What I Read… vol. 10

Again we find ourselves at the second Tuesday of the month! That means I’m linking up with Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books!

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I struggle with the review image that I post each month… I hate how it looks but I haven’t found an alternative yet. Maybe by next month I’ll have something new:

Between moving and cleaning and life I only read and finished one book. And I hate it. Oh well- can’t win ’em all.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides | ★★/5
Summary: In less than one year’s time the five Lisbon sister end their lives. The neighborhood boys watch with fascination, admiration, and confusion as the girls mourn, heal, call for help, and eventually die. | Why I Read It: Somewhere along the line this book ended up on my TBR list so I used it for the challenge. | What I Thought: I’ve read my fair share of depressing YA fiction. This book just didn’t do anything for me. While I truly believe Eugenides is a skilled writer, I was bored and unattached through (almost) the entire thing. Right around the 200 pg mark I started to get into it, but then he lost me again. The story is interesting in that the neighborhood boys piece together what happened to their female neighbors, but there was so much blah to it. Just not my thing at all.
You should read it because… you’re looking for a long retelling about the breakdown and destruction of five frustrated teenage girls. Honestly, just don’t read it.

 

Update on Erin’s Book Challenge

|5 points| Freebie: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
|10 points| Starts w/ “B”: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
|10 points| Yellow cover: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
|15 points| An animal on the cover: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
|20 points| Published in 2017: The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver
|20 points| Compass/cardinal direction in title: West With the Night by Beryl Markham
|25 points| A most commonly banned book in America: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
|30 points| About mental illness: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
|30 points| Non-human main character: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
|35 points| A Disney movie /book/ based on a Disney movie: The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart

Coming in hot with 135 points.

What’d you read this month? 🙂

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38 thoughts on “What I Read… vol. 10

  1. Thanks for sharing.
    The book challenge sounds like fun 🙂
    So far this month I’ve read “The house of new beginnings” by Lucy Diamond. Couldn’t put it down.

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  2. Oh no… it was that bad? That sounds like such a good plot – that’s always so disappointing when someone takes a great idea & makes it boring. BLAH

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  3. oh, such a bummer that the only book you read was a dud. i have seen the movie, years ago before i knew it was a book and honestly it doesn’t sound like my jam anyway. so good to know. hope you get some reading time in when life calms down!

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  4. It’s funny, I’ve had The Virgin Suicides on my shelf forever – even though I saw the movie and thought it was just okay. (Maybe I thought the book would be better?) I do love Middlesex. What were your thoughts on that one? Maybe this one just isn’t for me.

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    1. I haven’t read Middlesex but people have told me it’s better. I don’t know… this book just didn’t feel worth it to me. All that reading and walked away with nothing to show for it. Ha.

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    1. I had high hopes for it purely based on the popularity of the film and the topic it addressed. I’m bummed that it didn’t live up to my expectations.
      I’m hoping to create a little reading nook in the new house! Hopefully my SUYB posts will be reflective of that 😉

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  5. Sometimes life just happens, and I bet that you’ll read more next month! And you only have 3 more books left for Erin’s Challenge! I bet that you can wrap that up!

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    1. I’m a big fan of Erin’s challenges 🙂 They push me to read more and to explore unloved genres (as far as my wheelhouse goes). I’ll hopefully pick better books next month 😉

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    1. I love that the challenges make me read things from unloved genres (and bonus when they come from my TBR list!), but this one was a no-go. *shrug* Oh well, better luck to me next month! Haha

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