Showing posts from January 1, 2023

book review: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

Ghosts  by Dolly Alderton  Buy Ghosts via Bookshop! This is an affiliate link which means I may receive a small commission from your purchase at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting the blog! Overview: Nina, at 32, only has one friend left who's single like she is. Everyone in her life has moved into the phase of marriage and kids, and Nina feels stuck on the outside looking in at a world that looks wildly different than her own. What's worse is that Nina isn't still living a youthful, single life entirely by choice. She aspires to have romance and eventually children. She's also struggling with her father's dementia and tension with her mother. She thinks she's finally hit the jackpot when she meets Max as her first date off the apps, but when he ghosts her after many months, she's back at square one, struggling to confront the state of her life. Overall: 3.5  Perfect for fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid.  Characters: 3 Nina is pleasant enough. She's fun

my 2022 reading stats in review & 2023 reading goals

Happy New Year! Before I can take on 2023 and new reading goals, it's time to reflect on how 2022 went for my reading life. The stats are unfortunately not great, but that leaves plenty of room to make new goals. I think a large part of this comes from the fact that I've struggled to figure out where I belong in the split of age categories. For the last 2 or so years, I've really felt like I was growing out of feeling totally at home in the YA world, but at the same time, I didn't click with books written for adults that still felt unrelatable or out of reach.  The good news is that is finally shifting. Oddly, that came about in the fall from doing a project on Sally Rooney's books. I was going to write an essay about how I just don't get them and how popular they are. I sat down to reread the book to pull quotes and refresh my memory, and it made me realize how much I've grown up, changed, and gained new perspective since I read it at the start of 2021. Sud