Books I Read - August

September 12, 2017

A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang (Amazon Firsts)

I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this as I was a little bored in the first few pages. But once the murder took place I was all in.

My Rec: Read it as an in-between book. 

MAD Librarian by Michael Guillebeau (NetGalley)

I'm not going to lie - I didn't care for this book.

From the very beginning it was nonstop whining and complaining about the politics of running a library and trying to get funding from the city. By Chapter 9 I was ready to throw in the towel because NOTHING had happened. Nothing was progressing. Librarian needs funding, city says no in a very sexist manner.

I felt slightly obligated to continue, plus I've been in a book funk and wanted to finish SOMETHING, but it was just so slow. The story progression was dreadful. I feel like I would have been more interested if something happened but by Chapter 13 I found myself just scrolling through hoping something would catch my eye.

My Rec: Don't even look at it.

Anything but Love by Abigail Strom (Kindle)

This was light and fluffy just as I knew it was. It's basically the formula for a romance novel. Two people are drawn together by some embarrassing event... they realize they're starting to fall for one another... there are mixed signals and miscommunication, and then BAM.... happy ending.

My Rec: Quick and easy read in between or to pass the time

Mermaid by Jodi Picoult

This book was a Kindle single and it was fun because it was animated. It featured art and animation specifically designed to enhance the story. As for the story, it was a quick and easy read that I found to be slightly disappointing. It ends abruptly and I needed more story.

My Rec: If you need a filler book

Also, because sometimes I feel ridiculously uncultured, I've decided to make a point to start reading classics. I'd like to say every other book but I know that's too lofty of a goal. I do, however, plan to read more classics in 2018 (but starting now). I'm going to use the 99 Classic Books Challenge list as a reference. I've read 7 of these to date and would like to be able to say I've read more. Join me?

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  1. Classics are such a hit or miss for me. I love Alice in Wonderland, I enjoyed Peter Pan, but I loathe The Great Gatsby, and freaking hated Wuthering Heights. Lol. I wonder how many off that list I've read... I'm off to look now :)

  2. I call "the classics" the Greatest Hits and the truth is, a lot of them are not enjoyable to read anymore. Language has changed and evolved, topics have expired, and some of the books written 100 years ago were profound departures from the norm THEN, but have set the tone for more modern literary styles so they don't seem all that groundbreaking or impressive anymore. Just fair warning that a lot of them are freakin' snoozers.

    I have Mermaid on my Kindle waiting for me. I'm amped though because it means it'll be a bit of a preview to her next full-length novel, which is always a good day in my opinion.

  3. I've read most of the ones on the classics list, thanks for something I suppose, English major. I remember Middlemarch being particularly brutal to get through.

  4. haha "dont even look at it" love that.

    Ive read a lot of the classics for my english degree which I did before law. I love them but can totally understand that they are not everyone's cup of tea.