So many books. So little time. Here’s a look at what I’ve been reading lately from a sci-fi thriller to a Pride and Prejudice retelling.
Exposure to a Billionaire by Ann Menke
I couldn’t pass up reading this for the June Literary Ladies Book Club, especially when the publisher so kindly sent me a copy for review. The novel follows Anna who becomes the personal flight attendant to Mr. Stuart Manning, one of the richest men in the world. Anna is swept away into the world of wealth and privilege, but is blessed to have a friendly employer and pilots who are like brothers to her.
While I was fascinated by Ann Menke’s descriptions of life as a personal flight attendant, I could not get past the way the book was written. The chatty, tell-all style felt like it belonged in a diary or on a postcard, and maybe that could have worked if there had been more details of events instead of neatly passing over them with repetitive phrases about how memorable or amazing it all was.
The author’s personal experience in the world of aviation did keep me wondering which situations actually happened to her and which ones she invented for her book, but I could never get into the story because the writing lacked depth and was very repetitive and heavy on the exclamation points.
Still, if you’re interested in what it’s like to be a personal flight attendant, you might want to give this book a try.
Other books lately…
Longbourn by Jo Baker
I received this in my May Hello Book Lover box and was excited to give the book a chance since I didn’t like the audiobook narrator. While Longbourn is beautifully written, I understand why this book has mixed reviews. Seeing Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of a housemaid is fascinating or would have been had she not been so unhappy and full of self-pity. Modern disdain for class hierarchy colors everything, and let’s just say most of the characters from Pride and Prejudice do not come out well.
if i stay by Gayle Forman
I usually avoid sad books, but I’d heard such good things about this book that I had to give it a chance. Beautiful and heartbreaking, if i stay is a three hankie read but totally worth the tears.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I discovered Neil Gaiman’s work when I saw the movie version of Stardust. A lot of changes were made from book to screen, and I actually prefer the movie over the book. However, I love the way Neil Gaiman writes, so reading this was definitely not a waste of time.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Velvet sent me her ARC for this sci-fi thriller/romance, and it is amazing. It’s heavy on the PTSD themes, which I found fascinating but, also, intense, so it took me a while to push through to the end. I loved that the story is told through hacked records. It added an interesting element to an already great story.
Peter and the Star Catcher by Rick Elice
I read the annotated play, and it’s, also, amazing. I really want to see this production in person because everything about the set and staging sounds incredibly imaginative.
I received a free copy of Exposure to a Billionaire from Morgan James FICTION, but all opinions stated are my own. Also, this blog uses affiliate and referral links. Clicking a link costs you nothing, but the small commission from your click/purchase helps support this blog. Thank you!