Currently Reading Vol. IV

Book recommendations via Monica Dutia

We’re long overdue for a book roundup! I’ve been reading a bunch lately, but have stuck with mostly light, quick non-fiction since I’m still getting in the grove of academic writing for class and am ready for something lighter in the “reading for fun” category. This includes what I’ve read since December and I started Anna Kendrick’s book a few days ago–so far so good!

Chasing Harry Winston: I loved The Devil Wears Prada (who didn’t?) so had higher hopes for this one. It’s definitely quick and fun but not too substantial… definitely beach read material. I’d say go for it if you have the time and are looking for something light, but don’t move it to the top of your list.

The Admissions: Huge fan of this one! While it was a little slow at times, I really enjoyed this book. It definitely lives up to the hype (seemingly everyone was reading it last year) and anyone who has gone through the college application process can relate in some way. It has a healthy taste of family drama, is well-written, and is fast-paced…all makings of a good novel!

The Hopefuls: I had really high hopes for this book (get it?) because everyone seemed to be reading it and it’s based in DC, but I don’t know…something was off. Krista and I discussed and she figured out what I couldn’t put into words…basically the main character is just super whiney and it gets really old after awhile. The book also doesn’t paint DC in the best light and I love living in this city, so that was a selfish complain of sorts. It was cool to know exactly what restaurants, neighborhoods, and streets they refer to, though! Overall would recommend but keep your expectations in check.

My Not So Perfect Life: Guys, I love Sophie Kinsella. She was one of my favorite authors in middle school/high school (you know the Shopaholic books? That’s her) so of course I was excited when Random House offered to send over an advance copy of her latest. Post-college girls can definitely relate to parts of this book, and regardless–it’s a fun one. I finished most of it in one day while sick with a stomach bug. Definitely recommend!*

Dead Letters: As I wanted to like it but just couldn’t get into this one. Things picked up about a third of the way through but it just wasn’t my kind of book. It’s about a girl whose twin sister allegedly dies, and the “dead” sister leaves her (the main character) a scavenger hunt of sorts filled with a bunch of mysteries. It sort of made me realize I’m picky with my thrillers.*

The Girl Before: Super fast-paced and twisty, in a good way–it goes between two girls who live in the same obscure house at different times. The chapters are each also only like 2-4 pages long which makes the book move quickly a lot tougher to put down. Honestly I was 50-50 on the plot…most of the characters were pretty annoying, but I couldn’t stop reading. A good one if you like thrillers and fast-paced reads.*

Are you reading any good (or bad) books right now? Do share!

*A huge thank you to Random House for indulging my love for reading and sending over these books!

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  1. Haha we do have very similar taste in books! I completely agree about The Hopefuls, she was just SUCH a passive character and I kept wanting to scream at her DO SOMETHING! DO SOMETHING! (As a selfish complaint from me I fail to see how someone that passive could have had a career in journalism…hahah!) I also LOVED Sophie Kinsella books back in the day, so I definitely need to pick this one up!

    x Diana //

    Posted 3.15.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Omg right?! Love that you’re a Sophie Kinsella fan, too. You’ll like this one!

      Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  2. Sarah wrote:

    I actually really liked The Hopefuls and I think I’m like the only one who did after reading lots of other people’s reviews, haha! But it may be interesting to re-read now that I’ve been back living in DC again for several months. Loved the new Sophie Kinsella and need to order The Admissions ASAP :)


    Posted 3.16.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Haha interesting! Did not realize how many people were mixed on it. You’ll love The Admissions!!

      Posted 3.22.17 Reply
  3. I’ve been on a reading kick too lately! I’ll have to bookmark this! I’ve been reading Nicholas Sparks’ books. I just love everything and anything to do with the south and I’m into happy endings! Definitely ideal beach reads is you’re looking for something light. Just finished The Rescue (loved it) and now I’m reading A Bend in the Road.

    Taffeta & Tulips

    Posted 3.16.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      He’s so talented! Haven’t read one of his in awhile, so thanks for the reminder :) I’ll have to check out the other two, too. Thanks, Kate!

      Posted 3.22.17 Reply
  4. Charlotte wrote:

    I just started Dead Letters for one of my book clubs so I’m sad to hear you didn’t enjoy it! I’ve read some weird books lately so thus far it seems okay and way more exciting than any of them so fingers crossed I enjoy it haha.

    Posted 3.16.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      Haha! Curious to hear what you think. We’ll have to discuss :)

      Posted 3.22.17 Reply