Tuesday, March 10, 2015

my february books

I feel like I had a solid choice of books this month, and my tastes were all over the place - chick lit, historical fiction, a biological biography, a novel that bordered on being YA, and a book by a blogger. Clearly, something for everyone.

The Husband's Secret - I had heard a lot about Liane Moriarty's books so I was excited to see this offered as an audiobook through the library. At first, the narrator's Australian accent was distracting but I grew to love it. I liked the way the stories of three women intertwined, and while I thought they were all kind of annoying and silly in parts, overall I enjoyed the book. I liked how it made me think that everyone has a story and a secret and that small instances can change things forever. I wish I could have given it 3.5 stars on Goodreads.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home - This book is about loneliness and loss, and not belonging and not caring. I really liked it. I seem to like books where not much happens besides life, but I thought this book was so beautifully written that I had to force myself to put it down more than once. A 14 year old girl loses her uncle to AIDS in the late 80s. He's also her closest friend. There's love, grief, and friendship. It's a hard book to recommend, but I completely loved it. Give it a try if you appreciate pretty prose.

All the Light We Cannot See - I added this to my to reads because I saw it everywhere. After reading the same chapters multiple times and retaining nothing, I quit. Did I miss something?

The Chaperone - This is so outside of my comfort zone. Historical fiction doesn't interest me, but after Kate highly recommended it, I decided to give it a try as an audiobook. The book mostly takes place in the 1920s and hearing a fictionalized account of what life was like was an added bonus to the already very dramatic story. I liked that the story was rooted in reality, too; it's about a woman who chaperones a 15 year old girl in New York City one summer. The girl was an adaptation of a real silent film actress. I thought the book was a bit too long by the end - I thought a simple epilogue could have tied things up nicely - but for the most part, I really enjoyed it.

People I Want to Punch in the Throat - This, as an audiobook, clocked in at a mere five hours (most I've read are closer to 15) and it was written by a mommyblogger, so I thought I would give it a try. It was fine. I hate the word "hubs" as a rule and the fact that the author mostly used that word to refer to her husband throughout the book so I had to hear it aloud was kind of annoying. The snarky attitude was cute, though, and a few parts made me laugh out loud.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - I've known of this book for years, but never took the time to read it. Basically, in the 1950s, the cancerous cells of an African American woman were taken without her knowledge. The cells contained amazing properties and basically revolutionized science. The book chronicles the story of the woman, Henrietta Lacks, and the journey her cells have had since her death, as well as the questions her family was left with after they learned, years later, of the importance of Henrietta to modern medicine. I loved the human side, but some parts got too bogged down in biology. Just skim those, and you'll probably like the book just fine.

Currently reading Beautiful Boy and listening to Monday's Lie (so close to done it kills me!) so those will come next month. Even though I know Yelp reviews are crap, I'm hesitant to go to new restaurants with reviews lower than four stars. I'm the same way on Goodreads - if it has less than 3.75, I carefully consider it before reading. Tell me I'm not the only one who judges a book by its Goodreads rating rather than its cover...

Linking up with Steph and Jana...
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  1. Tell The Wolves I'm Home sounds good and I could handle the blogger one since its a shorter audio book. I totally check out the ratings, though mostly just for which one I want to read first.

  2. I like Liane Moriarty a lot. Not for her literary prowess, but because her stories are good, fun, and usually fairly quick reads. Thanks for showing your books- I am looking for something new.

  3. I loved the Henrietta Lacks book! But, I am a science nerd so I loved all the biology. Her story is just amazing! :) Just like the science behind what they've done with her cells.

  4. I really liked the Husband's Secret as well, though I found it to be a tad predictable. I'd like to read some of her other books!

  5. I had a really hard time with All the Light as well. It was too hard to get into but I did end up pushing though and liking it in the end.

  6. I really wish you could do half stars on Goodreads. To me a 4 or 5 is Pretty Darn Good a 3 is OK, and a 3.5 is Good but Some Errors :) I really liked the Husband's Secret, and I just read What Alice Forgot by her and enjoyed that one too. I've also read Tell The Wolves I'm Home and liked it, though I think I felt it was drawn out a bit and the parents characters or lack of bothered me.

  7. I loved loved loved Tell the Wolves I'm Home.

    Goodreads needs half starts.

    I've seen a few people not enjoy All the Light. I'm not reading it.

  8. I have Tell the Wolves I'm Home and The Husband's Secret on my list. I don't know that I could read PIWTPITT. I used to read her blog, and still do from time to time, but I find her kind of obnoxious and feel like the book would be the same. The Chaperone sounds interesting.

  9. I read The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty and I just couldn't get into it. I finished it but the female character was just such a push over and I just could not find myself relating to her.

    Tell the Wolves I'm home sounds good. I'm going to have to check it out.

    If you like Beautiful Boy, you should read his son's book on his side of the story, Tweak.

  10. I just bought The Husbands Secret and cannot wait to dive into it very soon :)

  11. I'm definitely adding Tell the Wolves I'm Home to my Goodreads. As for ratings, I take Goodreads with a grain of salt because I know that my reading tastes very so much with others. Food, on the other hand, I feel pretty confident in Yelp ratings. I wonder why that is because I'm pretty picky about food...hmm...

  12. The Husband's Secret was a good book!

    I also judge books by Goodreads reviews and yet sometimes I still end up with crap books.

  13. For a new (to me) author I check the 2 star Goodreads ratings to see why they hated it. If it's a 3.5 or better I'm generally pleased.
    I feel bad for not liking bloggers books because I feel like we should stick together but a lot of them are just so meh I can do without them.

  14. After seeing so many great reviews for All The Light We Cannot See, you are the second person this month who said it was SO slow. Interesting... I wonder if it's one of those books that people feel pressured to like, so they give it more time.


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