I am struggling with another month of reading slump. I have a pending post on my thoughts on it. In the meantime, here are two additional books I have finished but did not write a full review. This batch of Mini Reviews brings an adult contemporary romance and a personal development audiobook.
By Mia Sosa
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
What I really appreciated about this book is the incorporation of Brazilian culture from an own voices author. The main character, Lina (Carolina), is first generation Brazilian American and she is a great conduit to her culture. I thoroughly enjoyed Lina's growth in this novel, from being closed off to her emotions to be willing to put it out there in the end. I also appreciated Max and his struggles with living in the shadow of his sibling. As the youngest of three, I could relate to his wanting to be his own person as I would be put in my sister's shadow often.
If you are looking for a contemporary romance with a bit of substance then I recommend this title. If you prefer your bedroom scenes to be closed door, then this one is not for you as it is on the steamy side.
By Lauren Graham
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
This audiobook is an excellent one to listen to when you find yourself starting to spiral or needing a confidence boost. Everyone has ebbs and flows in their life, struggles, or moments when you question your journey. This book lets you in on a secret: most do and you are not alone--even famous actresses have similar thoughts.
Graham is obviously the natural choice to narrate this audiobook, given it is an expansion of a commencement speech she gave to her high school. She knows where a wiry tone is needed or when to draw out something to add to the humor. I am glad I listened to this one as it really does add to the authenticity and made me feel like I was there listening to her in person. Give this to a graduate in your life--'tis the season for it after all. If they enjoy audiobook, go with the audiobook hands down.