What I Read In March

I read some really great books last month. One even deserved a five-star rating, which is rare for me! Take a look.

Funny Girl I love how Nick Hornby writes, but this story was just ok. It was interesting to cover sexism and sexuality in the '60s, but I didn't particularity like any of the characters. They weren't awful, I just didn't connect or really care about them. I felt like there was too much going on, but not enough depth for each topic and character, yet it was way too long. 

The Leisure Seeker  I was not expecting to like this book about an old couple on a cross-country road trip as much as I did. It was simple and sweet, with sad and funny moments and a breeze to get through. I really loved learning a little about Route 66 and thought the ending was beautiful.  

Dirty Rush My college didn't have a Greek system and I wouldn't have joined a sorority anyway, but the topic is always interesting to me. It was fast-paced, predictable, mindless, and not all that shocking to me, but I really liked it and read it in a day. 

The Girl on the Train Although I figured out the ending halfway through and didn't like one single character, I couldn't put it down and really enjoyed the crazy story. It's a great rainy weekend read! 

My Sunshine Away This book was intense, disturbing, and unhappy at times, but I'm glad I read it. I felt like the narrator's growth was very well written, even if he creeped me out once in a while, and I loved the setting and time period. It was a page-turner for sure. 

Rookie Yearbook Two and Three  I know I'm not at all in the right demographic for these books, but I can't help but read them. They sort of remind me of how I felt about Sassy Magazine as a preteen. I love Tavi Gevinson, and the pieces by Mindy Kaling, Judy Blume, Emma Watson, Sofia Coppola, Lorde, Shailene Woodley, and Haim were awesome. 

Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date I started out completely in love with this book and with Katie, because I think everyone can relate to awkward adolescent experiences with boys and because I really loved her sense of humor and tone. But after a while I felt she was trying too hard. 

I Was Here Again, I'm not the target demographic, but I was still expecting to feel something because of her previous book, If I Stay. Nothing clicked for me. The characters were boring, the love story was cliché and wrong, and I don't think this was the way to address mental health and suicide.

A Little Life  Waaaah! I cried a lot when I read this very long, very heartbreaking book. It was tough because it deals with sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, and self harm, but it was also a really good story covering decades of friendship of four men who met in college. I finished it two weeks ago and I'm still thinking about it. 

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee I needed something fluffy after my last book and this did the trick. I love Sarah and her weird, slow sense of humor, though her memoir wasn't all sunshine and laughs. I love that she talked about the bedwetting and depression she suffered in her teens, her time in NYC as a young adult, and her career highs and lows. 

Life According to Steph


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I added the Leisure and Rush books to my to read list.

That second to last one seems really heavy. Too heavy?

Sassy mag. My God how I absolutely adored that magazine.

Rose @ Ramblin' Rose said...

A Little Life is on my must read list this summer. I read a review on Don't Mind the Mess blog and immediately knew it was my kind of book. My Sunshine Away is another one that I want to read.

Marcie B said...

I have such a love/hate relationship with books that I get caught up in and then realize at the end that they weren't that good. I definitely had one of those on my list this month too! Glad I'm not the only one that that happens to! :)

Karen M. Peterson said...

The Girl on the Train is next on my list. If I can find some time to sit down and read again. Life has been crazy.

Some of these sound REALLY good. Can't wait to add them to my list!

Jana @ Jana Says said...

I'm adding Leisure and Rush to my to-read list. I was in a sorority and I typically don't read books about being Greek for reasons that are probably their own post but this one seems like I'd enjoy it.

My Sunshine Away is on my to-read list. I think I'll pass on the Gayle Forman book. I thought If I Stay was okay and I still need to read the follow up to it but I don't know that her books are must reads for me.

Food, Booze, & Baggage said...

A Little Life sounds interesting, but I'm not sure if can handle that "real" of a book. My Sunshine Away looks interesting too, I'm adding that one.

Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand said...

My Sunshine Away is already on my "to read" list, and I added A Little Life, and I'll be prepared for it to rip my heart out.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I hated all of the characters in The Girl on the Train too. Still couldn't put it down though. Hot. Mess.

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

After reading so so reviews on The Girl on the Train, I'm afraid I might not want to read it anymore ;)

Gracey Williams said...

Wow you read a lot! I take forever to read one book. A Little Life sounds good though, I might have to pick it up once I get through the other million books I haven't read.

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The Braided Bandit said...

Oh my goodness you read so many awesome books! I just finished the one I was reading and am looking for my next one, thanks for the recommendations! Hope you're having a great day! xo Hannah

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Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

the leisure seeker sounds interesting, and so does a little life.. though i might have to wait a bit for that one, gotta be in the right mood!

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

Loved The Girl On The Train and I didn't care for any of the characters either. But I wanted to know what the heck was going on.

Elle Sees said...

you had me at sassy magazine!!!! i love nick hornby but i'll skip this one.