What I Read This Spring, Part 1

Happy Wednesday! I’ve been doing a ton of reading this year, and wanted to recap whats been in my Overdrive queue. Some things I’ve loved, and some things I’ve hated, so this is a no holds barred recap 🙂

Truth and BeautyTruth and Beauty is the sometimes dark story of the friendship between two women who met in college. It was a pretty swift read, but with an engaging plot. While it wasn’t particularly challenging or deep, I’d still recommend it to others, and likely reread it myself- the message regarding loving and supporting someone who is self-destructing was worthwhile, for me.

The House GirlThe House Girl is told from the perspectives of two protagonists, one in the modern era and one in the 1850s. This isn’t my favorite form of narration, but it wasn’t terribly distracting in this novel. In the modern setting, a young lawyer is working on a case regarding reparation for a client, while the historical setting relates the story of a young enslaved woman. To be honest, the plot line relating the two stories was a bit weak and predictable. I did, however, really enjoy the story set in the 1800s. I don’t mind that I spent time reading this book, but I wouldn’t read it again, and might not recommend it to others. On the other hand, it was a NYT Best Seller, so what do I know?

Dad is FatDad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan, is unexpectedly hilarious! Actually, it was unexpectedly a lot of things. As you may know, Jim Gaffigan is a comedian whose comedy is both funny, and family friendly. In this autobiographical book, he’s self-deprecating in his examination of his children, his relationships, and his take on parenting. It’s both laugh out loud funny and surprisingly sweet- you can see that he really cares for his family, and values his wife and relationship with her. After I’d read about a third of this book, I went to Amazon and ordered another copy for my pregnant sister in law. So, yes, I would read this again and definitely recommend it to others!

Night CircusThe Night Circus– I loved this book. Loved it. Emily Morgenstern tells the story of two magicians who have been raised since childhood to compete with one another in their craft. This is a love story, a magic/fantasy story, and story of relationships and complicated webs of cause and effect- it’s wonderful. I highly recommend it, and I recommend that you prepare to really engage with the book- it’s not really a light read or chick lit, it’s a book that requires that you pay some attention if you really intend to follow the plot.

An Abundance of KAtherinesAn Abundance of Katherines. I chose this book based purely on the author, John Green, since I adored The Fault in Our Stars. I have mixed feelings about this novel- it’s the story of a kid who keeps dating, and being dumped by, girls named Katherine. In the end, it’s supposed to be the story of discovering and reinventing ones self, but I mostly just kept getting caught up in how irritating the characters were- I was legit frustrated by Colin, the main character, who I think was supposed to be the quirky kid. I wouldn’t dissuade others from reading it, but I wouldn’t likely re-read, or actively recommend it to friends.

Miss PMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children– I’m sorry. Many people that I know are reading this, or have recently read it, but I just couldn’t, with this book. I didn’t get the premise, I couldn’t get on board with the story, I was never persuaded to care about the characters and, in the end, this was a book that I couldn’t make myself finish. That made book club a little more challenging than usual, but I just really, really did not care for it.

I have probably two more installments of ‘What I Read’ that will be coming up over the next few weeks, so if you’re looking for a new book, keep an eye out! Have you read anything really good or really bad lately? I’d love some new      recommendations for pool reading 🙂

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  • Best Seller lists are a bit of a racket and I no longer trust them, but I really enjoyed The House Girl, for what it’s worth. I tend to shy away from book club standards because the hype seldom fits my reading preferences, but sometimes you get lucky I guess.

  • Confession: I love book negative book reviews. When i see one, I know I can trust someone’s recommendations.

    I’m thinking of rereading my Peter Mayle books. They’re light, but witty and take place in the South of France…perfect for vacation reading. 🙂

  • Oh, girl. I don’t get Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children either! Night Circus is one of my favorites! I’ve heard that Looking for Alaska by John Green is really good. I’d like to recommend anything by Rainbow Rowell or Jojo Moyes.

    • Erin

      I’m definitely on the Rainbow Rowell train…I have at least one of hers coming up in my next batch of reviews 🙂 I’ll have to look into Jojo Moyes!

  • I really enjoyed The Circle. If you liked the House Girl, you’ll probably also like The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, which I thought was excellent.

    Ones I’ve hated? Atwood’s The Robber Bride, and Love In The Time of Cholera. Blech.

    • Erin

      Thank you for reminding me- The Invention of Wings has been on my list to track down for a while, and it just got bumped to the top! I’ll also add The Circle…I love book recommendations from friends!

  • I love that you are posting reviews/recaps of your reads.. I need some more to put on my list! Also, so happy to hear that you liked Night Circus – I’ve been eyeing it for a while but have been unsure. Now I must read it!!