Pre-Blog Roundup

I wanted to share with you books that I’ve read in the past – pre-blog, if you will – and loved, or didn’t love. They’re surely worth mentioning and sharing with you, even though I won’t be writing blog posts on them.

Books I Loved

Milk and Honey: Rupi Kaur – An amazing compilation of short poems that resonate with you so deeply it hurts. I laughed; I cried; I finished the book in about two hours.

Gone Girl: Gillian Flynn – If you somehow haven’t read this yet, you must – it sets the bar for psychological thrillers.

Bossypants: Tina Fey – One of my favorite memoirs by a comedian. Fey is honest and hilarious in an unpretentious way.

The Giver: Lois Lowry – This is quite the throwback, but I still love this story today. It’s a short and easy read, as it is written for young adults, but it definitely stands the test of time. I count this as one of my favorite books of all time.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chbosky – A beautiful and intense coming-of-age told through achingly personal letters. The story will stick with you well after you’ve finished it.

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo: Amy Schumer – A personal and hysterical collection of essays. You’ll be surprised by how touching some of the essays – particularly those about her dad – are.

Uganda Be Kidding Me / Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang: Chelsea Handler – Side splitting memoirs by a hilarious comedienne. These are raunchy and an absolute riot. Read them (and any other of her books) when the world’s got you down and you need a good laugh.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns): Mindy Kaling – Hilarious, yet perfectly introspective and observant essays about childhood, the comedy industry, and being an Indian woman.

Books That Were Okay

Yes Please: Amy Poehler – An okay comedic memoir. It was far more introspective than I was expecting, as well as a tad pretentious.

The Girl on the Train: Paula Hawkins – A decent psychological thriller that isn’t super noteworthy. The climax isn’t as climactic as others, and the main character is deeply unlikable.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany – Because this is a published screenplay, rather than a novel, it falls flat in book form. On the plus side, you get to dive into the Wizarding world once more.

Disclaimer! I know there are a lot of memoirs and collections of essays by comedians on this list, but these are not indicative of the kinds of books I read nowadays. While I do enjoy a comedic memoir every now and then, my taste has changed significantly since I started my blog. These kinds of books won’t be the stars of the show, so stick with me, please!

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