It’s been another hot minute since I shared what I’ve been reading [check out the last roundup here], but honestly, we’ve been doing a TON of Netflix and chillin on quarantine. I prioritized spending time with Mike and I watching shows and movies, and that’s OK! But, I did want to get back into books so here’s the few that I have finished lately.
Summary: Stella Lane is a quiet, reserved, and hyperintelligent woman who comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases for a living. She makes a ton of money but doesn’t have much of a life outside of that. It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and sex isn’t something in her realm. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice—with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. He is a bit down on his luck and can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan. Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he’s making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. What will happen between Stella and Michael and is it for real?
Would I Recommend It: This was my January book club pick and it made for some juicy conversation! This is definitely a juicier read [think 50 shades] and I’m pretty sure it all made us blush at one point or another. If you want to get lost in something mindless [that is a bit cute], I’d give this a go.
Summary: After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet. Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes – first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more. How will Tiffy and Leon’s relationship progress, especially as their lease plan starts to wear down?
Would I Recommend It: This was super cute and a page turner in a different way. While it wasn’t thrilling or suspenseful, you start to fall in love with both Tiffy and Leon’s quirks and you can’t wait to see what happens to them. If you need a break from psychological thrillers or just want to get lost in someone else’s relationship, I’d recommend this for a cute, quick read.
Summary: Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She’s brilliant, but she’s also a young black woman working in an old boys’ club. When she’s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.
Would I Recommend It: I had heard RAVE reviews about this book and this was my book club’s pick for February, but it was honestly so disappointing. In fact, we all agreed that it was lackluster and should’ve been something else entirely. It was slow and not enthralling and I’d recommend a ton of books over this. Big bummer.
Summary: For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows—her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. But senior year of high school tests them all and then on a hot summer’s night, one bad decision is made. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget…or the courage to forgive.
Would I Recommend It: I usually love Hannah [especially The Nightingale], but this one fell a bit flat for me. It was predictable and hard to deeply fall in love with the characters, which usually comes easy to me in her books. I’d recommend Firefly Lane over this one.
There’s a quick roundup of the few things I’ve read lately. I’m hoping to dive back more into reading [since we’ve almost finished all of Netflix HA!] so look out for another one of these soon. As always, let me know if you have any recs for me! Have a great week.
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