Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Five Books Lately

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When looking for a new book to check out, the Show Us Your Books link up is one of the first places I check.  And yet, I've never actually linked up to it myself.  But I remembered this time!  I was like 'okay, second Tuesday, I'm all over this.'  I finally remembered to track what I've been reading lately, so here we go.

The Vegas Diaries by Holly Madison I just had to, I couldn't help myself.  I loved The Girls Next Door so I read Holly's first book right away.  It took me a long time to pick up the second, because I wasn't excited about the Vegas story line.  But it was at my library as an audio book narrated by her, like her first one, so I figured what the heck right?  It was sort of right where I expected.  I didn't like it as much as her first, but it wasn't as bad as I had thought it was going to be.  It has a few Playboy stories and digs at Hef but it's mostly about her life after moving to Vegas, through working on Peep Show and the TV show, right up until she meets her husband.  You have to be a Holly fan though (and it would help if you had watched Holly's World), there is absolutely no reason anyone else should read this book.  You'd just hate it.

Year of No Clutter by Eve Schaub You just knew I had to read this based on the title, didn't you?  I started out with an open mind, as I genuinely enjoy books about decluttering.  But the author lost me pretty quickly.  The premise is that she has this 500+ square foot room and it's so full of clutter they can't open the door; the family calls it the Hell Room.  So she's dedicating a year to clearing it out so she can use it as a craft room with her daughters.  It's definitely all memoir and nothing helpful to anyone reading with clutter problems.  The writing style is fine but it's just ... I don't know, pointless?  It's not that entertaining, it's definitely not helpful, so I don't really know what I'm supposed to come away with from it.  She just procrastinates a lot and doesn't make any sort of reforms of her borderline hoarder behavior.  And she has videos online of the results and I dunno, still looks like a cluttered crap hole to me?  You can see the floor now, I suppose.  In terms of this subject matter, I'm much more excited for Cait Flanders' book that comes out in January, which yes, I already pre-ordered.  I don't keep books around though, so if you want it after I'm done, which I'm sure will be 1 day, call dibs now and it's yours.  But for the Year of No Clutter, definitely skip it.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  I don't always read the book before the movie purposefully.  We all know the book will be better so sometimes it's easier to just watch the movie and enjoy it for what it is instead of being let down, and then read the book after.  But it was ready at my library right then (I had put a hold on it thinking it would be a much longer wait, given the movie coming), so I just went ahead and picked it up instead of putting it back on hold.  Surprisingly, I think this will be better as a movie, believe it or not.  I did enjoy the story and all the 80s references, but it's really heavy handed in explaining those references.  It's almost too much information, if that makes sense?  It makes the first half of the book drag a little.  And they just won't bother with all that in the movie, they'll just let it play out in the scenery and such.  It's a good book but I wouldn't rush to read it before the movie.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  I cannot for the life of me remember who recommended this, because I tend to just put things on hold at the library when I see a recommendation and then reassess as they become available.  This one had a wait I guess, because I don't remember putting it on my list.  But when it came up I figured why not and dove in.  Basic premise: Evelyn Hugo is an old Hollywood starlet who is finally ready to tell her life story about all her husbands and scandals, including the main question of who the love of her life is, but she'll only tell it to totally unknown magazine reporter Monique, and no one knows why.  So the story follows Evelyn telling all her tales to Monique and we learn about the reporter as well and why she was picked.  Read this.  It's really good and it's not even the type of book I'd usually like, that chick-lity sex and love and old Hollywood type stuff, but it's better than a typical chick lit book.  There's so many twists in it, including the ending, so it keeps you reading, and I surprisingly loved the super dramatic characters.  It's an easy read so I highly recommend it.

Splintered by A.G. Howard.  Like everyone has read this so I don't think I need to bother to review it.  I decided to give it a read after Jenn talked about it, and I completely agree with everything she had to say about it in that post so if you really want a review, that would be mine as well.  Liked it while reading, sped through it, didn't care enough to read more in the series.  Go out of your way to get this?  No.  Already on your list just from seeing it everywhere?  Might as well give it a chance because it'll interest you but not blow you away.

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