Recent Reads – May 2018

Ok so first, let me start out by saying that I can’t believe that May is already over. This is nuts and I refuse to believe it. It has completely flown by, but at the same time it’s felt like the looooooooongest month ever (maybe because I’ve had 2 car accidents and my parents came to visit and I went out of town all in 1 month- that’s a lot of stuff going on!) But the fact that it was a super long month meant that I actually got some good reading done for once!

The unfortunate thing, though, is that I wasn’t wow-ed by any of the books I read this month. One I would deem as pretty good, one I would say was ok, and one I just didn’t really enjoy at all. So let’s get into it, shall we?!?

Sweetbitter

“The story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the glitzy, grimy backdrop of New York’s most elite restaurants, in Sweetbitter Stephanie Danler deftly conjures the nonstop and high-adrenaline world of the food industry and evokes the infinite possibilities, the unbearable beauty, and the fragility and brutality of being young and adrift.”

So here’s the thing… I didn’t really know anything about this book before I started it except “set in restaurant” and “going to be a TV show.” I used to work in a restaurant, so I wanted to give it a go! I thought oh maybe it will be about a girl who finds herself, and love, while working in a restaurant! and ummm no I was 100% wrong. Just so wrong. I don’t want to give anything away, but there was SO MUCH DRUG USE. And the main character was just so self-destructive, and I found it very annoying and frustrating. I honestly don’t know why SO MANY PEOPLE loved this book so much, and I have no desire to watch the TV show. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right head space to enjoy a book about somebody just making the worst life choices, maybe I missed the point, but just… sorry no.

The After Party

“Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1950s Houston social scene. Tall, blonde, beautiful, and strong, she dominates the room and the gossip columns. Every man wants her; every woman wants to be her. Devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece Buchanan is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask. But when Joan’s radical behavior escalates the summer they are twenty-five, Cece considers it her responsibility to bring her back to the fold, ultimately forcing one provocative choice to appear the only one there is.”

I am all about books set in the 50’s, especially if it’s about fancy ladies in the 50’s. So this one set in TEXAS with fancy ladies in the 50’s?!?! I was SO READY for it! And it… was pretty ok… it did seem a bit repetitive at some points (yes, Cece, we get it, you are being torn between being a good friend and being her babysitter). The story seemed a bit one-sided since we really only see things from Cece’s point of view, but the settings were wonderful and that helped me stay interested in the story. I definitely related to the narrator – I’ve felt responsible for explaining away the behavior of a friend when really I should have just ended the friendship. It’s hard to determine when to keep trying to help someone (when they might not even want to be helped) and when to just cut and run, and I feel like the author could have displayed those feelings a little bit better in the book.

Fitness Junkie

When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding gown company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin–the delicious love child of a brioche and a muffin–her best friend and business partner gives her an ultimatum: lose thirty pounds or lose your job. … As Janey eschews carbs, pays thousands of dollars to wellness gurus, and is harassed by her very own fitness bracelet, she can’t help but wonder: Did she really need to lose weight in the first place?

This was definitely my favorite out of the three I read in May. It was on the list of books I wanted to read this summer so I was really excited to get it started! I LOVED another book by the same authors (The Knockoff) and while I didn’t think this one was as good, I still enjoyed it a lot! The story had a lot of ups and downs and things going on which kept it interesting but it wasn’t too hard to keep track of, which was good. This book made me laugh out loud a few times and I definitely recommend it if you want a fun, easy read for your flight or for the pool!

I already have a few books picked out to read during the month of June, and I can’t wait to start them! Have you read any of these 3 books already? What did you think?!?

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One thought on “Recent Reads – May 2018

  1. I LOVED Fitness Junkie. It was hilarious! I’m glad you enjoyed it too. I’m disappointed to hear that you didn’t like Sweetbitter. That’s been on my TBR list.

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