Nicole Brown Simpson: the Private Diary of a Life Interrupted: A book with an unreliable narrator

After we watched People v. OJ on Netflix, I decided to read this “non-fiction” tale from Nicole Brown Simpson’s alleged best friend, Faye Resnick. You don’t need enemies with friends like Faye… This book was trash but it was interesting to see how celebrity impacted the dynamic of the romantic relationships and friendships, public opinion, and the trial.

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Samantha, Daughter

2/20

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How to be Single: A beach read

I wish I had saved my beach read for when I get to Old Orchard Beach later this week, but I just needed to know how to be single, I guess. It couldn’t wait.

I heard the movie (which I haven’t watched yet) wasn’t great and if you read the feedback for this book on GoodReads it’s next level negative, but for a book that has “single” in the title, I thought it was pretty good. I liked the ending, which I won’t spoil for you but isn’t the neat and cozy ride-off-into-the-sunset finale. I think any book with a satisfying ending can be a satisfying read.

It’s by the author who co-wrote He’s Just Not That Into You, which I consumed as a single woman and applied to my life like gospel; Gospel of Liz Tuccillo.

IMG_2853[1]This book could be a little depressing but I loved the interesting characters (maybe bordering on caricatures) and the whirlwind world tour of singleness across cultures, including a trip to Hobart, Tasmania, where dating is worse than anywhere else in the world (which explains why I didn’t do much dating when I lived there for my study abroad semester).

It was a fun book without being too light. Obviously, it’s not Tolstoy but for a book that is chick lit to the core, it has some particularly dark and intense moments, which is just how I like my beach reads: light and dark in equal measure!

Samantha, Daughter

12/20

 

To Kill a Mockingbird: A book you always wanted to read but never got around to reading

When I was a kid I bought To Kill a Mockingbird at The Bookworm because it seemed worth reading. It was part of the English curriculum for many kids. But alas, I never got around to reading it… Until now!

harper leeNot only did this knock #3 off my to-read list as part of this Mother Daughter Reading Challenge, but it doubled as my tribute to banned books week. I love the idea of banned books week and celebrating our freedom from censorship. Harper Lee was pretty edgy and progressive in this novel. But even with it’s avant-garde pushing of the envelope and challenging of the status quo at the time in Alabama, this was at its essence an excellent read!

I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I had goosebumps for two chapters straight toward the end. Even though it was really late at night and I was falling asleep, the narrative got so intense I had to sit up in bed to absorb it. It was a true edge-of-your-seat moment. Harper Lee is amazing. I only regret that it took me this long to get around to reading it. I won’t be as slow on the uptake with the sequel, Go Set a Watchman.

Post-Script: I’m even starting to push for Atticus as a potential baby name, if we were ever have a boy. (Maybe Scout for a girl… TBD). And clearly Harper Lee was a trendsetter when it came to calling Nova Scotia out as a North American Siberia. Harper Lee was in on the Somewhere in Nova Scotia trend before it was cool!

Samantha, Daughter

19/20

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger #3

This book is interesting in an odd sort of way. The main character, Holden, is an emotionally disturbed individual. He is only sixteen but I kept forgetting that. He acts like someone so much older. Maybe it’s the  checking into hotels and going to bars where apparently no one ever asks for i.d.s. I’m not sure how this book ever made in into the high school curriculum. It’s about drinking, smoking, fighting, bullying, prostitution, getting expelled from school and it’s filled with PROFANITY. Things every teenager should know!