What I Read in March

For some reason, I DNF a lot of books last month. I got at least a quarter of the way through before giving up on all of these, and that rarely happens to me. I've heard great things about A Man Called Ove, but it took a long time to go anywhere and I don't like to read about grumpy old people, even if they are heartwarming by the end. Innocents and Others was an interesting premise, but reviewers are saying it doesn't get good until the last third and I don't have time for that. I haven't read Neil Gaiman, but feel like I'm supposed to love him. I couldn't get into The Ocean at the End of the Lane at all. I did relate to some of the stories in I Just Want To Pee Alone, but these mommy bloggers just weren't that funny. (Why do the most unfunny people shout from the rooftops about how hilarious they think they are? Let me make up my mind on that.)

Ok, on to the books I did read!

Nicole Brown Simpson: the Private Diary of a Life Interrupted (audiobook) This book is really hard to find, but thanks to Audible, I got to listen to this quick little gem. It's all about how much Faye loved Nicole and her opinions about Nicole's relationship with OJ. It was juicy, but dumb at the same time. ★ 

When Breath Becomes Air This short memoir was beautifully written and terribly sad, though the author doesn't get overly dramatic or depressing. I didn't fall apart until the epilogue written by his wife. 

Wishful Drinking (audiobook) I'm not a Star Wars fan, but have always appreciated Carrie Fisher. She's had a very interesting life and these stories (coming straight from her one-woman Broadway show of the same name) were funny, thoughtful and self-depreciating, which I'm always into. I felt like she was personally telling me stories. 

I Take You This story was crazy! Lily is about to marry Mr. Perfect in Florida, but has second thoughts and a bunch of secrets come out. It started out light and fun and I was instantly drawn to the protagonist, but halfway through it got kinda dark and she wasn't as likable. It's not your average chick-lit. 

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg I read this short little bio in one sitting on a rainy Friday night. It was well-written, well-researched, and really fun look at RBG's personal and professional life. She's an inspiration! And I have so much love for Marty Ginsburg now too! 

Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again (audiobook) Don't judge me! Sometimes you just gotta read a crappy d-list celeb prison memoir, ok? BTW, I'm not a fan, just curious. It's terribly written, not funny at all, and she insists she still doesn't know what she did wrong (there are no details about her case). The first half is really boring. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Teresa herself, and it was so awful! She reads. two to. three words. at a time. and. it was. so hard. to follow. 

This Is Where It Ends This is a minute by minute account (that spans an hour) of a high school shooting from four different perspectives. I have mixed feelings. On one hand, I loved the format and couldn't put it down. I could picture my high school while reading it. On the other, the characters felt underdeveloped and the transitions weren't very smooth. 

Mother, Mother (audiobook) Holy crap, this was nuts. The Hurst family is full of secrets and I didn't trust any of them, so the book totally kept my interest. It was mundane at times, and felt a bit too long, but I wanted to learn more about them so it was hard to put down. 

Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health, Happiness, and Making it all Work I wanted some fun gossip about Laguna Beach and The Hills, but Kristin hardly dished. Instead she talks about how she grew up, fell in love, had babies, and eats clean. It's like a how-to book with workout tips and recipes. (Including one for homemade baby formula.) I'm sure her fans appreciate the advice, but I thought it was boring. Probably because I'm an adult. 

The Ex (audiobook) I hate that it's described as "in the vein of Gone Girl" because it didn't live up to that. (Do they ever?) I've never read a legal procedural like this and enjoyed it, but it wasn't a page-turner and I figured out the ending pretty quickly. It still passed the time just fine. 

Strong Looks Better Naked This was my fourth reality star book of the month. I had some heavy reads so my mind needed something mindless, but still. I've got to reign it in. Ha! Again, no real gossip to speak of. She just breezily talks about exercise, diet, and having a positive attitude no matter what's going on in your life. I'm sure that's inspirational to some, but it's nothing we all haven't heard before (like, drink lots of water, you guys), so I skimmed through some of it. 

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy Ugh, so heartbreaking. Sue was the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold, and she shares his childhood, his teen years, the timeline of the shooting, her grief, and how she's trying to bring awareness to mental health issues (including donating the profits of this book). It was a tough read and made me smother my own boys for days on end. 

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight This book popped up on a list of soon to be movies and I was in desperate need for something fluffy after two school shooting books. This YA love story looked harmless enough. Sadly, it was boring and cheesy with annoying characters. It's going to make a dumb movie. 

