Read it in… March

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Whenever I have travel time I read the most books! On flights to and from San Diego for work, I banged out a bunch of books – nine in total this month!

I’m trying to get through all of the books on my kindle – I think I have 80+ books to go through! (Thank you, eBook deals!) So I’ve been starting from the back (earliest downloaded) and working my way forward, while sprinkling in some NetGalley reads here and there.

In March I read:

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A Small Country About to Vanish by Victoria Avilan. A novel about first loves, forbidden love, old love, relationships and living in a country that was set up for those who had to flee their own, A Small Country About to Vanish struck me in the heart, but then pissed me off at the end. It felt too cleanly resolved and yet unresolved at the same time. Shelli and Rona are childhood friends and secret sweethearts, torn apart when they are discovered. The book fast forwards to their adult lives and how things have changed for them and their loved ones. It was a good read but like I said, the ending left me wanting more, but not necessarily in a good way. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch. (From Goodreads) Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. This tale was really captivating as it harks back to a day of witchcraft, herbal remedies and small towns causing gossip and false tales of alarm to spread like wildfire. However, there were parts that had me skipping through the pages and I wish it focused more on the lore and background of the town. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. I love Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickham novels, but don’t read a ton of them. I try to space out my chick lit. 🙂 As chick lit goes this one was fairly predictable (nobody girl works at PR company (it’s always PR!), gets discovered by the hot boss, things go haywire, they are happy in the end etc.) BUT there was a fun twist to this one that you don’t normally see in other novels of this genre. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan. I first read Crazy Rich Asians a few years ago and fell in love with the outlandish tale of Singapore wealth and all the drama that goes along with it. Kwan followed that up with China Rich Girlfriend, and now Rich People Problems, which actually comes out in May. (Thank you, NetGalley, for the advance copy!) I suggest reading these books in order as they keep the same characters and continue stories from each book before it. Seriously can’t get enough of the fictional lifestyles of these rich characters! Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann. I hadn’t heard of Jen Mann as a blogger before I saw this book but I definitely need to check her out – this book was hilarious. (I mean, the title alone sucked me in.) Reading about Jen’s family, long-suffering husband, and the uber-competitive mom-osphere reminded me of a scene from Bad Moms. She dissects all of the mundane of suburban life with an acerbic wit and I ate it all up. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill. Oh my god this book. I feel like I can sum it all up by divulging the moment when I was waiting to board my plane last month and turned to my coworker to tell him about the story and I said, “They yell at ashtrays as part of training.” Like, WHAT? I always knew Scientologists were crazy but this book REALLY reveals how nuts the whole thing is. I’ve had the Leah Remini book on my list for awhile now but reading this tell-all from the niece of the current church leader herself was eye opening. Holy moly. It just… doesn’t make sense! Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. Two sisters-in-law give birth in their two-family house during a blizzard. One is wishing for a girl after four boys, the other for a boy after three girls. An emotional decision post birth changes the relationship between the two women as well as their family dynamics from that night on. This tale was poignant and emotional and I felt a deep connection with all characters in the book. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. One of my favorite books of all time is She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, so I was excited to read this one too. Following a married couple, Caelum and Maureen, who worked at Columbine High School, this novel follows the drastic change in their lives after the infamous mass shooting, how it changed them and their relationship and basically altered everything that they ever knew. The parts of the story that dealt with the couple and their relationship were really captivating to me, but how Lamb went into insane detail and included lengthy letters from Caelum’s ancestors bored me to tears. I felt like it was completely disjointed from the main plot. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray. This was a fictional tale about Martha (Patsy) Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter. Starting from her youth and fleeing Monticello from the red coats you get an idea of how Patsy grew up with her famous political father and how she modeled her life to be there for him and do right by her family. The book also touches on the relationship that Thomas Jefferson had with Sally Hemmings. The book does make it seem like they had a consensual, loving relationship which I know there is currently debate over, so I am a little torn on how that was portrayed. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

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Comments

  1. OOOH I want to read Beyond Belief!!!! Adding that to my library list!
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  2. Andrea Broom says:

    People I want to punch on the throat so wanna read this! I basically wanna add all these books to my library list 🙂

  3. I like Sophie Kinsella books, I’ll have to look for that one. I know Wally Lamb writes too much detail – She’s Come Undone was awesome but his book after that one was too long for me to try reading!
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  4. “Beyond Belief” is BANANAS. I’m definitely adding “People I Want to Punch in the Throat” to be TBR list!
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    • I seriously couldn’t get enough of Beyond Belief. It was my first Scientology book and I am pretty sure I read most of it with my jaw hanging wide open.

  5. Nice work, lady! And thanks for the suggestions… I will definitely add ” Beyond Belief” and “The Two-family House” to my TBR list.

  6. Rich People Problems is on my list, and now Beyond Belief will be too! I’m sooooo slow with reading this year.
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  7. Ooooh! So many good ones here!

    xox
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