Emily's Reading Mission: Update 1

readingUpdate It's time for a reading update! The last time I wrote about this, I was about to start The Paris Wife by Paula McClain. I started it, and then a few days later, it was my turn to rent the e-book version for The Vacationers by Emma Straub. I had been on a waiting list through my local library for the e-book copy. I dropped The Paris Wife and slogged through The Vacationers. I was disappointed. It was okay. I think I didn't like it because I didn't find any of the characters to be particularly likeable. They weren't even detestable, the kinds of characters you love to hate (i.e. Dolores Umbridge, whose name I forgot and remembered by Googling, "harry potter evil teacher").

Then I came back to The Paris Wife and just finished it a few nights ago. I also was disappointed with this one. With or without her artistic license, I found McClain's Hemingway to be obnoxious and I found his wife Hadley to be whiny. I'm sure some people are reading this thinking that I'm crazy, but it's fine. Anyway, I slogged through both of these books over the past month and a half. Next up is Lord of the Flies, which is a re-read for me. I last read it the summer before my sophomore year of high school and I remember liking it, but I have forgotten most of the details except the Conch.

So here's how I'm shaping up on this Reading Mission. I've since added Lena Dunham's anticipated release of her first book, Not that Kind of Girl, and Amy Poehler's Yes Please. I'm not a huuuuge Amy Poehler fan, but I love that she's responsible for Broad City being on television, so....to me, they both can't be missed. Finally, I've deleted Bossypants from this list because I decided to just listen to that one.

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck*
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
  • Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck*
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles*
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding*
  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Til I Find You by John Irving
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Vacationers by Emma Straub
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  • Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

What have you read lately?