Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Show Us Your Books: April & May

Life According to Steph

I swear life might never slow down enough again for me to read at my usual pace. It makes me sad, but there's not much I can do about it at the moment. Even though I'm not reading a ton, what I have read in the last two months has been solid.

I've been following Ms. Fowles on on Twitter for quite some time now. When I heard she was writing a book about being a baseball fan, I was intrigued. I pre-ordered it the day it became available and anxiously awaited my copy. When it arrived, it took me a while to get to it. But then I couldn't put it down. I related to so many chapters of her book, which chronicles her journey as a fan and what the game has taught her. It's a good read for anyone who loves baseball. I'd even encourage non-fans to check it out because it might give them a glimpse into baseball fandom.

Lots of people have told me they read this in school. I was disturbed reading it as an adult. I can't imagine trying to take it in as an adolescent or teen.  I haven't yet watched the series on Hulu, and honestly it might be a while before I do. The book was so depressing, I'm just not sure I can take any more of it.

I knew I needed to read this after reading Steph's review. And then my friend Meg told me how she couldn't it put it down. I completely understand now. For the first half of the book, I was so unsure of how to feel. Honestly, I'm still trying to gather my thoughts (I just finished it last night, so ...). Wavy is a very compelling character and it's hard to fathom all she goes through. The relationship between her and Kellen was a little weird at first and there were many times it made me uncomfortable. But I'm pretty sure the author meant to do that. In the end, it all makes sense. Every bit of it. And so does the book's title.

I think I'm going to need to start something lighter after that. But I might need a day or two. The book hangover is real.

What are you reading?


  1. I've tried The Handmaid's Tale and didn't finish it. Scott watched some of the show on Hulu but I had no interest in it. I can just tell it's not for me.
    Do you like audiobooks? Busyness usually means that's the only way I'll read.

  2. I haven't read The Handmaid's Tale or seen the show (I don't have Hulu), but I don't know if I ever will. I don't mind dark, etc. and it sounds like a great story but we'll see.


  3. The Hulu adaptation is really quite good. It explores some stuff the book leaves out, which is pretty cool.

    Ugly and Wonderful Things was a wonderful, uncomfortable book.

  4. Alright, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things has me very, very intrigued. I've added it to my ever growing TBR.

  5. I couldn't get into All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, even though I've heard nothing but rave reviews about it... I might pick it up again at some point. I'm not familiar with Fowles, but love the cover of her book!

  6. I have not read The Handmaid's Tale yet (or seen the show) but I definitely plan on reading the book. I know it's going to outrage but that's okay. Sometimes we need to be outraged. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is already on my TBR.

  7. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is on my list! I kept meaning to read Handmaid's before I watched the show, but there was a spike in interest at the library and I couldn't get to it. I'll definitely read it afterward.

  8. You described All the Ugly and Beautiful Things perfectly. That's exactly how I felt, too.

  9. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is the best book I have read in a long time. It made me feels alllll the feels!

  10. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things - I felt the same.

    Handmaid has haunted me for 20 years. I can't watch the show.

  11. I feel like I need to put talk three of these on my list. I'm the person keeping score with pencil and paper and the ball game haha.

  12. One of these days I will read The Handmaid's Tale. The premise seems really good.


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