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May Reading Round-Up {the ponytail diaries}

So…I don’t know. Reading was alright this month. It was…steady? I wouldn’t say anything I read absolutely blew me away, but nothing sucked either. Which isn’t bad. I don’t think I could handle reading super intense, emotional, can’t put it down this book is changing my life ALL THE TIME.

The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train

Oh heeyyyyy unreliable narrators! How you doin’?

I don’t know about these books. Everyone compared this one to Gone Girl, and I can see why, and I guess I had the same reaction to this as when I read Gone Girl. I was definitely hooked and wanted to find out what would happen, but…if anything, I found Rachel even more unlikable than Nick and Amy.

You know what? I actually think these books are like The Da Vinci Code. I’m glad I read them because I feel like I’m “in” with what everyone else is reading (in other words, the opposite of how I feel when I watch music awards shows now), but once I finish them…I’m over it. They’re stories that are entertaining, but not the kind that stick with you.

I don’t want to say much more because *spoilers.*

The Princess Diaries, Vol. 5: Princess in Pink by Meg CabotThe Princess Diaries, Vol. 5: Princess in Pink

Well, after Girl on the Train, I needed something lighter and fluffier.

Same as my thoughts on Vol. 4. Cute, fun, light, but god high school girls can be stupid.

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman CapoteBreakfast at Tiffany’s

I read once, ages ago, a list of “Movies That Are Better Than the Books” and this was at the top. And I can totally see why people prefer Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly over Truman Capote’s. I mean, she’s silly and vapid and selfish in the movie, but in the book, she’s downright cruel at times.

I don’t really know what to think about this. Most of the movie follows the book incredibly closely, down to using the same dialogue, but there are some major, major differences (early on, I mentioned to my husband that it was weird reading a new book knowing exactly how it would end…but I quickly learned that was not the case). It was another easy read, but I just don’t know what to make of the characters. Or the plot. Or any of it. I need an English professor to help me with this one.

I dunno. Watch the movie. Or watch Roman Holiday instead (I always preferred that one, myself).

Now? I’m working through a very long, very detailed, very dense biography of Walt Disney. I’m hoping it picks up once he gets out of school and creates Mickey Mouse and stuff.

Fiction 24/12
Biographies 5/12
Non-fiction 5/12

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