Read it In… May

May was a crappy, crappy month for reading for me. I was so busy (ahem – overwhelmed) with work that I barely had time to read or if I did had time, all I wanted to do was decompress on the couch. That being said…

In May I read:
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Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson. I was REALLY excited about this book. I love reading out history especially presidential history and this book was all over the media outlets when it came out and had a write up in People magazine. Rosemary Kennedy was the eldest Kennedy daughter and her traumatic birth immediately set her life into turmoil. Not able to keep up with the uber-competitive Kennedy clan, she was sent away to various schools to try and help with her mental and emotional disabilities only to wind up having a botched lobotomy, ordered by her father Joe Kennedy. I wished this book went into more detail about Rosemary than it did – most of the story was told from the memories held in letters from Rose Kennedy (the mother) and snippets here and there from other family members. It seems Joe Kennedy did his best to try and erase Rosemary from the public’s memory and you can tell from this book. A lot more detail was paid to the rest of the Kennedy family instead of Rosemary herself. Overall Rating: 3 out of 5.

Ugly Girl Ties the Knot by Alice Wasser. This was the 2nd book of the Ugly Girl series and it was cute but not as good as the first one. You’re basically just waiting out the book for Millie and Sam to get married and overcome the trivial obstacles in their way. Kind of a yawner and a bit obvious. Overall Rating: 3 out of 5.

Four of a Kind by Valerie Frankel. The synopsis of this novel intrigued me – “Besides the fact that their kids all attend the same fashionable Brooklyn Heights private school, Bess, Robin, Carla, and Alicia have little in common. Thrown together on the tony school’s Diversity Committee, the women impulsively turn their awkward first meeting into a boisterous game of poker. Instead of betting with chips or pocket change, however, they play for intimate secrets about their lives.” However the description made it seem like the secrets they play poker with hold a larger presence in the story than it actually does. The story as a whole was entertaining although certain characters rubbed me the wrong way. Definitely more of a beach read. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris. I am pretty sure I picked this book up as part of the Kindle First program and when I finally got to read it I couldn’t put it down. I need to download the next books in this series! Basically one day everyone is going about their business like normal and then BAM – animals start to go nuts and attack and kill all of the adults until none are left. All the children in the world are left to fend for themselves in this Lord of the Flies new reality. I loved the characters and how the plot twisted and turned and can’t wait to see what’s next. It was a bit gory at points but nothing too offensive. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

Honorable Mention – (Books that I started and could not finish.)

Every Day is a Holiday by George Mahood. The author decides to celebrate a holiday a day every day for a year. You know those random holidays like “Chocolate Cupcake Day!” that appear on your cute calendars? Yeah he wants to celebrate those. But in reading the first few chapters I felt like George Mahood was a poor man’s A.J. Jacobs. The book just launched into him celebrating these random holidays with no real preamble and there was really no context behind anything he did. #nope

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  1. Oh, I just downloaded The Last Orphans, too! So glad to hear it’s good. Maybe I’ll hit that up next.

  2. I need to read more! I’m in the middle of like two books or something… bookmarking a couple of these, as I don’t normally read much fiction anymore (the Kennedy one would have grabbed me first), and I sometimes need a break from the reality of it all!

  3. Ha! I have, like, 4 books sitting right now in my “honorable mentions” list. 🙂
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  4. THe Kennedy book has been on my list…but if it’s missing a lot of the biographical aspects I think it would just frustrate me even more…thoughts?

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    • I’m not sure… I think you may like it for how it delves into the lives of the other Kennedy children/parents but I did find it pretty misleading because I wanted it to be all about Rosemary Kennedy.


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