Recent Reads Mini Reviews

More mini reviews from books I’ve enjoyed to varying degrees over the last few weeks.

Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon

Super Fake Love Song

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: November 17, 2020

DNF @ 24%

Maybe I’m just not in a reading mood right now, but I for the life of me cannot finish a book. I was super excited about Super Fake Love Song, because I thought Frankly in Love was a lot of fun and had some good discussions about Frank’s Asian American experience, but I was just mostly bored while reading this.

I think my biggest problem is that I did not mesh with Sunny, like at all. I honestly found him to be pretty annoying. And from the part I read, Cirrus had no personality at all, there was nothing distinct about her that made her an individual character and not just a stock person for Sunny to react to. I don’t know I think I just need to try some out-there books to kick this slump, but I hope it passes soon because I have a lot of books I want to read right now and I feel like I can’t pick up anything

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

Release Date: April 7, 2020

DNF @ 30%

I thought this would be a fun dark comedy about the women in this small southern town’s book club discovering a local vampire and dealing with the inevitable fallout, but the first 30% is a whole lot of nothing happening. This book was so slow – we get a foundation for the characters, most of which are fine, if forgettable. But if felt like nothing happened at all even thought Patricia was attacked by a rabid old woman, and a horde of rats filled the garage and attacked her mother-in0law. I don’t know if those things were supposed to be scary or suspenseful, but I just found them kinda gross and theatrical for the sake of page turning. While I had high hopes for The Southern Book Clubs Guide to Slaying Vampires there was nothing in the story that made me want to continue.

The Truth Project by Dante Medema

The Truth Project

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: October 13, 2020

I find novels in verse to be very impactful emotionally, and The Truth Project is no different. It’s a heartfelt exploration of family, betrayal, and forgiveness that will hook you from the very first page. I loved seeing Cordelia’s emotional journey in her self discovery and realizing what family means to her – while navigating the life changing secrets her mother kept that are now changing her life.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Malloy

Goodnight Beautiful

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: October 13, 2020

This was a really great mystery- it kept me engaged and the tension was high. I loved the unreliable foundation of the story and thought it worked perfectly to keep the stakes (and drama) high. I thought the characters were all well-developed and distinct, but all played off each other well. Had a great time with this story overall, and definitely recommend it as a quick audiobook!

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.


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