Tuesday, March 8, 2016

february books in haiku

I love this linkup. What I sometimes don't love about this linkup is that so many great books are recommended, I feel like everyone who participates reads the same books over and over. Posts start to sound the same and it gets easy to skim the 75th opinion you see of The Girl on the Train. This month, I mostly read books that I have read opinions on many times before. In order to keep my post interesting, I tried to give you the gist of each book in haiku form. I also included other thoughts on it in case you're interested, but mostly for my own benefit.

(A) Crazy Rich Asians -
Rich people are weird
Lots of fashion names were dropped
Ridiculous plot.

This was like a soap opera so if you're into that, you'll like it. It was great for the way to and from work. There was a bit too much description of characters that was completely irrelevant, but after talking to my friend who lives in Singapore, I found other descriptors particularly interesting.

After You -
Lou will never learn.
Teens are a dumb plot device
No tears with this one

At the end of my last post, I said I was reading this but not enjoying it. Kristen said to read it like it wasn't a sequel and let it stand on its own. I took her advice and thought it was much better. Me Before You is a much better story, but if you like Jojo Moyes and how she writes relationships and dialogue, give this one a try. Though I could have done without there being a dramatic teenager plus Lou's lack of maturity, but that could just be me.

The Nightingale -

 France in World War II
A family's love endures
It might make you cry.

I got really into this one. I don't remember learning much about France during WWII but the history there is heartbreaking. It dragged in parts, but there was enough going on to where I always wanted more from at least one character's storyline.

(A) The Last Anniversary -

Island mystery
Love interests take a back seat
I want marble cake

I liked that for a Liane Moriarty book, there was more going on than romantic love. I also like that there weren't three female characters with intertwining stories. But, like most of her books, there's a huge event where everything comes together. This book was cute and fluffy in the typical Moriarty way but also had some more serious themes to cut through the fluff. I liked it.

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works -

Inside newsroom life
Meditation works for some
Respond, don't react

I'm an ABC News watcher, so I picked up this book both to see how the author, Dan Harris, got happier, but also for insider tidbits about the news branch. Harris talks about his work life and a little about his personal life and the things that lead to him having an on-air meltdown and who and what he studied to get past that and learn to manage stress. He talks about religious ideas without being preachy and offers tips that people of any mindset or religion can apply in their own ways. While I don't think I'll pick up meditation anytime soon, the mantra to respond, don't react and some of his thoughts on success have stayed with me.

Love and Miss Communication: A Novel -

When she went offline
She learned that Facebook stalking
Was overrated.

I liked the idea behind this - a woman gives up on the internet during a time in her life when she happens to be single and unemployed. As someone who feels like she spends way too much time with her nose buried in a device, I was interested to see how a person - even a fictional one - fared in these circumstances. Some of the situations were funny - not knowing about social events because she didn't get evites anymore - and others were enlightening. She wasn't able to google a date beforehand and didn't know some very public things about him. It definitely made me think about how we process life in the digital age but as a story, it was just okay.

I'm currently having a hard time finding an audiobook I love (I quit Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Infinite Home, The Condition, and probably Mosquitoland) and my nighttime reading time has been reduced in favor of going to bed early so I can go to the gym in the mornings. I do try to read while on the elliptical, but my pace is definitely slower. Looking forward to some new finds today. Thanks as always to Steph and Jana for hosting!


  1. Nightingale started slow for me but then I really got into the story, I like books set during WWII and I like stories about the bravery that happened during the war.

    I added The Last Anniversary and Love And Miss Communication to my to reads list.

    I get tired of seeing reviews for the same book too. Lately I've been trying to pick some books that have been on my TBR for a while, I've even went so far as to look back at number top books in years before I started using Goodreads. I feel like I've missed great books that were published pre-Goodreads and pre-blogging.

