Jul 21, 2015

#LiteraryLadies - 1 Month Check In

I'm not exactly powering through this challenge, but I did read a couple of things.  Even better, I managed to talk about them without spoilers!

A Handmaid's Tale - ♥♥♥♥♥

For some reason, I thought this was a classic drama, or something more in the style of Charles Dickens.  So when I went through my list and saw that it was dystopia, I resolved to make it a must-read in this challenge.  I love dystopia anyway, but this one was fascinating!  The story jumps around, between different points in the main character's history.  It's a little confusing at first, but gradually the pieces come together and you start to figure out what the hell happened on this earth and how things became so entirely screwed up.  I think the feeling of figuring out the puzzle is part of what kept me intrigued, but I also like how the author didn't spoon feed it to you.  It wasn't like a YA book, where everything is spelled out.  It was more true to how someone who actually experienced all this would talk about it, and a lot of things are left wide open for interpretation, just like real life.

Yes Please - ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ (infinite hearts)

THIS WAS FANTASTIC!  After reading a couple of other humor/memoir type books, I really wasn't feeling this genre too much.  I enjoyed Bossypants (Tina Fey) and Let's Pretend This Never Happened (The Bloggess), but other than a couple notable quotes, I found that they jumped around quite a bit and didn't follow much of a streamlined narrative.  With Bossypants, I was particularly disappointed because Tina Fey is so awesome and successful and I thought there'd be some kind of tips or business woman wisdom in there.  A good book, but not what I was hoping for.

Yes Please, on the other hand, was exactly what I'd been hoping for when I read the other books.  Even better, I wasn't expecting it, so it caught me completely by surprise.  I have no idea what the experience would be like reading it, but I listened to it as an audio book (my first-ever audio book, are you proud?), and it was amazing.  There are parts where it feels like Poehler is talking directly to you and advising you on how to handle the ups and downs life throws at us all.  There are other parts that are just funny, but honestly, I was amazed at the amount of wisdom and common sense she packed into this book.  I'm definitely going to listen again, and probably take notes this time.

2 down, 8 to go.  (Update: although I'm about halfway through The Selection, so really 2.5.)  Here's the categories and my other book picks.

1. YA Book - The Selection, Kiera Cass (336 pages)

2. Non US Author - The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo (614 pages) (France) (I really liked Les Miserables, so when I realized this is the same author it was a no-brainer.)

3. Recommended by Another Blogger - One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus (302 pages) (Recommended by Megan)

4. A Longstanding (1+ Years) TBR List Item - The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood (311 pages) - ♥♥♥♥♥

5. Kickass Female Character - Magic Shifts, Ilona Andrews (400 pages) (This is #8 in the series, but I love the main character and she is perfect for this category.  Even better, it comes out just in time to read before the challenge ends!)

6. Has or Will Be Made Into a Movie - Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (509 pages)

7. Written by a Comedian - Yes Please, Amy Poehler (329 pages) - ♥♥♥♥♥

8. One Word Title - Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman (390 pages)

9. Suspenseful Book - A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess (212 pages) (Crime and dystopia, that's close enough, right?)

10. Something About Summer! - A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare (204 pages)

Linking up with the Literary LadiesKayKari, and Kristin.

Are you doing any challenges this summer?  Have you read or listened to Yes Please and did you love it or did you love it?

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