To be honest, I thought I would have a lot more time to read last month than I did, so I’m surprised that I still made it through five books! Most days, between working out after work, submitting my daily freelance assignment, and then showering and catching up with social media, I’m exhausted by the time I get into bed with a book and only end up reading 40 or so pages. I’ve also had a lot of events and travel with my day job (some of which I haven’t even posted about because it was so quick!) and lots of other personal stuff (generally positive!) going on behind the scenes and have had to dedicate a lot of my free time to that, too, which has made for a crazy past few weeks! April is shaping up to be pretty busy yet again, but I have a long list of books in the notes section of my phone that I’m hoping to tackle, so fingers crossed. 🙂
Now for the reads!
Maybe in Another Life: I’d picked this one up ages ago and I think I’d even started it before putting it down before whatever reason, but I’m glad I tried it again because it was a fun one. Basically, it’s one of those “what would happen if” books (like those “choose your own adventure” ones back in the day!) where the main character is confronted with two possibilities–she either goes home with a particular guy or she doesn’t, but that one decision impacts her life in more ways than one would think. The book explores both scenarios–what happens if she leaves the bar with him or goes home alone, and how the subsequent weeks, months, and even years play out–and honestly, both cases end up working out well in the end, which kind of makes you think! Both paths had major bumps in the road but played out as if they were “meant to be” nonetheless.
Forever Interrupted: This is another Taylor Jenkins Reid book (actually her first) that I had in my pile for ages. I was a little hesitant to pick it up because the plot line just seemed so depressing–a newlywed unexpectedly loses her husband just days after they’re married–but like Taylor Jenkins Reid’s other books, it’s both thought-provoking and entertaining at the same time. I don’t think it was my favorite of the ones of hers that I read, but I liked the storyline about the main character’s relationship with her mother-in-law and how grief is explored through both of their lenses.
The Year of Less: I love reading about books where people streamline their possessions and spending because this probably isn’t something I would be able to pull off for more than a month (just being honest!), let alone a year. Cait Flanders’ book is a reflection on the time she spent living with less (which seems to be an especially common theme these days) and the lessons she learned while undertaking a yearlong challenge of buying only the essentials. While I appreciated the memoir and reflection, I would’ve loved to see more numbers and actual data about her spending versus a general narrative, because the way she sets this book up makes it a little difficult to know exactly how one could replicate this challenge.
My Oxford Year: Yes, this book is a little more surprising in terms of plot than one might imagine, but I knew what was coming going into it and really liked this one. It tells the story of a young American, Ella, who has received a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford and chronicles her adventures–mainly pertaining to an unexpected romance–and the challenges this new relationship poses, especially as she considers all that she has waiting for when she returns home. I’m not going to lie, this book made me majorly miss the time I spent study abroad in Edinburgh in college, and now I really want to see Oxford’s campus, too.
So Here’s the Thing…: I loved Alyssa Mastromonaco’s first book and was excited for this one to come out–I had planned on seeing her speak at Sixth & I earlier in March but couldn’t make it at the last minute, though getting to read the book was the next best thing! I love Alyssa’s writing because she’s funny and self-depricating (two of my favorite qualities in people, TBH) and keeps things entertaining as she describes her work in the White House (building on her first book) as well as her personal relationships, health challenges, and things that many people would consider TMI. Definitely pick this one up if you need a good laugh/story!
I also started Next Year in Havana one weekend when I was at home, but I left the book there and didn’t get it back until recently, oops, so I’m adding it back on April’s to-read list!