These are the books I finished this week. Without further ado:
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai: The rule is that Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler get one night a year together. They meet up wherever Livvy is living and spend a night together, indulging in what they consider forbidden. But then Livvy doesn’t show up for their annual meeting, and instead shows up back in their hometown. Unable to stay away from one another, the two embark on a forbidden affair that can only end in heartache.
I feel like I was on the wait list for this one forever, and when I finally got it, I didn’t love it like I wanted to. I loved that the characters were older than the standard romance fare, but I felt like the plot got way too bogged down in details and it kept the story from moving forward. I don’t know. I definitely will check out more of Rai’s work, but this was a case where the hype hurt the outcome for me.
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Machado: A collection of short stories that feature new twists on some old tropes, as well as some entirely new stories. A wife won’t let her husband remove the green ribbon from around her neck, no matter how much he begs. A woman lists all the sexual encounters she’s ever had while the rest of the world is consumed by an unnamed plague. A re-imagining of Law & Order: SVU portrays Olivia Benson as being haunted by girls with bells for eyes.
This weird, brave, wonderful collection of short stories is totally haunting, moving, and profound. I devoured it in just a few sittings, even though the book begs to be read slowly (and possibly over and over again). I loved this. One of my favorite reads of the year.
What did you read this week?