Book Club & What I'm Reading Next

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I recently read Exposure to a Billionaire for the Literary Ladies Book Club-- the author graciously sent us a copy of the book to read. The book follows the life of a flight attendant on her travels around the world. While it was a great book for documenting travel to different locations I could only dream of visiting, I wasn't crazy about the writing style. It felt more like a diary with random bits of dialogue thrown in... there was a lot of telling what was happening, but not much showing if that makes sense? The book is based off of the author's real life experiences as a flight attendant, making me wonder if it would have been better almost as a memoir. Or even a set of short stories chronicling her different experiences and travels because it's clear she had a lot of great experiences.

I'm just about all caught up with my available library books, with the exception of In a Dark Dark Wood, which is what I'm currently reading. Next up I'm going to finally tackle a few of my books from Netgalley.

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler | a retelling of the taming of the shrew
Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell | by the author of the other typist- the synopsis had me at 1950's New York
Surprise Me by Deena Goldstone |  an unconventional love story- I think I was swayed by the cover



20 comments

  1. I totally agree with your review of the billionaire story - it just didn't flow well for me at all. Surprise me looks interesting based on the cover like you said! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. You were a lot nicer than I in my review of Billionaire. I wrote it right after I read it and I think I got mad that I spent a week reading it when I was frustrated with it most of the time lol. I am working through my Netgalley shelf now too. I can see why Surprise Me enticed you with the cover! Retelling books can be fun. I read a retelling of Pride and Prejudice last month.

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  3. Seems like all the reviews say the same thing. Kudos on the writer for being published and I hope she uses the critique to make even better work in the future!

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  4. Seems like the general consensus of Exposure to a Billionaire is it's not worth reading. I'm definitely intrigued by Three Martini Lunch! I need a new book to read! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. I hadn't thought about it that way but Exposure to a Billionaire probably would have been better as short stories or a memoir. I need to get through my Netgalley list too or stop requesting titles!

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  6. Oh no sorry to hear this book turned out to be a disappointment. Seems to be a running theme in all the reviews I've read.

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  7. you are right, it might have been better as a memoir.
    in a dark dark wood is on my list - surprise me sounds good, that cover really is quite pretty.

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  8. It was definitely more of a memoir. I think she should have gone fully that way, or worked a little more to "show" what was happening. I can relate to that thought for sure. I wasn't able to finish though I tried several times. There were too many other books calling my name. I couldn't keep waiting for the conflict to start. XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  9. In a dark dark world is on my list to try out too. Cant wait to see what you think of it.

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  10. I felt the same way about Exposure to a Billionaire - not bashing the author whatsoever, but the writing just made me feel exasperated lol. Looks like you have some other good reads coming up!

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  11. Vinegar Girl seems interesting!

    xx,
    Jule Avenue
    www.juleavenue.com

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  12. I totally agree with you that Exposure To A Billionaire probably would have been better as a memoir. The story just didn't flow enough for me, and the characters didn't make sense. I also have Vinegar Girl from Netgalley, and hopefully I'll read it soon. It peaked my interest because it was a retelling of the Taming of the Shrew!

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  13. I was thinking that while reading it too, it would have been great as a memoir documenting her actual experiences. That's what it almost felt like while reading it. I read In a Dark, Dark Wood a few months ago and loved it!

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  14. Seriously, you hit the nail directly on the head here. It should have been a memoir and heavily edited. Great review.
    Thanks for linking up!

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  15. Love finding book recommendations, especially in the summer.

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  16. Ah, shame you didn't enjoy Exposure to a Billionaire - I totally understand what you mean about books "telling" and not "showing" - I really dislike that in books too.

    Can't wait to hear how the other books turn out!xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  17. I haven't heard of that one, but I think I'll skip it! I appreciate the review on it. And the new title--haven't heard of those either. I need to step up my game!

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  18. I'd be swayed by the cover of Surprise Me too, great summer list <3
    Green Fashionista

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  19. Great summer reading list!

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  20. I had the same critique about the telling instead of showing in Exposure to a Millionaire. It was good that the author sent us copies though. As a recently published author myself, I know the writer has to pay for those advance copies herself to try to get some buzz around her book so I don't take it lightly that she provided them free. My review here:
    https://runwright.net/2016/06/08/weekly-reads-wednesday-6-8-16/

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