Well… I was doing so well there for a while, wasn’t I? Here I am barely making my monthly book review for April on the last day of May. It’s still within the following month after reading so I’m going to count it as a win. (The perks of having your own blog – you set your own rules.) I couldn’t skip out on sharing my April reads with you all, as I discovered a few books I truly enjoyed. It was my first month where more than one book scored 4 roses or higher.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Irin Carmon (4 Roses)
I have always had a fondness for RBG since I was old enough to truly understand politics, but it wasn’t until I read this book that my appreciation for her went through the roof. As a woman, there is so much of my quality of life today that is owed to her. She is strong, feisty and intelligent. We are lucky to have her as basically a National Treasure. This was the fourth book my book club read and the first to have unanimous love from every member. My advice for you is to not listen to Notorious RBG or read it on an e-reader. There’s so many fun doodles and notes that make the book not only beautiful to look at, but truly fun to sit and thumb through. (Goodreads)
The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri (4 Roses)
Lahiri’s The Lowland is a book I approached with a “sure, why not?” attitude more than an urge to actually read it. I am glad I discovered this story. While there’s no massive climax unearthed as the main event happens early on, the after shocks keep you turning pages. Every sentence the reader gains a bit more understanding of these complex and flawed characters and how the one event effected them and their relationships for decades after. If you are the type of person to enjoy character driven stories, The Lowland spans 50 years and multiple generations of a family and is exactly the type of book you’ll come to love. (Goodreads)
The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher (3 Roses)
I feel as I should begin with the caveat that I am not a massive Star Wars fan. If I was, Fisher’s The Princess Diarist would’ve been a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the first movie. I however, got a bit bored at some of those details. What I loved most was the introspective parts of The Princess Diarist. Fisher had an amazing way with words. There were times where she launched into descriptions of everyday emotions and I was stopped in my tracks. Oh yeah, this is the book where Fisher finally dropped the bombshell about her and Harrison’s big affair for the first time almost 40 years later. (Goodreads)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling (2.5 Roses)
I wanted to like Mindy Kaling’s book, I really did, but I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, there were times I was amused with Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? but I don’t think I actually laughed out loud once. Mostly, I felt like Kaling was trying too hard to come across as the cool every girl. The one thing I will give Kaling was hearing how she made it to where she is today was interesting and in a way, re-assuring. (Goodreads)
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen (4 Roses)
I grew up on Bruce Springsteen’s music – it was something I knew and enjoyed, but didn’t truly understand. Being clued in to the backstories of famous songs, learning the thought Springsteen puts into everything, and in general gaining insight on the Boss gave me a whole new outlook on his vast catalog of music. I love that Springsteen has an amazing story, but it isn’t full of the usual drugs and downfalls of rock’n roll music. For Born to Run, I decided to listen to Bruce himself narrate his memoir on audiobook and I think that made it all the more powerful. Plus does that man have a soothing voice. (Goodreads)
What is the best book you’ve read recently?
P.S. – I guess movie reviews are a thing I do now too. ALL the reviews up in here.
Until next time,