Bookmail Friday

Bookmail Friday is a place where I share with you the books I received this week.

Other People's Houses, The Foreseeable Future, FreshmenOther People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman – At any given moment in other people’s houses, you can find…repressed hopes and dreams…moments of unexpected joy…someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband…*record scratch* As soon as I read Kirkus Reviews write-up on OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES I knew I wanted to read this book.  Women’s fiction is one of my favourite fiction sub-genres and who doesn’t enjoy a peek inside someone else’s home rolled doused in some laugh out loud moments?

The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian – Audrey Nelson is planning for her future after graduation, but she has no idea her future contains a swoony summer romance, Internet fame, or a nursing home.  I’m a sucker for young love and THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE weaves together a story about a young girl finding her place in the world amidst new found love.

Freshman by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison – A laugh-out-loud, realistic portrayal of a freshman year in college for fans of Broad City.  I vividly remember my college years, they were some of my best years, and feeling all grown up.  I’m sure reading FRESHMAN will conjure up some familiar points that I will be able to laugh about today.

Did you get any book mail this week?  Tell me in the comments!

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Review: Fierce Kingdom

DB69DF87-035D-43B5-84DB-4D62FBAFD9DFTitle: Fierce Kingdom
Author: Gin Phillips
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Genre: Fiction | Suspense & Thriller
Synopsis from Viking
Book provided by Goodreads giveaway

Review: It is rare I read a book and come away from it not having an opinion about it one way or another. That’s how I felt after reading FIERCE KINGDOM. I did not like this book nor did I dislike it. To be upfront this story is very disturbing. Three psychopaths gun down people in a zoo at closing time. Over the course of a three-hour period Joan’s survival instincts kick in to protect she and her 4-year-old son Lincoln.

I read this book in one day – it’s fast paced and kept me flipping the pages. Two parts of this book stood out for me. First, Joan’s quick and creative thinking are instrumental in their survival. I applaud her ability to keep Lincoln quiet and controlled which is no easy feat on a regular day but moreso when faced with a life and death situation. Second, when the teacher is confronted by one of the shooters and recounts him and other students she taught it’s a poignant reference to how many wound up as criminals.

I worry we have normalized mass shootings and while this book was an okay read I don’t ever want to connect leisure reading with such ugly acts of violence.

Review: The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery MartinTitle: The Queen of Hearts
Author: Kimmery Martin
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Genre: Fiction | Women’s fiction
Synopsis from Berkley
Book provided by publisher

Review: One part medical drama and one part soap opera, THE QUEEN OF HEARTS is just what the doctor ordered.  This is a contemporary drama spanning a twenty year friendship between doctors, Zadie and Emma, highlighting the highs and lows of medical school, relationships, family, and careers.  A testament that extraordinary people have ordinary problems also.

Set in present day Charlotte, NC, the book alternates narratives between Zadie and Emma’s recollections of their third year in medical school. The flashbacks reveal a steamy romance between Zadie and their chief resident, ‘Dr. X’. Thru these revelations damages unfold as jealousy plagues their friendship and the strength it takes to truly forgive. Martin sprinkles in a few laughs throughout the story with Zadie’s youngest child, Delaney’s adorable antics.

As a long time admirer of shows like ER and Grey’s Anatomy, I really enjoyed the medical parts and jargon Martin injects into this story.

A delightful debut novel for fans of medical dramas, family life, and hospitals.