Saturday, November 2, 2013

October Reading Review

Now that I haven't been spending as much time running, I've gotten back into the swing of reading and have picked up some great books lately! I decided to join one of Megan's reading challenges to get me back into the groove and earlier in the fall I shared a list of books I planned to read for the challenge.

After not picking up a book for a while I was pretty proud that I got through four in this first month! There are 13 on my list to finish by December 31st so I'd say I'm making pretty good time. It's like race training all over again!

Me Talk Pretty One Day // David Sedaris 
I've wanted to read something by Sedaris for a while so was excited to pick up this book. I enjoyed that it was a series of short stories and there were a few moments where I was laughing so hard that the tears came. It was a quick read and although some parts were a bit heavy I really enjoyed it.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time // Mark Haddon
OK I'll be honest that this book originally ended up on my to-read list because of the cover. Yes, I'm one of those. When the challenge called for an epistolary novel I did some searching and found that this fit the bill. It was also a quick and easy read, though instead of laughter this one brought on a few tears. It was interesting to take a look into the thoughts of someone with Aspergers and see the courage of the main character.

Dad is Fat // Jim Gaffigan
Back to laughing, and lots of of it. While I had heard of Gaffigan I've never seen or heard any of his stand-up so didn't know what I was in for. I love that he's a "wholesome" comedian and so the book had wholesome humor as well. Gaffigan chronicles the adventures and missteps of having five children, especially for someone who lives in a two bedroom apartment in Manhattan with said children. The book was good overall but I did feel that there were a few chapters thrown in just to take up space. 

Orange is the New Black // Piper Kerman
This was the book on my list I was most looking forward to reading which is why I picked it up early on. I have yet to watch the TV series (and now can't wait!), but absolutely devoured this book. Reading Kerman's first hand account of her prison experience opened my mind up to many things I never knew or had thought about the prison system in America. I'd have to say it also helps to put some things into perspective. I now can't wait to start watching the series. 

Have you read any of these yet? If so, what are your thoughts? 
Read anything else good lately that I should add to my list?

1 comment:

Megan C. Stroup said...

Woot woot! Great progress. :) I also want to read Orange is the New Black for my challenge, and I definitely read The Curious Incident because of the cover, too!