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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Swindler

A Very Delayed March Recap

Feeling proud that I am sneaking this in before April is over! Phew...on with the books!

Flying SoloFiction | 4/5

If you loved Linda Homes’ debut, I think you will enjoy this book as well. I loved the Maine setting, and the cast of characters is flawed but lovable. Great if you are in the mood for something light, but that has some deeper themes.

Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories – Essays, audiobook | 4/5

I love a celebrity memoir (or essay collection). This was entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny. I really loved Kelly’s sense of humor and especially thought it was great on audio.

The Soulmate – Thriller | 3.5/5

I found the plot of this book compelling and hard to put down. The interpersonal relations felt really unbelievable to me and left a lot unresolved.

Pineapple Street – Literary Fiction | 5/5

I loved this character-driven novel. I loved the way the story was told by three different women in the family. I found the writing to be compelling, and the family one that I will remember for a long time. If you were a fan of Crazy Rich Asians or The Nest, I think this book is for you. Perfect for the beach!

Who Gets Belived: When the Truth Isn't Enough – Non-fiction, audiobook | 3/5

I liked the overall premise of the book but felt like Nayeri tried to cover too many topics. I found her personal antidotes to take away from her overall thesis and found her processing took away from the overall argument of the book.

Thank you to for my ALC!

The Survivors – Thriller | 3/5

The writing in this book is really captivating, and I enjoyed the book’s overall premise. I found the story dragged on, and I wasn’t really hooked until the last 50 pages (which were impossible to put down!) I think I would have enjoyed this book is there had been fewer characters to keep track of, but I would read more by Harper because I did love her writing style.

Mary Poppins – Middle Grade | n/a

Mary Poppins is one of my all-time favorite movies and I had been wanting to read the books for years. I am so glad I picked it up; it is simply magical. If you are looking for a familiar middle-grade novel, I recommend this one.

Enchantment: Awakening Wonder in an Anxious Age – Non-Fiction, audiobook | 4/5

I will read anything Katherine May writes. Similar to Wintering, the book feels like a warm hug from a close friend. I love her reflections on the world as we try to once again be enchanted.

The Sweet Spot – Fiction | 4/5

This book has an incredible cast of characters. If you are looking for a heartwarming beachy-read saga, I highly recommend this one. Poeppel’s writing is funny and sharp.


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