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Book Chat #56 – Tracy Krimmer and Erin Morgenstern

Happy Friday everyone! I have a slight back-up of books for Book Chat so the first Summer of SFR Book Chat will be next week, not this week. And I already have books for that one lined up! I have been reading! :) Also, I'm changing things up here too with linking to books. I will be including both an Amazon and a Books2Read link with each post. Books2Read does Amazon too but my links are tracked via my website so it's easier for me to see what people are clicking on and when. I have to go to Books2Read in order to get stats and I don't always remember to do that. Anyway, I'm sure I have readers from outside the Amazon ecosystem, so I'm going to be sure to include you both.

THE MASH-UP SUMMER by Tracy Krimmer (Books2Read)

I really enjoyed this summer contemporary romance from Tracy Krimmer! I don't know about you, but when I was a kid, I played MASH (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House) with my friends. It's a little fortune-telling game that was all the rage with all the girls. Lol. It was fun to see it incorporated into a contemporary story! When Sadie finds the MASH paper while cleaning out her attic, she wonders how the boy from her fortune is doing. It turns out that boy, Joey, now grown-up, is back in town! They have a fun meet-cute and go on to date. But things are not what they seem with both Joey and Sadie's family. Krimmer did a great job of bringing the story together and ending on a satisfying ahhhh.

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern (Books2Read)

I had heard about this book for ages so I finally listened to it in audiobook. I have mixed feelings about it, to be honest. First, I thought the writing was lovely. The details were rich and added a lot of depth to the story. The narration by Jim Dale was well done too, though I'm so used to him reading Harry Potter that it was tough to divorce his voice from THAT magical world. What I found lacking from the story was deep character development. I wanted more from the main characters! I wanted to find out more about the challenge and why they were locked in it. So, while I did listen all the way to the end and enjoyed it, I think there could have been more here. I would definitely read something by this author again! She has a great imagination, that's for sure.

Next week, lots of SFR!

What have you been reading?
S. J. Pajonas