In April, I shared the books I’d read so far this year. From that post, I got several great book recommendations and I really enjoyed the conversation in the comments section. So, five books later, here we are again.
1. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
This book at times almost feels like a blog. There are moments that the writing style is very casual. The characters are likable and the story moves along quickly enough that you’re never bored. Somehow I thought that I’d find out the husband’s secret a lot sooner than I did (about half way through the book) but that didn’t sour it for me.
I will say that when I went to write this summary/review, I could not for the life of me remember characters names or certain details of the book. So, while amusing, it’s definitely one of those beachy reads that you plow through in a couple of days and promptly forget. If that’s your thing (it is for me, about every 6 books), this is a good one.
2. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
This is my favorite book I’ve read in a good long while (Well, since I read The Fault in Our Stars – if you haven’t read this, read it immediately. It will rip your heart out IN A GOOD WAY). Actually, I’ll go so far as to say this – Attachments is in my top 10 favorite books ever. Whoa.
This was suggested to me after my last Recently Read post (thank you Emily!) as a “happy” book. It was absolute perfection complete with the sweet ending I was craving. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes feeling warm fuzzies (i.e. anyone who is not a cyborg).
3. Night by Elie Wiesel
I bought this book at Goodwill over a year ago and hadn’t read it. I’m not sure why. It’s a quick read – 115 pages. I read it in 2 hours. With everything happening in the Ukraine, I decided it was time for a little history and a little perspective.
Night is the author’s account of the horrors of the Holocaust and his survival in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. It’s so shocking that I felt like I was reading fiction (Because, how? How did this actually happen?) and kept having to remind myself that not only did this happen, it happened in my Grandmother’s lifetime. In the grand scheme of history, it happened recently. We need a reminder of the horrors that humans are capable of inflicting upon each other to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself.
"Required reading for all of humanity." —Oprah
4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
This was a re-read for me. After reading Night, I needed something light-hearted and funny that I knew I’d love. Mindy nailed it. This book is written as essays about individual [hilarious and relatable] topics. The essay format makes it easy to read super fast (I hate the word essay because it sounds like a chore but trust me, you want to read her essays about things like “non-traumatic things that have made me cry” and “types of women in romantic comedies who are not real”.
I can summarize my feelings about it by saying that I want to be Mindy Kaling’s best friend and you will too after you read this.
I have also woken N up multiple times from laughing out loud while reading this book. It’s that funny.
5. My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands by Chelsea Handler
I wouldn’t say that this is hilarious but it definitely has amusing moments. Not for the easily offended (spoiler alert: it’s all sex stories), Chelsea definitely has lived a colorful life. Chelsea seems like the friend who I’d go out with once a month and it would take me the entire month to recover from whatever debauchery she got us in to. Debauchery has to be the best word ever, no? It could also be an alternative title for this book. I haven’t decided if I want to read another Chelsea Handler book after reading this one, so there’s that.
I feel like it’s worth noting that being an avid reader makes me a better
writer blogger writer (Am I a writer?). Many of my blog post ideas come from books and there’s something to be said for the sense of confidence and accomplishment you feel after finishing a book – any book. I’ve also found at any difficult point in life that books are a much better escape for me than TV, drinking, or even therapy.
Now help me out, what next? I would kill to find something that made me feel exactly as Attachments did. I WANT WARM FUZZIES AND I WANT THEM NOW.