It’s my August Book Review!
Some of you are total book worms like me and you’re all like this today…
…while others of you are all like…
…not another book review!!!!
For you non-readers out there, I still recommend you watch The Good Wife. I’ve been binging and it is so stinkin’ good! Watch, watch, watch!
Okay, this month was a beating of a reading. I was just so defeated and disappointed with my books when it was all said and done. I think the problem was that the authors I love the most disappointed me the most and then the authors I didn’t know, actually gave me the best reads. By the time I got to my final book, I was just limping to the finish line and dying for a winner (and it was only blah). Come September, I need a whole new batch of books because this month left me feeling all sad inside.
Here we go…
So, Before the Fall was…dare I say, my favorite book this month? When a fictional book about a plane crash is my favorite, you know it was a weak month for me. #ilikehappybooks #planecrashesarenothappy So, this book was really interesting. It starts with a plane crash and only two survivors and then as the crash investigation unfolds, every other chapter is a look back at the lives of the people who were all on board the plane…before the fall (get it?). I’ve never read a Noah Hawley book before, but I really enjoyed this one. It’s kind of gloomy but kept my attention the whole time.
Oh, say it ain’t so! I was so disappointed by Liane Moriarty’s newest book, Truly Madly Guilty. Am I the only one??? You ladies know how much I adore this author and have read every single one of her books…so I totally pre-ordered this one and squealed with delight when it arrived on my doorstep. I packed it away for my trip to LA because I knew it would be the perfect book for my flight. And about halfway through…I wanted to toss it out the window. Now, the back of the book is filled with quotes from super prolific authors singing its praises, so please, please, please…don’t just take my word on it. I was just kind of blah about the whole thing. Her books typically grab me and keep me the entire time. They usually are filled with some great characters, funny anecdotes, a little suspense and a twist or two. This one was just vanilla. I was so sad. I waited over a year for it to arrive and it fell flat for me. Am I crazy? If you’ve read it, please tell me what you think!!
The Status of All Things was a nice little read after the book I had just read. I read this one on my flight home and really enjoyed it. Back in June, I read The Year We Turned Forty by the same two authors and liked it so much that I bought another one of their books. This little fictional tale is about a woman who, after being left at the alter, realizes that anything she posts on Facebook comes true in real life. It’s quirky. It’s cute. It’s light. It’s easy to read. It was an excellent plane book for my trip home.
Okay, so I did not finish Amy Schumer’s new memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. I love me some Amy Schumer and was excited about her new book coming out, so I had pre-ordered this one too. And…I read about half and quit. It is a lot of information about Amy (insert my eyes WIDE open) and after a while, I didn’t feel like I needed to know any more about her. It’s hysterical and basically just what you would think it would be (rated R mind you)…but after reading half of it, I thought I had heard enough. It was just a lot of Amy Schumer ;).
Present over Perfect might be my biggest disappointment of the year. Ugggggggggg. I grieved this one. Last year, I read 63 books and declared Shauna Niequist’s Bread & Wine my favorite book of the year. OUT OF 63 BOOKS. I loved that book. It spoke to my soul. It challenged me, encouraged me, convicted me, motivated me…loved it. So needless to say, I had high expectations about Niequist’s newest books. Perhaps that’s my fault…maybe my expectations were just too darn high? I found this book boring. (I hate to even type that sentence.) I think it had real potential but I wasn’t drawn in to it at all. I felt she was so passionate in Bread & Wine and so bullet point in this book. I needed this book to be good. My month was counting on this book. Do you know what I did when I finished it? I got up from the chair in my family room and marched to my bedroom where I keep all of my new books and pulled out a happy little French book because I NEEDED HAPPY DANG IT…
…and Amazon had recomended Joie de Vivre to me, so I started reading. And it was okay. (Insert my really sad face HERE.) I’ve read approximately 4 billion little books on living in France, so I am well versed in them and do have my faves. The author of this book has lived in France with a French husband for over 40 years. I found it very interesting but not as quirky as others I have read. She talks about raising kids in France, caring for a home, healtcare, politics, finances…she covers it all. But seriously…I was at a desperate place when I sat down and needed extraordinary. I didn’t find that here…but I did find a cute little read that I breezed through.
Friends. This month blew in the book department. I beg you for suggestions. I have a stack by my bed, but at this point, I’m ready for some fresh choices. Please share!! I beg you. I cannot read another flop :).
See you tomorrow for What’s Up Wednesday!