July 11, 2017

The Bookshelf: Vol 13

It's book day!! Surprisingly, I'm still on track to hit my goal and that's after I've decided to give up on two books already this year. If I've tried more than 1/4 of the book and I'm still not into it, I'm probably going to give up. If I'm on the fence, I usually check to see if any of my Goodreads friends have read it and what they thought. 

Not Finished: Swing Time was a book that I was so excited about and then I just didn't love it. I might give it another try next year. The Women in the Castle was the one I just brought back to the library. I think it was too soon to try another WW2 story.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling - (Goodreads/Amazon) I really enjoyed this book. I recently watched the Mindy Project and loved it way more than I thought I would. It took me a lot longer to finish but I read it while reading other books and it was perfect to pick up every once in a while and read a little bit. I would definitely recommend this if you like anything she does.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo - (Goodreads/Amazon) This book was fine. I didn't love it, but I finished it and it was enjoyable enough. I think I just have a problem with love stories that make me angry at the people in them. This was one of those stories. I just rolled my eyes multiple times.

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham - (Goodreads/Amazon) I love Gilmore Girls and I love Parenthood, so I was excited to read this book. It didn't impress me that much. I was enjoyable to read, but I think I was hoping for more. I did like the way she shared her memories from filming the Gilmore Girls special on Netflix. It's always been obvious that she loved played that role, but it was fun hearing how much they all loved each other.

My favorite of the last month:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - (Goodreads/Amazon) I loved this book. It was recommended by one of my best friends, plus it was the book selected for the citywide book club in New York. Some of my favorite books are ones that introduce you to characters and just walk you through their life. There was no suspense or mystery, just a constant desire to know what happened next.

So what about you? Did you finish those two books I mentioned above? Have you read Americanah? What should I read next? It's that time of year for poolside easy reads.

Linking up with Steph and Jana for my favorite book link up.


  1. I had to return Women in the Castle as well; I didn't like it at all :(

  2. This makes me want to make Americanah more of a priority to finally read!

  3. Bummer about The Light We Lost - I had heard amazing things about that so I will probably still give it a chance :)

  4. Americanah sounds really good. I think it's already on my TBR, if not, then it will be! I'm pretty sure that I am the only person who never got into Gilmore Girls. :D

    1. You're not. I've never seen one episode.

  5. Crazy Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt was my favorite read lately!

  6. I liked Americanah but didn't love it like I thought I would after reading some of her feminist writings.

  7. I tried to read The Lilac Girls earlier this year and it was a DNF for me. I can't do WWII books.

  8. I just finished The Light We Lost, and I felt the exact same way! I enjoyed it just fine and finished it, but I got so mad at Lucy! Like I don't understand why she couldn't just get over Gabe and try to be happy in her life!

  9. I really enjoyed Why Not Me? I have her first memoir I need to read too. I haven't read Talking As Fast As I Can yet, but it's one I hope to check out.


  10. i love the way you described Americanah, makes me want to read it for sure. I think I have the light we lost on my kindle. I liked Lauren Graham's book well enough, but didn't absolutely love it.


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