Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Book Review - Leaving Time, Yes Please, Fangirl, Orient

Yet another round of book reviews! I'm chipping away at my book goal for the year, and here are four of the recent favorites.

Leaving Time - I love Jodi Picoult as a total guilty pleasure and this didn't disappoint.  I liked that this book wasn't as tragic as some of her others, and felt a little more attainable in terms of commiserating with the characters.  Also, it has elephants, which makes it top in my book.  The standard Picoult twist in the end was a complete surprise to me, even as someone who very much enjoys trying to ruin the endings for myself. Perfect for a beach/vacation read.

Yes Please - I read this in an afternoon and enjoyed it immensely.  Amy Poehler is like the big sister I wish I had.  Her advice/anecdotes are relatable, but it still feels like getting to peek behind the curtain of a life I really admire. Quick, easy, relatable, witty and full of great quotes (basially, Tina Fey's book).  Worth the 6 hours it'll take to read it.

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite YA authors, but this is my least favorite of her books.  The plot is weird and takes too long.  In fact, it kind of felt like two books - one about deciding which boy was right, then the another about actually being with him.  The characters are cute, if a little cookie-cutter, and a lot of the dramatic tension feels overly contrived.. If you love Rowell, it's worth a read, but her other books (Eleanor and Park, Landline) are significantly better.

Orient - I'm not entirely sure how I ended up reading this, but I'm glad I did. It's a dark mystery with plenty of turns, almost none of which I expected.  Pretty much everyone in the book is some level of awful, which was engrossing and a little horrifying.  I love reading these books every one in a while, but not regularly.  Orient felt like a mix between Gillian Flynn and James Patterson. It was one of those books you can drown in a little...

I also just finished H is for Hawk (like 20 minutes ago), which I liked but didn't love, and started I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, the title of which is infuriatingly long.


  1. So funny we've got books on the same day - and both with Amy Poehler too! I probably would have read it in about one day too, but listening to the audiobook took a while. Not complaining about that at all though as it made my road trip way more fun. I love Rainbow Rowell too but felt similarly about this book. And I have read very little Jodi Picoult but I do love a guilty pleasure (Liane Moriarty has been mine recently, but I think I've read all of her books by this point) so I might just have to check this one out...

  2. Thanks so much for these fantastic reviews! I've been wanting to read Yes, Please! for awhile now and I love haring that you liked it. I've never read any Jodi Picoult, but have heard good things. She's written a million books by now, right?!