5.12.2015

What I Read in April

I am a terrible reader this month! I've been so busy and haven't had much downtime, so I've only finished two books so far and now I'm switching my focus to the giant stack of magazines next to the couch. Thankfully, I read quite a bit in April and won't be too far behind in my Goodreads challenge. Check out what I read last month.


Sarah's Key This emotional book is about the Vel' d'Hiv roundup of Jews in Paris in 1942. I seriously had no idea this even happened and I'm ashamed by my admission. There are two stories told, one about Sarah, a young girl who was rounded up with her family, and the other of a modern day journalist who is learning about Sarah. I didn't enjoy the modern day story very much, but I suppose it intertwined nicely with Sarah's perspective. 


Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story This is a companion to John Green and David Levithan's Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which I really liked. The entire book is the script of the musical Tiny wrote about his life. There are stage directions and musical numbers that distracted me from the content, but it was a super fast read and kinda fun to look back in on those characters. 


It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War I really, really loved this memoir about a photojournalist, who put her personal relationships and her own life at risk to capture images from the front lines of wars and conflicts all over the world. She focuses a lot on women, both in these war stricken locations and in her field. She isn't the best author, but I was captivated by her stories and her photos that filled the book. 


Confess Hoover books are a total guilty pleasure of mine and even though I never love them, I keep on reading them. The love story in this book was really rushed and I didn't feel much of a connection between the two main characters. Honestly, I didn't particularly care for Auburn at all and felt like Owen and his family history were wasted on this story. 


So You've Been Publicly Shamed Jon Ronson examines how online public shaming, usually through Twitter, can really ruin a person. You may have read his articles about Justine Sacco (the South Africa AIDS joke tweeter) and Lindsey Stone (the Arlington National Cemetery sign flipper offer). The book discusses many more people who did something stupid and were torn apart by the court of public opinion. It's a very thought-provoking read and totally kept my interest. It's kinda funny because I read this book a few days after I tweeted about Britt McHenry. I stand by that one, though. She's a bitch. 


Me Before You Though it dragged at times and could have been edited down a little, I really liked this book about a woman who takes care of a quadriplegic man. It was beautifully written with likable main characters who had great stories to tell and lessons to learn. I couldn't put it down and I cried a lot. 


There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me I never really paid attention to Brooke Shields before her show, Suddenly Susan. I also didn't know anything about the tumultuous relationship she had with her mother until I heard about this book, so I was curious. It definitely contains some crazy stories (her mom couldn't have been an easy person to love) and a few good Hollywood anecdotes. While I appreciate Brooke's honesty, it was poorly written and way too long.  


Men Explain Things to Me You may have already read the title essay, which was published in 2008, but I was completely unaware of Rebecca Solnit. Now that I read this series of essays, I love her and need to check out her other books. This is not a light read though. Topics range from feminism, rape, domestic violence, sexism, and other forms of inequality. It's an important collection that gives you a lot to think about and get mad at. 

You can also read the reviews of Get In Trouble (and Unbecoming (★)I got from NetGalley right here.


I can't wait to see what you all read!

Life According to Steph

18 comments:

Julie said...

Oh my gosh, Me Before You had me crying for the 50 pages of the book, I swear! lol! I don't think I've ever cried that much over a book.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I cried so hard at the end of Me Before You.

I could see Colleen Hoover as a guilty pleasure. I've only read Ugly Love. What of hers have you liked more than the one reviewed above?

Kelli @Kellibeans said...

I've had Sarah's Key in my to read pile for a couple of years, I should get it out and actually read it.

Me Before You was soooooo sad!

Jana @ Jana Says said...

Me Before You was a tearjerker.

I typically don't read Holocaust based books but my mother does so I'll have to let her know about Sarah's Key. So You've Been Publicly Shamed is on my to-read list. Will Grayson Will Grayson is the only John Green book I haven't read and it's definitely on the to-read list.

Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand said...

I loved Sarah's Key. Your assessment of that book is pretty much exactly how I felt about it too. I enjoy memoirs and have never read one from that perspective, so I'll definitely look for that one.

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

I'm reading All the Light We Cannot See, also set in France at the same time as Sarah's Key, so I'm interested in that book. Also, just heard about the Public Shame book on a podcast, so I definitely want to read that!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

Sarah's Key has been on my list for years. I've only read one Colleen Hoover (Ugly Love) and enjoyed it so I have a few more on my list, but I don't think I liked the sound of that one, don't remember lol. Which of hers did you really like? I'm all about guilty pleasures.

Gwen said...

Sarah's Key is one of my favorite books. You're right though, the modern-day story on its own isn't all that great. I have another book by the same author called The House I Loved, but the reviews I've read haven't excited me. I didn't pay for it so if I don't read it, no big deal.

And I cried ugly tears at the end of Me Before You!

Crystal said...

Ooh, I need to read that photojournalist book! I have a few friends who are national reporters for newspapers, and it freaks me out when they're covering dangerous places, so this should be interesting!

Alison @ Puppies and Pretties said...

The public shaming one sounds interesting. I read an article not too long ago about it. It really is amazing what people will say beind a computer screen.

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

It's What I Do sounds really good if just for the pictures. Publicly shamed sounds really interesting I'll have to add that one.

Teh Megan said...

I am a huge Jojo Moyes fan and me before you was my first book by her and I loved it. I'm currently working on One Plus One.
Had to add Men Explain Things to Me to my to-read list because I've been on a feminism/sexist kick lately.

Kristin O said...

I loved Me Before You. Well...at least really liked it. I thought the story was so awesome and encouraging and the end totally had me pissed off. lol.

Food, Booze, & Baggage said...

I liked Me Before You much more than The Girl You Left Behind. Me Before You I found quite engaging. Men Explain Things sounds interesting.

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Sarah's Key is one of my favorite books but I agree that the whole modern portion could be eliminated!

Meagan said...

Colleen Hoover's books are a new guilty pleasure of mine too. They're nice to read here and there between other books that are more serious or sad...

Loved both Sarah's Key and Me Before You (Jojo Moyes is another author I've discovered recently/enjoy)

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

Me Before You was really good and broke my heart. I've been reading a lot too. I've got 2 sponsored book reviews to do and then a list of others. I'm a slacker.

Kimberlee VDW said...

lol your Britt McHenry comment. As you know I'm also reading Jon Ronson's book (although it has a different cover? I like that one better! boo) I am definitely intrigued by the subject matter. Thanks for reviews!