Reviewing the Unreviewed: October 2020

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.

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The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1) by Sarah Morgenthaler. Read September 28 – October 4. 4 Stars. 

This book is the absolute cutest! The romance was adorable, Graham was adorable, his dog was adorable. While I thought the book could’ve maybe been a little bit shorter, I really enjoyed it.

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The Wedding Date Disaster by Avery Flynn. Read October 11-12. 3 Stars. 

This was just ok for me. It had a few funny moments, but a lot of things just made me roll my eyes. I do appreciate that it handled the whole Hate-to-Love trope much better than a lot of other books I’ve read recently.

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I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp. Read October 25-27. 4 Stars. 

I recently watched the I Still Believe movie and it has reignited my interest in Jeremy Camp and his music. Before picking this up, I was really struggling with reading anything, but this one broke through. I have to say that I’ve always had Jeremy Camp on a bit of pedestal – if you know his story you can probably understand why – and it was almost a little shocking to see just how not perfect he is. But that’s another great part of this story. It was very realistic and relatable to see that he has had his fair share of doubts and spiritual struggles and needs to continually recommit himself to living out his faith. I’m definitely glad I decided to pick this one up.

*****Back on the TBR*****

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The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci. I read a couple chapters and discovered I wasn’t in the mood for this. The main character was annoying me. I do plan to try it again someday, though.

*****DNF*****

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Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey. DNF @ 44%. I just can’t with this. The whole “Annie loves rom-coms” schtick was just too much. I think it could’ve worked and been cute if she wasn’t quite so obsessed/unrealistic. She just came off as insufferable. And can I say how completely over I am of the “hate-to-love” trope being twisted into the female lead being completely petty and a little crazy in her reactions to a guy that has literally done nothing wrong to her? I know I’m in the minority with this, but this book just didn’t work for me at all.

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Spoiler Alert and  40-Love by Olivia Dade. DNF @ 11% and 19%. Both books become available from the library at once and I ended up only reading a few chapters of each. This author just isn’t for me.

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Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan. I stopped properly reading at the 39% mark, but did kind of skim through the end because even though I lost interest in the details, I still wanted to find out what happened. For what this book was, I think it did it well. This is more a case of me not being the right reader for the book (which is happening to me a lot lately). With the way the world is right now, I just can’t make myself read a book that is all about people misjudging each other and being generally awful to one another. Reading is my escape and we get enough of this hatefulness in real life.

13 thoughts on “Reviewing the Unreviewed: October 2020

  1. Sounds like I need to read The Tourist Attraction!
    I’m sad you didn’t like The Wedding Date as much as I did, but I get it. I think it was just what I needed at the time I read it.
    Ooo! Maybe I’ll pick the I Still Believe Memoir before the movie! I like that idea. I’m sure it was hard to find out he isn’t perfect since we hold our favorite celebrities to a high standard.
    I had heard that Tom Hanks book was no bueno.
    I’m sorry I probably steered you wrong with Olivia Dade. I thought you might like her, but guess I was wrong. Oh well. Can’t win them all. I loved Spoiler Alert, but 40-Love wasn’t as good for me as that one even though I liked it. I don’t think she’s becoming an auto-read for me. More like if I am interested in the blurb.
    And sorry Nina’s book didn’t work out at the moment. Hopefully you can find your way back to it.

    • You should definitely read the Tourist Attraction! The third book in the series comes out in January or February, I think, so you could wait and binge all of them. I haven’t read the second book yet because of my reading mood lately. I actually think you might like the I Still Believe movie more than the memoir? But I’d definitely be interested to hear what you think about the book if you decided to read it! No worries on Olivia Dade. Her books looked like something I would like. It could also be my mood?

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