Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What I Read

Funny story...I got a little overzealous with checking out audio books at the library and ordered two books that are each 17 and 25 discs long. For someone who only listens to the CD on her half hour ride into work and then home, it's taking me a while to even get through one of the books. The good news is I'm almost done the first one, which is Clan of the Cave Bear, the last of my 15 in '15 reading list, and my library has a really easy renew button on their website for the other book. 

I enjoyed linking up with Jana and Steph so much last month, I decided to do it again! Here's what I read this month:


All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner- this is the first Weiner book I've read, although I have several more on my list to read. The book was good, it was definitely a slow read and nothing major happens to grip you, but Weiner depicts the struggle a upper class woman who pops pills very well. In real life, there normally isn't some massive moment for them so it makes sense that there would not be one here. I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys reading several books and wouldn't get hung up on this one (so pretty much any of you participating in the linkup! haha).


Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse- I picked this book up because I needed to find a thriller book like Gone Girl, You, or The Girl on the Train. They're my new favorite genre to read. This book fell flat, so flat if you turned it sideways it would disappear. I knew the ending before I finished the second chapter it was so predictable, even with the "twist" that the author wrote into the book to throw you off.  Whitehouse is a British author so the mannerisms of her characters were very different too and it was kinda frustrating at times. 

I really had hope for the premise of this book and it didn't live up to it. Lucky for me, it was a short read so I wasn't too disappointed in wasting my time on it. If you don't mind the predictability of this story, it wouldn't hurt to pick it up, just don't go into it with high expectations, and maybe you'll enjoy it more than I did. 


Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler- I have read all of Chelsea Handler's books and have loved them all. This book felt like she was phoning it it. There were times when the story she was sharing didn't make sense or just rambled on, and I could literally feel the times when she was just like aw f**k it and crapped out a paragraph. If you didn't compare this book to her others it wouldn't have been so bad, it's not a terrible book, you can just tell her enthusiasm has waned since she first started writing and now she writes for a paycheck. 

That's what I read this month, what did you read?

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18 comments:

  1. I was already to read Before We Met because the cover is awesome but then I got to fell flat and I fell flat. I hate it when books are predictable!

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  2. I haven't read any Jennifer Weiner but I have one on my shelf that someone gave me. I'm a little intrigued now :)

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  3. I couldn't get into Before We Met.

    I'm not the hugest Jennifer Weiner fan. I read a few of her early books then stopped.

    Chelsea's earlier books are a RIOT.

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  4. I read Handler's first book and wasn't crazy, although I watched her show religiously for years. I think she just doesn't come across as well in writing.

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  5. I loved Chelsea Handler's other books but I can see how her new ones wouldn't be as good since how many stories can she possibly share?!

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  6. All Fall Down was actually my favorite one of Jennifer Weiner's books. I've never read a Chelsea Handler book. She kind of bugs me and I feel like I'd carry that into her book which might ruin it.

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  7. I want to read All Fall Down, I've heard good things!

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  8. I liked Before We Met because of the different mannerisms. But I have not read Gone Girl or Girl on a Train....so I am sure it would fall flat compared to those. I may need to add All Fall Down to my list!

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  9. Sorry you couldn't find another good thriller. I didn't like "You" but lots of other people loved it as a thriller.

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  10. Before We Met definitely draws me in with the cover, but it does sound like a dud-- it's never good when you can figure out the ending so quickly. I still need to read The Girl on the Train! Have you read Sharp Objects?

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  11. I felt the exact same way about Chelsea's book. The beginning, about South Africa was great, but it all went downhill after that.I'm taking Before We Met off my list. You're the third person I know who didn't care for it.

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  12. I read Uganda back when it first came out but I can see what you mean. It was nowhere near as funny as My Horizontal Life (my favorite by her).

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  13. I'm not a huge fan of Chelsea Handler on TV, but I've never read one of her books. I've read Jennifer Weiner's earlier work, so I might add that one. I'm sorry nothing really gripped you last month!

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  14. Congrats on finishing up your 15 in 15 already :) Before We Met I felt was ok, nothing special, but not a torture read :)

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  15. I read Before We Met earlier this year and wrote a similar review. I love thrillers (definitely one of my favorite genres!), and this book sounded so promising. It was definitely a let down.

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  16. oh that sucks about the chelsea handler book. i haven't read any of her books but they are on my list. i haven't heard the best things about that jennifer weiner book but i loved some of her earlier books.

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  17. I love Chelsea Handler. I haven't read her last couple books but Horizontal Life is still my favorite.

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  18. All Fall Down has been on my list forever! One day! I saw one of Chelsea's standups and my jaw drop she is for sure hilarious so a total bummer the book fell flat.

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