My library is sort of an amazing place, where you can request a book online, and they will place it on a special shelf at the front so you can quickly grab it. Sometimes the wait list is long, and sometimes there is a gap of time until your next book becomes available, but it’s still phenomenal! This is a free service?! I love libraries.
This month, I had a lot of success grabbing the books from my annual book list. So much success, that I think I only have 3 books left on the list to read! Thanks to a trip to my parents’ cottage at the beginning of April, I was able to read more than I usually can fit in. Here’s a rundown of the books I read, and what I thought of them:
Three books I recommend?
Divergent – A fun, quick read + absolutely reminded me of how I felt reading Hunger Games.
Someday, Someday, Maybe – Can a beloved actress write a decent novel? Yes, yes she can. Although I did like it better because I could hear Lauren Graham’s wit and voice throughout the book.
The Fault in Our Stars – For a teen novel this hits on all big, emotional topics: life, love + death. Plus the setting was our neighborhood in Indianapolis, so it was a little bizarre to recognize every landmark. Definitely worth reading and makes me want to hunt down John Green’s other books.
Two books I quit after a few chapters?
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories + This One Is Mine. I wanted to love B.J. Novak’s book of short stories, but I have a weak stomach for excessive use of strong language. He’s a smart writer, so if language doesn’t bother you it would be worth picking up. I tried Maria Semple’s debut novel after enjoying her wit in Where’d You Go, Bernadette, but the storyline took a turn towards adultery (and I even read the last couple pages, which didn’t seem to have redemption for any of the characters). So I give it two thumbs down.
One book I’ve decided not to read after all?
The Goldfinch – Although it won a Pulitzer Prize and is sure to be a compelling read, I learned that the plot centers around the death of a mother, which can drum up my deep-seeded fears for my kids. So, I’m going to pass, at least for this season of life.
Now I’m waiting for Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent series, with only 100 people ahead of me on the list. What have you been reading lately?