Hi everyone. So I decided that I wanted to do a mid-month update to see if I’m actually on track with my reading this month for the TBR that I posted at the beginning of the month. So am I? Well….yes and no. Yes because I’m only 100 pages behind where I should be for today in page count. No because I read a book that wasn’t on my TBR and am currently reading two books that also aren’t on it.
What I’ve read so far:
George by Alex Gino. I had also finished this before writing my last post. I highly recommend this to everyone and we need more books like this. I loved this book and the narration of the audiobook was amazing. I still wish there was a little bit more at the end. It felt like it should have had at least one more chapter but maybe that’s just me because I didn’t want to leave George/Melissa. I would definitely read a sequel to this if one is ever done and plan on looking for more written by Alex Gino.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the author, which I think helped make this so amazing. Part of me felt like if there’s a Hell, that I’m going there for laughing from a book about mental illness while the other part felt like if you don’t laugh, because that was the part of the intention with this book, that you’ll go. I could not stop laughing while listening to this and many times people would stare at me while I was out and about because of it but I don’t care. This was great. It’s the first time I’ve ever read anything about mental illness that properly used humor and didn’t read like a textbook. I was lucky to find a physical copy of this when I went to my library’s book sale last week so at some point I will be reading it that way so I can see all of the pictures that she mentions during the audiobook. I feel that will add even more to my experience. Again, highly recommend to everyone because we all know someone who has some form of mental illness whether it be anxiety, depression, bipolar, etc. I will be looking for her other works and she is now one of my auto-buy authors.
The Power by Naomi Alderman. I had started this in October and then got sidetracked reading other things but I made sure to finish it this month. I am glad I did. Overall it was a wonderful book. There were some parts that I didn’t find interesting and could have done without because I felt they weren’t really necessary to the story and I truly hated the ending, but otherwise loved the book. I will be checking out more of her work in the future.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. This wasn’t on my TBR but I was in the mood for a new audiobook to listen to while traveling to work and none of my chosen books were options through my library. It was published in March of 2018 by HarperTeen. I’ve wanted to read this because I’ve heard many good things about it. I now need to find a physical copy of this to check out to see if it’s laid out in a similar manner to how it was read. I loved this. It was like listening to this girl’s life as a slam poem. It’s been a while since I last read any poetry and it was a nice change from what I’ve been reading. I felt for X and her struggle as well as her brother and loved how it ended on a good note. Because I didn’t grow up with religion or the type of cultural upbringing X did, it was interesting seeing what it was like. I think I’ll look for more of her works to see if they’re anything like this for a nice change up from my normal novels.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I actually DNFd this at 209/642 pages. I really wanted to like this and read the full thing, but I really couldn’t get into it. The story went all over the place, many times it was difficult to know which perspective we were in because of how it’s always written in the same POV, there was too much about certain characters travels and actions and barely anything about Dracula (maybe it would change further on but according to other reviews that would be a no), and there wasn’t really anything that made me care for the characters. Maybe if this was a shorter book with more focus it would be better and I would’ve finished it but we’ll never know.
Still need to read:
P.S. I Like You by KasieWest. I started listening to this yesterday. After the nightmare that was my attempt at The Historian, I wanted something light hearted and fun. This was published in July 2016 by Point. I’ve never read Kasie West before and I’ve been wanting to check out more fluffy contemporary romance. This is really hitting the spot and so far I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. This was published in June 2003 by Anchor. I found this when I went to my library book sale and had to pick it up. It’s James’ memoir of his time while in rehab and is very hard hitting and real. The way he describes the sensation of going through withdrawal is intense and very accurate. The writing may seem strange to some but if you have gone through addiction/withdrawal you definitely understand and relate to it so it’s not hard to go along with it. I’m loving his views on the Twelve Step program. Like myself, he thinks that it is bullshit and just a way for people to take the blame off of themselves for their problems. I have about 80 pages left and can’t wait to see how he wraps it up.
And there you have it. What I’ve read so far, what I’m currently reading, and what I still need to read this month. So far it’s a good month for reading and I think I can finish everything. Now we just have to see if I actually do.