What I Read in August

“Being Anti-Social”, Leigh K Cunningham

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This book was either less than $3 or free, which sounds about right. I was drawn to this book because of the title. I often feel anti-social, as in, prefer to spend time alone and actively avoid people. So I thought this book would validate my reality. Not so much. The main character’s “anti-social” tendencies seem to be based on a disdain for annoying qualities in others and a tendency to be blunt. But she has a group of 4-5 friends she hangs out with, so I wouldn’t call her anti-social, even though she prefers merlot to most of her friends.

I struggled to get into this book because I couldn’t grasp where the plot was going. The main character (whose name I can’t even remember) has a failed marriage to a now deceased ex-husband and seems incapable of finding another suitable partner. Meanwhile her mother gets cancer which causes turmoil for the whole family. I felt like I was turning pages just waiting for the mother to die but not caring for the characters in the book in the meantime.

The book was funny at times, although I think some of the humor was lost on me as the book takes place in Australia and they have a slightly different way of speaking. But one part that stood out to me was the main character’s quest to get her coworkers to stop using the phrase “at the end of the day”, which she observed people using instead of “in conclusion” or some other closing statement. “At the end of the day” is awful, but not as bad as “it is what it is” in my opinion. Could there be a more meaningless statement? All things are what they are! Speaking of which, this book was just ok.

“Crooked Moon”, Lisette Brodey

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This is the story of Callie and Frankie, childhood friends who grow apart after Callie moves away and ceases all communication with Frankie. They’re reunited when Callie’s aunt dies and she’s back in town to clear out her aunt’s house, which happens to be next door to where Frankie still lives. At that point they’re both forced to face the awkwardness of reconnecting after years of unexplained silence.

The book started out slow for me. Oddly enough, this book also had a parent dying of cancer, Frankie’s mom. I didn’t get into the book until about halfway through when Frankie’s mom tells Callie a big family secret that she wants her to tell Frankie. From that point on it got a lot more interesting and really tested the strength of a still shaky friendship. I liked this book.

“The Boss”, Abigail Barnette

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I heard about this book from these tweets:

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Who is Mara Wilson? Well, I found out about her through a hilarious write up she did about a sexist video game called Top Girl. (It’s worth your time to read that post HERE.) But she’s better known for her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, playing adorable little girls.

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She’s all grown up now and since I find the things she has to say interesting, I decided to give The Boss a try, especially since the Kindle version is free.

This book has a lot of similarities to 50 Shades of Grey–a sub/dom relationship, a rich guy working in the publishing industry with his love interest, graphic sex scenes, etc. It’s also different in ways that make it a better read in my opinion–no “inner goddess” monologue, a man who is far less controlling of the woman/more respectful, and a woman with strong opinions who doesn’t come across as a child being scolded a lot of the time. They’re equals in the relationship. It makes it a lot easier to root for the female character when it doesn’t feel like she’s learning everything/getting all her strength from the man in her life. Like 50 Shades of Grey, I reached a point where I was like “enough with the sex stuff, give me something else to be entertained by”, but I admit those parts did keep me entertained much of the time. 🙂 I got through this book pretty quickly and I purchased the other two in the series, which I will enjoy in September.

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2 responses to “What I Read in August

  1. Ooh, I”ll have to check out “The Boss.”

    • I am halfway through the second one in the series and it is also really good. Even more graphic than 50 Shades, but other interesting plot points as well.

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