Happy Summer everyone! Today I’m sharing with you a Round Up of all the books I read this spring. A few months ago I did my Winter Round Up, so check that out too! My reading goal for 2016 is to read 30 books, as of right now I’m on track having read 14 books! I’m planning to read a few shorter, quick reads over the summer, so that will help me get ahead of my goal! Some good books in this group, covering a variety of genres. A few hits, a few maybe misses.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
My sister had been telling me I needed to read this book for ages, so she finally bought me a copy. Damn, I wish I’d read it a long time ago, it was so good! I first became familiar with Donna Tartt because I read her newer book The Goldfinch. The Secret History is about a group of college students studying classic Greek. They get themselves into quite the pickle, ensuing lots of drama and alcohol. For being a mystery thriller, I was surprised how smart this book is. It’s beautifully written, and will sure to be a classic. I loved the characters and was shocked the whole time I was reading it.
The Early Stories of Truman Capote by Truman Capote
My all time favorite book is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. My second favorite is Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. Okay, so I like Capote. He didn’t write too much during his life time, but did write a lot of short stories. The ones in this little book are all from his younger days. I could clearly see his writing style and how it developed. The stories were all very short, so it was easy to pick up and put down.
A Bone to Pick by Mark Bittman
I love reading books about food and agriculture. It’s a great way to educate myself, I just love the topic! It started when I read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and has spread from there. I’ve always loved Mark Bittman for his recipes, but had never read his books. A Bone to Pick is a selection of his essays at the New York Times, covering a variety of food subjects. I will definitely be looking into his other other books!
It’s Not Okay by Andi Dorfman
So this one’s a bit different for me. I actually read this as an eBook too, which I never do! Andi Dorfman was the Bachelorette a few years ago. Following a bad break up with the winner of the show she wrote this behind the scenes/self help book. I didn’t need it for the self help purpose, but loved the behind the scenes action. I’m a huge fan of the show and am in a fantasy league with a bunch of girls, we love to talk all the gossip! It was fun to learn some stories about how the show really works, and learn about why her relationship didn’t work out.
Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
I’ve had this book on my ‘to read‘ list for years, and I finally picked up a used copy. Chuck Klosterman might be the smartest person in the world. Seriously, I love his writing so much after reading Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs! The book is a series of essays, about all things pop culture. We’ve got The Sims, soccer, The Real World, Saved By the Bell…Each story was thought provoking, amazingly written, truthful yet sarcastic, and just SO funny. Adding every Klosterman book to my ‘to read’ list now!
A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin
I read a bunch of positive reviews about this book before it came out, and thought the plot seemed a bit different. I picked it up from the library, and honestly I’m still not sure how I feel about! The stories follows a mathematician and his mathematician son, during childhood, college, careers, and family life. I didn’t find the math part of the story that interesting, but I thought the element of how we can’t escape our own fate was interesting. The dad is a professor at Princeton for part of the book, and I grew up there so I really enjoyed those parts. Overall I liked it, just not sure I’d recommend it.
Maestra by L.S. Hilton
So I thought this book would be the Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train of 2016. I loved those books, and love to read books like that during the summer. The best way to describe this book is to quote a review on Good Reads “’50 Shades’ meets ‘The Goldfinch’ but not in a good way.” It really sums it up perfectly. A book about a young women who leaves her job in the art world and ends up in a bit of a mess and tries to get back at her old boss….but riddled with intense sex scenes. Was not expecting the sex AT ALL. It’s so unnecessary for the story too! A good first attempt, but story line really needs to be worked over. It had huge holes making it hard to follow.