buzz booksI’ll be honest, I did not expect this book of chapter samples to take as long as it did for me to read. Then again, I wasn’t expecting there to be quite so many excerpts available. It did turn out to be somewhat of a good thing, though, that there were so many because of the 45 books that were featured in this collection, only nine of them really grabbed my attention enough to make me think that, sure, I could see myself finding these books so I could continue to read them and only two more were decent enough that it was an almost decision.

Which books were they? Well, surprisingly enough most of them did not come from the well-known authors section of the collection. Of course, there was Stephen Chbosky’s Imaginary Friend and Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt that I was eager to continue. While both Highfire by Eoin Colfer and Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay were the only two to end up on my almost list. Then there were the debut authors, from Kira Peikoff’s Mother Knows Best–which sounds fascinating, by the way–to Megan Angelo’s Followers.

Continuing on with newbie authors, I was also intrigued by All That’s Bright and Gone by Eliza Nellums and Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, the first told from the perspective of a child who doesn’t understand why her brother is gone and the second a rather disturbing look into racism behind a cop who thought a black nanny had kidnapped the children she was working with.

Finally, we have the non-fiction stories that pulled me in, leaving me with a desire to go and read Motherhood So White by Nefertiti Austin–which I was actually approved for an ARC of–The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan, and Unfollow by Megan Phelps Roper, which details her separation from the Westboro Baptist Church.

I felt as though these were the stand-out books of the sample, leaving most of them just okay or simply not my type of story. And, in all fairness, I do tend to stray more toward Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels, a category of which I don’t think a single one of these books fit into. And I’m sure that played a role in my lack of interest. Still, I’m rather pleased that I managed to find five books that I would consider looking into further.

I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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