1) Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Fun and funny. I haven’t seen the movie, so I didn’t walk into this with any particular expectations – having just Googled it, I see that Michael Cera was cast to play Nick, and I can totally see that (although I think Nick in the book was a little cooler than Michael Cera would play him). I could only read this in short chunks though, because the drama and ridiculous self-absorption of being a teenager can get grating after a while.
2) Below the Equator by Anna Scott Falcon
This was another one of those that actually had some good ideas, but they were all poorly executed. I was more interested in the story told in the flashbacks, until we got to the end of the book and the flashback sequences had little to no effect on the present story being told. Lots of weird jumpy plot points, hateable/undeveloped characters, blargh. I wasted a lot of time on this one.
3) How To Fail by Aaron Goldfarb
Very funny, and really sad in places as well. The author calls this a “self-hurt guide” (as opposed to a self-help guide), using his own life’s adventures as examples for how NOT to live your own life. There are times when you get angry at him for continually fucking up (or maybe that’s just me?), but the stories are entertaining enough that it’s not something that gets in the way of enjoying the book.
4) Finding Financial Freedom by Kelly Crawford.
NO. Just no. I’m going to get financial advice from a woman who refuses to get a job, and then touts herself as “letting God be sovereign over my womb”? GTFO. This book is essentially Dave Ramsey regurgitation mixed with your standard stay-at-home-mom couponing bullshit. On the plus side, I only spent half an hour reading it, so at least I didn’t invest a lot of time. 2 weeks ago