Landline by Rainbow Rowell

landline-rowellFirst I loved Eleanor & Park. And then I loved Attachments. And now I love Landline. I think it’s safe to say that I’m a fan of Rainbow Rowell. Big fan.

Landline is funny, charming, sad, magical, mystical, hopeful, tense, and a little time-bendy. It’s about relationships—between husband and wife, mothers and daughters, best friends, boy and girl, girl and girl, even pug and woman (get your mind outta the gutter), and how one neurotic wife-mother-working-woman juggles all of these relationships during the holiday season. It’s light enough that you’ll laugh out loud, tender enough that you’ll get the warm fuzzies when she talks about her husband’s dimples, and overwrought with just enough anxiety that you’ll actively cheer when even the littlest of things goes well.

No. 4 on my challenge, obviously.

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Friction by Sandra Brown

Friction.BrownI initially picked this up thinking I’d slip it in under No.22 on my challenge, but since it’s probably the least explicit Sandra Brown book I’ve read (there are only like, three steamy scenes in 416 pages), I’m going to hold off until I find a book worthy of the Erotica genre. In other news, Friction is the perfect book for soaking in a jacuzzi, lounging in a sunny backyard, and cozying up with a glass of wine on a rainy day (all of which were things I did while reading this). The thriller bit was thrilling, the romance bit was romantic, and the characters were satisfyingly maddening in their stubbornness, so I’d say it’s a pretty decent yarn.

Also, did you know that she’s written, like, eighty books? And that she has her own app? This lady knows what she’s doing.

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

TheLovetheSplittheWorld.HenryI bought this book solely for the cover and I’m glad I did—Emily Henry really is a gifted writer.

An imaginative time-bending teen romance, The Love the Split the World is jam packed with quick wit and sarcasm—which, of course, I love—and it kept me captivated enough to keep reading in the park well into twilight, until my straining eyes begged for sufficient lighting. Also, I get the feeling that, via the relationship of the protagonist and her best friend, Henry is letting us in on about a hundred inside jokes that she’s been collecting with her own friends.

That said, there is definitely a bunch of cultural appropriation going on here. And I think she probably pissed off a lot of people representing the Indian Child Welfare Act the way she did. Nevertheless, I see what she’s trying to do, and I appreciate the effort.

No. 26 on my challenge. The last entry, yes, but certainly not my last read.

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless.GailCarrigerThough I did find a few plot points a bit tiresome (we get it, Alexia, your father is Italian, your nose is Roman, your best friends are a flamboyant vampire and a woman with horrendous taste, and your Victorian era suitor is a smoking hot Scottish werewolf Alpha who is the picture of a perfect gentleman despite spending an awful lot of time buck naked in your presence—accept this and move on, jeesh!), this novel is clever, steamy, fast-paced, and puts a welcome new spin on some relatively old worlds.

Take it for what it is and enjoy it to the fullest.

No. 6 on my challenge. And now I’m going to have to read all of the Parasol Protectorate series.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

MeBeforeYou.JojoMoyesI feel very strongly about the subject matter of this book. I support death with dignity, and I believe it’s an important issue that should be discussed and considered on a personal and individual level. This novel may have started a conversation for a lot of people, and I think Moyes does a fantastic job portraying a cast of characters—each of whom has a unique perspective on the issue that is supported both emotionally and intellectually (and sometimes hysterically)—that readers can connect with. No matter how you feel about the issue, Moyes gives you a mother, father, sister, friend, or caregiver to grab on to for support while Will Traynor does whatever the hell he wants (which is exactly how it should be).

I didn’t love this novel as much as The Girl You Left Behind (the only other Moyes title I’ve read), but I do think it was a worthy read. I’m glad she tackled the topic.

No. 14 on my challenge—I must say, I’m looking forward to this movie.

The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman

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I’m 100% convinced that everything Andrew Kaufman writes is pure gold. Absolutely genius. I don’t know how he’s able to say so much about love in such a short book, but he is incredibly successful in doing so.

No. 14 on my challenge. Thank goodness—it would have been terrible for Nancy if she’d had to run from that lion in the winter time.