So, admittedly, I skipped over my book reviews for May. My internship ended mid-May and right after that, I was apartment hunting in Boston, and then moving in earlier than expected. But I’m back at it for my June reads and I’m more excited than usual to be writing about them! So let’s dig in…
- The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
- How appropriate is this title for this next phase in my life? I actually borrowed this book from my Mom after she read it, and I totally fell in love. It’s an easy read that grabs you right away, and what more perfect time than summer for a book like that? I loved the evolution of its protagonist, Addie, as she gained independence from her family and found solace in friendships (and books!) along the way. I also found the narration of the book to be very enjoyable – it’s told entirely from Addie’s perspective as she is being interviewed by her granddaughter for a paper. I’m a sucker for self-reflection, so I really liked the fact that the book was narrated through her recollection in later years. Overall, I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads, it was definitely a book that offered comfort and made me smile, but it wasn’t one that I couldn’t put down. Needless to say it will be finding a place on my bookshelf in Boston, because how could it not?
- Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
- I had been anxiously awaiting the release of this book for quite some time now, seeing as I’m an avid follower of Jessica Valenti both on Twitter and Instagram. During my move a few weeks ago, I made my first (of many, I’m sure) visits to Trident Booksellers and Cafe in Boston, and I grabbed a copy as soon as I walked in. I read this book in two days and would probably have read it in one if I didn’t have to take breaks to say, eat and drink and shower. I found her writing to be accessible and a lot of the themes she brought up about the way that the world treats women is essential for everyone to read. I love a good memoir and wasn’t expecting to get as many details about Valenti’s upbringing and marriage as I did, but I always like to read about how people move through life, no matter how different it may be from the way in which I navigate the realms of this world. I gave this book 4 stars as well – even though I couldn’t put it down, I didn’t quite find it to be a complete home run 5-star book.
- This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
- I had this book sitting on my shelf for maybe a year now. I bought it at an independent bookstore on the North Fork of Long Island that has since closed, and I don’t know why I put off reading it for as long as I did because I loved it! This was another ‘I read it in 2 days’ situation, and I seriously could not put this book down. I loved the writing style and the character development – each sibling had such a well-defined personhood that I felt early on very clear on who was who and what each relationship was like within their family. This book really grabbed me from page one, and I loved the premise everyone coming home to sit shiva for the death of their father, and how the love and frustration that they share with one another had to just marinate and play out naturally, as opposed to remaining unspoken. I gave this book 5 full stars and I’m excited to watch the film tonight (though I’m a bit apprehensive because of the ratings its received…).
- 24 Hours with 24 Lawyers by Jasper Kim
- I bought this book in May (along with 3 other Law School related books that I will be reading this summer) and was honestly the most excited to be reading this one. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed after reading each lawyer profile. Maybe it’s because my expectations were so high and I put too much pressure on this book to help narrow down my eventual concentration area in Law School, but this book fell way flat for me. It’s premise was so enchanting: follow the full day of 24 different types of lawyers and learn what it is that they really do in a day, but something about it just didn’t translate when I read it. I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads, but would probably have leaned toward 2.5 stars if it were an option.
I’ve already started digging into my July reads – first up is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (which I am about 30 pages into and already deep in the throes of audibly saying ‘Oh my God’ each time she says something revelatory and essential – which is basically on every page), so stay tuned for next month’s post within the next few weeks!