Hey, booworms! Before we get into books, I’d like to thank you all for your kind words and thoughts in regards to the passing of my mother in May. It is still very raw in my heart but I’m making progress in healing everyday, even on the bad days.
I’ve been reading here and there. In total I read 7 books and I’m proud of myself for that. I’m behind on a couple of reading challenges I have going this year. Thinking of leaving one until next year. Ok, here’s what I read from April through June.
1)Deacon King Kong by James McBride(⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
What a fabulously fun ride!!!! Sportcoat was the wackiest main character I’ve encountered in a long time. There was a childlike innocence about him but he was also someone struggling with addiction and perhaps mental health issues. I appreciate how a church and the housing projects the church members live in really stick up for each other. Their lives are already difficult because their poor and Black in the 60s and their banding together was very sweet. My mom grew up in Brooklyn in the 60s and I asked her if there were Italians and Irish people in her neighborhood. She confirmed it and even said there was a smattering of Jewish people as well. I love historical accuracy in a fictional story. I really hope McBride writes another book, I look forward to it!
2)Let’s Get Back To The Party by Zak Salih(⭐⭐⭐)
kinda liked this book. It’s about two gay men navigating their way through life post the legalization of gay marriage. They were childhood bffs and both struggled with being gay men. Sebastian is hopeful but jealous of an out&proud student of his, he becomes almost obsessive of him. Meanwhile, Oscar meets an older gay icon notorious for his sexual romps in his youth. It’s a good read but the plot doesn’t stand out and the way Sébastian drools over Arthur’s ability to be himself borders on creepy and child molesty.
3)Hadriana In All My Dreams by René Depestre(⭐⭐)
I was so hoping to love this book. It had a Haitian Creole zombie bride, sex crazed butterflies with huge penises. I guess you have to know more of Haitian culture to understand some of the cultural beliefs and references. It was too out there for me and I stopped caring after awhile.
4) The Backups: A Summer of Stardom by Alex De Campi (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
I wasnt expecting to like this graphic novel because it’s no really my genre. But it was a delightful read and I was on The Backups side pretty much from the beginning. It was kind of predictable but there is one surprise. The characters are cliche in a way but still enjoyable and fun. I hope this is a series because I will read them all.
5)Because He’s Jeff Goldblum by Travis M Andrews(⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
This is the ultimate book for a true Jeff Goldblum connoisseur. It isn’t a biography exactly thoigh it does speak on Jeff’s upbringing and personal life. It’s very apparent from the tone and footnotes that the author is himself a fan of his subject matter. He creates a conversation from his imagination between Older Jeff and Younger Jeff. This book basically explains why Jeff Goldblum is loved both as an actor and a person.
6)About The Author by John Colapinto (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
This was a recommendation from one of my favorite book blogger and book poscasters, Modern Mrs Darcy. It’s from her Quick Lit section of the blog. I get soo many recs, I’m surprised I remembered where this one came from. Anyway, this book focuses on a struggling writer who steals his roommates manuscript after his sudden death. What unfolds after is an edge of your seat ride that reminded me of one of my favorite Denzel Washington movies, Out of Time. The story was unique and so were the characters involved.
7) Daisy Jones &The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
This was a wonderful read told in interview style. The story tells the story of an 70s rock band from the perspective of each member. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll are a heavy theme but it comes second to the overall story of broken people getting famous. The songs discussed have full lyrics in the back, which is a cute bonus. I grew up watching VH1’s many rock band documentaries and as an adult I enjoy watching Unsung on TV One. Based on that, Daisy Jones & The Six was very believable as a real band.
Drop the links to your April,May, and June reads. Happy reading!