December Reads

Monday, December 31, 2018

Book 36:
"You" by Caroline Kepnes
When Joe meets Beck at the bookstore – him at the register and her buying a book – he is immediately taken. And she must feel the same way, because she paid with a credit card instead of cash because she wanted him to know her name, right? He Googles her and learns everything he can about her, devouring all of the information from her social media, right down to her address. He molds himself into Beck's perfect guy, while she's clueless about it all.

I really, really loved this book. The fact that it's written from Joe's point of view is what made it for me. The premise is creepy enough, but hearing it from his perspective in which he is constantly talking to Beck, not about her, emphasizes the obsession in the best and most uncomfortable way. I'm already watching the show on Netflix and am eager to read the sequel. I'd definitely recommend this one.

Rating: 5/5

Book 37:
"From the Corner of the Oval"
by Beck Dorey-Stein
"From the Corner of the Oval" is a memoir from a stenographer under Barack Obama. I feel bad saying that I found this book to just be okay because it was recommended to me by a friend. And because that premise sounds cool. A peak into what goes on in the White House? Awesome. But that's where I feel cheated, because while that's what I expected, that's not really what I got.

There were some really interesting parts in this book, and there were quotable lines that were very powerful. Dorey-Stein certainly does know how to write. Unfortunately, all of that feels overshadowed by the fact that this book isn't really about the White House. The title feels like it's a fake-out; clickbait to get us to read about her affair and sad, broken heart instead, which is not as unique of a story as I thought this book was going to be.
Now, in the Oval, I get it. This is just a room. The White House is just a building. The Constitution is just a piece of parchment. It's what we invest in it that matters. It's the humanity behind it. The magic we breathe into it."
Rating: 2.5/5

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