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Gold, Fame, Citrus. Startup. Perfect Little World.

05.02.17

How long has it been since you read a good book? I know I haven’t picked one up in ages. As a kid I used to read all of the time, and as an adult I found it not only hard to find the time to read, but it was also hard to figure out what I wanted to read. I would also pick books based on their covers and then ultimately fall asleep reading a boring book. In order to try to solve that problem I thought it would be a good idea to try the Book of the Month Club! It’s an online subscription service that takes the pressure out of trying to figure out what to read next, and delivers hard cover books right to your door. AND in hopes of keeping accountable in my reading I thought I could share some of my thoughts on here with you all.

I decided to start myself out with a 3 month subscription to the Book of the Month Club just to see how much I really enjoy it. They also threw in this cute tote bag for signing up! And in true me-fashion I got so excited with picking out new and exciting titles that I added on two extra books from previously months to my monthly box in addition to getting another two paperback titles on amazon. 5 purchased books later, I sat down to start reading the first one on my list, Gold, Fame, Citrus.

Gold, Fame, Citrus started as a really interesting story. I wanted to know more about what happened to the young couple living in the abandoned California desert after drought rendered the entire west coast uninhabitable. I wanted to see how they would try to find a better life, how they would escape the desert, how they would leave the cult they were unknowingly brainwashed into. Everything was so good until the awful ending, which I won’t spoil for anyone, but just wow did I feel unsatisfied. I liked it overall though, and was glad that it was the book I started with.

Next up on my list of reads was actually my pick for April’s Book of the Month, Startup.

Startup was a fun read and honestly not one that I would have expected to pick for myself. It takes place in a startup tech company where the five main character’s lives get wrapped together through work, social circles and scandal. I really enjoyed getting a look into startup culture mostly because it made me incredibly happy to not be working at a startup. Not that mandatory company-bonding activities, a full stocked snack room, and working on life-changing product doesn’t sound like it would be for me, but it doesn’t sound like it would be for me. I’ll take a regular length work day and put in a request for more snacks in the break room.

And finally I started reading Perfect Little World.

How many pages of a book do you need to read before calling it quits? No seriously, I want to give up on this book so badly. The idea behind it sounded so cool and interesting, but the overall story was just bleh. It’s about an experiment that breaks traditional family values and studies the effect of child-rearing as a community rather than individual family units. I did end up reading the whole thing though which must mean it wasn’t the worst book ever, but again not my favorite.

So it turns out I didn’t get to start two of the books I bought this month, but I think getting through three was a pretty decent start. I’m starting to really get into reading again in general and I hope that this trend can continue for at least a while.

In next month’s Book of the Month Box I picked out Since We Fell and decided to add on All The Ugly And Wonderful Things and Into The Water by the author of The Girl On The Train since I still cannot contain my book buying enthusiasm. Anyways, I want to hear what you all are reading currently, anything that I should look into?

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