It is time once again for the Show Us Your Books link-up with Steph and Jana. I didn’t get in as much reading this month as I would have liked, but that’s life. Luckily, I enjoyed most of what I did end up reading. I’ve ordered the books in order from least to most favorite. I’m looking forward to reading what everyone else has read this month and adding to my TBR list!
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – This is a non-fiction book in which comedian, Ansari takes a look at modern romance and how dating today is different from the past. I found it interesting and it made me appreciate that I’m not dating in today’s modern age!
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – This YA book is about Willowdean Dickson, who’s mother gave her the nickname Dumplin’, when she was little. Willow knows she’s overweight and owns it, even with a mother who runs the local beauty pageant. But when Bo, a coworker at the local fast food joint where she works, shows interest in her, she begins to doubt herself. While I enjoyed the body positivity message of the book, I didn’t connect with any of the characters and found Willow to be a bit hypocritical of others.
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea – This is a middle grade chapter book that I had heard good things about. It’s about a 5th grade class that is transformed by Mr. Terupt, an inspirational teacher, who impacts all of his students. The story is told through the perspectives of seven different students, in alternating chapters. The book was due back to the library before my daughter had a chance to read it, but it’s one that I think that she’d like. There’s a second and recently released third book in this series that I would like to read.
The Red Thread by Ann Hood – Maya runs an adoption agency helping families adopt baby girls from China. This book tells the story of six couples trying to adopt children and the women in China who are giving up their daughters. This book has been on my bookshelf for awhile and I’m glad that I finally decided to read it. I really enjoyed this book. Being adopted from South Korea, this book gave me more insight into both sides of the adoption process.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling – I read Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and wasn’t impressed. I feel like I need to reread that book because I enjoyed this one so much! As I read it, I could imagine Kaling’s voice reading it to me. It was a humorous and fun read.
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult – Picoult is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read almost all of her books. This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for ages and I finally decided to read it. The story is really thought-provoking and deals with the Holocaust, friendship and forgiveness. Sage, a 24-year old baker, befriends Josef Weber, an elderly gentleman who visits the bakery where she works. He eventually asks a favor of her, which she is not sure she can help him with, after she discovers information about his past.
What have you been reading?