Tuesday, September 13, 2016

what I read in august

another month has come and gone and it's time for another "what I read" linkup with Steph and Jana. I have lots of fun reading related news this month! first, I finally joined Goodreads... I know, I know, about time. I realized that I'm totally on track to read 12 books this year. for so many of you, that is like how many you read in one month but for me, this proves that I've seriously made time for reading unlike I have in the past. with the holidays, I can probably get to 15 books this year. yay! thanks, honestly, to steph and jana because joining their linkup motivates me to get shit done... er finish books. 

ok, ok.... for real, the best news is that the book I read this month was awesome. my coworker has a book club and she told me to buy this book so I could come to the next meeting. I'll be honest, when she told me the plot, I was not sold. it sounded different and like something I probably wouldn't buy myself. so very glad I took her advice!



the girls by emma cline
northern california, during the violent end of the 1960s. at the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, evie boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. soon, evie is in thrall to suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. as she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with suzanne intensifies, evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence. {amazon.com}

my take: A+
the girls is endearing, you just feel for evie boyd in this awkward and lonely stage of girlhood. the plot mirrors the days of charles manson and his cult, and is so well written and compelling. at some points, I found myself thinking "this cult doesn't sound so bad" HAHA. the even deeper storyline of this book says a lot about girlhood and being a woman in society in general, the feelings of marginalization that may start in girlhood and can continue through to adulthood. the differences between how boys and girls grow up, while girls sit and wait to be told by boys that they are wanted. I could go on and on, but obviously emma cline says it much more poetically. I really loved this book.

I'm currently reading the black eyed susans, the girl in cabin 10, and in a dark, dark wood. my bachelorette party is coming up in october and given that the plot of in a dark, dark wood is set at a bachelorette party in the woods, I just couldn't resist a bachelorette book club. I can't wait to discuss this book in the mountains with my friends! anyone else prefer to drink wine and discuss books instead of hanging from chandeliers and dancing on bars?! stay tuned!

27 comments:

  1. I did not like The Girls at all.

    I really enjoyed Black Eyed Susans and In a Dark, Dark Wood.

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    1. that is hysterical! I know it got mixed reviews but it was just so different than anything I've read lately which I enjoyed.

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  2. oh my gosh, reading a scary book about a bachelorette party before your bachelorette party? hahaha i'd be too scared! i've heard amazing things though, so it's on my list. the girls sounds interesting! yay for goodreads! it's my favourite form of 'social media' lol

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    1. either the best or worst bachelorette idea, we'll see! haha!

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  3. I thought Cline did a great job with showing how girls get marginalized and sometimes do it willingly. But I thought the book, which had started so strong, ended with a real whimper. And you are very brave to read a scary book about a bachelorette party for your party!

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    1. totally agree with you on the ending, a bit of a letdown.

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  4. I had a mediocre feeling about The Girls. I felt let down when I was done.

    I had In a Dark Dark Wood on my nightstand awhile back, didn't get to read it before it was due, and haven't picked it back up again. I will soon, though. When I'm done with Cabin 10.

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    1. agree on the weak finish of the girls, unfortunately. it seems that cabin 10 is better than in a dark, dark wood anyway :)

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  5. I have read so many mixed reviews about The Girls, so I'm glad to hear you really liked it!

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    1. I think it's hilarious that Steph did not care for it and I loved it! haha!

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  6. Congrats on making more time for reading! There is always someone who reads more or less- it should really be about making time to relax and do something you enjoy.

    The Girls seems to be the common read this month, and everyone has a different opinion!

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    1. so true! I am finally getting better at reading while stephen has NFL on in the background, which has helped! :)

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  7. So you are telling me all I need to bring to the bachelorette party are yogapants?? I mean even if you do decide we need to dance on bars...yoga pants would be cool right? Haven't started the book yet, but will this weekend! I currently have 5 books on my nightstand that I am reading.

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    1. ahhhh regan! we will go to the bars for sure {for you} hehe! don't worry, the book is a super quick read. can't wait to see you lady!

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  8. Ahhh so many mixed reviews on The Girls! Now I'm thinking it's just one of those books that you have to see for yourself!

    Haha I love that you're having Bachelorette book club! Sounds like my kind of party ;) This also sounds like how I decided it was a good idea to read Never Knowing, a psychological thriller about a "Campsite Killer" serial killer while camping! Haha! ;)

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    1. or like the people who read the girl in cabin 10 on a cruise haha!

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  9. I'm on the waitlist for The Girls at my library. I may read it in the next decade - ha!

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  10. I couldn't get into The Girls but I'm glad to know that some "real people" (as opposed to hype) enjoyed it! I think it's too funny that you're reading In a Dark, Dark Wood right before your own bachelorette party! Can't wait to hear what you think of it.

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    1. dark, dark wood was a quick read! I just couldn't resist the premise and amazon prime makes it all too easy to send books :)

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  11. Wow good to know! I have definitely seen this one trending. Glad that you liked it. :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  12. The Girls is something I probably won't read just because the subject doesn't interest me, but it's the best when you read a book that you completely love! I have The Woman in Cabin 10 coming up on my library hold list and can't wait to read it.

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    1. just finished woman in cabin 10... it's a good one! give the girls a shot if you are even slightly interested, I wasn't initially but was happily surprised.

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  13. Black Eyed Susans has been on my TBR for a while.. I just need to read faster!

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  14. Black Eyed Susans was a decent read. I remember it, but not all of the details.

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