Recent Reads

Do you ever go through genre moods when you’re reading? I sure do! There was a stretch of a few months where all I wanted to read was historical fiction. There was another spurt where I couldn’t get enough of thrillers (it was when we all got caught up in the Gone Girl madness, nobody seemed to be immune!) I even went through a few months where I was searching out SAD BOOKS because I am a crazy person and wanted to torture myself apparently? (Those are still some of my favorites, tho!) And remember a few years ago when funny celebrity memoirs were coming out left and right? Yeah me too, and I did my best to read all of them in a 3 month period.

But I asked my original question because it seems right now that I don’t have a current genre mood and I don’t know how to feel about it! On the one hand, I really like the variety of the books I’ve been reading over the last few months… but on the other hand it makes it seem SO HARD to pick out the next book I want to read! Should I go for that biography, or grab the latest murder mystery, or finally start that rom-com beach read that’s been in my library queue for years? First world problems, am I right? Here are some of the books I’ve read over the last few months- all in different genres!

When Life Gives You Lululemons

In the genre of “fun beach read” I give you When Life Gives You Lululemons – it is a follow-up story to The Devil Wears Prada (which I read in high school and really really really enjoyed!) and it follows Emily (the Emily Blunt character from the movie) 10 years later. Here’s the summary:

Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton does not do the suburbs. After leaving Miranda Priestly, she’s been working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now. When Karolina Hartwell, a gorgeous former supermodel, is arrested for a DUI, her fall from grace is merciless. Her senator-husband leaves her, her Beltway friends disappear, and the tabloids pounce. In Karolina, Emily finds her comeback opportunity. But she quickly learns Greenwich is a world apart and that this comeback needs a team approach. So it is that Emily, the scorned Karolina, and their mutual friend Miriam, a powerful attorney turned stay-at-home suburban mom, band together to not only navigate the social land mines of suburban Greenwich but win back the hearts of the American public.

I really liked reading this one!! It was quick and easy and FUN! The characters (both new and old) were a hoot to hang out with for a few days and the plot was woven together very well. It’s one of those stories that makes you crazy because as the reader you know ALL THE THINGS but the characters don’t know all the things and you’re just yelling at the book COME ON NOW! So it’s a tiny bit infuriating in the moment, but the payoff at the end of the book is SO incredibly worth it!

So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know

Here’s my choice for the “fun celebrity memoir” genre. Ok so first little warning about this book – there is ALL THE LANGUAGE in pretty much every sentence. She’s not being rude or mean, that’s just the way Retta talks. But a few f-bombs aside, this book was truly hilarious and I loved getting to learn more about Donna from Parks & Rec, how Retta got into show comedy and business, and hearing her talk about our mutual obsession that is Hamilton.

I read a physical copy of this one, but Retta also reads the audiobook and I bet that she adds so much flair to her words! I definitely recommend either!

My Oxford Year

In the genre of “book that I thought was going to be one thing and then oops it made me cry a whole lot but I still really liked it” I chose My Oxford Year. This was on my list of books I wanted to read this summer and I honestly didn’t know much about it except for an American goes to study for a year at Oxford and falls in love!! What a fun story, right?!?! Here’s the full summary:

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was thirteen: Study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is, until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day. When Ella discovers that her English literature course will be taught by none other than that same local, Jamie Davenport, she thinks for the first time that Oxford might not be all she’s envisioned. But a late-night drink reveals a connection she wasn’t anticipating finding and what begins as a casual fling soon develops into something much more when Ella learns Jamie has a life-changing secret. Immediately, Ella is faced with a seemingly impossible decision: turn her back on the man she’s falling in love with to follow her political dreams or be there for him during a trial neither are truly prepared for. As the end of her year in Oxford rapidly approaches, Ella must decide if the dreams she’s always wanted are the same ones she’s now yearning for.

So I would recommend this book, however… I don’t think it was written super well. It was still fun to read, but there were a lot of times where it got a little confusing and I had to re-read entire pages to figure out who was actually talking or what had actually happened or how much time had actually passed. (There was one part where I was reading thinking this part was taking place the next day, when MUCH later I realized it was taking place like a fully month later and I had to go back and read it again so it made more sense.)

Truly Madly Guilty

In the genre of “I thought this was going to be a thriller but was ultimately a huge letdown” I chose Truly Madly Guilty. Ugh this book. I got it as a book on CD to listen to in my car and guys. It was just SO hard to get into. Even toward the end when things started coming together and it was supposed to be the riveting, exciting, dramatic part, I just honestly didn’t care. At all. Here’s the summary because I don’t even want to talk about this plot myself:

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit busy, life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other. Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last-minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger-than-life personalities there will be a welcome respite. Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone? In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

I read Big Little Lies a year ago and LOVED it and thought oh, it’s the same author so I bet I’ll like this book, too! False. Didn’t care. Don’t want to waste my time talking about it anymore. Don’t bother reading it. Just trust me.

(I do have a friend who has read most of Liane Moriarty’s books and she said that all her other ones are actually good and I should give them a try. She tried to start this book and couldn’t get into it, so I’m hopeful that I’ll like her other books better!)


Have you read any of these books yet? What do you think about them? Is there a certain genre that you’re drawn to right now? I think I’m going to try to keep my randomness going! I’m currently reading a “self-help-ish” book, a book on management, and a thriller… variety is the spice of (book) life!

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