Books I read in March

After a bit of a reading slump in February, I’m back on track: I finished six books in March! The real story here is my discovery of audiobooks: Now I can read while I’m doing chores, walking around the city, or doing any other number of things that don’t require all of my attention. Half of my March books were audio! Here’s an overview…

Mac and Cheese at Lux, downtown Phoenix, Arizona

Paddle Your Own Canoe, Nick Offerman

If you haven’t noticed by now, celebrity memoirs are one of my favorite genres, and listening to them only makes it better! I’d been wanting to read Paddle Your Own Canoe for ages (at least since I saw Offerman perform in late 2014), so it was my first choice when I started the Audible trial. Listening to his stories made me feel like he was sitting next to me and we were chatting. Not to mention, the book itself is just plain funny and insightful. Five stars

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

I actually read half of this one in February, had to return it to the library, and bought it for Kindle so I could finish it (on the beach in the Bahamas. Maybe not the best choice for a beach read but I was hooked!) It’s an addicting World War II novel that somehow stands out in an over-saturated genre, telling the parallel stories of a blind French girl and a German boy. There was a little more fantasy than I expected (that is to say, there was a small amount of fantasy, when I expected none), but overall a captivating read. Four stars

#Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso

I don’t have much to say about this one: It was fascinating to read (hear, in my case) about Amoruso’s rise from teenage rebel to wildly successful entrepreneur, and there were a lot of useful, applicable business tips, though a lot of them felt like common sense. Still, an inspiring read! Four stars

The Boston Girl, Anita Diamant

My mom sent me this one and I was immediately hooked. It’s a historical fiction novel set in, duh, Boston – one of my favorite cities! It follows the child of immigrants from her teenage years in the early 1900s through her young adulthood and was a really insightful look into not only Boston’s history, but the life of American immigrants in the twentieth century. I read  A LOT of historical fiction and this was one of the best. Five stars

Food Whore, Jessica Tom

I borrowed this one from the library and read it while in Phoenix. It’s a novel about a young food writer in New York City, so I was drawn to it for those obvious reasons – and while it was a cool look into the food scene, it was also very predictable if you’ve read any chick lit at all. That doesn’t usually turn me off to a book – what are vacations for if not light reads? – but the main character was incredibly ditzy and I spent most of the book wanting to scream at her for not seeing what was right in front of her. Two stars

Girl Walks Into A Bar, Rachel Dratch

BIG SURPRISE, another celebrity comedian memoir I loved. I actually didn’t know much about Dratch outside of her characters on SNL so I was pumped to listen to her book and learn more about her path to fame and what she’s been up to for the past few years. Some parts of it dragged and I obviously can’t relate to the bits about motherhood – but it was still hilarious. Four stars

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