Show Us Your Books: Nine Book Series + A Memoir in Conversations

Posted May 14, 2019 by shooting in Book Review / 26 Comments

It’s time for Show Us Your Books, hosted by Steph and Jana!

Before I start some new reviews, I wanted to go back and give a shout out to some book reviews I did since the last Show Us Your Books.

Past Book Reviews

Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert (adult book)

Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid (adult book)

The Doctor’s Secret by Heidi Cullinan (adult book)

Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford (YA book)

New Book Reviews

Cut & Run Book series (first four books by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux; last five by just Abigail Roux)

Source: e-library; all opinions are my own 

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Over the past couple of months, I read this nine book series, and I really loved them. I’d seen these books around for awhile so I’m glad I finally gave them a shot. They follow two FBI agents who are thrown together as partners in the first book, Cut & Run. The two eventually become personal partners as well as professional. Each book has its own specific mystery, but there are some overarching mysteries throughout the entire series so I’d read them all in order if you can. I love how distinctly different Ty and Zane are, but they work. The first book probably has my favorite mystery of the series, but I really did enjoy them all.

Crossing the Touchline by Jay Hogan

Source: copy from Dreamspinner Press; all opinions are my own

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I don’t know anything about rugby, so that aspect of the book confused me somewhat, but besides the fact that Reuben Taylor is a top rugby player, they didn’t delve into the sport too much. Reuben is gay, but his father has made it clear that’s not okay – and so he focuses on being the best on the field. That’s until he meets Cameron Wano, the brother for a fellow rugby player. I really liked Reuben and Cameron together, though it’s not easy for them. I thought the dynamics within the Taylor family were interesting, though heartbreaking too. 3/5 stars

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

Source: copy from the library; all opinions are my own

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I think this is a book that more people should read. It’s in a graphic novel format, but it really is a memoir in conversations. Each chapter focuses on a different facet of Mira’s life, from growing up to raising her own son. The book does go into politics – it’s difficult not to when someone ran for president (and became president) who is so blatantly racist and sexist. There are a lot of conversations that Mira has with her young son about people looking at him and being afraid, or not liking him without even knowing him (he’s half-Indian, half-Jewish). It’s sad, but it’s also a depiction of life and how some people in the United States (and around the world) are treated. Definitely recommend! 4/5 stars

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That’s it from me this month. Any of these books look good to you? Have you read any of them already? I hope May is a fantastic reading month!

26 responses to “Show Us Your Books: Nine Book Series + A Memoir in Conversations

  1. I haven’t read these, but the one about the rugby player is intriguing. Sexual orientation and sports is a pairing that doesn’t get a lot of attention. My suspicion is that although fans and media aren’t privy to a lot of this aspect, the teams and players know each other so well that there’s far more tolerance and understand there than we realize.

  2. Sometimes I like to read a whole series straight through, if it catches me and I need to know from book to book. But sometimes, most of the time these days, I need the break I think, and want something different. Or it could just be that there is so much to read now, at least that I now know more stuff, I just can’t spend the time. Who knows!

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  3. Good Talk sounds like an interesting book. I’m not sure I can read a 9 book series straight through like that. I tend to get tired of the same characters, although it would help me remember storylines.

  4. It’s been so long since I’ve binge read a massive series. Although there’s nine books, they sound like pretty quick reads. Good Talk sounds incredible and such a timely book with the election race beginning in the US as well. We have to vote in federal elections in Australia this Saturday (it’s mandatory here or else you’re fined) and we desperately need a change in government as well from the racist, sexist mess we have now. Think Trump on a lower scale but just as offensive and harmful. Might see if my local library has a copy or can order one in. Brilliant reviews Lauren, really enjoyed them!

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  5. So many great books on your list, Lauren, as always! Good Talk in particular sounds like it would be of interest to me lately. Thanks so much for sharing and I’m going to have to pick up a few of these. Also intrigued by the first series you mentioned!

  6. The Cut & Run series sounds like a good one and I love that name! I wish I had as much time to read as you, but I’ve been listening to a lot of Audio books lately and I am getting so hooked!


  7. Wow great job on all that reading!! I so need to get better. I just finished The Invisible Hearts Furies, it was really good.

  8. You’ve read nine series in the past few months? NINE SERIES!? Girl, whatever you are doing, you are doing it right. I rarely finish series. Crossing the Touchline could be cute and emotional. I would think the author would explain rugby as best as they can but maybe not with this one ?‍♀️

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