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2023 Reading Goal

9% complete! jayvall has read 5 of 52 books.

Really Good, Actually (Hardcover, 2023, William Morrow) 4 stars

Maggie is fine. She’s doing really good, actually. Sure, she’s broke, her graduate thesis on …

I just don't care about this protag. I skipped a bunch in the middle and when I picked it back up, she's still sad about her divorce even though she's started casually dating. Nothing about this was interesting to me.

Review of 'Manly Appetites' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out how to read this (both right to left in pages and in panels). It was cute and I've already checked out the next one from the library but I'm interested to see if there's any acknowledgment that this is m/m or if they're both just never going to address why Minegishi likes to feed Otsu and why Otsu gets flustered by Minegishi.

Review of 'Their Dubai Marriage Makeover' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

this was awful. I read it only because I wanted to revisit Dubai but this could have been set anywhere, with one mention of the burj khalifa and a sandstorm out in the desert. More than it not really highlighting dubai, I realized I don't like romances where both characters are fighting with each other the entire time. Sometimes divorce is ok! You don't always have to make it work! The H/h were both really cold to each other and I wasn't convinced by their love story even at the end.

reviewed Less Is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer

Less Is Lost (Hardcover, 2022, Little, Brown and Company) 4 stars

A reverse Lolita across the southern edge of the U.S. in pursuit of money, the …

Review of 'Less Is Lost' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

With Less I wasn't sure I liked it until I got to the end. This one, I'm still not sure I liked it, even after finishing. I think it didn't capture the same magic Less did, which I guess is fine, but sort of disappointing when Less won the pulitzer and this was just ok.

Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match (Paperback, 2022, Avon) 3 stars

Review of 'Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I was about 80% done with the book when I realized the author was the same person who wrote The Hating Game which I ultimately liked but had a lot of problems with the author's writing style. So when I realized it was the same person, the issues I was having with the writing style in this book made sense. The book itself is fine, I see a fair amount of other people wrote reviews complaining about the ethics of creating/reanimating a person specifically to love you. I didn't have any issues with this because it's fiction. I don't need it to be ethically correct. My issue is Sally Thorne never gives any setting information in her books. She does the barest minimum to set the scene and I find it distracting that I don't know what anything looks like.

Fortunes of Jaded Women (2022, Atria Books) 2 stars

Review of 'Fortunes of Jaded Women' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

This was the longest 272 pages I have read in a long time. How did this woman write such a boring book? I think I can see how it probably wasn't meant to be boring, but it sure was for me. Fully agree with all the other reviewers that there were too many characters and too hard to keep who was who straight. I know it's a debut book but I'd have to really know any future book is better than this to waste time on this author again.