Review: I decided to choose A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum as my February BOTM pick. This contemporary novel follows three generations of Palestinian women living in Brooklyn: Fareeda who moves to America from the refugee camps in Palestine, Isra who has an arranged marriage with one of the sons and faces motherhood, and Deya who is the daughter of Isra and faces whether to enter into an arranged marriage of her own or take control of her future. Overall, this debut is extremely empowering and tragic. It shows the resilience and strength of women, the oppression of culture, and the choices that affect others. I took my time with this one because the content was so heavy and emotional. The beginning started a bit slow for me, but I didn’t mind due to the intriguing plot line. Etaf’s writing style can be described as raw and beautifully tragic This book gave me into a bit more insight about the culture of Palestine. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who wants to read a book that sheds light on a culture that isn’t discussed much in fiction and that will resonate with you.
Here are some of my favorite contemporary romance reads in the form of themes book lists. The purpose of these lists is to show a common theme of books that you may enjoy and/or come across books you may not have heard before.
Have you read any of these? Which ones are you looking forward to reading?
Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review, or rating.
Review: When You Read This is a heartfelt, funny, and sad contemporary novel. This bittersweet book is about a young woman who passes away due to lung cancer and how the people around her cope with her passing. The story is captured through emails, texts, and blog posts. I love stories in this format because they are interesting to read. The author does a beautiful job expressing grief through multiple perspectives, moving on? And new beginnings. One of the strong points of this novel is how endearing and relatable the characters are. I would highly recommend picking this novel if you loved Goodbye, Paris and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.
Disclaimer: I received a free advanced digital copy of this book from The Dial Press (Random House) in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.
Review: Sophie Kinsella has been one of my favorite authors since high school and I was so excited to receive an ARC of her latest novel, I Owe You One. This chick lit follows Fixie Farr who has a knack of fixing things. She always picks up the slack from her siblings at their family owned store. One day Fixie meets a handsome stranger at a coffee shop who asks her to watch his laptop. Once she saves it from a disaster, they ended up exchanging IOUs. Overall, I wasn’t impressed with this upcoming novel. There were some cute moments, however, the romance felt pretty weak. The plot was pretty weak as well which didn’t hold up for the entire book The characters go through the typical transformation in a Sophie Kinsella book, but I found all the characters to be a bit extreme and annoying. Fixie was too much of a doormat that after a while it was getting unbearable to read about her. Her siblings seemed too much of pretentious pricks and used Fixie’s lack of a backbone to their advantage. There were also some excess characters which served no purpose in the book. The only reason I even finished the novel was so I could give a fair review. I would recommend skipping this one as there are better books by Sophie Kinsella.
Publication Date: 1/29/19 Publisher: William Morrow Rating: 2/5
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from William Morrow (Harper Collins) in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review, or rating.
Review: Sally Thorne’s newest romcom, 99 Percent Mine, follows childhood friends, Darcy and Tom, who haven’t seen each other in a while. Darcy inherits her late grandmother’s house along with her twin brother, Jamie, and they hire Tom to do the renovations to sell. Problem is that Jamie has claimed Tom 100% his as his BFF, but Darcy has a huge crush on Tom who is engaged to a different girl. As I was reading,I found myself comparing this book to The Hating Game. It’s absolutely nothing like Sally’s last book which a bit disappointing to me. Darcy isn’t the typical female main character which is awesome and refreshing, but I didn’t like how pathetic she came off as throughout the book. Darcy was always pining after Tom which was so cringeworthy and her heart condition didn’t really help with the story. In terms of the writing style, I did like the romantic parts of the novel which were fun to read and loved the epilogues. But I noticed that some of the writing seemed to be a bit choppy and didn’t flow as well as Sally’s previous book which I found to be surprising. Also I usually don’t critique book covers, but I felt that the happy, cheery, yellow cover was completely off point. It doesn’t really reflect the storyline or Darcy and Tom’s romance at all. My recommendation is that if you loved The Hating Game and decide to pick up 99 Percent Mine, go in knowing that it will be completely different style from The Hating Game.
Clues to describe this book: Toxic Stress, Fork in the road, Self Identity, Acceptance
Review:Chemistry is a coming-of-age story about a young Chinese-American female scientist who goes on a soul-searching journey to find herself as she wrestles with the burden of parental expectations, career aspirations, and her boyfriend’s marriage proposal. Weike’s writing style is choppy and is told from the perspective an unnamed protagonist. Overall, I enjoyed this book and felt that this book was very relatable, especially the part about needing to live up to the expectations that comes with being second generation Asian. Chemistry is a short, but it’s well-written and a satisfying read. If you ever felt like you have encountered a fork in the road, this book will resonate with you and is definitely worth the read.