NUMBER OF BOOKS READ: 8. A bit of a slow month for me.
NUMBER OF FEMALE AUTHORS VS MALE AUTHORS: All ladies!
NUMBER OF DIVERSE (non-American) SETTINGS: Technically 2 had many scenes set outside of the U.S., but since those two were set in 1) England and 2) various locations visited by an American, I don’t know if it counts. Whoops! What I DO like is a lot of the books I read – especially All the Ugly and Wonderful Things and Dreamland Burning – explore parts of America and its ugly underbelly in ways I did not previously explore.
RATINGS SPREAD: Four 5-star reviews, Two 4-star reviews, Two 3-star reviews. Good month!
WHAT I READ: All The Ugly and Wonderful Things (Bryn Greenwood)
WHY I READ IT: On many Best of 2016 lists.
WHAT I THOUGHT: Incredibly challenging, hard to decide how I feel, but such a well-written slice of life that kept me compelled the whole time.
WHAT I READ: My Husband’s Wife (Jane Corry)
WHY I READ IT: One of my favorite lifestyle bloggers was reading it!
WHAT I THOUGHT: A fun read, but it could have used some structural readjustment to decide what kind of book it was going to be.
WHAT I READ: The Diviners (Libba Bray)
WHY I READ IT: A podcast I listen to recommend this (and its sequel) as one of the Best Books They Read in 2016.
WHAT I THOUGHT: Totally scared the piss out of me (I’m very ladylike) and is definitively NSFchildren, but I’m pumped to dive into Book #2.
WHAT I READ: Lair of Dreams (Libba Bray)
WHY I READ IT: See above!
WHAT I THOUGHT: Still totally scary, but I liked this one even more than the first. Too bad we aren’t closer to October and the release of the third!
WHAT I READ: A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)
WHY I READ IT: I first read this book in 2015 and decided to give it a reread when I was sick and had little brainpower for anything else.
WHAT I THOUGHT: Ugh, I love this book SO much. I’m so glad I decided to give it a reread – it just hits everything I need in a book, AND it turns out the 3rd book comes out in early May so I had good timing in my reread!
WHAT I READ: A Court of Mist and Fury (Sarah J. Maas)
WHY I READ IT: BECAUSE THESE BOOKS BLOW MY SKIRT UP AND I LOVE THEM!!
WHAT I THOUGHT: May 2nd cannot come soon enough. GIMME MORE!
WHAT I READ: Dreamland Burning (Jennifer Latham)
WHY I READ IT: Book club!
WHAT I THOUGHT: An incredible and important re-telling of a deliberately hidden historical event. More to come next week.
WHAT I READ: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding (Kristin Newman)
WHY I READ IT: Even though her name is spelled incorrectly in my opinion, I do like travel memoirs.
WHAT I THOUGHT: Well-written, albeit a little eye-rolley at times as all travel memoirs are, but I still slammed through this book and enjoyed reading it.
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