Here’s a quick look at what I’ve been reading in February…
Attachments (Rainbow Rowell) – I was nervous to read this book, because so many of my friends are like, “ZOMG RAINBOW ROWELL.” I was worried that her books wouldn’t live up to the hype. But when I saw this was the MomsReading book club book for February, I decided to give it a try. And now I am like, “ZOMG RAINBOW ROWELL.” I seriously loved this book. It’s a unique love story set in the not-too-distant past, and it made my heart explode with happiness. Read it.
Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell) – Since I loved Attachments so much, I decided to jump right in and read this one. Um, this book, you guys. This book WRECKED ME. I loved it sooooo much, but after it was over I felt like I needed therapy. I sobbed and sobbed, and had to explain to my son’s preschool teacher why my eyes were all red and puffy when I picked him up. This book is an amazing story of teenage love, but please be prepared for the emotional damage it’s going to do. It will rip your heart out and YOU WILL LIKE IT.
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution (Sara Marcus) – I was too young to get involved with Riot Grrrl when it was a movement (and let’s face it, suburban Indiana was not at the forefront of feminism), but I do remember sneaking Bikini Kill tapes past my mom as a teen. This was an interesting look at a movement that I admired from afar, and still respect today, despite its problems.
Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave and Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s (Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein) – I went into this expecting an overview of New Wave as a movement, but instead found a book that zeroes in on the most influential songs and artists. That being said, I did enjoy this book. It assumes a certain familiarity with New Wave music, so if you aren’t familiar with The Smiths or Joy Division this might not be the book for you. But if you like this genre, I think it’s safe to say you’ll like the book, too.
Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age (Matthew Klickstein) – I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The information was great, but the book is really poorly organized. The story jumps between shows and time periods, so it’s hard to keep track of what’s being discussed. There are parts that are truly fascinating however, like the story behind Ren and Stimpy’s demise. If you read this one, I recommend getting the physical book so you can refer to the “cast of characters” in the back to know who is saying what.
Jeneration X (Jen Lancaster) – I didn’t love this one as much as some of Lancaster’s other books, but there were parts that had me crying with laughter. Other parts of the book fell flat for me. Still an enjoyable read, but if you’ve never read one of Jen Lancaster’s books before, I’d start with Bitter is the New Black or Such a Pretty Fat.
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What are you reading this month?