Show Us Your Books: What I've Read This Month (So Far)

We're about half way through the month already, how did that happen? In the flurry of getting back in to the groove of things after the holidays, I've managed to get some pretty awesome reading done. That may go down the drain the rest of the month however, because I've just discovered The Affair on Showtime. Guys. It's Pacey, all grown up. On a beach. Yeah, I know you can totally understand if I don't get jack done the rest of the month until I binge watch it all. 

But anyhooters, here is a look at the books I've read this month, plus what I plan to start for the next two topics on my Book Challenge List. 

The Smart One by Jennifer Close 

I listened to this on audiobook and I really enjoyed it. 
It's about the Coffee Family- Wheezy and Will and their 3 grown children, Claire, Martha and Max.. Wheezy worries herself into a fit about every little thing, especially when it comes to her kids. The kids are all grown but each one has their own problems and they've all lost their way. A broken engagement, an unexpected pregnancy and one child who is so neurotic she can barely function...their troubles implode and Wheezy finds all of her children back under her roof for the first time in years. Suddenly she's playing the mom role again and it's so interesting to read about how they adjust. Somehow, they manage to rekindle their family. It was a great book to listen to. The scenes  were short but entertaining and each character told their own side of the story so the change of tones and scenery kept it interesting. But honestly, I have to admit that if I was reading it, I might of gotten a little bored, only because the writer only skimmed the surface of the emotional situations. I feel like I needed the author to take it just a little bit further. 4 Stars. 

Note: This books completes the first book on my Book Challenge List!

The other books I've read this month was: 

This book is getting so much buzz on top 10 lists that I couldn't not read it. And I can see why. Now talk about an author who goes there. It's 1922 and you'd think it was about life after the War and that'd it be a bit boring because it's just about Frances, a self-proclaimed spinster who lives with her old mother. Her father died and, unbeknownst to them, had squandered the family money. So Francis is left to take on boarders, or, paying guests, as she and her mother like to all them, because that is less embarrassing than taking boarders.  And then Francis becomes a bit obsessed with her guests, Mr. and Mrs. Barber. They're gypsy like, almost, which is kind of dreamy when you think about it being the early 20s. I think of  Daisy's friend in Gatsby when I picture Mrs. Barber. When Francis and Lillian (as she comes to know her) become friends ,we finally start to learn a little more about Frances and what you discover will surprise you. I give this book a 4, only because it's a very hot and cold read. It's either terribly methodical, lots of scrubbing the scullery or preparing lamb for dinner and the other endless house chores that poor Frances has to do. But then the next minute, another story starts to unfold that's awfully intriguing. Read it and enjoying imagining that people were actually this racy back in the day. I guess they didn't called it the "Roaring 20s" for nothing. 

Next up, I'm going to tackle #2 on my Book Challenge by reading something written by a male author. I am not sexist by any means but for some reason, I am just more drawn to female authors. Sometimes I think male authors can't sell me on  writing female characters because there is just no way they can fully understand or articulate how the female mind works and a lot of the time, you can tell that in the way they write. So I am challenging myself to give a guy a chance. I'll be reading Funny Girl by Nick Horny

It's the 1960s and it's humorous, light, and a little bit mysterious, so I really don't see what could go wrong! 

I took a detour from the book challenge to start reading The Girl on the Train because it is getting a lot of buzz as well and after reading the sample, I was HOOKED. 

Thanks so much to Steph @ Life According to Steph for this awesome book link up and letting me join in on the fun: 

Have you picked your book challenge for the month? Tell me about it! 

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