Carly Reads Here | May 2017


I've really been jumping from genre to genre this year, which I guess shouldn't be too surprising since my top books from last year were all so drastically different. Each month I tell myself I'm going to do shorter review snippets since I've been reading more books per post, but that never seems to happen. Linking up with Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books.

In The Woods | After seeing Tana French's books everywhere, this was definitely one of my most anticipated books to read this year. The story follows a detective on the Dublin murder squad investigating the murder of a young girl in a small town-- the crime might be related to two missing children from 20 years earlier. This took me a few tries to get into, and it was definitely a slower read for me, but once I got into it I was hooked! The writing was really strong and engaging, and the story kept you interested until the very end. I'm so excited to read the next book, especially since it switches to a new narrator.

All Grown Up | I meant to read this back when I did my post about new releases, but the hold list took forever despite it being a really quick read. While I believe this is considered a novel, it read more as a series of short stories, or vignettes-- not in any chronological order. The narrator, Andrea, is a 39/40 year-old, who goes against the norm of getting married and having kids, and her struggle to find connection. The writing was sharp and humorous at times, but I found it to have more of a sad undertone and it wasn't very memorable for me. I enjoyed it more for the writing than the content, but I always welcome a New York City setting.

The View From Penthouse B | I was so excited to read my second Elinor Lipman novel after how much I loved the first one, and this one gave me the same blissful feeling while reading! It's about two sisters who live together in a penthouse in the West Village after they both unexpectedly lose their husbands (one dies; one goes to prison). It's comical yet heartfelt and just an all-around really fun read with another great group of minor characters.

The Hate U Give | Thomas' book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, telling the story through YA fiction and has received crazy (& much deserved) hype since it was released in February. It's told from Starr's point of view after she witnesses a friend get shot by the police-- and is really just an honest and raw view at race relations in America today. There was a lot of dialogue, but it wasn't filler fluff dialogue, it was meaningful to the story and the characters. It was captivating and chilling-- definitely a book I'll be thinking about for a long time and still think about.

What have you read recently?

31 comments

  1. The View from Penthouse B sounds really good!! So far I've only read the second book in Tana French's series and I did really enjoy it but it felt a bit long at times. I will probably pick up the others at some point...it's great how they can kind of be read out of order since they all focus on a different character. The Hate U Give is on my list - glad to hear it lives up to the hype!! I have been genre hopping a bit lately too - keeps me interested!

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  2. I had just added The Hate U Give to my list. I am not usually interested in current event based books, but it's been receiving a lot of praise and I love when I can read something with a positive message.

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  3. The Hate U Give sounds really interesting and I need to get back to reading about a variety of issues instead of just YA all the time. :P

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  4. I am reading On Turpentine Lane right now and I really like it so far!
    I love Tana French - Into the Woods is probably my least favorite but the next one (The Likeness, with Cassie as the narrator) is so so good!

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  5. I've got the Hate U Give on Hold right now. I cannot wait to read it.

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling

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  6. I just added the Hate U Give to my hold list at the library. It sounds like an amazing book!

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  7. The View from Penthouse B sounds interesting! I tend to read a weird, diverse mix of books, too! I think it keeps things interesting!

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  8. All Grown Up is on my list to read, I read it somewhere else this morning and glad to hear you liked it too.

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  9. Oooooh I need to read The View from Penthouse B. Love that you said it gave you a blissful feeling <3
    Green Fashionista

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  10. The Hate U Give is sitting on my nightstand and I need to get to it pronto because it's due soon. :D I've heard such fabulous things about it. Ah, Tana French. I liked Into the Woods but the ending irritated me. I like ambiguous endings except for mysteries. The Scooby-Doo in me must know who done it. :D

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  11. Thank you for these suggestions! I have some new books added to my TBR list!

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  12. I love Tana French.

    The Hate U Give is on my list. I'm glad to know it was a thought provoker.

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  13. I cant believe I havent heard of The Hate U Give... interesting.

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  14. I reviewed All Grown Up this month, too. I definitely agree with your assessment. Especially about the writing vs. content.

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  15. I own The Hate U Give and really hope to read it soon. I like dialogue in books - it makes for a change from too much description.

    Thanks for sharing!

    -lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  16. I've been meaning to read In The Woods as well because everybody talks about Tana French! The View From Penthouse B sounds like a super cute story as well, and like something I'd love to read right about now!

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  17. Thanks for mentioning The Hate U Give, I'm adding it to my list right now. Seems like an important read.

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  18. I read The Hate U Give too. So good.

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  19. The View from Penthouse B sounds so cute! I love that you read a bunch of different genres because it keeps it interesting. I'm always reading all over the place!

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  20. I was all over the place in genres this month too! I need to give In the Woods a try!

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  21. i added the hate u give to my list after someone else mentioned it today, and i'm like #47. lame. In The Woods is on my list, glad to hear you liked it!

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  22. I've seen In the Woods and All Grown Up everywhere, but still haven't read either one before. I'm afraid that I won't enjoy In the Woods as I've heard some mixed reviews but I think I'll still give it a try :)

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  23. In the Woods sounds really good. So does The Hate U Give. Definitely adding these to my summer reading list!

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  24. I need to check out The View From Penthouse B! Sounds like an interesting read. I'm also adding the Hate U Give to my to read list.

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  25. The View from The Penthouse sounds like a cute story! I just finished the Fifty Shades Trilogy and was looking for some new reads.

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  26. I also read The Hate U Give. It made me think hard about all views of this important topic. I'm not sure it changed my views as it did slowed my desire to make judgements without all the information. Mainly, not hop on the media bullet train to a verdict in either way. I think more than anything it highlights the stronger underlying issues that need to be changed. Just my opinion, I so wanted someone to talk about this book with :) Stopping by from Show Us Your Books.

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  27. I'm adding the Hate U Give to my 'To-Read' list on Goodreads now - it sounds amazing and very eye-opening!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  28. On the library waiting list for The Hate You Give- I've seen nothing but amazing reviews!

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  29. I'd say definitely keep going with Tana French - she is one of my very favorite authors, and her other books get even better, I think. Faithful Place is my top pick! And I think I read an Eleanor Lipman book a long time ago and then forgot all about her - sounds like a good one to put back on my reading list.

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  30. I just got Into the Woods and now I'm dying to read it!

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  31. I really really really want to read The Hate U Give. So much. I'm glad that it did not disappoint. I want to read Into the Woods as well. I say this to everyone, every month... but I want to read more thrillers and mysteries, but I just don't get to them very often. Xo - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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