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SHE SAID, SHE SAID…#2 TOGETHER

Remember our opposites post last week #forreaderseyesonly? This blog post is all about where we agree; where we screenshot and message our heart-eyes out over the best books in our little world. Sometimes we even buddy read them together, particularly when it’s a series where we’ve both adored the one (or ones) that came before.

Buddy reading with Hollis is, erm, different. Hollis reads at the speed of Formula One and Micky is driving at 50. Add onto this the fact that Micky is a polyreader and Hollis is monogamous, it’s not easy. We have a system that works where Hollis is on a tight restraint regarding which chapter she can read to and where Micky puts the other books down and gives the buddy read her full attention (Hollis is so blessed).


The Venery duology by Suanne Laqueur
The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
BURN FOR YOU and MELT FOR YOU by JT Geissinger
INTO THE WILDERNESS by Sara Donati
WHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT by Tessa Dare
London Celebrities series by Lucy Parker
Outlander series by Diana Galbadon
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
HUNTED by Meagan Spooner
THE HATING GAME and 99 PERCENT MINE by Sally Thorne
DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray
ENTREAT ME by Grace Draven


We’d love to hear about your last buddy read or what book you and all (most?) of your buddies all agree on. Particularly if it’s not on this list. We might just have to make it our next joint read!

SHE SAID, SHE SAID… #1 OPPOSITES

For today’s blogchat, we thought it would be fun to give you a fuller flavour of when our differences in books have been stark; so much so, it’s been so funny it hurts. We like the same books often, we love the same books sometimes, but when we are opposites on books we have the most interesting conversations. We have never been annoyed that the other doesn’t enjoy a beloved book; there may be a moment’s disappointment but we usually have a fun discussion.

WARNING, NO FEELINGS WERE HURT IN THE MAKING OF THIS BLOG POST.

This is a post for the readers and not authors. Not a moment’s disrespect meant to any author mentioned in this post. Because isn’t it just part of life that we don’t like the same things? If a book isn’t for me, that’s not to say it’s not a good book or not written well — maybe it’s just not my kind of thing. Both of us have a Goodreads shelf for this – baa baa black sheep!


THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah — Micky gave it 5 stars | Hollis couldn’t deal, left it unrated
FOOLISH HEARTS by Emma Mills — Hollis (5 star) loved this | Micky gave it a shrug emoji (2 star)
AYESHA AT LAST by Uzma Jallaluddin — Micky (5 star) loved this | Hollis (2 star) tolerated
REAL by Katy Evans — Micky 5 starred (and reread!) this one | Hollis gave it a generous 2
ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett — Hollis shouted her 5 from the rooftops | Micky 3 star didn’t hate it
SERIOUS MOONLIGHT by Jenn Bennett — Micky (4 stars) thought it super cute | Hollis (3 stars) wanted more
THE PERFECT FIND by Tia Williams — Micky (4 stars) laughed her way through | Hollis tapped out at 9% (unrated)
THE OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS by Justin A Reynolds — Hollis (4 stars) loved how this was told | Micky (2 stars) thought it was too repetitive
MISTER WESTON (formerly TURBULENCE) by Whitney G — Micky (5 star) was absorbed af | Hollis (1 star) couldn’t even finish
ACHE FOR YOU by JT Geissinger — Micky (5 star) lost herself in this read | Hollis (2 stars) rounded up
WHITNEY, MY LOVE by Judith McNaught — Hollis gave 4 stars for the great parts that were great | Micky has some PTSD for this 2 star read
BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman — Hollis (5 star) was enthralled by this complex story | Micky (1 star) couldn’t understand why
A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J Maas — Micky (4 stars) can’t wait for more | Hollis (2 stars) was just glad it was over
THE BOY AND HIS RIBBON by Pepper Winters — Micky (4 star) found it addictive despite some of the plot elements | Hollis (1 star) barely clung to her sanity
THE TAKEOVER EFFECT by Nisha Sharma — Micky‘s 4 star hopes were realized | Hollis hopes were 1.5 star unrealized


So here we are in our opposites glory, our ratings bared for your perusal. Does this resonate with you? Do you find it uncomfortable to be in opposition rating-wise with your book buddies?

There is a sequel post to come. Watch out for SHE SAID, SHE SAID… #2 MAGNETS where we show our glowy similarities.