This was the first month into my 2017 resolution to read harder books more deeply, and I expected that each month my total number of books read would be a little lower than usual. But at 9 books read this month, I was actually pretty on-par with my normal reading schedule, and I still feel like I had a good combination of heavy and light books. On to the stats!
NUMBER OF BOOKS READ: 10
NUMBER OF FEMALE AUTHORS VS MALE AUTHORS: All ladies this month!
NUMBER OF DIVERSE (non-American) SETTINGS: 3, although two of those are in Ireland (well, technically one in Ireland and one in a apocalyptic probably former Ireland).
RATINGS SPREAD: Two 5-star, One 4-star, Five 3-star, Two 2-star,
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WHAT I READ: The Wonder (Emma Donaghue)
WHY I READ IT: Big fan of her Room.
WHAT I THOUGHT: Meh on my end. Good atmosphere-building, but as a full-length novel it dragged.
WHAT I READ: Spare and Found Parts (Sarah Maria Griffin)
WHY I READ IT: Book club!
WHAT I THOUGHT: If not for book club, I don’t think I would have kept reading it. I just didn’t get a lot of why the characters did what they did, and it was hard to get into the world.
WHAT I READ: Today Will Be Different (Maria Semple)
WHY I READ IT: This book was all over the blogs as super-good, and I did mostly enjoy her Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
WHAT I THOUGHT: I liked the book, but didn’t love it. I wanted it to be a better exploration of adult mental health, but it didn’t do a deep dive into a whole lot.
WHAT I READ: Talking As Fast As I Can (Lauren Graham)
WHY I READ IT: Love me some Graham crackers, and especially Gilmore Girls!
WHAT I THOUGHT: It was very similar to a lot of other celebrity memoirs – some interesting chapters (mostly about the making of GG) but ultimately just a lot of fluff that was clearly written to get her a boost in sales coinciding with the new episodes.
WHAT I READ: This is Where It Ends (Marieke Nijkamp)
WHY I READ IT: Another one popular on the blogs.
WHAT I THOUGHT: I REALLY did not like it.
WHAT I READ: Boy, Snow, Bird (Helen Oyeyemi)
WHY I READ IT: One of those “must-reads,” lent from a friend.
WHAT I THOUGHT: Really more of 1.5 stars than 2 stars for me, I really did not like it. It just wasn’t compelling enough to read to the end, and I ended up skimming a lot.
WHAT I READ: Strangers In Their Own Land (Arlie Hochschild)
WHY I READ IT: Part of my read harder pledge, this nonfiction narrative explores the “Great Paradox” of conservative America (specifically in Louisiana).
WHAT I THOUGHT: I’ll have a lot more to say in a later post, but I LOVED this book – both as a piece of writing (very well done and compelling) and as a piece of research.
WHAT I READ: Dear Mr. You (Mary-Louise Parker. Yes, that Mary-Louise Parker)
WHY I READ IT: One of my favorite (travel) bloggers highlighted this as a favorite of 2016.
WHAT I THOUGHT: My god, I loved this book. One of my two five-star books of the month. This is the most unique celebrity memoir I’ve ever read, as Parker uses a combination of prose and poetic prose to convey key moments in her life via a series of letters to men – some significant men in her life, like her father and grandfather, others seemingly less significant (but you come to see how they keyed into her being) like a cab driver or a firefighter she passed on the street. So beautiful, so tear-worthy.
WHAT I READ: Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
WHY I READ IT: I was tragically behind the curve on this beautiful book.
WHAT I THOUGHT: One of my other five-star books for the month; I can’t believe I waited this long.
WHAT I READ: My Name is Lucy Barton (Elizabeth Strout)
WHY I READ IT: Her Olive Kitteridge is something I moderately enjoyed.
WHAT I THOUGHT: I bumped this up to 3 stars, but it was really more like 2.5. Beautiful writing, but pretty meh.