Total books read during the month: 13
Total books read during 2017: 149, 51 books to goal (one book behind schedule, Goodreads has helpfully informed me)
Favorite book read this month: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Least favorite book read this month: This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
Books I did not finish this month: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
I was surprised by how much I loved this book! Somehow I missed it when it came out a few years ago, and I have had it in my possession for awhile and finally got around to reading it. I wish I hadn’t waited so long.
The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman
I feel like books in this genre (I took time off and traveled the world! Yay!) can either be really good, or terribly cliched and boring. This one definitely falls onto the good side of that line, and I was pleasantly surprised by how fun this story was.
Arcadia by Lauren Groff
This is a very unusual book in a lot of ways. The setting, the storytelling, the topics-it’s all very different, yet interesting. This wasn’t one of my favorites of the month, but I did enjoy it a lot and would recommend it someone who enjoys stories of non traditional families.
Confess by Colleen Hoover
Okay, this is going to be an unpopular opinion-I really, really did not like this book. I gave it two stars simply because I liked the idea of the book, and the storyline was interesting. But the actual execution, conversation, and characters were all very unlikeable and annoying, and I was very disappointed. I have heard amazing things about this author, and I do own another of her books that I haven’t read yet, so I’m going to try again and hope it turns out better this time around.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
This was a surprise favorite of the month! I have heard about this book in the past, but for one reason or another I never looked it up to try. While we were on a camping trip at the beginning of the month I made a little detour to a used bookshop and this jumped out at me, and I’m so glad I grabbed it. The storyline is fascinating and the topics, while taking place in a different culture and time, are still very close to the topics any young female growing to adulthood would go through.
Hemingway Didn’t Say That by Garson O’Toole
Fun, quick read with some interesting tidbits. I love quotations, so reading about famous words that do not actually belong to the notable individuals they are attributed to was fun to read.
500 Things People Believe That Aren’t True by James Egan
Nothing groundbreaking, but another fun, quick book that was interesting to read. My favorite tidbit was about the largest land creature in Antartica-the midge insect.
Sully: My Search For What Really Matters by Chesley B Sullenberger
I remember this event, of course, of the plane making an emergency landing in the Hudson. Now we can read about the background of the pilot, hear what he was thinking during the landing, and also know how he has dealt with everything in the aftermath. Extremely interesting.
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
I was so, so disappointed in this book. I was thinking this was similar to Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which I LOVED, and it is not like that book at all. The feeling of the book is a bit quirky and disjointed, as there are multiple ages of the narrators and different viewpoints, and no one is really as they seem. I was liking the book for the first few chapters, and then it was like someone opened a box of terrible things and started throwing them at me.
Interesting story about the Salem witch trials. This is really about what a parent would do to protect their children, and how that decision will stay with the child for the rest of their lives.
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
I was very surprised by this book! The cover looks bright and whimsical, but the story is actually quite dark and twisty. There’s multiple person murder, suicide, suspicious fathers and family drama. Would definitely recommend.
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
This book has been all over my Instagram and Facebook, with all of my book loving friends raving about it. I have been anxiously waiting for it to get to me in the library hold line, and I was thrilled when it arrived on my iPad during my recent week away-I read it in under 24 hours and couldn’t stop talking about it. Finding a book that has an older, grandfatherly man and a young girl as the main characters is very unusual, and that added to the charm of the book.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Anything Mary Roach writes is guaranteed to be both informative and hilariously funny. Her dry humor interjected into the facts of the book makes everything that much better, while still covering the topic in a very thorough manner.