Show Us Your Books – August Edition

Life According to Steph

It’s Show Us Your Books day! As usual, I procrastinated writing this post until WAY too late, so I only had time to write about 2 of the books I read this month. Someday I’ll catch up!

(Amazon links are affiliate links which will award me with bright shiny pennies if you buy stuff through them. Goodreads links are NOT affiliate links, because as awesome of a website as they are, they do not seem to care that I am very very poor, and thus do not shower me in money when you click stuff. Meanies.)

Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris

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“Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart.”

Aggggh, this book, you guys! I read it all last night, so I haven’t had much time to digest it. Given that I read it straight through in a few hours, I obviously liked it, but I didn’t love. It comes out today, so I had an uncorrected advance copy, but the writing was great.聽Once it gets started, the pace never really lets up, so be prepared to find it tough to put down. I never really read thriller genre books because they stress me out so much, but something I read about it compared it to Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, both of which I loved (obvs), so I requested it anyway. It’s a very different style of storytelling than those two. There are definitely disturbing elements, but nothing graphic. I think the main thing that keeps me from loving it is exactly what I mentioned above – after pretty much the first chapter, the tension never lets up. There’s eventually a climax to the action of the story, but the tone of that section is pretty much the same as the rest of the book, which is a little…unsatisfying? More variation in intensity might have helped make it a more enjoyable ride, vs the “AHHH, I need to finish this!” sprint I went on. Still, I have a feeling everyone’s going to be talking about it, so maybe make it your last beach read of the summer ?

(Thanks to Netgalley, who hooked me up with the free advance review copy)

Think by Lisa Bloom

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I grabbed this book when I spotted it at the library because as a MSNBC addict, I’m familiar with Lisa Bloom and already kinda loved her. The book is an examination of the culture in the US that has evolved in which women are rewarded for focusing on appearance vs intelligence. She sites a study that found something like 20% of women said they’d rather win America’s Next Top Model than a Nobel Peace Prize, and mentions how it’s common to comment on how pretty a little girl’s dress is rather than to ask her what she’s been reading lately.

I loved the section where my beloved Angelina Jolie is used as an example, how despite over a decade of intense humanitarian work, most people still know her for “stealing” Brad from Jen, or as a MILF. No, seriously:

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Sorry for the wonky text on tht 2nd one. Wasn’t planning to post the book photos, but got lazy.

The obvious problem with the book is that the person who is apt to pick it up is already the type who values intellect over the superficial. (I mean, as I mentioned above, I was drawn to it because I’m a cable news nerd.) Maybe it would be useful if quietly left on聽in the bedroom of a teenage daughter? Not quite sure what would best get it into the hands of those who would most benefit from the message.

Oh, and she gets bonus points for RT’ing me.


(We should keep some kind of running count of how many of my blog posts Chris Hayes shows up in. Probably 79%)



Be sure to visit the Show Us Your Books linkup to see what other bloggers have been reading this month! I assume that everyone but me has now read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, so I’m off to hop around the linkup and see what’s being said about it. (And maybe some other books.)

Have you read anything awesome lately?

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  • Well Think sounds like one I need to pick up! The disparity between how we view men and women, particularly in work and business, is something I’ve becoming much more aware of recently, especially after reading Lean In. I love that they use Angelina Jolie as an example and I totally agree that it’s ridiculous that people A) Care enough about celebrity drama to “choose sides” and B) Value that more highly than the things people are doing in real life that actually impact the world. It’s never a good idea to assume you know what’s going on in someone else’s life, but someone as far removed as a celebrity? You have no clue, so put down the tabloids and leave it alone.

  • I’ve never heard of Behind Closed Doors but it sounds intriguing!! I talked about HP & the Cursed Child a bit in my post today! There is so much more I could say but I didn’t want to because I know a lot of people haven’t read it yet or are on the fence!!!

  • The first book definitely seems like one I would enjoy. A fine way to spend a Sunday.

  • hmm that first one sounds super interesting, i have a love hate relationship with fast paced books that i don’t want to put down – like obviously i love them because i am enjoying them, but bye to sleeping/eating/doing anything else because i can’t find a good spot to take a break hahaha

    • also, i still haven’t read the HP book yet either… not sure i will 馃槓

  • Totally intrigued by Behind Closed Doors. I need to get it ASAP.

    Hurrah for the retweet! That’s awesome.

  • I’m not a big cable news watcher but Think sounds great and something we should be leaving in teenage girls’ bedrooms. And I’m guilty of asking young girls about their dresses versus what they’ve read or something of substance. I’m adding Behind Closed Doors to my TBR. I just read Cursed Child so it won’t be reviewed until next month. But I really enjoyed it. Not as much as the books, because this is a play so it doesn’t have all the wonderful descriptions and not much set-up in every scene, but it was still great to immerse myself back into Harry Potter.

  • Think sounds really good.

  • I have Behind Closed Doors on NetGalley too, and it sounds like I need to read it soon. I love a good thriller! Also, I’m super tired of books being compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

  • Behind Closed Doors sounded like such an interesting book to me! I still haven’t managed to make my way to it from my extensive Netgalley list, but now I want to start it sooner rather than later!

  • Behind Closed Doors is totally going on my list. I am in the mood for thrillers lately!

  • Tif

    I read all the time. Seriously. We’re talking like 3-4 books per week. I haven’t read this one yet, but I may have to.


  • Interesting picks! I didn’t read a ton in July, but I enjoyed what I did read. 馃檪 XO – Alexandra

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  • These are great picks.

  • Nice selection of books.