I am on a MAJOR book bender.
Oddly, it takes me forever to get back into reading. Sometimes, I’ll go months (like, 8+ months) not reading a single book because I’ll be stuck on a terrible read that just ruins all other books for me. But once I find a good book to get me over the hump, I’m back at it with a vengeance.
While I’m 13 books behind in my GoodReads Challenge, I’m not giving up! I’ll just be over here, keeping my nose down…in a book.
Kitchens in the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal: Love this book. Such a sweet, easy read. I also respect that the author wrote the book a little differently, by changing perspectives every chapter. It oddly wasn’t too confusing and just added to the depth of the novel.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling: Not going to lie, I wasn’t a huge fan of Mindy’s first novel. Compared to Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, Mindy’s first book fell flat. Well, for all the ways I was bored by Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, I loved Why Not Me?. If you follow this squad of feminists, I highly recommend picking up her book.
Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler: Hard pass. And this isn’t because I hate Chelsea. I actually really like Chelsea (hence why I chose this book). But the end is riddled with spelling errors and the stories are boring, especially compared to her standup or previous novels.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Konmari: If you haven’t heard of the KonMari method, now’s the time to get on it! I mean, it’s becoming a TV show for heaven’s sake. Essentially, this lovely lady teaches you how to organize your life and how, by organizing your things, you can organize your health, love life and happiness. Pretty interesting read and definitely made me re-think what I keep and what I throw away and why. She is a bit out there though, so I would take everything she suggests and apply it only in ways that work for you.
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Jamison: If there are any medically-minded people out there, they would love this book. That said, I have no intention of joining the medical profession anytime soon (and though I admire it, I would actively turn away from any opportunity that would bring me even remotely close to bleeding or ill people) and yet, I loved this book. I think it was a best seller when it was first released, and some psych students even have to read this book for class! Lucky them.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: Yes, I’m still reading this. “Nicole! It’s so good!’ Okay, that might be true…but it’s taking me for FRIGGIN’ EVER. It’s a huge book and I’m just not to the point of the book where it gets good yet. Right now, the little boy just seems to be wandering aimlessly around Las Vegas.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: Okay, so I finished this book. It took all of, um, A WEEK. I thought this book was going to be like The Notebook or Twilight–all sappy, stupid and just pop culture hype. WRONG. Read this book! It made me cry. It’s so good and just a beautiful, unexpected love story.
Spinster by Kate Bolick: Saw this on the shelves and had to pick it up. I’m trying to read more books that challenge me or that I wouldn’t normally read, and this fell into that category. Stay tuned.
What books are you reading right now? I’m clearly looking for someone to talk books with me. Any recommendations? Do you belong to a book club? Am I just going book crazy?