Sometimes I don’t feel like writing a full review for whatever reason, either because life is busy and I don’t have time, or because a book didn’t stir me enough. Sometimes, it’s because a book was so good that I just don’t have anything to say beyond that I loved it! Frequently, I’m just wayyy behind on reviews and am trying to catch up. For whatever reason, these are books that only have a few paragraphs of thoughts from me.
Momentous day! I am actually getting ready to review books in December that I read in December! (Well, except the first two. Those are still from November!)
Strange Planet by Nathan Pyle – 5*
I absolutely love Pyle’s comics and can’t recommend them highly enough. His book is perfect – I especially loved that he had sequel comics for several of his more popular comics he had already posted online. I follow Pyle on Instagram, where he gives me a little dose of happiness every day, so it was a no-brainer to support him by buying his book.
Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill – 2.5*
The 2.5* is 100% for the absolutely gorgeous artwork in this graphic novel. The story itself is rather thin. A girl goes to stay with her aunt on the coast to help clean up from a big storm. The rest of the book is about how her aunt fell in love with a fish-woman-creature and also we need to save the coral reefs! The message in this one felt incredibly heavy-handed, but if you see it at the library it’s well-worth taking a moment to enjoy the wonderful artwork.
The Stand-In Boyfriend by Emma Doherty – 3*
This wasn’t a bad YA story, but it wasn’t the best I’ve read, either. Liv has always been in love with her best friend, but he has never noticed. Through a series of events (that actually felt not unreasonable), Liv agrees to fake-date one of the most popular boys in school, Chase, in an attempt to get Jesse to notice her. I always enjoy the fake relationship trope, and that part was done pretty well here. However, Liv just really got on my nerves with her complete ostrich attitude about everything, and overall the book was just a little too long – just when it should have been gaining momentum, it started to drag, which knocked it down to a 3* read for me. Not bad for some low-stress YA angst (especially free on Kindle Unlimited), but not necessarily a book that made me want to run out and find other books by Doherty.
The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere – 3*
It’s always awkward when someone else hands you a book to read. The Christmas Shoes is a little too saccharine for my personal taste, but it was a short and easy (if very predictable) read. Mostly it felt like it should have been longer – almost like an outline of a book instead of an actual book. There were also weird jumps backward and forward in time, which led to awkward tense changes. That kind of thing is always jarring for me when I’m reading. I’m not really a great person to review this book because it’s not my style, but it was an alright Christmas read. I guess it’s the first in an entire series, but I didn’t really feel inspired to pick the rest up.
The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie – 4*
Over on Litsy, I’m part of the Agatha Christie Club, which is reading one Christie book per month and then discussing it at the end of the month. We’re going through her books in published order, and November’s book was Murder on the Links. (Yeah, I was late reading it haha) I’ve already read all of Christie’s books, but I love them all, even the ones I don’t love as much as others, so this seems like a fun and leisurely way to make my way back through them. This one is Poirot’s second appearance. As always, it’s actually Captain Hastings that I love, even if he is a little dense at times. I was slightly concerned because they apparently put the murdered man’s body in a shed (???) for a few days (?????) even though everyone was complaining about how hot it was (????!!!). There is also a slightly ridiculous competition between Poirot’s little grey cells method vs. a famous French detective aka The Human Bloodhound, but honestly I thoroughly enjoyed all the over-the-top posturing between the two of them. All in all, while this may not be Christie’s best work, it’s still a great deal of fun with some solid red herrings to keep readers guessing.