Latest NetGalley Reads

Are you on NetGalley? Just sign up for an account, search through titles, request books for your favorite e-reader, submit feedback, and share your review on your blog. Simple! Here are the books I've read lately.

People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann I feel like Jen Mann and I should be suburban neighbors/best friends so we can half-ass our way through life together. Ok, I don't really think I half-ass everything, but I definitely don't pretend life is perfect. I related to a lot of what she addressed and loved that it was delivered in a quick, slightly snarky way. Some essays were better than others, but the whole book was an enjoyable, quick read.

My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories I'm one of those grinches who hates made-for-tv Christmas movies, so this book didn't really seem like something I'd be interested in. But because I love some of the authors, I thought I'd give it a shot. The book kicked off with a short story by Rainbow Rowell, which I fell in love with. Some stories were completely boring or just too weird, but I enjoyed a few, so I'd call it a success. Other favorites were stories by Stephanie Perkins and Gayle Foreman.

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky I really loved this book because it's about a 12-year old boy who identifies as a girl and it's written for tweens! I'm not sure how many books on this subject are out there for middle school aged children, but that seems like the time they should be reading it. I appreciated that the story was told in a sweet and empathetic way. I think anyone who has been bullied can relate to it, no matter why they were picked on. 

Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays by Jill Smokler For parts of December, I wasn't really in the mood to celebrate the holidays. I put in the effort for my kids, but I would have rather lied around and watched movies all month than decorate and bake. I thought reading funny essays about the season might help. I enjoyed parts of this book. The stories were cute and some were actually funny, but I could have done without the recipes, lists, and tips. 

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica I liked this dark story about a woman abducted and held for ransom, but I kept putting it down. The beginning was slow and the constant shift in point of view AND time frame made it hard for me to really get into it. None of the characters were very likable either. But the suspense definitely picked up towards the end and then I couldn't stop reading it. 

I received these books from NetGalley for review purposes.


Karen M. Peterson said...

Those look like some decent books. I do want to read the People I Want to Punch in the Throat because the blog is funny.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Interesting so many books so little time

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I'm a frequent reader of PIWTPITT blog. I like it.

The last book is the type of book that happens to me when I hit a reading slump.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I've been reading a lot of books like the last one lately. I really need a good page turner to get me back into reading.

Jo said...

Right, time to sign up to NetGalley! I think I have to read People I want to punch in the throat!

Allison said...

I just got a Kindle (I know, so behind the times) so I'm looking for new books to read! Definitely, definitely want to read some of these - it's so hard to get back into the swing of reading once time goes by and you get into the TV habit. This is motivating me to correct that bad habit :)

Elle Sees said...

i;ve read none of these, so i liked seeing your thoughts. i don't like those made-for-tv christmas movies either, hehe.