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What I read: The End of Spring 2020 Edition

My only other activities these days aside from yoga, blogging and Little Bun, is reading.

The Wife Between Us

CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULES to read this book. From page one, I was HOOKED.

It is a drama, and to be really frank with you, I heard all the hype about this book and was hesitant to read yet another “bestsller” that would end up disappointing my brain.

This. Did. Not. Disappoint.

What a thrilling novel, with such twists and turns – I can’t even speak about it because I want you to experience everything this book has to offer without tainting/giving pieces of it away. It is about an affair, as the title might suggest.

All I can say is – the hype is real. It is on par with me, as good of a brain teaser as Sherlock Holmes.

City of Girls

I love almost anything Gilbert writes. This book sucked me in from chapter 1, and ANY sort of mention of fashion in detail also sets my pulse racing. This is set in the 1940s, so I loved the rich descriptions and great characters being built in the pages.

Madame Tussaud

I did not love this book as much as the other ones by no fault of Moran’s. I just don’t like stories that have a lot of pain related to children and that sort of nastiness.

It was a very sad story and not as triumphant as the other ones, which is.. in the end, what I like. I like reading about real life stories where things work out, and this one was just sad.


Read this book if you want to fall down to your knees in gratitude that you are a modern-day woman living in a presumably First World country.

I knew it was bad back then, but I didn’t have the details on HOW bad it was to be a woman in those times. Sickening really.

We seem to paint the past as rose-coloured and quaint, but it was anything but …. a lot of what I read made me so fervently happy to be a woman in this day and age, living in this country….

The Latte Factor

His books are like stories. I really enjoyed reading this one. I really wish I had this book back when I was 16 and started working, it would have changed my life. It’s a great book to give to… anyone. ANYONE who wants to start learning a new rich mindset on how to save, invest their money and change their life.

It won’t give you investing notes or advice, but it will start you off on the right foot. The mindset is really important to cultivate early on.

The King’s Mistress

I am in love with Campion’s work as well, this is very similar to Michelle Moran‘s works, and I will read anything by the two of them.

It is tough being a plaything for the whims of the royals, and to not have your life be your own.

Mata Hari’s Last Dance

A page-turner. I read it to the end, gripped by the story, the pain… it is an incredible book, much like all of her books.

Talking to Strangers

I read it and felt the hairs on the back of my neck go up with each page. This is not a ‘pleasant’ read but it is a necessary one. I also feel very sick reading some of the descriptions of the people in there. Not for the faint of heart or if you’re very sensitive to topics like pedophila, etc.

Raising Financially Fit Kids

Seems reasonably written, nothing I haven’t thought about before, and in reading the descriptions in the pages, my son is likely a Saver and will listen well to my advice when he starts earning a paycheque.

Honestly, if you’re really into money – managing, investing it, talking about it – this book is a nice refresher but not required reading.

Over a Hot Stove

Ever since I started watching the BBC series on Servants & Life below the stairs, I have been fascinated with learning more. This book details out a seemingly happy life of someone who worked as a servant, nothing like what was pictured in the BBC but still, a good read on what it was like back then to run a house. Nowadays we can’t imagine drafty homes or having to deal with any of that lack of running water inside, but this was what they had to handle, and in a huge home, nonetheless.

Sex with Kings

Interesting read on various mistresses. Having read the amazing fictional takes on some of these women by Michelle Moran and Emma Campion, I can’t help but wonder if they are actually as they seem in history.

History is what was written down, right? And who writes down these views of people from the past? Mostly men, I’d wager.

I always wonder when women are painted as vicious and greedy for amassing properties and/or lots of jewels as part of their only acceptable assets, whereas men are completely left alone in doing exactly the same thing; perhaps even applauded for being so business-minded and astute.

What I couldn’t read:

  • The Disappearing Spoon – I am not smart enough for this science-y book, or too tired to read it properly … because my brain couldn’t follow what was going on. If you’re into chemistry, etc, this is a GREAT book
  • Sarah Maas – Crescent City – I normally LOVE Maas but the first chapter was too complicated with too many long weird names and I didn’t get any context of what the story or plot was in the first chapter which doesn’t suck me in. I may give it another shot if I am bored but … so far, no. Archangels? Demons? … *slightly uninterested*
  • The Proposal – Jasmine Guillory – This is book 2 of 5, and apparently I should have read book 1 first, but this was a letdown. Maybe I should read book 1 first.
  • The Rival Queens – After reading Michelle Moran’s books, I couldn’t get into this one
  • The Forgotten Flapper – Not my style of book. It’s about a flapper as a ghost… whom people can see

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