March and April Reads

March and April Reads

March and April Reads

1. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn- As I mentioned in my last round-up of books I’ve read, I was on a bit of a Gillian Flynn kick for a while. Gone Girl is still my favorite of the books she’s written, but I liked this one too. The story is about Libby Day, one of two living survivors of an attack on her family that occurred when she was just a child. When the tragedy happened, she testified in front of a court that her brother murdered her mother and sisters and based heavily on that testimony, her brother was sent to jail. However, as an adult, Libby is not so sure that her testimony was correct and attempts to figure out the truth of what really happened that night. It’s another dark tale, but you’re rooting for Libby to succeed with her quest.

2. Grace by Grace Coddington- I was excited to start this book that so many people in the fashion community raved about. I watched The September Issue for the first time this year; I don’t know what took me so long since the documentary came out years ago! After watching it, I was even more fascinated by Grace Coddington’s personality and relationship with Anna Wintour and I couldn’t wait to learn more from her memoir. She has led a really interesting life both personally and professionally. It took me a little while to get into it in the beginning, when she’s discussing her early childhood, but once she grows up and moves to London, the story really takes off. Also, the book is peppered with fun little illustrations that she created. If you love fashion and/or are obsessed with all things Vogue, it’s definitely worth a read.

3. Idiopathy by Sam Byers- This is one of those books that you’re not entirely sure that you understood, but you generally enjoyed. It involves a love triangle between three pretty messed-up people, a cattle epidemic, and a mom/blogger who becomes semi-famous. You’re intrigued, right? If you like offbeat stories with a satirical edge, then I think you just might like this book.

4. Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin- This is the type of nonfiction I enjoy- nonfiction that almost reads like fiction. This is a type of travel memoir, written by the author when he moved to Paris for a couple of years. In it he shares his observations about the French, about what life in France is like for a foreigner, and about the people he works with at an advertising agency. His anecdotes are humorous and the book in general only strengthened my itch to travel abroad soon. In the meantime I guess I’ll keep reading books about the places I’d like to go! Also, how great is the title and cover of this book?!

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- I waited for this book for what felt like forever and when I was finally able to download it, I devoured it in a couple days. I was not disappointed- this book is as good as everyone says it is. The main character, Hazel, is a teenager with terminal cancer. Based on that alone, you’d expect this book to be really depressing, but it’s not entirely- it’s funny, smart and heartwarming. Even though you know, or should know, exactly what happens in the end, that doesn’t mean you won’t shed a tear or two (or many) as the book draws to a close. If you’re looking for your next read, look no further- this is it. In case you couldn’t tell, this book was my favorite out of this bunch!

Tell me: What are you currently reading?

  • So glad you liked Fault. My favorite JG so far. I’m about to start some Cynthia Voigt. Just finished A Mathematician’s Apology. I loved it, but it’s only going to appeal to a by particular kind of reader. :)

    • It was the first book I’d read by John Green! I haven’t heard of A Mathematician’s Apology- I’m going to look it up.

  • I really need to read more. I have the worst pile of books..all ones I’ve started and stopped. I’m going to look into these…especially Grace.

    • Let me know what you think of Grace! :)

  • I hate to say this but I really haven’t been reading like I should. I plan to gather up a few books and take them with me when I head to Florida in a couple weeks in hopes of doing a little reading while lounging on the beach. Grace is at the top of my list.

    Tracy @ Sunny
    Days and Starry Nights

    • Reading on the beach is the best. That’s so exciting that you’re heading to Florida soon- hope you have a wonderful time!

  • Nikki M

    I am really interested in reading Gillian Flynn books….which ones should I check out?

    • I would say that if you’re only going to read one, read Gone Girl. That was definitely my favorite of the three!

  • thanks for sharing, I definitely need a new read!

    • I’m happy to share :) Let me know if you decide to read any of these!

  • All of these books sound interesting! I will definitely add a few to my to-read list . I plan to start reading This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz this weekend.

    • That’s another one that I want to read! I’d love to know what you thought when you’re done :)

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