September Reads

Thursday, September 28, 2017

I only read two books this month, which is not many for me. There were two others that I started but couldn't finish.

First was Phoebe Robinson's "You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have To Explain." I listen to Phoebe's comedy podcast "2 Dope Queens" and think she's hilarious, so I was looking forward to reading her book, but... eh. I only got through a few chapters. There were too many references and jokes that she tried to slip in that it became distracting from the actual story being told. If I pick it up again, it'd be the audiobook version.

The second was "The Glass Castle." I wanted to like this one so much but couldn't get into it. I made it halfway through and had no desire to keep going. It didn't feel like the story was actually leading anywhere. I do still plan to see the movie. I'm hoping I enjoy the story in that format more.

Book 37:
"A Stranger in the House" by Shari Lapena
Plot: Tom comes home late from work one day and his wife, Karen, isn't home, though the door was unlocked. He looks around inside, finding their dinner half-made and sitting out on the counter, and Karen's purse and cell phone still there. The police arrive soon after, telling Tom his wife is in the hospital. She was in a car accident – lost control of the vehicle and drove into a pole while speeding through the bad side of town – and doesn't remember what happened. She doesn't know where she was, what she was doing, or why. Meanwhile, a man was found dead in an abandoned restaurant, near where Karen had been driving. Was she involved? And if so, why?

Thoughts: After reading and loving "The Couple Next Door," this one was surprisingly a letdown. It's just not written well. It felt amateur. The lack of characters (only about five?) made it really easy to predict. The story moves quickly, which I liked, but part of that is because the characters are dramatic and jump to conclusions. Tom especially – his thought processes aren't realistic. A guy in his position wouldn't immediately be so suspicious of his wife. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend this one.

Rating: 2/5

Book 38:
"Class Mom" by Laurie Gelman
Plot: Jennifer Dixon is older than the other kindergarten moms, which she is less than thrilled about. She has two daughters in college, from different fathers who she may or may not be able to pick out of a line-up. Now she's married and has a son starting kindergarten. Though she didn't ask to be the class mom, she can't help playing around with the new role. Filled with sarcastic emails, cat fights, helicopter moms, old flames, and petty grudges, you'll go through the school year the Jen Dixon way.

Thoughts: I need to continue reading books where the character is great, not just the story. They're so refreshingly good. Jennifer Dixon was so funny. Even though the book overall didn't have too strong of a plot, the personality of the main character made it entertaining enough to keep going.

Rating: 4/5

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