December 3, 2012

Quick Thoughts on Recent Reads


Publisher: Crown
Publication Date: June 2012
Categories: Thriller, Suspense
Source: Library

There isn't much I can say about this without dropping spoilers.
It's crazy, it's good. Gillian Flynn thought of everything.



Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: October 2012
Categories: Essays, Popular Culture

I love me some Jon Ronson. Funny, smart journalism at its finest.



Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: October 2012
Categories: Political, Suspense, Literary
Source: Thanks to the fabulous Rebecca at Love at First Book

Well deserving of the National Book Award for fiction this year. 
A beautiful tale about a beautiful family.



Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: September 2012
Categories: Contemporary Women, Medical
Source: Library

Another lovely book by Lisa Genova. She breaks my heart every single time.



Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: July 2012
Categories: Women, Personal Memoir
Source: Library

I didn't finish this. No thank you Ms. Moran. I wanted to like this, but alas...


Have you read any of the above books? Love 'em? Hate 'em?


30 comments:

  1. I finished How to Be a Woman, and I wasn't impressed (unlike lots of other people). Some parts were fantastic, and then some parts made me pretty angry. It's definitely NOT the next feminist manifesto, as she hoped it would be.

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    1. I'm the farthest you can get from being a prude but nope, I just couldn't do it. Maybe I'm crazy but I felt she was being shocking just to be shocking...if that makes sense.

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  2. Oooo. Thanks for telling us how you liked The Round House! I've been wondering about that book. I just finished Caleb's Crossing and definitely thought I'd enjoy more Native American Indian culture. This one looks like it is a more contemporary look at Indian culture.

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    1. You should definitely read it Heidi, it's a keeper :)

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  3. I actually didn't like Gone Girl - I just thought it would be better than it was. I think I expected more suspense, but I found it pretty predictable. I do want to read The Round House - I hear it is excellent and you just said it deserved the National Book Award so it must be super good! And as for the Moran book, I've heard its not as feminist as it appears to be, so I'm going to pass on it. Love these quick reviews!

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    1. Maybe the hype over Gone Girl was too much Nadia? That happens :( The Round House is definitely worth a read! :D

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  4. I was a little one the fence with Gone Girl. I thought it was pretty fun and smart, but I found the characters so incredibly unbearable. Talk about whiny! Ugh. But I think I'm in the minority on not loving it so I continue to recommend it. My bf surprised me with a copy of The Round House recently so I'm looking forward to getting into it. I had initially checked it out from the library but couldn't finish before the due date and couldn't renew and found it was so very sad. I don't know if I'll get to it before the holiday but I'm still excited. Love the short reviews - I've been in such a rut with my reviewing. I've found I have NOTHING to say about anything I've read despite liking them. :( And you're the second person that has said the Caitlin Moran book was a let down. Do you have any specific reasons as to why you didn't finish? I don't think I'd like it either based on what I've seen.

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    1. The characters in Gone Girl were definitely jerks, lol...and that's putting it mildly. I loved how the author tied it all up though. The ending did make me a little nuts.

      The Round House is a fantastic read. I really enjoyed that one and I hope you will too!

      About reviewing...well I'll be honest and say that I don't LOVE doing it, lol. Sometimes it's intimidating for me. I'm just a gal who really loves to read, there's nothing professional about me or my reviewing style :)

      The Moran..ugh. I thought she was just pushing too hard maybe? How many times can I say vagina in this sentence?!? I can be as crude as the next chap but I thought she was trying to SHOCK rather than being honest.

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  5. Still not sure about whether I want to read the Moran, I wanted to when it first came out but after all the blogger reviews... If Flynn has thought of everything then Gone Girl is a book I want to read! Glad you've had a mostly good lot of recent reads :)

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    1. I've seen some bloggers give rave reviews to the Moran but it wasn't my cup of tea. I thought about plowing through but nah. No time for a book that I'm not loving :)

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  6. I wish you could say something about Gone Girl. I have it on my ereader, but can't decide if I want to attempt it.

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    1. I think you should absolutely give it a try! It's full of twists and turns and I don't want to say anything that will ruin it for anyone :)

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  7. I just read Moran's latest, Moranthology, and was pretty underwhelmed. I was prepared to think she was awesome -- and I could relate to her on some levels -- but I found the whole thing . . . rather disjointed and boring. Think I'll skip How To Be A Woman, too!

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    1. I've seen How to be a Woman compared to Tina Fey's Bossypants but I didn't see that AT ALL.

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  8. I am another that wasn't impressed with Gone Girl. I'm not a fan for playing readers for 'dumb' in a clever way. Half way I got it and hoped it would change but no.

    LOVE Lisa Genova, I enjoyed this one the least of hers but still really liked it.

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    1. Ah ha, I see what you mean about that in Gone Girl Marce!

      Love Anthony wasn't my favorite of Genovas either..I think Still Alice is her best!

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  9. These are the quickest quick thoughts ever! They made me smile! :)

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    1. Imagine if I fully reviewed all of these books I read, ack! You'd come back from a few days and I'd have a dozen posts for you to read, ha!

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  10. Of the two on the list I've read, I totally agree. Gone Girl had me absolutely speechless at the end of it. Talk about a complete mindf&ck. I love books like that though!

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    1. Ha ha Michelle! That is a great way to put it!! Perfect!

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  11. Yay Gone Girl!

    I keep hearing mixed things about How to Be A Woman, and I'm not sure if I want to read it. (This means I probably won't read it because there are so many other things that I very much do want to read). What didn't you like about it?

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  12. I wouldn't tell you to NOT read it because I know there are a ton of people who really liked it. I just wasn't one of them ;) I keep saying this, but I'll say it again: It came across as an attempt to shock..just for the sake of being shocking. Meh, no thanks.

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  13. Loved Gone Girl, thought it was brilliant and great!

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    1. I'm with you Staci, it kinda blew my mind ;)

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  14. Loved the reviews, can't wait to read Love Anthony since Still Alice blew me away. Gone Girl is on my book stacks and I think I'll add The Round House to my wishlist.

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    1. All 3 of those are definitely worth the time! If I had to pick one of the 3 that you mentioned I'd go with The Round House :)

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  15. Do you recommend Love Anthony? I was mesmerized by Still Alice...

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  16. Still Alice blew my mind. Love Anthony was good..but not as good as Alice. I'd still recommend it :)

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  17. I'm reading Gone Girl at the moment and I had a lot of "WTF" moments. The characters are beyond crazy but Gillian Flynn writes the story in such an interesting way.

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    1. WTF moments were all over that book for me! I'd like to read her other one too..whatever the heck it's called. Sharp Objects?? Think so :)

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