Before we get into all the books I read, I wanted to let you know that I'm hosting an online Usborne Books party. I LOVE these books for my boys! If you have to buy gifts for kids aged 0-14 this holiday season, check it out! We especially love all the non-fiction books. My party will be open until noon on Friday, just select my name right here and start shopping!
- - - - -
Somewhere in mid-September I completed my Goodreads challenge of 110 books, like a psycho. I know for sure that I've never read that many books in one year before. I blame you guys. Everything in this link up looked so good I had to keep adding books to my list! Then I kept checking out too many books from the library and forcing myself to finish them before they were due. I also started listening to audiobooks, which means I can "read" while I clean and drive and do all sorts of other boring things. Anyway, here's what I read last month.
Intimacy Idiot I really enjoyed this collection of stories by Issac Oliver, who is a single gay man living in NYC, working at a theater ticket booth. His observations about the city and it's people are hilarious and the essays about his love life are honest and awkward. I think he's witty and love his self-depreciating humor. I breezed through this book in one day. ★★★
Ready Player One (Audiobook) In a dystopian 2044, teenager Wade Watts, along with the rest of the world, is on a scavenger hunt taking place in a virtual reality-type environment with the prize of a late billionaire's empire. This isn't the kind of book I usually read, but it's being made into a movie by Steven Spielberg, so I had to check it out. The '80s references were fun, the online world was interesting, I enjoyed the characters, and it was narrated by Wil Wheaton. I liked it, but I don't know that I'm geeky enough to really, truly get it. ★★★
Summerlong (Audiobook) This book revolves around an unhappy married couple and takes place over one summer when their lives are flipped upside-down after each meeting someone new on the exact same night. It reminded me of all those TV shows with middle-aged, middle to upper class suburbanites who hate life for no real reason. The characters weren't dark or deep and it was hard to relate to their self-absorption, but it was very well-written and kinda depressing, in a good way. ★★★★
A Thousand Splendid Suns The characters of Mariam and Laila are a generation apart but their lives become intertwined after drastic events. They form a friendship and support each other under the most horrifying circumstances. It wasn't boring or slow by any means, and of course it was really hard to read at times, but it wasn't as compelling to me as most people feel it is. ★★★
The Grownup I felt like Flynn's homage to a classic ghost story is unlike anything she's written before. I read it in thirty minutes and it left me wondering what really happened and who was really to blame. Though none of the characters are very likable, I enjoyed it! ★★★
Why Not Me? (Audiobook) I'm one of those people who wants to be BFFs with Mindy so of course I loved her second book, though not as much as the first. It's a lot shorter and more random. She gives glimpses inside her Hollywood life, love life, and friendships, and touches on self confidence, work ethic, and body image. I loved the essay comparing and contrasting herself with her character on The Mindy Project. ★★★★
The Rumor This story of two Nantucket families takes place over one summer when their lives seem to fall apart and everyone in town is talking about them. It was soapy and predictable, mindless and breezy, and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I'll definitely look for more by this author. ★★★
The Admissions This book follows one seemingly perfect, successful California family as the oldest daughter applies to Harvard. It's such a great look at the expectations placed on kids these days and how hard it is for parents to deal with it. It was slow and detailed, even monotonous at times, but I thought it had funny moments and liked it overall. ★★★
Disclaimer (Audiobook) Catherine is sent a novel written about her and an event that took place twenty years ago. It doesn't paint in her the best light and now she must come to terms with her past. I really liked this quick, twisty psychological thriller. It was slow at times and the change in time and narrator confused me a little because I was listening to the audiobook, but it definitely kept me guessing. ★★★★
I also read these five books from NetGalley. Check out my reviews here.
I can't wait to see what you read!