If you follow me on any form of social media, you know that I just spent the past weekend at the ATX Festival, aka the Gilmore Girls reunion. In eager anticipation of this event, I spent more time than I should probably admit listening to the Gilmore Guys podcast, binge-watching Girl Meets World, and reading random wikipedia entries for shows featured at the festival. My reading felt light this month, and I miss it. I don't want to get back into my former ways of using all my down time for fluff. That said, I still made it through a few things.
As usual, audio books are denoted with an (A).
(A) The Art of Fielding - I'm not sure why I loved this book so much or who I would recommend it to. The description on Goodreads pretty much summarizes the book better than I ever could. I loved the voice, the friendships, the long prose, the sports camaraderie, the coming-of-age, and all the detail. I'm not sure if I would have loved it this much in print, but I highly recommend it as an audiobook; the narrator was very, very good. It's the book that I loved the most this month and the one I keep thinking about.
Stolen - I wanted to like this book, but it never quite clicked for me. I hate it when people tell me about their dreams in real life in detail so the fact that there were at least three dreams described in this book in detail just annoyed me. I've also probably read too much about real life kidnappings for this fictionalized story to leave much of an impression.
(A) Three Wishes - Do all of Liane Moriarty's books have three female characters, someone dealing with a death, and a central event that gets all of the major characters, no matter how unrelated, together? If that's her formula, then I don't need to read any more of her books. This book was fluffy and mindless but didn't really do much for me, though I slightly preferred it to The Husband's Secret and I love the pleasant Australian narrator in the audiobook.
Coming Clean - If you've ever gotten sucked into Hoarders, then you should read this book. It's a memoir by a woman raised by hoarders - her father who loved paper and her mother who loved buying things she didn't need. Aspects of her upbringing were absolutely disgusting and it was interesting to get the perspective of someone who loved someone with this disorder yet was powerless to just throw their stuff away. It's free in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library and worth the download.
The Girl on the Train - I may have had too high of expectations for this book, or maybe it's because I read it a few pages at a time at some points. I liked it, but I didn't feel that the different narrators' voices were different enough to automatically know whose part I was on as I went through. It has been compared to Gone Girl, and as much as I hated that story's ending, I think I liked reading it better overall. It will definitely keep your attention if you like books in this genre, and if you can get over the downright ridiculousness of the main narrator, it's worth a read. I found Rachel's antics so hard to accept that I spent a lot of my attention thinking about how I would not respect her if she were a real person.
(A) Eleanor and Park - After I read Fangirl and mostly didn't like it, I almost skipped this one completely. Bre assured me that I should give it a shot (and looking at Goodreads, many more of my friends agreed) and I'm glad I did. Since the book is told from the POV of both Eleanor and Park, there was both a male and a female narrator, so it was great to listen to. It was a cute, YA story that had so many great descriptors of first love in it. It was a great trip down memory lane for me and something I would recommend to my almost fifteen year old niece, if she were into sappier stuff. It wasn't life changing, but it did make me feel warm and fuzzy (at times) and also made me feel lots of empathy for Eleanor, so overall, I really liked it.
I'm trying to get through The Farm, but it's written in such a rambling way that I'm finding it hard. I feel like I'm too far through to throw in the towel completely, though, and I do want to see how it ends. I also have Reconstructing Amelia checked out at the library and that seems like an easier read, so it's on the agenda. Plus, I have at least two massively long posts in my head about my amazing weekend, so getting that all out will cut into my reading time. It will be worth it, though.
I love this linkup and check out all the posts eventually, even though I don't comment. So happy that Steph and Jana host it each month.