what i read: may 2014

what i read may 2014 / hellorigby! seattle fashion + lifestyle blog

happy June! you know what that means… it’s time to find out about what i read last month. i know, you’re excited right? in may i completed 8 new books towards my overall goal of 100 this year.

What I’m Reading Right Now:

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh and Aureole by Kate Mitchell / what i read may 2014 / hellorigby!
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh and Aureole by Kate Mitchell

What I Read in May:

A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke / what i read may 2014 / hellorigby!
A Single Breath
by Lucy Clarke / ★★★★ / i’ve read Swimming at Night, Lucy Clarke’s first novel, and loved it, so when i saw this pop up on NetGalley i had to request it too. love Clarke’s writing style – it’s a little bit suspense and mystery rooted in a contemporary story. they almost remind me a bit of a more mature Nancy Drew novel, where the characters are full of secrets that are slowly unfolding throughout the entire novel. like Swimming at Night, i didn’t really figure out the exact scenario that led to Jackson’s drowning and i like that the author keeps you feeling intrigued the entire novel.
Find it on Goodreads / Amazon
c/o Netgalley

I Don't Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer / what i read may 2014 / hellorigby!
I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer / ★★★★ /  if you recognize Judy’s face from her book, you should probably read this. Especially if you like the movie 13 Going on 30, which is totally where i know her from. her bubbly and energetic personality totally comes through in her writing (especially if you listen to her on audiobook, since she is narrating this!). I enjoyed hearing about bits and pieces of her life and funny little anecdotes. this book is a great summer/beach/commuter read, since you really don’t have to be that focused on the story and the humor will have you cracking up.
Find it on Goodreads / Amazon
c/o edelweiss

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon / what i read may 2014 / hellorigby!
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon / ★★★ / i liked this, but it wasn’t my favorite read this month. this is the story of a mother who’s trying to bring back her dead daughter, and a girl in the future who’s found the diary of said mother. definitely a ghost story/thriller, but not quite the horror or suspense you’d get with a Stephen King novel. (i saw this being compared to Pet Sematary.) i just didn’t find anything remarkable enough about the book to give it a higher rating, but it was a good read nonetheless.
Find it on Goodreads / Amazon
c/o edelweiss

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde / what i read may 2014 / hellorigby!
The Eyre Affair by Jason Fforde / ★★ / this was my book club’s pick this month. it sounded really intriguing, as it’s a book written for book lovers (it ties in many classic novels, like Jane Eyre, obviously.) i listened to this on audiobook, and i just couldn’t get into it! the reader for this audiobook had an english accent that was pretty monotone unless there was dialog, and i just found it so hard to follow along. a lot of the other book club ladies enjoyed this, so i’m considering re-reading a hard copy to give it another shot.
Find it on Goodreads / Amazon

Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler / what i read may 2014 / hellorigby!
Uganda Be Kidding Me
 by Chelsea Handler / ★★★ / ok Chelsea, normally i find you so hilarious, but the first half of the book? i laughed 3 times. seriously, Dave kept track. i was disappointed, but i continued on because i did see some other reviewers felt the same way. i’m glad i carried on because the second half was SO much better. this is definitely the “chelsea” i am used to. lots of good stories including Chunk anecdotes, sexcapades, and other hilarity.
Find it on Goodreads / Amazon
c/o NetGalley

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky / what i read may 2014 / hellorigby!
Perks of Being a Wallflower
 by Stephen Chbosky – ★★★★ – i can’t believe i hadn’t read this, but i am glad i did. i really enjoyed this. i enjoyed the teenage perspective, and though i couldn’t relate exactly (um yeah, i was never a teenage boy, and i definitely did not have that many issues going on), i enjoyed listening to the character perspective. BUT, when i started reading reviews after i finished, i was pretty shocked by how many people disliked Charlie’s voice. i thought it felt true for an immature teenager who is dealing with mental health issues, especially after the catalyst for those issues is divulged. still sticking with my rating of 4, but feel free to discuss. :)
Find it on Goodreads / Amazon

What She Saw by Sheila Lowe / what i read may 2014 / hellorigby!
What She Saw by Sheila Lowe / ★★★★ / i really ended up enjoying this. apparently i liked thrillers a lot this month! what i value most in a good thriller is the element of surprise, especially when i’ve made assumptions and am trying to figure out what’s going to happen next and be wrong. i think Lowe did a great job in this book. we’re introduced to a woman who’s just awoken on a train, and has no idea who she is.  she exits the train to find herself in Crowne Plaza and is hopeful that the things around her will spark her memory. she’s called “Jenna” by a strange man, and she begins on a journey to find out who she is.
Find it on Goodreads / Amazon
c/o NetGalley

Bossypants by Tina Fey / what i read may 2014 / hellorigby!
Bossypants by Tina Fey – ★★★★ – another surprise to me was that i didn’t totally love Bossypants. i think Tina Fey is hilarious (hellooo, mean girls anyone?) and a great writer, but this just wasn’t that funny. i laughed. i chortled. but nothing rip roaringly funny here to me. that’s okay though, i still liked this and thought there were some great anecdotes, and i would definitely recommend reading it. just don’t expect to like, split your seams laughing or anything. ;)
Find it on Goodreads / Amazon

Total Books this month: 8
Total Books read this year: 41 / 100
Total Books read for the Reading Pile Challenge: 27 / 40
Total Books read for the Semi-Charmed Challenge: 5 / 13

what are you reading now? are you on goodreads? if so, i’d love to stalk you see what you’re reading! :)


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12 thoughts on “what i read: may 2014

  1. Kristen

    i love love love judy greer, she’s been in sooooo many movies, and i wanted to check out her book. tina’s book had be rolling on the floor laughing – however, i listened to the audio book which i think helped. i bought the actual book and tried to read one page and couldnt get into it again. its hard for me to laugh at an actual book if that makes sense. anywho. i like the cover of Aureole – haha.
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    1. Jenn Haskins Post author

      yes absolutely read judy greer’s booK! i really enjoyed it, but i found her super relatable since we’re both only children and have strange bonds with our moms, haha! i read it before tina’s, i think that may be why i just didn’t find it quite as funny.

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  2. Jules

    You may need to be my new book buddy – I am always looking for things to read and we definitely have the same style!
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    1. Jenn Haskins Post author

      that’s what i like to hear! if you read any of these let me know. what’s the best book you’ve read recently? (as if my to-read list needs to be longer…) ;)

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    1. Jenn Haskins Post author

      if you’re liking Gone Girl, i think you’d like both the thrillers here (A Single Breath and What She Saw). also try Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson! :)

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  3. Carly

    I’ve been more into thrillers/mystery books lately! I wish you had read A Single Breath for the Semi-charmed challenge so I could read it as a book another blogger read ;) I think I’ll still add it to my to-read list though! I’m not familiar with Judy Greer, but her book sounds great as well!
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    1. Jenn Haskins Post author

      ha! i had finished it before i signed up for the challenge (started it at the end of april)! i really enjoyed both Lucy Clarke books, and they’re pretty quick reads so definitely add it anyways :)

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