Latest NetGalley Reads

Are you on NetGalley? Just sign up for an account here, search through titles, request books to read on your favorite e-reader, submit feedback, and share your review on your blog. Simple! Here are the books I've read lately.

I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy Greer I seriously love her. From way back in her Jawbreaker days to her roles as the best friend in many romantic comedies (my favorite is The Wedding Planner) to her reoccurring character, Kitty, on Arrested Development. She's a great actress and funny lady, but I was a little disappointed with her book. She's definitely smart and witty and the book is easy to read, but there wasn't much juice. She had a very normal upbringing and although she hasn't had a major breakout role, her Hollywood life really isn't a struggle. I wanted to hear all about her time on set with her A-list costars, but her lips are sealed. 

Stronger by Jeff Bauman Anyone that watched the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings knows exactly who Jeff Bauman is: the guy rolled away from the scene in a wheelchair without any legs. He was at the marathon to cheer on his girlfriend, looked right at Tamerlan Tsarnaev and saw the backpack, but before he was able to make any sense of it, the bomb had exploded. In his book, he details the events of the day, the manhunt and capture of the Tsarnaev brothers, his recovery and rehabilitation, the spirit of Boston, the generosity of strangers, and the toll it took on him, his friends and his family. I couldn't put it down. It's not an amazing piece of literary work, but I really like that the book was written in his words. It's very real and raw and sometimes hard to read, but that's what makes it so good. 

The Bitches of Brooklyn by Rosemary Harris The premise of the book sounded awesome: five friends go on their annual trip to Cape Cod, but one doesn't show up. Instead she leaves a note that says, "I've run off with one of your men." The women return home after their trip to find that all of their husbands are away. They each reflect on their lives, marriages, and relationships with each other and try and figure out what's going on with their missing friend Abby. I liked the beginning when the women on vacation together, the middle was low and mundane and the constant POV shift got annoying, and the end was really rushed. I also didn't think the twist ending deserved all of it's build up.

I received these books from NetGalley for review purposes.


Mrs. Jones said...

Do you recommend Bitches of Brooklyn? Curious, but not sure I'd love it.

Erin O'Riordan said...

I would read Judy Greer's book. I remember her from my favorite bad horror movie, 'Cursed.'

Karen M. Peterson said...

I want to read Judy Greer's book because I love her, but I'm glad to know it's not great.

Kathrin@shopschoolsleep said...

i've tried net galley and never like the books i have been selected for :(