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Have You Read These Books, Yet? Vol. 9

Have You Read These Books, Yet? Vol. 9: Maid and November 9

New year, a new challenge, two new books to read!

It's been a slow-ish start to the new year and Goodreads Challenge. I blame Anne Rice. I started reading Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis and it's taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r to get through this book! I enjoy the book, it's just really descriptive.

I prefer her Mayfair Witches series so much more than the Vampire series. However, I started reading the Vampire series (in high school!) so I have to finish reading all of the books. I've been reading more female-driven books and it's hard to get behind Lestat. There, I said it, I need a strong female lead.

I did read two books (yes, still working on Lestat) and read them back to back in a weekend. One I loved and the other was pretty good.

Maid by Stephanie Land

Maid is a glimpse into the life of a hard-working, single mom who balances between the best she can do and not being homeless. It's a reminder that the minimum wage is not a living wage. And, being poor is not a path people decide to do nor is it easy. Her writing is conversational (she's a blogger!) and easy to follow. Stephanie Land shares her story with a trust that we will be able to understand that she isn't asking for pity. She's just sharing a part of herself. And maybe, help ease the stigma of living and working on food stamps.

This was my January Book of the Month pick. If I waited a week to pick my book for the month, I probably would not have picked it. I wasn't in the right frame of mind for another dystopian or thriller and the other two seemed just as intense as the one I was already struggling through. That said, I'm thrilled to support a blogger and it was a good read.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I picked the book because of the title. It's my birth date, my favorite number, and as luck would have it - this is the ninth in this series of sharing books I've been reading! I had no idea what the book was about until I needed to read something after Maid and before I picked up Lestat, again.

November 9 is one of the most romantic books I've ever read in a long time. I'm not that into hearts and flowers. But, this is not the flowers and candy romance, but love for family, selfless love, and messy love that requires forgiveness. Hard to put down, so I didn't.

The plot was unique, there were several cross-over plots, and it spans years which was refreshing that they didn't fall in love right away. Or, did they?

I enjoyed this more than I would have thought and perfect reading on a snowy weekend.

What I'm reading next? 

I'm still working on Lestat and then the follow up to that one. These could be the only two books I read in February, but I haven't picked my Book of the Month, yet either.

What's on your reading list this month? 
Consider joining me in the Book of the Month Club! Books you may not have ever discovered, shipped to your home.

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