Friction – Sandra Brown // I found myself interested in this story enough. I’m not sure – I felt like it was just missing something. I loved the first book I read by her; I was unable to put that one down. The story premise was interesting, and I liked how the relationship in the book was raw and not romantic. Some times a girl just wants to read that, ok?
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson // I didn’t even know this book had not-so-great reviews until Nadine told me. I was actually surprised, because I really loved it. I read a review where someone had called the author a sexist misogynist, and I was like, what? That is the farthest thing from what I took from this book – some of the stuff he said is incredibly uncomfortable to swallow, but it is the truth nonetheless. Two of my favorite quotes from the book:
“If it feels like you versus the world, chances are it’s really just you versus yourself.”
“We can be truly successful only at something we’re willing to fail at. If we’re unwilling to fail, then we’re unwilling to succeed.”
Take what you want from it — it was a giant eye-opener for me, and I’m glad I read it.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl – Issa Rae // I absolutely love her show Insecure on HBO. I just love it, so I was like, I MUST read her book. While I love her show, I did find this book to be a little boring in parts, I liked it overall. I just like how real she is about who she is, and how she can tell the most embarrassing stories about her childhood like it’s nothing. Definitely read it if you’ve seen her show and love her.
Evicted – Matthew Desmond // This book was incredible. I really have no words, because I’m still in awe of this book. It is so scary to read, and even scarier to have to acknowledge that situations like this book actually exist. This book delves into the issue of affordable housing for low-income families, focusing on Milwaukee, WI. It follows a few main families and characters through their circles of eviction, addiction and everything in between. This book definitely opened my eyes to a problem I knew this country had, but something I never really had to look in the eye. Definitely, definitely read this.
In a Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware // I loved this book. I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of hers, but I really got into this one. It took me awhile to figure out the ending, but it kept me guessing until the almost very end. I loved the characters – I loved the plot, and this was just what I needed after all of my serious non-fiction books.
whiskey words & a shovel I – R.H. Sin // There’s a lot of shit reviews on Goodreads for this book, but when I was perusing in Target, and read a few pages, I found myself buying the book. It is a bunch of short prose poetry about love lost and found. Read it if you dig this kind of thing – if not, then pass. One of my favorites:
you’re a star
for burning too bright
The House We Grew Up In – Lisa Jewell // I can’t think of all the good things to say about this book. I absolutely adored it. It chronicles a completely dysfunctional family, huge life events, secrets, and just everything. This book was so great, and I couldn’t put it down. Definitely recommend this one.
Every Last Lie – Mary Kubica // A good-enough read. I was intrigued throughout the whole thing, but the ending kind of let me down. Was definitely wishing for more out of the ending.
The Year of Living Danishly – Helen Russell // I love the Danes. I love Denmark. I’m getting super into this hygge thing as of late. I loved learning more about how the Danes live and what makes their country so damn happy. They pay 51% taxes, but in return get free healthcare, education (GET PAID TO GO TO UNIVERSITY!), welfare for when they are out of a job, 75% of childcare paid for, as well as generous pay for holidays and paternity leave. They are incredibly proud of their country – they fly their flag at absolutely every occasion, and one study even proved that the closer your country is to Denmark, the happier you tend to be. Read if you want to get some insight on what makes this country one of the happiest in the world.