September Book of the Month was so-so. I chose one that I could probably do without, Emma in the Night. I had already skipped July and I’m not sure how many times you can skip.. maybe there’s no limit? Lies She Told sounds too much like all those grip lit books. I have Little Fires Everywhere on my Kindle from Netgalley and I’m 20% through. Sourdough just sounds plain weird and I have no interest in Sing, Unburied, Sing.
My August Book of the Month had a great selection. I chose The Hearts Invisible Furies. Then I promptly let someone borrow it. Womp womp. I’m sure I’ll get it back but its 500+ pages so it definitely won’t be soon. I already have Fierce Kingdom on my Kindle from Netgalley and I was slightly interested in The Blinds but not enough to own it.
I am the worst at telling you about my Book of the Month choices. I admit it. I skipped July, so that’s my excuse on that. The choices are below.
I have The Child on my Kindle from Netgalley so I wasn’t going to do that one. American Fire is available on Hoopla so I didn’t need that one. I wavered on Final Girls and The Windfall. Final Girls had some controversy around it because the author is a man but made a female sounding pseudonym in order to profit from the grip lit phenomenon so I’m glad I didn’t get that one. I could have chosen The Windfall but it sounded too much like The Wangs vs. the World and I didn’t like that book. Moving right along!
It’s almost July, so I thought I should post about my June BOTM before I get a new one.
At the suggestion of Jessica Turner, who heads up the blog The Mom Creative, I chose The Sisters Chase. The judge of this book is also Liberty Hardy, who I love from the All the Books podcast. Whom? Who? Whatever. I also added the book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo because that cover is gorgeous and it sounded good. I just started The Sister Chase, and from what I’ve heard will probably finish quickly. Just in time for July.
Hello May BOTM. Is it June? Why yes it is. I’m behind. Per usual. I chose Since We Fell because Dennis Lehane is a library trustee at the Boston Public Library. I like his books and thought it would be a good choice. However, I immediately lent it to a friend and haven’t seen it since. I will eventually get it back but I have nothing to report on it as of right now.
I also added two other books that weren’t May selections but were ad ons.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins is the first book she’s written after the Gone Girl phenomenon. Immediately after I ordered my BOTM box I heard from friends on Facebook that this book is confusing and has too many characters. Needs a list of those involved so you can keep track. What?? Annoying. I haven’t picked it up because of that.
I added The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy because I love the cover. Honestly. Wouldn’t it make the best front door? I also added it because I’ve had The God of Small Things for like a decade (it won the Booker Prize in 1997 so she must be a good author) and never read it so I figured why not add her next one to the pile?
I chose Startup for my April Book of the Month. I swear I wrote about it because I remember looking for Doree’s podcast. But alas, I can find no such post. I heard about this book while reading a post Doree and her husband wrote for a blog I read called Cup of Jo. It was about their struggle with infertility. Not until the end of the post did I see that she had recently wrote a book and I did not put it together with Book of the Month choice until it arrived read the author flap. Apparently it was meant to be and I had no idea. Startup has multiple POVs and is about a startup company and a journalist and how they intersect with all the characters. I haven’t read it yet because I’m horrible, but I will post when I do!
Side note, I have American War on my Kindle which is why I didn’t add that to my box. I’ve heard great things!
Pachinko is a title I picked from the February choices of Book of the Month. Since Behind Her Eyes was such a hit I figured I should continue on with my others from that book box. I decided on Pachinko because the guest judge who chose this book is Alexander Chee. He of the Queen of the Night phenomenon. Now that I’ve finished Pachinko I find this unsurprising because it is a sweeping novel with multiple generations from one family growing and changing through the years and with the country. Chee’s novel reads much like Pachinko in detail and saga.
Sunja is the main character we meet first, a Korean who gets pregnant by a married man. She then marries a traveling preacher, Isak, who stopped at her mother’s boarding house and was nursed by them back to health. He is a great man. He wants kids and a wife and Sunja is in need of a man to keep her from ruin so it works out well. They move to Japan with the intent to go back to Korea someday. Spoiler alert : they never do. Their family is subjected to racial commentary throughout the whole book because Koreans are lesser in Japan. They are immigrants. Even though some of them get Japanese citizenship towards they end they’re still never considered Japanese, always Korean. Sunja and Isak meet family in Japan and have kids and the rest of the book follows their journey and the journey of those that come after.
Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : an immigrant story
Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book about an immigrant or refugee
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color