  2. This is such a clever review format. Love it!
    I haven't read After You yet, though I loved Me Before You. I've just seen so many mixed reviews, with all the bad ones being really bad, that I think it'll be safer for my love of the first book to just skip it :)

  3. hahaha love this! i agree, you do start to see the same books over and over. i have thought about doing book reviews in gifs before haha but i have too many feelings, apparently.
    i do agree about After You and the teenager. I think there was too much going on, and if I wanted to read about teenagers.. I would. I don't like when they pop up and be all annoying in adult fiction.
    I loved the nightingale. i cried a lot.
    that sucks about the audiobooks. i am currently listening to one i'm somewhat enjoying, but not loving. and i definitely can't read on the elliptical (unless you count audiobooks, which is what i listen to).

  4. I know what you mean about the same books going around and around. It's interesting too because my family and friends in real life haven't heard of half of the books I've read because they just pick something up that's on the "new releases" shelf at a library or bookstore...anyway, I love your haikus!! I am about to start The Nightingale as part of Erin's book challenge, so I appreciated reading your review (and the haiku about it ;))

  5. I cannot adequately express how much I love your use of haikus.

    I wish people would infuse more blood into the linkup but I know I can't tell people to read something from outside of it!

  6. I am glad you read Last Anniversary!!! I really did like that one and was glad it was a little different than her other books since I read them back to back. I just finished Me Before You and cant wait to read After You. I am going to read it like you and Kristen said. Crazy Rich Asians sounds interesting. I really loved your haiku take on the books!!!!! Made yours the best link up to read today :)

  7. I got rid of facebook (although not full on internet) years ago... who knew I could have written a story about my life?! Damnit. haha I love this haiku version!

  8. So creative Lauren!! Love it!! I have Nightingale on my hold for the library already. I have not read any of the other ones. I read Me Before You, but just not sure about After You...it seems to get VERY mixed reviews.

  9. I actually really liked After You. The Nightingale is one of my favorite books ever!! I also really enjoyed The Last Anniversary. Creative book post idea!

  10. haha. This may very well be your most inspiring posts yet. I quit the Nightingale because it was just a little too heavy to read around the holidays.

  11. I completely agree with you about Crazy Rich Asians! it was entertaining for the most part, but it was so extravagant that i couldn't relate or even place anything in my mind. Soap Opera is a good way to describe it!

  12. I did not love 10% Happier. It was not what it was advertised as at all.

    I felt the same way about After You.

    This is my favorite post of today.

  13. Dude. Your haikus. Awesome! (that wasn't a haiku, obviously, just keeping it short & sweet.)

  14. Ha ha, this is seriously such a cool idea for a post. I love a good haiku & wiggling it into a book post is even better. Reading on the elliptical is a good idea; I'd probably trip. :]

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  15. Crazy Rich Asians. I tried, I even rechecked it from the library and could never start it. After You. I agree about the teenager. The book would have been fine without her. I feel like it was just filler.The Nightingale. Loved with everything I have. The Last Anniversary. Started last night, so we'll see.

  16. Love your haikus! I get so many good recommendations from the link-up, but it can get repetitive, which I am definitely guilty of contributing to as well! I loved The Nightingale. So, so good!

  17. It is pretty amazing how people tend to read the same books every month, probably because people talk about how great they are! I actually just picked up Crazy Rich Asians from Half Price Books this weekend, and I can't wait to read it! I still haven't read Me Before You, but hopefully I'll get to it soon! I selected The Nightingale to read for a book challenge, and I'm fully prepared to feel all the feels with that one!

  18. the nightengale has been at the library on hold for MONTHS! i've heard it's so good.

  19. Those haikus are inspired! Love it. The Last Anniversary is now firmly on my list, and I'm going to try and branch out with my reading choices... Although trying Hemingway didn't go so well, I am not discouraged just yet!!

  20. Crazy Rich Asians already on my list! and LOVE the haiku style :).

  21. This is officially my favorite book post in the kingdom of ever. So very fun! Do you mind if I borrow the idea!? :)

    1. Awww thanks! And of course not - I just can't find a way to email you to tell you that!


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