“MEH” BOOKS | Books I didn’t bother reviewing and you shouldn’t bother reading

popular books not worth the read

I’m opinionated, as you can probably tell by now. When it comes to book reviews, I don’t hold anything back. Either I give it a raving review and force all of my friends to read it… or I judge the book, the author, the publisher, and myself for wasting my time reading it.

But what about the books that are just, “meh”?? The ones that are definitely not good enough for a review, but not quite bad enough for a rant on the blog…. those books go here, to the “meh books” post.

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BEACH READ | In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

The last time I came across Judy Blume I was about 14 years old, binge reading every book I could get my hands on during a summer of playdates and ice-pops.

Now at the ripe old age of 25, I was compelled to relive my childhood and picked up her new adult novel!

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SPIRALIZER FUN | Simple raw veggie salad

raw veggie salad

Once a month is book club night, one of the best weeknights of the month! It’s the perfect excuse to try a new recipe, sip wine with friends on a Tuesday night, and chat about books (and then gossip a bit afterwards).

Last week was book club. I’d already selected my wine and next month’s book recommendation. Now all I had to do was pick a recipe!

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BOOK CLUB | Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

This month’s Beltway Book Club book was Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.

When this book was nominated at last month’s book club as the “June read”, everyone jumped at it! The winner of the Pulitzer Price in 2009 AND now an HBO Miniseries?? Ding ding ding, I think we have a winner!

Don’t worry, this review doesn’t contain any spoilers… because sadly, there are really no spoilers to give away…

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BEACH READ | The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

beach read nathaniel P love affairs

Adelle Waldman sets Nathaniel P. up to be hated. And I hated him indeed!

Every thought that ran through his head made me cringe. Then it made me feel sad for the poor girl that crossed his path. And then it made me just want to throw a drink in the man’s face.

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BOOK CLUB | We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

Finally, after a year of book club, my book recommendation was selected! I was on cloud nine… but then the fear set in. What if no one likes it??

I nominated We Were Liars by E. Lockhart mainly because it seemed mysterious (and got pretty good reviews). All of the summaries of the book were short and to the point. Lies lies lies! And don’t read anything about the ending because it will spoil it. Just read the book instead.

That summary drew me in, and clearly the other book club girls, for it was selected!

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BOOK CLUB | The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsWe’ve all done it, stared out a car/ bus/ train window at people and made up a little story about their lives in our head. It’s a great way to pass the time, but for Rachel Watson it turned into an obsessive hobby.

The Girl on the Train was recommended by three of our book club members and was written up in theSkimm… aka it was the clear winner when we took it to a vote in last month’s book club.

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VACATION READ | Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

The author of Gone Girl and Dark Places, Gillian Flynn, is at it again, writing an equally disturbing and amazing page-turner, Sharp Objects.

All of the characters in this book are twisted. Some of the things they do to each other made me feel sick, but for some reason I kept on reading. This book will keep you up reading way past your bedtime, then when you finally pull yourself away, it will keep you up because of your haunted dreams.

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