It’s time to link up with Steph and Jana for another edition of Show Us Your Books and I have a confession to make: I may be slightly obsessed with getting the Audible Daily Deals. I just can’t stop! Through this, I’ve found a couple of good reads and a couple of duds. Here’s what I read/listened to this month:
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
5/5 stars on Goodreads
I had this book on my nightstand for months, I reached the maximum amount of library renewals on it but I’m so glad I finally took the time to read it before sending it back. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It was an entertaining satire on Seattle culture and definitely made me laugh out loud a few times. This book is about a 15-year old, Bee, searching for her notoriously outrageous mother, Bernadette. It’s written in the form of correspondence between Bernadette and various other adult characters with Bee’s narrative popping in here and there. I fell in love with both Bee and Bernadette and thought the story was funny, cute and heartwarming. A perfect light-hearted read!
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
4/5 stars on Goodreads
I both loved and not so loved this collection of short stories. I wouldn’t normally think of myself as a fan of short stories but The Tsar of Love and Techno changed that. I will definitely give them a fair shot now and this author in particular is so very talented. This book of stories starts with a censor and a work of art in the 1930’s USSR and takes us back in forth in time between then and now. I loved the complexity of the characters, the vivid descriptions and how the stories all connected in the end. It could have actually passed for a novel. The stories touch on war, love, family and ultimately the power of art. The thing I not so loved was how difficult it was to get through and understand at times because I don’t have an expert knowledge of Russian history. There were points where I was lost and had to Google things. I highly recommend this book but be prepared to work your brain while reading it and to feel a lot of emotions! I received this in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own.
Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg
2/5 stars on Goodreads
This was an Audible Daily Deal for $1.95 and I’ve thought that Jesse Eisenberg is pretty funny in his movies so I thought this collection of short stories would be a fun read. I was pretty disappointed for a couple of reasons. One, although there were a few moments that made me laugh, overall it was just pretty stupid. Two, I could not figure out if the stories were connected or not. Sometimes it seemed like there were overlapping characters and sometimes they were completely random. I’m not sure if the overlapping characters were intentional or if they just didn’t think of new ideas for character personalities. The best story was by far the first one, “Restaurant Reviews from a Privileged Nine-Year Old” that actually touched on some real issues with humor. It was all downhill from there. All of the other stories had a few funny moments combined with mostly outrageous or boring moments. So, it was probably worth the $1.95 but I would say to skip this one.
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes
4/5 stars on Goodreads
This was another Audible Daily Deal and this one, was so so worth it. It’s a compelling work of historical fiction that opened my eyes to a part of American history that I had no idea about. The book is made up of the interwoven stories of two women a century apart, Mei Lein and Inara. I really liked both characters and loved the way the author blended past and present. I think it was a touching, beautiful written story and recommend it!
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
3/5 stars on Goodreads
Another Daily Deal…told you I’m obsessed…this one wasn’t bad but it wasn’t anything special either. It’s about a dirty, vacant lot in a run down neighborhood that is transformed into a beautiful garden after one young girl plants a seed, inspiring her neighbors to do the same. It’s written from 13 different perspectives, neighbors with all different backgrounds and stories. I think this is a good book for kids, it reminds us of the melting pot that is our country and how we can all find common ground.
I’m officially on track with my Goodreads 2016 reading challenge after this month, woohoo! Happy reading!