March Reads and Reviews
Good morning and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was very busy but so fun- one of my friends ran in the Umstead 100 Miler (that's not a typo- she ran 100 miles!!). I got to pace her for one of her 12.5 mile loops, and then Dan and I both volunteered at the race. It was probably the most fun I've had at a race, maybe ever? I'll definitely be back again next year!
Today I'll be sharing the books that I read in March! There was a huge mix of duds and great books, along with some vacation reads and Book Club picks. Here's how the month of reading went-
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Loved the first 75% of this book. So much suspense, foreshadowing, and I loved the writing. Couldn't put it down! Plus- I've always kind of wanted to live in a house boat so the settings really drew me in. Then the last part where the pieces went in to place were such a let down. I wish it had a different ending because it was off to such a great start.
Full by Julia Spiro
Just a heads up- this should have ALL the trigger warnings! Was not ready for so much of it to be around eating disorders and was VERY graphic in descriptions of bingeing and purging (not really a spoiler since this is all revealed in the second chapter). I read this along with a friend since it was one of Amazon's free Kindle books of the month, and we were both disappointed by it.
The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
This was the second book club pick of the month, but was not as warmly received as The Lost Apothecary! I actually liked this one even more- the characters really came to life and I liked the writing style of switching back and forth between present day (recapping the 24 hours after Elle and Jonas sleep together) and Elle's childhood. This was definitely a very graphic book with so many disturbing parts, so it's definitely not for the faint of heart. But- it was a really unique story that was beautifully told, and showed how flawed people are even when they have the best intentions (and how people with bad intentions can really screw up other people's lives).
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Apparently I'm not really a fan of Laura Dave, because this one was also disappointing to me. Once again- the setting was amazing. Who doesn't dream of living on a vineyard in wine country! But, other than that there were little redeeming qualities to me. There were so many dramatic story lines going on and I didn't find any of the characters likable (except maybe the dad?). Even this was a short book it took me forever to finish and I should have just given up from the beginning.