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things (audiobook) Here's the funny book I was looking for! I didn't know much about The Bloggess before, but now? I love her. This was laugh out loud funny, but also made me cry. I don't suffer from mental illness, but it gave great insight for those of us who love people that do. She's also just has such a crazy life, so even with the heavy stuff, it was delightful. 
 I can't wait to see what you read! 

Life According to Steph


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I have to read RGB's book.

I imagine A Mother's Reckoning is a really hard read.

I couldn't even get 20 pages into Ove.

Karen Peterson said...

Have you read Let's Pretend this Never Happened? It's Jenny's first book and it was even funnier than Furiously Happy. I mean, I loved FH, especially with how much she really gets into her mental health issues. LPTNH is more just hilarious stories about her life and is definitely a must.

Jennifer Roup said...

Oh man, I'm sad there are no deets about Laguna Beach! I am really interested in Sue Klebold's story but I am afraid of it being so sad!

Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand said...

Look at you cruise through the books! Okay. Where to begin...

A Man Called Ove is about a grumpy old person? F that. I live and work with a grumpy old person (my father-in-law). When I dive into a book, I want to ESCAPE from a grumpy old man! Skipping it.

Mother, Mother and This is Where it End are both on my tbr.

And, I added the Mother's Reckoning. I imagine that her point of view would be fascinating to read.

I read the first book from The Bloggess and enjoyed it, but for some reason, I haven't been gunning for this one.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

I am currently waiting on Sue Klebold's book. I'm looking forward to it.

I have not read Furiously Happy but I loved, loved her first book. And I did not love This is Where it Ends. It was kind of lacking for me.

Jen Mann. Don't even get me started on her. She used to be awesome and now she isn't because I think her ego is enormous thanks to her one viral post that blew up her blog and I absolutely refuse to read her book.

Nadine Lynn said...

I was really excited to see Kristen had a book coming out but I sort of had a sneaking suspicion that it would be kind of basic and boring as you described. I know how to eat, how to exercise, etc...i want more real life things!!! Same with Khloe's book. Furiously Happy has been on my TBR, I need to get to that I added This is Where it Ends to the list. You read A LOT!

Lauren Honeycutt said...

I've heard great things about Notorious RBG--just added it to my TBR list!!

lil desiqua said...

Ove read like the sad part of the movie Up, and I just couldn't get into it. I "had to" read that Neil Gaiman book for a book club I was in. Some of the fantasy imagery freaked me out something awful and gave me nightmares. I have Jenny Lawson's first book on my shelf and want to read it before this one, but it's on my list! I've heard wonderful things about This Is Where It Ends, but the subject matter is bit intense and realistic for my liking. I'm intrigued by the Carrie Fisher one and Mother, Mother though- adding to my TBR!

Tanya said...

Ove was on my TBR, but I've removed it after seeing too many DNF and my list is already too big. :) I just picked up Furiously Happy and I'm eager to dive in. I'm not familiar with her blog but I've read lots of good reviews about the book.

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

For your DNFs, sometimes I'll suffer through half a book before giving up, sometimes after the first 10 pages. Life is too short right?? LOL on your comment about mommy bloggers thinking they're so funny. They're just snarky but yea, I agree, not that funny. I've heard about "When Breath Becomes Air" on A Cup of Jo. I don't think I can read it right now though. "Notorious RBG" and "Mother Mother" sound good!

Kristen said...

I was on the fence about both A Mother's Reckoning and Mother, Mother, but you've convinced me to add them both to my "To Read" list.

I want to like Neil Gaiman, but I've only read Stardust and I didn't like it at all. I think I'd probably like some of his other work, but I haven't felt an urgent need to pick anything up. I'm sure I will eventually, but I think I'd have to be in the right mood for it.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

That's an interesting assortment, Christina! The only one I've read is Wishful Drinking. That woman is a hoot!

Kimberlee VDW said...

Love how you sprinkled some "reality star" books along with these heavy reads! haha I don't blame ya. Gotta lighten it up sometimes.

"A Mother's Reckoning" and "This is Where It Ends" both sound heartbreaking... especially if you're a mother.

Gotta check out the RBG book!

Lauren said...

I have thoughts on so many of these! I love The Bloggess but I didn't love Furiously Happy as much as I liked her first book (though maybe I was in the wrong frame of mind). I want to read RBG's book, the breath memoir, and anything OJ related. Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy sounds interesting, too.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I haven't read a book since January. I haven't had the time. I haven't been in the mood. I'm hoping I can knock out several this summer when my shows are on hiatus.