Total books read during the month: 10-I’m disappointed with this number, but I have been busy lately and the month got away from me.
Total books read during 2017: 159, 41 left to goal (7 books behind schedule, Goodreads has informed me)
Favorite book read this month: End of the World Running Club
Least favorite book read this month: The Widower’s Wife
Books I did not finish this month: The Alchemist
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Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
I wasn’t sure about my rating on this one. It’s a collection of short stories, and I really enjoyed some and others I didn’t care for at all. So I wavered between two and three…but ultimately, my love of the stories I did like won out. If you saw the movie Arrival, the short story that movie was based on is in this book. It’s definitely a trippy book and you will be confused for most of the time you spending reading it, so make sure you like that sort of thing before jumping in.
The Widower’s Wife by Cate Holahan
My least favorite book of the month. It was definitely enjoyable, if you care for this genre, but I felt like it was very predictable and the characters annoying. I was not surprised by a single “plot twist” and then ending was too neat and tidy to be believable.
The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J. Walker
My fave this month! I had this on my library wish list forever, and I finally got it. I loved it so much that I immediately decided I needed the actual physical copy in my collection, and it’s going straight up on my favorites shelf. Dystopian but very realistic, and a dystopian with a family element, which was really interesting to me. So much dystopian fiction revolves around either a teenager who will definitely find the love of their short life during the story, or a single adult who is struggling to find themselves in a post apocalyptic landscape. The family theme was strong and I really enjoyed that.
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
The first adult book I’ve read by Levithan, this was very unusual but really beautiful to read. This is a love story told as a series of dictionary entries, so you just get bits and pieces of the relationship in a disjointed fashion-but it really works.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I hated this book and I also loved it, which I think is a supreme compliment to the author. And even though I knew the ending (who doesn’t, at this point? I have put off reading this book for so long that everyone knows) when I started, I still enjoyed the story and the characters are really strongly written. I closed the book and immediately ordered the next one.
The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
I have very mixed feelings about this book, and I thought about it long after it was over. I kept thinking that the main character was acting so young-and then it was revealed that she was 24, so that cleared up a lot for me. It’s a very startling story with a rollercoaster of emotions.
After You by Jojo Moyes
I actually liked this one better than the first book in the series! Perhaps because (SPOILER!) you knew there was a future with this romance? A lot happens in this book, but it’s not overwhelming and it’s a sweet, quick read.
My Holiday in North Korea by Wendy E. Simmons
This was a crazy book. North Korea is fascinating to me, and Simmons visits on a solo holiday. She recounts her visit in a sarcastic, funny tone that includes many of her personal thoughts and opinions on the propaganda she is being chauffeured around to. Quick read and quite enjoyable, but to me it’s one of those books that I’ll probably never reread.
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
I can’t stop thinking about this book! I spent the entire time I was reading it totally confused, and ended the book still confused, and I am about to start the second book in the series and I expected to become even more confused. And I love it. Natalie Portman is starring in a movie adaption, and I’m really interested to see how they adapt this into a movie.
Isabel, Jewel of Castilla by Carolyn Meyer
I absolutely loved this series when I was a kid, and every time I find one at a used book sale I add to my collection. I hope my kids love them as much as I do someday because I will be seriously disappointed otherwise.