Let’s Talk About Books, Baby
One of my Creative Year goals was to read 26 books.
Well, I have now read 32 books and it’s not even July yet. So maybe that goal was a little – underpromise over-deliver of me, but I really never had paid attention to how many books I was reading in a year. So. Now you know.
Anyway, here is my list, and I’m including succint reviews for your enjoyment.
1. The Help – Kathryn Stockett – AWESOME. If you have not read it, you need to go find it and read it now. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
2. The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin – Also AWESOME. If we’re friends on FB you already know…I LOVED THIS BOOK. I talked about it all winter. Go read it. Do it. Live it. Be “YOU” whoever YOU is.
3. Expecting Adam -Martha Beck – Beautiful – a memoir by a Harvard (I think) professor married to a Harvard professor who found herself pregnant with a Very Special Baby. I loved this book and its bittersweet yin and yanginess (for everything you think you have lost, you find something in its place.)
4. Sleeping Arrangements – Madeleine Wickham- Meh. Not bad for chick lit.
5. The Queen of New Beginnings – Erica James – dragged a bit in the middle. Not bad for chick lit.
6. The Gate Crasher – See #4
7. Bossy Pants – good, funny, Tina Fey is awesome. The prayer for her daughter – hilarious.
8. A Previous Engagement -Stephanie Haddad – stop downloading so much free shit on your kindle. Like this.
9. The Historian Elizabeth Kostova – Very good. Engrossing. Consuming. AND SOOO LONNNNGGGG MY GODDDDDD
10. The Postmorals – Drew Magary – Oh w o w you need to read this. Thought provoking and just wow.
11. Into the Wild – John Krakauer – Uhhhh spoiled white kid disappears into woods. Lives on his own. Dies in a bus. Sucks. His parents are sad but resigned. True story.
12. The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman- beautiful, heartbreaking, WWII nazi drama, Poland, Zoo….very well done. Read it!
13. Heaven is For Real – Todd Burpo- sweet, gushy, more about the parents than the kid. I wanted more….something. Read it but borrow someone’s copy.
14, 15, and 16 – Fifty Shades Trilogy – EL James – Good. God. Almighty. Buy it for your kindle so they kids won’t know what you’re reading.
17. Three Girls and a Baby -Rachel Shurig – Stop downloading so much free shit for your kindle, like this.
18. Cottage for Sale, Must be Moved -Kate Whouley – Memoir – very good! I loved this book. Charming.
19. Some Girls – Jillian Lauren- True story of a woman in a harem. Not as good as I thought it would be.
20. Crooked Little Heart – my first wrangling with Anne Lamott. Loved.
21. The Hour I First Believed – Wally Lamb – When you finish reading The Help and The Happiness Project, go get this book. Just so…incredible.
22. Possible Side Effects – I love Augusten Burroughs, mostly because he is more messed up than I am.
23. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion – Good, good. I think I didn’t know what she meant by “Magical Thinking” until I read #31. Now I get it.
24. Last Night at Chateau Marmont – Lauren Weisberger – look, you either like Chick lit or you don’t. If you get a book with a sparkly high heel on it and you expect War and Peace, well, you’re going to be disappointed.
25. Wild – Cheryl Strayed – I know. Oprah book clubbed it. It was aight. Kinda pitchy, dog. Not sure she really found what she was looking for. But ok.
26. The Weird Sisters Eleanor Brown – weird 2nd person omnicient narrator. THAT IS ALL. (I actually ended up liking it but…it took awhile.)
27. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn – Read this one after The Hour I First Believed. BEAUTIMOUSLY written and a twisty turny voicey plotty mystery/love story/revenge/redemption ending with WHAT THE FUCK??!! Excellent.
28 & 29. Diverngent and Insurgent – Veronica Roth – LOVED. Could NOT STOP READING.
30. Resilience – Elizabeth Edwards – I read this because that hideous Rielle Hunter’s book is out and I wanted to read something to combat her juju. This book was beautiful.
31. Magical Thinking – more Augusten Burroughs. Excellent, as always. And I’m not just saying that because he scares me a little.
32. Rosie – More Anne Lamott. I liked this book but I don’t think the person who wrote the blurb on the back actually read the whole thing.
So that’s my list so far…what are you reading?