I already mentioned that this was a slow month for me, book-wise, due to being sick and on vacation and a book I just didn't love, but I still have a few things to say.
All the Bright Places - I wanted to love this book. Honesty, I completely forgot that I read it and since I didn't write my book post as I finished each book like I normally do, I can't remember exactly why I didn't like it. I liked the premise and the characters were likable enough, even though teenagers in books tend to be whiny jerks. I feel like it might be helpful to a teenager in a similar situation, and I did like parts of it, but I guess I didn't like how we were in Theo's head throughout the book until suddenly... we weren't. It's hard to explain, especially because I kind of can't remember, but I mostly liked this one until the end.
(A) The Good Girl - This is yet another book that has been compared to Gone Girl. The (adult) daughter of a judge is kidnapped by a man and taken to a remote cabin in the woods. The story is told from the points of view of her mother, her kidnapper, and the lead detective trying to solve her case and jumps from before the kidnapping, her time in the cabin, and then what happens after the crime is solved. The thing I liked about Gone Girl is that the twist was so surprising, and we got to see the effects of it. Without giving too much away, I want to say that isn't so with this book; a twist is revealed in the last few pages and I was left with a few questions, so the resolution felt abrupt. This was the first book I've read from the list that my library's Book Hunters program suggested for me, and I think they did a good job nailing down my taste.
Who Do You Love - This is the book that (hopefully) ended my reading funk as I finished it over a weekend. If you've read the book One Day, this is similar in that it's the story of two people told little by little over the passage of time. It's a love story, but I really appreciated the author's attention to detail in bringing up things that actually happened during the years being referenced. Again, its ending came abruptly. I would have loved a short epilogue that told me a little more about what happened after the last page. This isn't a work of great literature, but the story and characters kept me interested.
Did Not Finish:
Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? True Stories and Confessions - Several people recommended this to me, but I hated it. HATED. It's short stories, all mostly about nothing, and not tied together at all. I found the tone grating. If this appeared in the newspaper once a week (which, I think it does), it would have been fine, but a book full of stories with no point wasn't for me. I found myself not wanting to read at night, so I blame this one for my slump!
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar - This is a collection of advice, some of which was previously posted online. Sugar is actually Cheryl Strayed (the lady who wrote Wild) and her advice is very no nonsense and drawn from her real life experiences. Some of the passages were beautifully written. Some of the questions and situations didn't apply to me, so I skimmed them. With this one, time mostly ran out and I couldn't finish it. Maybe one day, I'll pick it up again.
Silver Linings Playbook - In the book, Pat is super annoying and doesn't seem like Bradley Cooper. I still have this one, but I doubt I'll go back to it, which is a bummer because I have loved other Matthew Quick books.
I'm even more excited for this link-up and hoping to find an audiobook that will really draw me in. Thanks as always to Steph and Jana and happy one year of Show Us Your Books! I think I speak for lots of people when I say please keep it up!