Happy Monday, everyone! My weekend was full of beautiful weather and almost-as-beautiful-but-not-quite people and I hope yours was, too. A small website maintenance update — I have a mailing list! Yay! You can join by adding your email to the little box somewhere on this page (either at the top or on the left side, as of this posting) that says “Subscribe via email!” The bad news (lol) is that my posts don’t seem to be sending automatically like they’re meant to. My one-man IT department is going to investigate, but apparently he has “a real job” that pays him “real money” as opposed to the undying love and affection that he gets for working on my website, so it might be a minute before we get that sorted out. In the meantime, you will get each post sent to you manually by the author herself — what a treat, right?
Anyway, on to the purpose of this post and my life as a whole… books! Here are a few that I’ve enjoyed and think you might, too.
- The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston — This just came out last week and I LOVED it. It’s a sequel to Geekerella, and while I highly recommend that one too, Princess can be read on its own just fine. Taking place over the weekend of a comic-con-esque nerdfest, this book has humor, romance, and SO many nerdy pop culture references, but what I loved most is its commentary on how women in the spotlight are treated. It takes on the way supposed “fans” can pick apart their favorite programming and its stars as if there aren’t real people with feelings behind it all — a trend that seems to happen more to women than anyone (a la Kelly Marie Tran of Star Wars being chased off social media by racist trolls). Equally smart and entertaining, I recommend this to anyone who’s ever been part of a fandom.
- My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite — In this book, poor Korede finds herself in the inconvenient situation of having a sister who keeps killing her boyfriends and calling Korede to help clean up the (literal and figurative) messes. This is all, um, fine…until her sister takes an interest in Korede’s longtime crush. I would like to state for the record that unless my sister had a really good reason, I would turn her arse in immediately. But it makes for a quick, darkly funny read that sort of satirizes the typical murder mystery, and you’ll be …dying… to see how things turn out.
- The Bride Test by Helen Hoang — Now if you don’t mind, let’s *Ross Geller voice* PIVOT back toward murder-free romance. I got my hands on an early copy of this highly-anticipated follow-up to last year’s The Kiss Quotient and oh. My. Stars. Helen Hoang has done it again! Her debut novel was so beloved for its humor, steamy/swoony love story, and rare depiction of a protagonist on the autism spectrum, among other reasons. The Bride Test has all of that, too, but in a way that feels totally fresh and different. Some of the characters also carry over from TKQ, but it can be read as a standalone. I fell so in love with these characters and their story, as I think all romance fans will. This one hits shelves next month, so pre-order and/or add it to your reading list now!
- From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein — If you couldn’t tell, I don’t read much nonfiction; aside from the fact that I often find the real world depressing, I also need something with a really engaging narrative to keep me interested. Well, friends, this memoir by one of the stenographers from the Obama administration checked that box. Dorey-Stein has a unique perspective on the years she spent at the side of My Forever President and the crazy lifestyle it gave her, from traveling the world to falling into a romance with a fellow staffer. At times, it feels like a political rom-com (and I am so here for it), but is also a fascinating, relatable look at coming into your own and finding your way as a twentysomething woman. By the end, you’ll be rooting for her so hard — and anxiously awaiting her next book.
- Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills — Back to the young adult sphere, this was my first Emma Mills book and I can’t believe it took me since her smart, funny YA romances are so completely up my alley. This one follows Sophie and her group of best friends in small town Illinois, where they’re trying to raise money to take their marching band to the Rose Parade by attempting to get the town’s one celebrity export to come home and do a charity concert. I most enjoyed it because it felt so true to my own average, day to day high school experiences and has a great depiction of first crush/like/love. The biggest difference from my life, however, is that the characters are 100x funnier than my friends or I ever were and any one of them could have a stand-up routine. Meaning that Mills herself probably should have one. Highly recommend this one if we have a similar sense of humor, as it made me laugh more than any book has in a while.
That’s all I have for ya today! Thanks so much for reading, subscribing, telling me you like what I write, and pointing out my typos to keep me humble. Without you, loyal readers, I would be…most likely in my recliner, on my laptop, doing something similar to what I am right now. But with less fulfillment!
Until we meet again…