At the end of every month, I’ll do a reading recap of all the books I’ve read that month coupled with a brief review. Making more time to read is one of my goals for this new year and it’s been enriching so far.
Recently, my friend suggested that we start a book club, discussion optional and only if we figure there’s something to talk about. This is probably going to amp up my game because… I’m competitive.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
rating: did not finish
I really wanted to like this one, I really did! I’ve heard so many things about Gaiman, especially this book. But… I don’t know. I couldn’t finish it. Maybe it’s because I picked the wrong one to start with—or that I picked the 10th anniversary edition, which included everything the editors cut out. This hasn’t turned me off Gaiman, though! Does anyone have any recommendations for a different one of his?
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell seems to be an author that I don’t really like but keep reading. Some of hers are good and some, like Eleanor & Park, I didn’t like. This one was only interesting in the way where I was curious about its resolution; but was weird in a way where were this to happen in real life, everyone would be creeped out about it. Basically the premise is an internet security man has to ensure that employees aren’t doing anything wrong with the internet… and ends up reading all of this woman’s email interactions with her friend. What?
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This book has made its way through my office like wildfire. And for good reason. It’s a love story that addresses the difficult place of an African immigrant into the States; navigating the culture differences of Caucasian America, Black America, African-immigrant America, and finally, the difficulties of returning to one’s home country after years away. Mostly, it addresses the strange “unspoken” rules of America, which are both enlightening and empathetic for me. Despite the issues that it tackles, the book does so in a completely engrossing way—definitely one that I think about while not reading.
Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Susan Elizabeth Phillips had always been on my list of must-read romance authors… her Chicago Stars series was the one that hooked me into this guilty-pleasure drama. Also, we’re both from Chicago, hey! This book, however, was completely different from anything I’ve ever read from her—but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It had more of a Linda Howard feel to it with the mystery attempted-murderer and all, but with a weird element of puppets? Overall, a good book to pass the time, especially after the heavy Americanah, but nothing that would really stick with me.
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen did for me in YA novels what Susan Elizabeth Phillips did for me in romance novels. I loved her books Just Listen and The Truth About Forever but wasn’t really fond of her other ones. I picked this up as an easy audiobook to follow for my drive to Houston… and will never listen to anything by this woman again. Can you say Valley Girl accent? The story itself was ok, but not exactly riveting. Maybe it’s me; maybe I’ve outgrown this style of YA books.
What did you read this month?