Three (Books) for Thursday

I haven’t been reading many books now that I’m running again. I would say 99% of my reading is done while walking on the treadmill. So less walking equals less reading. I can’t sit on the couch and read. I get antsy like I should be doing something else, which doesn’t make sense because I can sit on the couch and watch hours of TV. Anyway, this is what I’ve managed to finish over the past couple months.

1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

You can find the summary HERE.

Ugh. I hated this book. 80% of it was written in email and letter correspondence, which I guess could be fun and different, but I just found it annoying. A lot of the time, I felt like the correspondence didn’t even pertain to the story. I considered not finishing over and over from page 20 on. It’s one of those books that get just interesting enough for a few pages to keep you going but then goes downhill again. So I finished because I like to torture myself and then didn’t like the ending, of course.

2. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

You can find the summary HERE.

I loved this book. Remember how I said The Fault in our Stars was the best book I’ve read in years? This one is a very close second. Michelle, the book whisperer, recommended this to me, of course. Can she do no wrong? There’s a lot of humor in this one even though it deals with some dark subject matter. I love how Nastya is so self-aware but still has so many problems that she can’t handle. It’s just very real and it has a great ending. I definitely recommend this one.

3. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

You can find the summary HERE.

This is another one recommended by Michelle. I started this one yesterday and I’m already 1/3 of the way through. So far I’m liking it a lot. The main character is so miserable but he’s written in a really funny, sarcastic, self-depreciating way. I feel like if I had enough talent to come up with a story and write a book, this is how I would write it. Something about the humor reminds me of me.

So hopefully I’ll be finished with this one by the end of the weekend. And season 2 of Scandal. And season 4 of Parks and Rec. Big, exciting plans going on over here this weekend.


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20 responses to “Three (Books) for Thursday

  1. I’m getting ready to finish “The fault in our stars” (LOVING IT).. & need to have another book ready to go… so I may have to check out that 2nd one!

  2. I loooooved Bernadette. I feel like I don’t know you anymore.

    Haven’t heard of Sea of Tranquility but Michelle has never led me astray before.

    But I’m glad to hear you’re liking This is Where I Leave You because I also loooooved that book. The Foxmans make my family seem so normal and made me feel good about my choice to have only one kid. Those were some screwed up siblings!

    I’ve finally gotten around to reading the Divergent series so I’m on Insurgent now.

    • Paula

      I saw you were reading Insurgent (on Instagram). I loved that series. I cannot wait for the movie!

      We will have to agree to disagree on Bernadette. Her personality bothered me so much that I didn’t even care she went missing. Her emails to that chick in India worked my last nerve. I’m sure our bonding on Sunday over the BB finale will make this little bump in our relationship a distant memory. 😉

  3. Melissa

    Please read Me Before You. I am dying over how much I loved that book. When I finish the Night Circus, I am definitely re-reading it.

    YAY for Scandal! Woot!

  4. I’ve heard really good things about the Sea of Tranquility as well but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Must get on it! I read two books by Diane Chamberlain (The Midwife’s Confession and Necessary Lies) and both were fantastic!

  5. Glad you’re likingThis Is Where I Leave You! I agree on the writing. I keep meaning to read another one of his books because I enjoyed it so much.

    Now stop reading and hurry up and finish P&R and Scandal. Lol.

  6. Em

    Ooooh I love the sound of the second one I might have to try and find this one. I shall remember to skip the first one though.
    I really enjoyed fault in our stars. One of my favourites of all time is a thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini have you read it?

  7. I need to try Sea of Tranquility as I love Fault in our Stars too. I’m currently reading the Match series as it was recommended to me by a friend who knew how much I enjoyed reading Hunger Games.

  8. Verlin

    Nails – check. Eyeliner – check. Hair – check. Taste in books – no check! I loved Where’d You Go Bernadette. This could be a stumbling block. I’ve added Sea of Tranquility to my “want to read” section on Good Reads. We’ll see if you can redeem yourself.

    • Paula

      There was bound to be a bump in our near-perfect relationship. I think we can get through this and it will make us stronger and with better hair in the end.

  9. Amber K

    That’s funny because I can curl up with a good book and be fine, but I can’t just sit and watch TV. I need to be doing a word find, crossword, Sudoku or SOMETHING in order to not feel antsy.

  10. I just added these to my “to read” shelf on Good Reads. I loved the Fault in our Stars, so if you’re saying one of these is that good, I def want to read it!

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