Tuesday, September 12, 2017

show us your books: august 2017

I added a reading tracker to my bullet journal which really made me set aside time to read daily (I told you, my love of checkboxes runs deep). However, I had about two weeks post-Harvey where I didn't care about my bullet journal or reading or anything, and it shows. Here's to better habits with what's left of September.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - I am a total TJR fangirl so my expectations for this book were sky high. It was fine. It kept my attention well enough, but I didn't love it like I love her other books. It was missing the fun little details that make the characters relatable and it was about a movie star who was not relatable at all. I don't not recommend it, but if you haven't exhausted all of her other books, go there first. I just didn't care enough about any of the characters in this story for much of it to stick with me.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl - Issa Rae created Insecure on HBO and her book is about her upbringing, dealing with her Sengalese parents, being black, and some awkwardness. Truth? I liked it while I was reading it but I don't remember much about it. It wasn't told in a linear way, which probably affected my perception a lot.

Holding Up the Universe - I was in the mood for something kind of mindless and easy and this book was perfect. I finished it in three nights. If you don't mind teen angst and want some faith in the next generation restored, it's a cute story. A girl once called "America's Fattest Teen" and a boy who can't recognize faces become an unlikely couple (spoiler alert, but it's a teen book, so what did you expect?). I appreciated the lack of terminal illness, I can say that for sure.

Columbine - You should not read a book about a national tragedy while your city is being pummeled with a natural disaster. This was not a good choice on my part and as such, I had to force myself to get through the last 50 pages. If you know next to nothing about Columbine, read this. I was in middle school when it happened and didn't realize how much I didn't know. It talks about the events leading up to the shooting, humanizes the victims, compiles what is known about the parents, and talks about how the investigation was full of mistakes and the media got the whole story wrong. Eric and Dylan weren't bullied, did you know that? I learned so much reading this, even though it was hard to get through. It was very well done, even though it was emotionally draining at times.

I need to start keeping notes about books since I always forget how they made me feel when it's time to write these posts... Linking up with Steph and Jana.

18 comments:

  1. I've owned Columbine for YEARS now - I guess since it came out, and I still need to read it. Sometime soon though! I have heard that this book says Eric and Dylan weren't bullied, which is weird because one of their friends (well, childhood friend of Dylan more but he went to school at Columbine) wrote a book and he made it sound like there WAS bullying or at least not a great atmosphere at Columbine.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  2. I know you already commented on mine so I'm like half replying to that and half responding to your post - good to know about TJR, I've never read anything else by her so I figure I'll definitely like it! I'll add her stuff to my next reading list.

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  3. Harvey is definitely a reason for not reading much :( I haven't watched any of Issa Rae's YouTube or TV shows, but reading Misadventures this month made me want to learn more about her work.

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  4. oh such a bummer about Evelyn Hugo. I do agree about those little details, but I loved it regardless. It was so different compared to her other books. Holding Up the Universe is on my list. I like a good teenage mindless book every now and again (and other times teenagers annoy the crap out of me, I like it when they don't really act like teenagers lol).

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  5. I can't do Columbine nonfiction books.

    I loved Evelyn Hugo - her flawed self was awesome. I liked it more than the other TJR I read, but I've only read one other.

    I try to jot down my feeling on a book as soon as I finish it. Just a sentence. Otherwise I forget.

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  6. I loved Evelyn Hugo but it was my first TJR book and I've seen others mention that it's a bit of a break from her usual style. I want to pick up another book by her but admit I'm a little nervous because I loved EH so much that her other books won't resonant as strongly with me. Probably just being silly! :D

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  7. I read Columbine a few years ago and even though it is a heavy book I am really glad I read it.

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  8. I am adding Columbine to my list of books to read! and possibly the Evelyn Hugo, I keep seeing that one everywhere.

    So many great recommendations!

    I loved Isa Rae's book too! I want to watch her show, but then I start reading another book and forget about it.

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  9. My friend Laura read a book written by the mom of the Columbine shooter and the book sounded a little infuriating hearing everything from her point of view. I was a senior in high school when this happened and I only remember a few of the details. Might need to read this. I like Evelyn Hugo, but not as much as a few of TJRs others.

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  10. I felt the opposite about Evelyn. I think it's her best. Holding Up the Universe was fine but not my favorite YA I've ever read.

    Columbine is on my TBR but I have to be in the mindset to read it and I can't get there. I did read Sue Klebold's book and have strong opinions on that one.

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  11. Yeah I can see why the Columbine book would have been tough to read all during the Harvey stuff. Holding Up The Universe sounds like a really cute read, and I'm definitely adding it to my list! I read my first TJR book this month, and I loved it so I'll probably still give Evelyn Hugo a chance.

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  12. I'm surprised by your review of "The Seven Husbands of..." since everyone else in the world loved it, haha. It's good to have differing opinions, though. I know nothing about the Columbine tragedy so I might check that one out. I'll need to have a light book on deck afterward, though.

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  13. I feel like The Seven Husbands book is a popular one! I only know about Columbine, what I've seen on TV and stuff. We had an assembly in high school on Rachel's impact in the world but not sure that I'd ever read the book? I have hard time with real-life tragedy. Reading it that is...

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  14. Oh man, I read Columbine last year and it was so emotional and exhausting to read.

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  15. Reading Sue Klebold's book was eye-opening in the sense that I learned a lot of backstory. Even if it was skewed to her POV.

    THAT'S what was missing from Evelyn Hugo. The fun little realistic fiction details that make me love TJR.

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  16. So this Columbine book has actually been on my list for YEARS, but I've yet to go through with reading it. I have always had an odd, morbid fascination with the Columbine massacre and this book is kind of the last piece of the puzzle but it's never felt like a good time to read it. I guess that's the point, but still. I want to read it, but I'm not sure how to prepare for it.

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  17. YA is definitely becoming my choice for mindless reading. I think my daughter has Holding Up The Universe, so I will make a mental note for my next reading break. I'm so excited to have this recommendation :)

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  18. TJR is on my list but Evelyn Hugo doesn't sound like my jam. Holding Up The Universe sounds really interesting. I love the variety of books you read! Here from SUYB. XO - Alexandra

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