Total books read during the month: 15
Total books read during 2017: 125
Favorite book read this month: Several really awesome books this month, but I’d have to pick A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra.
Least favorite book read this month: Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan.
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On to the books!
World War Z by Max Brooks
I don’t usually go for books like this, but I had heard a lot of great reviews and decided to give it a try. I thought the storytelling was excellent, and I loved all the different voices. I was left wishing that many of the individuals had an entire book devoted to their story.
The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti
I like the twisty nature of this book, and I was not expecting the ending at all. I think it could have been fleshed out a bit more, but all in all I thought it was a really solid book.
Weekends at Bellevue by Julie Holland
This reads like a crazy primetime soap opera. A true behind the scenes look at a busy, urban ER, this memoir is interesting and very different from many others I’ve read.
The Beguilded by Thomas Cullinan
I was disappointed in this book. I really wanted to love it, and it just did not live up to my expectations. I found the premise to be strong but the execution lacking.
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
Absolutely loved this book! I think I may have read it years ago, because it seems slightly familiar. I love Michelle Moran and this is one of her best books.
The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough
I forgot how much I love this book! It’s simply amazing. I did a read along with my FB book club, and I loved seeing the other opinions and thoughts. Finished this in one day during a drive up north to drop off my kids for a grandparent vacay.
Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
I liked Gilmore Girls, but I wasn’t a huge, huge fan-so I wasn’t sure how I would like this memoir, which was focused in large part on GG. I found it entertaining and really interesting! The behind the scenes looks were really fascinating. Anyone who actually is a huge Gilmore Girls fan should grab this one immediately.
Who the H*ll is Pansy O’Hara? by Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy
Picked this up on a whim, thinking it would be a really fun look at the writing process of some popular novels. It was interesting in parts but dragged in others. I found that I was really only interested in the parts about my favorite books, and wished I could skip over the other parts.
The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn
I picked this up with the Amazon Prime Day coupon code, and I’ve been wanting it for awhile. To be honest, I wish I had waited until it showed up at my library. It wasn’t as good as I was expecting, and I found the ending to be a bit disappointing.
Good Behavior by Blake Crouch
Blake Crouch did not disappoint in this one! I love, love, love Dark Matter, and I have been looking forward to reading something else from him. This is very different in style and tone, but the three short novellas that make up this book are all excellent. I wish that there were more in this series.
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
This was fun literary detective story, with a little romance thrown in. The main characters were a little different from the traditional leading lady/gentleman, but I really liked them and their unique personalities.
Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar
If you enjoy history and unsolved mysteries, with a little bit of a conspiracy theory thrown in, you will like this one. I have read about the Dyatlov Pass incident before, and I’ve heard the many ideas of what could have happened, but this approached everything from a different view. I loved that the author did so much research and traveled to Russia and even hiked up the mountains to attempt to get a good idea of what happened. While we may never actually know the truth, his hypothesis is strong and interesting.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A friend of mine texted me one day saying “Have you read this? I cried!”, so of course I needed to read it immediately! And obviously, I cried as well. I can’t recommend this one enough.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
So good. Simply an amazing book. The writing is gorgeous, flowing and lovely, and the story is so touching. I loved it so much, and I want to tell everyone I know to read it. At the same time it is heartbreaking and overwhelmingly sad, so proceed with caution.
Superhuman by Habit by Tynan
Interesting and had some good points, but not many new ideas. A really quick read.