I read some pretty great books and some pretty meh books this month. I've been cranking through books because the library sent me a whole pile the same day!
The Girl with all the gifts by Mike Carey. I loved this book. It was a bit Vampires meets end of the worldish. It was a book club pick and not everyone liked it. I really loved the main character (in a love/hate oh my god sort of way). If you like sci fi and vampires then this may be your thing. 4 out of 5.
The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli. I don't mind experimental fiction and as an English major I've read quite a few things that were capital 'L' literature but this book just did not do it for me. At times I felt like things were lost in translation and I found myself skimming huge chunks of the book. It's had great reviews but I did not enjoy it. 2 out of 5.
Virginia Wolf written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. I loved this book. Granted it is a children's book but it is beautifully written and illustrated. It is a great way of looking at depression and how it impacts those around us even when they are trying to help. 5 out of 5.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. I'll admit that I love Greys Anatomy and Scandal. I think that having watched those shoes you can almost hear Shonda's voice in the characters and vice versa. I appreciate that she recognizes and acknowledges her privilege but at the same time she was struggling with things we all struggle with. This book came at a really good time and gave me a kick in the pants to get out in the world a little bit more. 4 out of 5.
Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style by Will Taylor. I really wanted to like this book because I've followed his blog and loved Taylor's ideas and style. I think if you are looking for color inspiration this would be a great book to flip through. I do feel it is lacking a bit in how to and for that reason I say 3 out of 5.
Nancy Braithwaite: Simplicity by Nancy Braithwaite. This is a great book to teach about restraint. Very minimal rooms but with tons of texture and they feel really cozy. She is also brilliant at using oversized items in a room which I'm still figuring out. This is a hefty design book for very high end spaces (read not very financially accessible) and while I liked it and learned some from it I don't think I would recommend it. 3 out of 5.