I’m happy to announce I had at least one blog post a week for a month! That’s the most successful I’ve been in ages. Now I’m hoping to up that to TWO whole posts a week and to begin commenting on select blogs more frequently.
When I started my literary run down posts, I shared that my goal in 2017 was to read more books, but I didn’t mention that I also created a GoodReads account and started a personal challenge there. 52 books, or a book a week this entire year. I know it’s ambitious since I went from barely reading, but I am competitive as heck and that is a good incentive for me. March brought me up to 14 books, which is actually about one ahead of schedule. Not too shabby eh?
Superficial – Andy Cohen (2 Roses)
Well…the title of Andy Cohen’s book is aptly named. It is overwhelmingly superficial. Don’t get me wrong, I love Cohen and the empire he’s made at Bravo. I gladly enjoy Watch What Happens Live and many of his reality shows are amongst my favorites. This book was just too lacking of anything, including his starworthy personality to hold my attention for very long. I knew it was a diary format, but it should’ve been advertised as a running list of which famous people Cohen has rubbed elbows with in one way or another. Sentences such as “Ate dinner with XYZ at hot XYZ restaurant.” make up 90% of the book. Everything was just vapid and flat. I have heard his previous diary format books are much more dynamic and I’m willing to give them a shot based on how much I usually like Cohen. The one winning point? Cohen’s mother was the most enjoyable and dimensional of characters – I enjoyed every time she made an appearance as the quintessential Jewish mother. (If you’ve read the book, please tell me if you instantly Googled the phrase “Brazilian Andy Samberg” too.)
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (3 Roses)
I know, I know. Gasp and how dare I never have read this classic. Add in I’m from Minnesota, where Fitzgerald had heavy roots and it’s double the shame. Honestly, now that I have actually read The Great Gatsby, I can easily say I don’t think I was missing much. The prose was absolutely stunning. How a collection of words can come together to paint a vivid image is Fitzgerald’s speciality. However, the characters were so flawed and I hated them all. Which, was maybe the point since the novel also moonlights as a form of social commentary. I couldn’t get attached to any one aspect of the book, leaving myself to never be immersed fully in the storyline. Maybe my biggest pratfall was going into this book knowing all the hype.
Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
All I wanted to do was read a book, not end up with another fictional pairing I ship but yet, here we are. After reading Rowell’s Fangirl in January I was intrigued by the fan fiction plot-point turned real life novel of Carry On. Many of my original complaints from reading Fangirl still stand – the similarities to the Harry Potter world are very in your face and sometimes that is hard to look past if you’re a big fan. I wanted to give up early on in the book, but had a friend suggest I carry on (pun 100% intended.) I am so glad I did. Rowell has a gift with making her characters lovable and relatable. Simon, Baz, Penelope, and even Agatha despite her faults, make the universe colorful and easy to get lost in. What really drew me in was when Baz finally makes his first appearance and a classic unexpected, yet obvious, romance begins to take place. The interactions of the duo left me literally squealing in delight more than a few times. Now I’m hoping Rowell loves the characters she’s created just as much as I do to reward fans with a lovey, domesticity filled sequel.
When it comes to reviews do you find the addition of the GoodReads and Amazon links a helpful addition?
P.S. – Curious about what other fictional pairings I ship? I’ve got a post for that. Although – it doesn’t contain my most ardent ship I only stumbled upon a few months ago all due to a hashtag.
Until next time,