books I read this month / thoughts

What I Read in April 2023

Between Two Strangers by Kate White (review)

The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai (I started this five years ago and finally finished it. It was okay)

The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor (interesting idea)

On Flowers: Lessons from an Accidental Florist by Amy Merrick (Cute but the author seemed kind of spoiled. She broke a 1000 year old vase and the owner said it was okay and she believed him. What else was he going to say, Amy?)

A Distant Grave by Sarah Stewart Taylor (this is an odd series)

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin (poor Rosemary!)

He Said He Would Be Late by Justine Sullivan (enjoyable)

The Drowning Sea by Sarah Stewart Taylor (thoughts)

A Stolen Child by Sarah Stewart Taylor (more thoughts)

The People Who Report More Stress by Alejandro Varela (a little uneven)

Dirty Laundry by Disha Bose (thoughts)

Before We Were Innocent by Ella Berman (I liked it)

You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A Memoir by Maggie Smith (another divorce memoir, her husband seems so strange but she ignored a ton of red flags, I felt like she was a little coy around some details)

A Cold and Lonely Place by Sarah J Henry (I read the first one a few years ago. This one was more grounded in reality but the main character is very rigid and it’s never addressed)

Owner of a Lonely Heart: A Memoir by Beth Nguyen (thoughts)

We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin (spare)

Out of the Ashes by Kara Thomas (a little disappointing)

Congratulations, The Best Is Over! By R. Eric Thomas (thoughts)

Summer of Fall by Laura Lippman (the dirt on her divorce from David Simon and her family situation to date)

Good Girls Don’t by Mara Wilson (flat)

Rememberings by Sinéad O’Connor (she had a very difficult childhood and her stories are wild)

Come with Me by Erin Flanagan (not bad)

Everything/Nothing/Someone: A Memoir by Alice Carrière (a wild ride)

Scenes of the Crime by Jilly Gagnon (cute idea but flat)

Unraveling: What I Learned about Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World’s Ugliest Sweater by Peggy Orenstein (thoughts)

Crafting Change: Handmade Activism, Past and Present by Jessica Vitkus (cute)

The Eden Test by Adam Sternbergh (fun concept, would have liked a tiny bit more depth but good)

My Last Innocent Year by Daisy Alpert Florin (good)

Happy Place by Emily Henry (empty)

Honey, Baby, Mine: A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding) by Diane Ladd and Laura Dern (surprising format but fun, Diane Ladd is the right age to really know some old Hollywood people which made for some good stories)

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