Sunday, February 1, 2015

What I Read in January

The first month of the year is already gone! I managed to read four books this month, so here they are!

1. True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff
True Believer (Make Lemonade, #2)
 
This is the second book in a series, but I didn't read the first one and it didn't inhibit my reading experience at all. My friend was giving this book away and said that I would like it, and I really did! It's written in verse, which I am generally a fan of, and it was a really powerful story. If you tend to find that YA often doesn't seem genuine, this book would be good for you because it doesn't have that feeling to it at all. I'm counting this one as my YA book for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.

2. Marriage, a History by Stephanie Coontz
Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage

This is a microhistory about how love became a factor in marriage. It was a bit slow at times, and it didn't always hold my interest, so it's not the best nonfiction book I've ever read. I did learn some things, though, and if you're a more seasoned nonfiction reader you might like this. I'm counting this as my Microhistory for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.

3. The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
The Witches of Eastwick 

I had to read this for a class I'm taking on American Magical Realism. I don't quite know how I feel about this book, but I will warn you that it is not for the faint at heart. As one of my classmates said, "it's basically a softcore porn," but not in a sexy way. I admire Updike's writing in this book, but it was just too wrong to love.
*Note: I'm going to try not to count any of my school books towards my Book Riot challenge. I will if I need to by the end of the year, but for now I'm not going to.

4. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman #2)

This book was quite a disappointment. I LOVED The Rosie Project, but this book did not live up to its predecessor at all. It was boring, and the lovable characters turned annoying and unlikable. I understand that that is realistic and that in real life that happens, but the first book was a fun, light read that was really well done, and I just can't say the same for this book.

So that was my reading month! I hope January brought you some great books.