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Recently Read

I made a goal to read 50 books this year, because my To Read list is only just going to keep getting bigger if I don’t. (Though that’s not really a bad thing) I love hearing what other people have to say about books they’ve read, so I thought I’d start doing a monthly recap of mine here. And geez, I managed to pack in a lot of reading in March!

• Texts From Jane Eyre – Mallory Ortberg

Holy crap you guys, this book is HILARIOUS. I actually made audible laugh noises while reading it, which is something I rarely do with humorous books. (Weird maybe?) I borrowed this from the library, and now I want a personal copy just so I can giggle at it again later. My only gripe is that I want it to be so much longer.

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. – Viv Albertine

You know the kind of book that you want to devour and savor at the same time, and then want to hug after you’re done? This book was that to me, and I predict it will be my favorite read of 2015. The Slits were a band way before my time (and one that I knew nothing of before reading this), but Viv Albertine covers her punk-era London to modern day housewife life with such grace and openness. If you enjoyed “Just Kids” by Patti Smith, or any good memoir or music bio, then this is a must read.

Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham

Okay, I have to confess first that I have never seen any of Lena Dunham’s film or tv work. This book has been popping up everywhere though, so I borrowed it to see what all the fuss was about. It was a quick read, and Lena definitely has a gift for writing, so I enjoyed it a lot in that aspect. I know it’s not her fault she’s spoiled (my opinion), but the girl just feels like a hot mess to me. I couldn’t find anything to identify with here, and the sister thing definitely weirded me out. Women telling their stories is always a good thing though, so I’ve got to give props for her honesty.

The Girl Who Came Home – Hazel Gaynor

Historical fiction that revolves around the sinking of the Titanic and its 70th anniversary in 1982. I’m fascinated by the Titanic, but this was a sluggish read for me. I picked up the pace once it got into the ship sinking, but as soon as it would flip back to the modern day part, I felt myself sigh inwardly. The romantic element to the 80’s era protagonist was SO unnecessary and forced! I did get a touch watery-eyed in some places with this book though.

Arranged – Catherine McKenzie

Girl in her early 30’s goes through break-up. Feels frustrated over her string of failed relationships. Signs up for an arranged marriage service. This one was just interesting enough to get me through it pretty quickly, but some parts of it felt a bit cheesy and rushed. Enjoyable, but mindless, read.

Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh

READ ALL THE THINGS! I’m a fan of Allie’s website, so was excited to dig into this one. Definitely a fun book, though it does feature some already published stories from her blog.

 

Phew! Hope I can keep up this pace! Have you read of any these? What were your thoughts?

FYI – book links in this post are Amazon affiliate

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