What I read- March 2017

April 3
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It is that time again; time to share what I read last month. I made my way through several books last month, and honestly I was really happy with most of them. Read through to see what I liked and what I didn’t.


The Handmaid’s Tale- Margret Atwood

With the upcoming Hulu mini series I wanted to make sure I had this book finished before the show came out. I was able to read the book for free on Kindle Unlimited which was a great deal! (Follow the link for a free one month trial.)  I am big fan of utopian/dystopian fiction so I was surprised that I hadn’t read this book already. The story is not for the faint of heart, and deals with some ugly topics but is a great book to remind us to look at our world and be aware of how the small choices we make as a people could multiply and become a serious issue.


The Last Days of Night- Graham Moore

This great piece of historical fiction is about the battle to rule the electric light bulb between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. The book explains how Nikola Tesla was involved in all of this and is a great introduction to these men. I listened to this on audiobook and felt the narrator did a great job with Tesla’s accent.  If you enjoy history and the turn of the century this is a must read (or listen.)


The Moor’s Account- Laila Lalami

Some friends and I started a new book club recently and this was the title selected. Before it was chosen I had not heard anything of this book, but when I found out it was about Narvaez expedition I was excited. The Moor is a black slave that was one of the few survivors of the fateful expedition and the book is his tale of what happened as well as the story of how he became a slave. Sadly, I did not love this book. It was alright and worth reading, however it really dragged on for me. You may love it, but again, it just wasn’t for me, I was bored.


The Animators- Kayla Rae Whitaker

Truth: I picked up this book because the cover looked cool. I figured it would be about life in California working for Disney, or something like that.  That is 100% not what this book is about, but I think it might be better than that. The female duo are indie film creators and the book is a look into their lives, the tragedies they face, and how the are overcome. I loved the real grittiness of this book. The characters are real and the book deals with real life issues. Also, they are so cool it makes me a little jealous.


Big Little Lies- Liane Moriarty

I am going to guess that you have heard of the new HBO series Big Little Lies and that is it based of this book. In case you hadn’t, well, now you know. I have read a few or Moriarty’s books and so far this one has been the most intense for me. I love how real this book, as well as her others feel. They deal with real issues, real families, and tragedies that do happen. I am not going to go into detail as I don’t want to ruin anything, but this book is great.  Like her other books I have read, this title takes place in Australia which is always fun.


The Trespasser- Tana French

I am new to French’s books and so far I enjoy them. This a a cop mystery that takes place in Dublin which gives it some fun vocabulary as well as accents to play with. Although a procedural cop mystery, I enjoyed the tale and how it was shared. The title wasn’t super deep or emotionally riveting, but it was a great story and worth my time to read and escape. I will be adding her to my list of vacation reading authors or for when I need a change or pace.

 

So that concludes what I read for this month. If you’ve been following along you may have noticed that I did not meet my goals of non-fiction and classics this month. Oh well, I have plenty of time to catch up, and I am already ahead in non-fiction.

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As far as the Goodreads challenge is going, I am ahead which is great. Feel free to follow my on Goodreads to keep up with what I am reading and have read.

 

Well that is all for this month. What have you read lately?
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