Book Report: September/October


50 Books Challenge Progress:

The Big Short by Michael Lewis
Of course the movie is great but the book is better in that it really digs deep into the financial crisis. 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I was expecting a lot more from this book and it didn't quite live up to the hype. The twist didn't surprise me. However, I did like the way the author described the setting.

Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
This was a quick read centered around mindfulness.

 Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
This was a suspense novel that I didn't enjoy very much. I read the whole story in one afternoon so it did hold my attention but the ending was a let down.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This book was not at all what I expected but I loved every bit of it. It's set in an eerie post-apocalyptic America and a traveling theater troupe. There's a bit about people living in an airport which I found interesting.

The Crown by Kiera Cass
As I've said before, this series is my guilty pleasure.

The Cursed Child 
A lot of people seemed to be disappointed by the new Harry Potter story but I felt the opposite. I found it to be thoughtfully written and it was exciting to return to that world again.

Nasty Galaxy by Sophia Amoruso
I wasn't expecting to love this as much as I did. This coffee table book would be a really cool addition to any girl's collection provided she has an appreciation for good music and badass women.

Public Library by Ali Smith
This was my first foray into Ali Smith's work and I must say, it was magical. This was a book of short stories relating to the magic and importance of public libraries. Her writing style is unique and reminds me of the way my brain operates when I'm writing fiction.

The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen
I'm fascinated by and constantly talking about Nordic society, so reading this book was a no-brainer. It discusses everything from education to healthcare and taxes in countries such as Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. I could go on and on about my admiration for these policies, but I'll spare the details for now.

The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
At first, I enjoyed this book about a young couple living in D.C. The husband works in politics and the wife misses living in New York, then they become friends with another couple which unearths a sense of competition. I loved the way this one was written---very matter-of-fact and kind of gentle if that makes sense---but from the middle until the end, I became totally emotionally exhausted by the fact that it surrounded marital issues. Not really what I'm into.

Abandoned Books: Eligible, Underground Airlines

Only five more books to go!