Books I Read March 2018

by - Monday, April 09, 2018

So as I mentioned in my February books post, I lost my Kindle on the flight to Japan, which means I lost many valuable hours of reading time on the remainder of the trip and during the long flight home.

I was trying to be zen about it in the beginning, but by the end of the trip I was pretty antsy to be able to read a book.

Perhaps that's why I was still somehow able to read five books in March. I clearly made up for all the missed reading once we got home.

March 2018 books

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
I used to be a huge fan of Emily Giffin and couldn't wait to get my hands on her newest book. But the last several of been meh at best. This one sort of rebounded from that. The plot was OK. I enjoyed reading the story of Josie and Meredith, but I also didn't find either of the main characters super like-able. So just meh I guess.

Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure by Amy Kaufman
The Bachelor is my guilty pleasure TV, and this book took me behind the scenes and got the nitty gritty on how the show is produced and how the producers create the situations they need to have happen for compelling TV. Kaufman's reporting was excellent and thorough. The only reason I didn't give this five stars is because I thought the ending was a bit rushed. After such thorough, in-depth reporting, I sort of felt like she decided she was done and didn't quite know how to end, so took a cop out. If you can get past that, this book is worth the read if you're a fan of the franchise.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
This book pulled me in right from the beginning, and I couldn't put it down. Though it was long, I just felt so invested in the outcome of the characters. I think I was also fascinated by the idea of family moving to the Alaskan wilderness and trying to survive. Highly recommend. I'm sure this will be one of my favorite books of the year.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
I remember reading this book as a kid, and I picked it up again since the movie was being released. I thought overall this book held up well over time. The story was fantastic when I was a little kid, and it's just as far-fetched today as it was then. I didn't remember there being so many God references when I was younger, but they were definitely more noticeable now. Not in a bad way, just one of the things my adult brain picked up on that my childhood brain wouldn't have. I'm glad I picked this book back up.

Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
This was my book club read for March, and I just thought the story was so gripping. It's about a young boy who gets on the wrong train home and finds himself miles away from home. He's living on the streets India and is eventually adopted by a family from Australia. The language is simplistic, as if you're experiencing exactly how that small boy felt when he got lost. I didn't love some of the random asides, but I also couldn't put this book down. I'm glad this real life story had an overall happy ending.

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