December 13, 2016

The Bookshelf: Vol. 9

I mentioned it in a previous post, but my reading mojo failed in November. I started two books that were on the top fiction lists of the year and I didn't like them at all. I read half of them and then decided to stop - why waste your life struggling through a book that you don't like?

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica - (Goodreads/Amazon) This book kept me interested for the entire story. It wasn't the best book I've read this year, but it was an interesting story. I wasn't a fan of the ending. There were some things that were explained and it seemed a little rushed once we got to the end. 

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari - (Goodreads/Amazon) I got this book from the library thinking that it was a story about his life. Instead, I got a book about dating in today's society. It was very interesting to read. I was a sociology major, so any studies like this are extremely intriguing for me. Plus, his writing style was funny and easy to follow along with. He shared some hilarious stories to help illustrate his points. I think this is a great book for anyone to pick up and read - even if you've been out of the dating game for a while.

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda - (Goodreads/Amazon) This is a mystery that unfolds backwards. When I first realized that, I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I really liked the way the story was told. I didn't love how it all played out, but I couldn't put the book down. It was just what I needed after a couple of unfinished books went back to the library.

Have you read any of those? I gave them all three stars which means I liked them, but I wouldn't insist anyone else read them. I am also realizing that I don't have the greatest rating system on Goodreads. In my head, I rate things as love, like or dislike. I liked all these.

Linking up with Steph and Jana. Go see what other people have read.


  1. my rating system is a mess. sometimes i like a 3 star book more than a 4 star book. it makes no sense. all the missing girls sounds interesting.

  2. I really liked Modern Romance! And my rating doesn't feel like the best Goodreads REALLY needs to let people do half stars also.

  3. My rating system is so mood based, ya know. Some days I am really harsh and other times, I overlook something I bitterly complained about it another book. :D

  4. I read all of them, and basically agree with you on each.

  5. I definitely enjoyed Modern Romance! And I've read so many memoirs lately that it was nice to read something with more substance behind it. (I think Aziz ended up using a lot of that research in his show, Master of None, which was even better than the book in my opinion.) I think my only quibble with it was that a lot of the information wasn't new - it was things you can figure out on your own or by observing other people. But it was more formalized since he did research on a bigger scale, so I guess it's not his fault that his findings weren't always surprising or unexpected.

  6. I thought Modern Romance was really interesting, but thought it dragged just a little bit at times, which is possibly because I was listening to it on audiobook, but I thought he did such a good job mixing research with humor.

  7. My GoodReads rating system is iffy too. It's just whatever I'm feeling once I'm done. I really liked All the Missing Girls, though I agree the ending was a little meh.

  8. I felt the same way about Aziz's book for the same reasons. I was also a sociology major so I find that stuff fascinating.

  9. I've heard great things about All the Missing Girls! I'm glad you were a fan.

    -- Dara ||

  10. I read all of them, and basically agree with you on each.
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