Finally here with all the June reading! I went on a nonfiction binge last month, with some mixed results.
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan - Such a romantic, nostalgic read of a young surfer's life in the 60's and 70's.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson - An honest, sometimes-heartbreaking, sometimes-hilarious portrait of the author's life with a variety of mental illnesses. You have to respect the bravery and courage of a person who unapologetically shares their story in the hopes of making others feel less alone.
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom - What an amazing woman, and the family she came from. The family helped hide Jewish people in their home when the Nazis started invading, and subsequently ended up in camps themselves for their efforts.
The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen - Everyone's favorite Bravo host lives a colorful life and describes it well. I enjoyed his crazy family and circle of friends but to be honest, reading a diary entry for every single day did get a bit mundane - out to eat, getting massages at home a couple times a week, repeat. I wanted more Housewife dirt!
Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison - I have to admit, my curiosity made me want to read this book since it was released. I was shocked that my tiny little Mormon town library would have this book, but they did. Thank goodness I was able to read it for free because I would have been extremely annoyed if I had spent money on this book. Holly is clearly bitter and petty over the whole Playboy situation, and even the most casual of readers would hesitate to believe much of what she portrays in her side of the story. She always comes out the bigger person, with the best of intentions, and everyone else is mean and manipulative. I rolled my eyes a lot throughout this one.