In the month of June, I wanted to read a lot of books. I made a blog post about what I wanted to read and I was hoping for about 8 or 9 to try and get ahead of my Goodreads challenge (52 books in 2016). I read 4. *shakes head in disappointment* This puts me at 17/52 books for my challenge.
I am actually going to read 8 in July to catch up and if you want to see what I’m going to read in July, check out my YouTube video here!
Back to what I read this June.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling – 5/5
This book was a great read. It made me love Mindy Kaling even more than I already did (huge fan of The Office here) and it actually taught me a few life lessons here and there. Mindy is so relatable and the entire time I was reading, I wanted to be her best friend. “Why Not Me?” is also the first book I’ve read written my an actor. I don’t know why, but I’ve always avoided reading these types of books. Kaling’s book definitely has opened me up more towards these books and I’m hoping to read more memoirs in the future!
Big Magic: Creative Living Bey0nd Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – 3/5
I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I started out loving it. Elizabeth Gilbert was writing down the exact thoughts I have in my head all the time. It felt so good to know that I wasn’t the only person having struggles with her creativity. But, as much as I enjoyed the beginning, the end was not doing anything for me. The book got a little too religious-feeling. It’s also geared only towards writers I feel (I am a writer, so it did help me a little) but it’s definitely not a book for everyone like it’s promoted. I also found myself a little annoyed with Gilbert. She rides a very high horse. I mean, yes, she is a very famous author and makes a great living off of her work, but it bothered me a little. If I ever read this again, I’ll stick to the first half and the parts I bookmarked.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – 3/5
I actually posted my review to this here so I won’t go through it again.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – 4/5
I just finished this book today actually and loved it. I’m not sure why it took me so long to read this book. I bought it about 2 years ago and avoided it like the plague. I finally decided to read it while on my vacation and I do not regret it one bit. I loved this book. It gave a great look into the mind of Esther, a seemingly successful young women who is struggling with depression. Plath was a talented writer, and it’s a shame that she couldn’t find any help. I wish I could read a thousand more books by her.