I have been loving the books I’ve been reading. It helps that I have been catching up on titles I have been meaning to read for awhile now, a few of them even by my top 5 authors. That being said, I highly recommend any of these books from this month.
1. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. I waited so long to for more of what made me love Hornby. Understandably, he took a few years off from writting novels while his son with behavioral problems was young, which he wrote about during this time in a spectacular manner btw. I then forgot to check back to see if he wrote anything new for a few years and was delighted last month to discover that I was in luck. Hornby does what he does best with this one, he includes a supporting character who is fanatical about something and once again, he does it well. Like many of the books I’ve been reading, I didn’t want to it to end.
2. Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro. This woman has never written a word that I didn’t enjoy. I therefore didn’t read about the back of this book when I bought, I just dived right in as I knew I would love it unconditionally. When I realized what was going on, I’ll admit I became a bit skeptical over the subject matter, but true to my earlier sentiment, I fell in love. Notaros writing is getting better as the years go by. I think this was my favorite so far of her books.
3. I Totally Meant To Do That by Jane Borden. Musings on a North Carolina girl living in New York. Perhaps was all the more enjoyable as I am a North Eastern girl now living in Texas. Cute, funny. Not at all chick lit just in case it gives that impression.
4. These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen. I know, I know, last month I was all death to chick lit!! and now here I am reading Pekkanen again. In my defense, I bought it a few months ago at the bookstore when I was sad I was not in an issue of Southen Living that I thought I was going to be in (don’t feel bad, I just had the month wrong) so I felt compelled to read it. I made it though without gagging. Ok, that wasn’t nice, I liked it but there are four other books here that you should read instead.
5. My Life As An Experiment by A.J. Jacobs. I read his first book, The Know-It-All, when I received it as a sassy gift from my most recent ex stepfather for Christmas a few years ago. It turned out to be a great gift and I was so glad I read it. This is now the third of Jacobs books I have read and I can’t say that I have favored one over another. He basically sacrifices his life for the story and he’s constantly putting himself through experiments. For example, The Know-It-All focused on reading all of the Encyclopedia Britannica and writing about it. This book has a plethora of crazy new things he decides to put himself (and often his family) through. His sarcastic and humorous take on his “experiments” are delightful and you find yourself having a grand time going along on his adventures.
Have you read anything good lately?