Bringing back an old favorite (of mine, probably no one else’s) from way back when I kind of blogged in 2014 – a roundup of the books I read each month! I review a ton of books here, but not every book I read – so let’s dive in, shall we?
Number of books read: 13
Number of female authors vs male authors: 11 females, 1 male (2 separate novels)
Rating spread: 3 five-starred; 4 four-starred; 3 three-starred; 3 two-starred
WHY I READ IT: One of the podcasts I listen to (The Worst Bestsellers – an EXCELLENT listen) recommended it in a back catalogue episode of “Best books of the year.” The best part of this podcast is that the hosts go to my book club, and now I feel like an awkward fangirl who knows these pretty virtual strangers WAY too well.
WHAT I THOUGHT: One of my favorites from the month! Wonderful macro- and micro-studies of humanity in a dystopian world that may not be very far away from our truth. Plus, well-done LGBT relationship, which is rare in YA lit.
WHAT I READ: Truly, Madly, Guilty, by Liane Moriarty
WHY I READ IT: I love me some Liane – I’ve read her entire catalogue and lapped up this new release ASAP.
WHAT I THOUGHT: A little soapy, but well written and just so damn entertaining.
WHAT I READ: Leave Me, by Gayle Forman
WHY I READ IT: Gayle is another one of my favorite authors, primarily for Just One Day/Just One Year and If I Stay/Where She Went.
WHAT I THOUGHT: In her first foray into adult fiction, I found a little bit of the magic that I love in her YA novels lacking here, but acknowledge it may be because I can’t relate yet – not being a mother or a wife myself. I’m interested in picking this up again in a decade or so and seeing my thoughts then.
WHAT I READ: Listen To Me, by Hannah Pittard
WHY I READ IT: I believe it was recommended as a best read of the month somewhere?
WHAT I THOUGHT: Not nearly as exciting as the jacket made it seem. Give this a pass.
WHAT I READ: Naughts and Crosses, by Malorie Blackman
WHY I READ IT: Recommendation from one of my bookish Facebook groups.
WHAT I THOUGHT: A haunting look at racial divide and class structure in our society.
WHAT I READ: You’ll Grow Out Of It, by Jessi Klein
WHY I READ IT: I’m a big ol’ fan of Jessi Klein and her oeuvre of comedian work.
WHAT I THOUGHT: I’m never a super big fan of celebrity memoirs/comic essays, but I mostly liked this one. Some of them were a little dull, but most were interesting enough and this made for a great plane book.
WHAT I READ: Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, by Ramona Ausubel
WHY I READ IT: No idea.
WHAT I THOUGHT: May have hit closer to home were I a young adult during this time period (1970s, mostly) but as it were there was a lot of this I couldn’t really connect with. I think I liked it, though?
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Happy October, y’all!