a few good books

In case you were in the mood for some reading, here’s a few good books I’ve read recently.

  1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.  More than the drama of Old Hollywood and the seven husbands, this is a story of a complex woman, a woman with a secret and forbidden love, who is loved more for the idea of her than the reality of her, whose fame is built on lies and is finally ready to tell all.  Diving into topics of race, sexuality, and misogyny, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is centred around a queer woman of colour.  Reading this, you could fill the pages with underlined parts and favourite quotes.  This book absolutely changed me as a person, and I couldn’t put it down.
  2. The Girl On The Train.  I slept on this one for a long time, but not anymore.  A riveting psychological thriller, this book is creepy and full of secrets.  How much can you know a person?  Who are the people you see on the train?  Who can you trust?  What happened when you blacked out?  Told from the point of view of an alcoholic, a cheat, and a liar, the characters are unlikeable but the book is not.  I’d rank it better than Gone Girl, but just below Sharp Objects.
  3. The Dark Artifices series.  Sometimes you just need some Young Adult fantasy fiction where the good guys always win in the end.  This is a continuation in the realm of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters- a world where all the stories you’ve ever heard about vampires, werewolves, demons, fairies, and angels are all true.  Light, sassy, and humorous, Cassandra Clare also makes an effort to include representation of LGBTQ+, handicap, and characters of colour.  
  4. Daisy Jones And The Six.  Another Taylor Jenkins Reid book, so help me.  Plus I thoroughly believed Daisy Jones was a real person until a google search proved otherwise when I tried to find the songs to stream.  Told through narration and set in the golden age of rock and roll, this book is edgy, unique, wild and daring.  It explores the pains of addiction, without glamourizing drugs, and showing hope of recovery.  There is also an upcoming Amazon series based on the novel.
  5. American Royals.  In a world where George Washington became America’s first king instead of president, this is a soapy read about an alternate American royal family in modern day.  Not really going anywhere, or saying anything, this is a drama fest with no politics.  An easy frothy read to escape.

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