March 10, 2015

On the Bookshelf Vol. 1

One of the best perks of getting rid of cable is that I'm ahead of my reading goal for the year.  So far, I've finished 8 books and I'm finally starting to tackle my "to-read" list on Goodreads (we should be friends on Goodreads.)  I love seeing what other people are reading, so I figured I'd do the same and share with you.

Let's start with the 2 that I probably wouldn't recommend. 

I won't go into too much detail on these.  I read them, I finished them (which means I didn't hate them), but I wouldn't send you on a mission to pick them up and read them.  

The next 3 I liked and read quickly.  I would rank these 3-4 stars.  They are all authors that I had read in the past and will definitely read more of their books.  You know kind of what to expect and that is awesome sometimes.

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty is about 3 triplets about to turn 33.  They are dealing with pregnancy, divorce, infidelity and all kinds of family drama.  The author writes from three different points of view, yet it's very easy to follow.  It's hard to believe that this was her first book.

How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper is funny and sad at the same time.  Jonathan Tropper is a genius with crazy family drama (much like the book above).  He makes me laugh out loud at someone's awkwardly depressing life in a way that doesn't make me feel like a horrible person. It's magic, I tell ya. I will definitely read more of his books.  I love him.

My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster is another one of her ridiculous collection of life moments all wrapped up with a pretty cover.  I think I love her books so much because it's like reading a friend's blog and just laughing at the similarities to my life.  If you are interested, you should start with her book, Bitter is the New Black.  It's not a must read for everyone, but I love her books.

And finally, my 3 very favorites of the year so far...

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is a book that all people should read. It was given to me as a gift last year by my friend's mom and I picked it up on Sunday and didn't put it down. I cried and laughed. It is all told from the perspective of the family dog who is quite the philosopher. The story will make you angry because the main character just can't catch a break and life just keeps taking a dump on him, but I loved it. I felt all the feels. It is definitely a book that I will read again in my life multiple times and will gift to others. I was actually surprised that there were people that didn't love it on my Goodreads page.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler left me wanting more of her. In my perfect world, Amy & Tina Fey would be my best friends and we would drink wine, eat good food and walk hand in hand down the streets of NYC. I would recommend actually picking up the book itself instead of the Kindle version. It has really nice paper and lots of fun pictures. Now I just need Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers to write books and I'll have my favorite people collection complete.

The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes was just recently published in the US for the first time. I bought it at the airport when I had forgotten my Kindle and I had no idea what the book was about. I was hooked instantly. It is not the most suspenseful story, but you get to the know the characters and love/hate them.

Life According to Steph

Now, I'm off to click through other people's list and add a whole bunch more books to my "to-read" list. I can't wait. Tell me - have you read these books? What did you think?


  1. I'm definitely going to read The Ship of Brides.

    I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain, it made me cry really hard though. I also loved how Amy's genuine nature came through in her book.

    I was totally blah over The Vacationers.

  2. The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of my all-time favorite books. Amazing, amazing story. Loved Yes Please, too.

    I used to LOVE Jen Lancaster. Some of her early books, like My Fair Lazy, were awesomely sarcastic and I love how unapologetically bitchy she is. But I'm mostly lukewarm towards her now. Her bratty attitude is just old. That said, I'll probably read her new book at some point. I didn't get all the hype over The Vacationers. It was meh.

    If Seth Meyers writes a book, I will be all over that! Jimmy Fallon, too!

  3. I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain and Jojo Moyes is on my must read list because I have seen her books everywhere.

  4. I'll have to check Liane Moriarty's first book. I like the others. And definitely loved How to Talk to a Widower- so good! I have Yes Please on my bookshelf to read next. Can't wait!

  5. The Art of Racing in the Rain sounds interesting!!!! Adding it to my Goodreads!

  6. The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of my favorites. Yes Please is on my list to read.

  7. I have only read one Jonathan Tropper book (One Last Thing Before I Go), but I loved it so much that I plan to read every book he's ever written. It seems like each review I read someone likes one a little more or a little less, but from what I can tell the dysfunction of families that make you laugh and make you think is there in all his books.

  8. Oh, I need to read that book with the pup! Because duhhhhhhhhh. Thanks for sharing! I never know what to pick up next without posts like these :)

  9. Okay well I'm about to buy the book that is from the dog's perspective, because obviously.

  10. I LOVED My Fair Lazy! Jennifer Lancaster never fails to bring the LOL's. I rarely read (terrible) but my next on the list is How To Talk To a Widower.

  11. The Art of Racing in the Rain gave me all the feels. Yes Please left me feeling eh. I wasn't overly impressed. But I'm smitten with Jojo Moyes. Three Wishes totally got added to my to-read list!

  12. I've been meaning to read The Art of Racing in the Rain. let's be honest, my TBR pile FAR outweighs my finished pile. It's ridiculous. When does this link-up take place in July? I'd like to get in on the book action :)


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