Book reviews! Book reviews! Calling all bookworms! Let's hug!
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: This is one of those books I love to hate. I despised nearly every character, but at the same time I couldn't put the darn book down because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Yes, a little Gone Girl-ish, but less creepy. Still dark. The fact that it's set in England was my favorite part. Worth the read if you want to get sucked into a book. Just know that you might wish you could crawl inside the book to smack a few characters around.
Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls: I adored this book. It's the precursor to The Glass Castle, which I actually haven't read yet but is sitting on my coffee table right now and is next on my list to read. It's a true story about growing up in a wild-west-meets-Great-Depression-era. I found the whole story enchanting and fascinating. This book will make you want to hop on a horse and ride it to the nearest one-room schoolhouse.
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes: UGH. I liked the story until the end. I had no idea what this book was about, so I threw it in my bag as we were leaving for the hospital when I was in labor, and I'm so glad I didn't read it while I was there. The story plus my post-partum hormones and lack of sleep would've sent me to the depths of despair. It's essentially the whole Brittany Maynard saga in a book, which I did not realize until I started reading it. Everyone else loved this book, but given my contrarian nature, I am doomed to hate it.
Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan: This book came out when I was newly pregnant, and I had to unfollow Jim on twitter and instagram because the pictures of the book along with various food items made me heave more than once. I had to wait until after I gave birth to read this book due to my 9 months of morning sickness, and it was worth the wait. It's hysterical. It made me crave hot dogs like I've never craved anything in my life. My only issue is that a lot of the book came straight out of his stand-up routines, which I'm quite familiar with, so it seemed a bit recycled. If you're not as familiar with his routines, read this immediately. Just don't read it while hungry. Trust me.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: If you've been around here for more than two seconds then you know I have an unnatural love of WWII. This book follows a blind French girl and a German boy through the war. The years and points-of-view bounce around which can be confusing at times, but it's such a good story that sticks with you. The writing is very poetic, and I wish I could've basked in it a little longer, but I had four days to read this to get it back to the library on time, and this book is a beast.
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill: My aunt came to visit after Gracie was born, and she told me about this book. Jenna is the niece of the head of Scientology, David Miscavige. I knew Scientology was a weird religion, but I had no idea how bizarre it actually is. She wrote about her experience growing up in it and how she eventually escaped. It is a SAGA. I was seriously stunned at the things they teach people and what they force them to endure. If you're curious about Scientology or what it's about, it's worth the read. It's very detailed and wordy and could've used a little more editing, but it's crazy. It's insane. You'll never look at Tom Cruise the same way again.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler: Do I even need to write this review? Hasn't everyone already read this by now? I love Amy Poehler to pieces. I think she's one of the most talented performers/actors/comedians of our day. But I didn't love this book. There were parts that were great, but I thought she came off a little obnoxious at times. The chapters on Parks and Rec and her friendship with Tina made it all worth it.
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan: I remember when Marina died right after her Yale graduation. I remember reading her essay as it went viral. I loved it. It resonated with me as I was only one year out of college at the time. She reminds me of a real-life Rory Gilmore. She was from New England, went to Yale, and majored in English. Her writing could put many famous authors to shame. However, I didn't love all the essays and stories in this book. Some of her fiction was just weird and left me feeling like she just really likes smoking pot. Some of her non-fiction essays felt more like research papers and assignments her former professors handed over to the publisher. But overall, it's good.
What have you been reading? What should I read? Tell me everything. I'm definitely not reading a book on the Amish right now. Nope, not at all.