone

Book: Undone by Katey Wolfe (aka, Kelley Armstrong)
Goal: 43
Rating: 2/5

This started off well and then quickly went down hill. It didn’t feel quite up to par with KA’s usual writing. The love story got in the way of the rest of the story, Declan was running around trying to find Jess and all he was focused on was hit potential relationship. Pay attention, dude. Find her first and then start questioning her feelings for you. I wasn’t rooting for them as a couple at all and I thought their hookup/getting together felt a little abrupt and actually quite awkward. It was almost like instalove even though it wasn’t. I wish the story had more of a focus on the shooting, it takes place in like the first chapter and then all of a sudden, it’s like an afterthought. It feels like all the serious stuff in the book, including Declan’s brother and the cage fighting, turned into an afterthought. And it just got so silly towards the end.

Book 42: A House In the Sky

Book: A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
Goal: 42
Rating: 4/5

This ended up being a really good book. Most times I put a book down part way through and I never finish it, or I have to force myself to finish it, I put this book down numerous times and every time I was still eager to pick it up and it was just as engaging as it was before. The writing was very approachable, especially for someone who doesn’t typically enjoy non-fiction. Definitely a book worth reading.

Book 40: Strong Signal

Book: Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Goal: 40
Rating: 3/5

It was ok. Fine, really. But everyone was so excited about it online and it was very meh to me. It felt unoriginal and predictable and almost caricature-ish. Garrett’s angry reaction to everything was very one-note. I liked the first part, maybe because I love epistolary novels, but it definitely lost steam for me once they were in the same state. Like, of course, of course, he was going to move!! I saw that plot line coming from a million miles away and the authors didn’t do anything to try and make it more original.