You seriously have to get on NetGalley! All you have to do is a request book, download it, read it, share your review online, and submit feedback. I seem to be reading about half of my books as advanced copies and I love it. Just to warn you, I get declined for about 30% of the titles I request, so don't be offended and don't get discouraged. And sometimes you really have to search for a good one, but to me, browsing is all part of the fun. Here's what I've been reading lately.
Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler I've always liked Chelsea's books, but I feel like they are getting progressively worse. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed this one and read it in just two days, so it kept my interest, I just didn't laugh out loud. This book was a collections of stories about the places she's traveled and the people she's taken with her. Her best chapters were the first few about Africa. If that's where it ended, I would have given it five stars, but after that she didn't have much else to talk about. I really love her though, no matter how much of a wreck she is. I think she's smart and funny and I will continue to read or watch anything she's a part of.
The Divorce Papers: A Novel by Susan Rieger I finally figured out that the term for a book written as a series of documents is called an epistolary novel. And now I know for sure that I don't really like them. I'm not an idiot, but they take me so long to read! I don't want to waste time reading a letterhead to figure out who the narrator is for the next few pages. It removes me from the story and I lose interest. This book is about the divorce proceedings of a wealthy couple, the law firm that is handling it, and the personal and professional life of the attorney hired to take on the case. It is in fact, a collection of divorce papers. I was once a paralegal so I was familiar with the legal documents, but court papers, financial statements, and interoffice memos aren't exactly my idea of a fun thing to read. I liked the story and characters though, especially Mia, the woman going through the divorce. If you like epistolary novels, you may enjoy this new twist.
The Fever: A Novel by Megan Abbott This is yet another book where the narrator changes, and sometimes only for a paragraph! Why do I keep reading these?! The novel revolves around a small town high school whose female students are getting violently ill while the administration, parents, and town citizens try to figure out why it's happening. It's a bit of a mystery or thriller, with a tiny bit of sci-fi thrown in, which made it hard for me to put down. The story is told from three perspectives: a teen girl, her brother, and their dad, who is a teacher at their high school. I really liked the concept and I'm glad I got the different points of view, but the writing style and transitions were very choppy. I wasn't a big fan of the ending either.