Tuesday, June 9, 2015

may books

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.

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15 comments:

  1. The Art of Fielding sounds interesting. I am adding that one to my "to read" list.

    I cannot wait to hear/read all about your weekend! ;)

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  2. Girl On The Train was just such a miserable read for me, everyone was so blah in the book I had to read a fluffy happy book after I was done.

    I think The Art of Fielding sounds interesting, I like baseball!

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  3. So The Farm is not really worth it? Because I'd need to buy it to read it. My library doesn't have it.

    I think that is Moriarty's formula. I can deal with formula in mystery thrillers with the same detective character but not really in stand a lone books.

    I HATE when people describe dreams. I zone out IMMEDIATELY. I hated those parts of Stolen.

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  4. I picked up Girl on the Train and The Rent Collector at Barnes and Noble this weekend. I know I should use that building called a library, but David and I just have too much fun wandering around the bookstore. (I also picked up an adult coloring book! I am way too excited about it.) I really enjoyed Gone Girl, so I'm hoping to like Girl on the Train, but from your description and a comment on this post, it sounds like I definitely won't love it. I got The Rent Collector because some of our friends are trying to start a book club and one of the guys heard good things about this one, so that's what we're starting with. It sounds depressing. We'll see how it goes. I need to read it by the end of this month, so I need to get started on it...
    I am totally pumped for your ATX recap posts!

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  5. Liane Moriarty is not an author I tend to like either. I totally agree with Girl On Train, the main character I would have hated in real life and most of the other supporting characters too. Coming Clean sounds really good, I am oddly fascinated and disgusted by hoarders.

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  6. I really loved Eleanor and Park! The Art of Fielding and Three Wishes are on my list and now I'm adding Coming Clean. Great books!

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  7. E&P was one of my favorite books of last year so I'm glad you enjoyed it! I am sad to hear that you didn't enjoy Stolen, though. The Girl on the Train was great but I found Rachel to be insufferable and that's why I didn't rate is as high as some others did.

    Coming Clean is on my to-read list as is The Art of Fielding.

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  8. I still haven't read Eleanor and Parks but it is on my list to read. I loved Attachments, so I have a feeling I would like it too. I am on the fence about Girl on the Train. I feel like I don't even want to bother with it because so many people say it wasn't as good as it was hyped up to be and that the characters are really unlikable. I have a hard time reading a book if I hate all of the characters.

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  9. Coming Clean sounds very interesting. It is too funny we had very similar reviews of Girl On The Train. I liked the Husband's Secret, but I can see how her books seem the same. I did feel like the one I read this month was like a combination of the other two I read by her. YES, I am so excited to read about the ATX festival (which in my head I call the Gilmore Girls thing) :)

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  10. I have never listened to an audio book. BUT. I've read E&P and adored it and listening to it in two voices sounds really intriguing.

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  11. omggg one of my biggest pet peeves ever is people telling me about their dreams. once or twice is ok, but i have a few friends who recount them every day, to everyone. too much.

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  12. Coming Clean sounds like my type of book since I find Hoarders so interesting yet repulsive ;). I'm sorry you didn't like FanGirl because I liked it slightly more (just slightly) than Eleanor & Park. Both 2 of my favorite books.

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  13. I'm glad you liked Eleanor & Park! I skipped your review of The Girl on the Train because I'm at 25% right now.
    I honestly cannot describe why I loved The Art of Fielding but it is just fantastic. I still think about it. A lot lol.

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  14. I'm glad you liked Eleanor & Park! I skipped your review of The Girl on the Train because I'm at 25% right now.
    I honestly cannot describe why I loved The Art of Fielding but it is just fantastic. I still think about it. A lot lol.

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  15. I'm glad you liked Eleanor & Park! I skipped your review of The Girl on the Train because I'm at 25% right now.
    I honestly cannot describe why I loved The Art of Fielding but it is just fantastic. I still think about it. A lot lol.

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