We've still got a week or so left of February. I may finish a few more titles before month's end but let's stick with these babies for now.
Matchmaking for Beginners, Maddie Dawson
I loved this book! I could not put it down. For all intents and purposes, it's a rom-com. Our heroine, Marnie, thinks she's found the love of her life. When it all falls apart, Blix, her love's great-aunt, sees magic in Marnie. Blix is a matchmaker. I didn't expect this book to contain magic as part of the plot but it does. And it's beautiful! It put me in mind of Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.
Like I said, on the surface, this book is pure romance. But more than that, it's about human connection and the importance of leaning on another. Love!
For you, if: you want a fun read with a lot of heart, you liked Practical Magic, or you're in the mood for love.
99 Percent Mine, Sally Thorne
Back in December, in this blog post, I wrote about books I couldn't wait to read in 2019. I forgot to to put this one on the list but it was definitely one of them! I read and loved Thorne's first book, The Hating Game (go read it!). I have to admit that it took me a while to get into this book. It didn't grab me the way The Hating Game did at first but I really came to love these characters.
Darcy is a twin. Tom is the childhood friend of Darcy and her brother. As Tom helps Darcy renovate her grandmother's house, Tom and she circle each other. They have liked each other for a long time. In close quarters, how will they react? There is a similar dynamic between Darcy and Tom that existed between Lucy and Josh. But it's told in a different way. And I enjoyed it!
For you, if: you loved The Hating Game, if you're a fan of Ricky Whittle (purely because he's who I saw as Tom, ok?), or if you're a fan of Fixer Upper. Ok, maybe not really. But there is a lot of Demo Day stuff in this book...
Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds, Gwenda Bond
Were you wondering just what the hell Terry Ives was like pre-Brenner? This book is for you! I was obsessed with this book. We get a look at young Terry Ives, El's mother, as she participates in Dr. Brenner's experiments. We also meet El's father, other participants in the experiment, and baby!Kali. I don't want to give too much away but this is un-put-down-able.
For you, if: you're counting down the days until Stranger Things 3, you wanted to know more about Terry Ives, or you just want to know more about the Stranger Things world.
*There's another Stranger Things novel coming, Darkness on the Edge of Town, which focuses on Hopper and his work in NYC in the 1970s. Add it to the "cannot wait to read" list!
What did you read this month? Anything you couldn't put down? Let me know!