congratulations, by the way | So I knew this was based on Saunder's commencement speech, but I didn't realize that was all that was in the book. When I downloaded the audiobook I saw it was 60ish pages so thought it would be longer than 12 minutes-- it wasn't. With all that being said I really did enjoy it, he shares a great message and if you haven't listened to it, I'm sure you can google the speech and listen or read it for free.
the expatriates | I was stuck between 3 & 4 stars for this book and I don't think I've ever read a book that ebbed and flowed so much in how I felt reading it. The book follows the life of three women who are expats in Hong Kong-- they all connect in someway and their individuals stories were all equally interesting, which is always a plus with books told from multiple points of view. At times I really liked it, but other times I was a bit bored because I wasn't 100% connecting with the style of writing.
fool me once | This was the first book I've ever read by Harlan Coben & I honestly have no idea why I ended up requesting it from the library but oh my gosh, it was definitely one of the biggest wtf!? moments I've ever had from a book once I got to the end. I'll be honest I wasn't totally loving it as I was reading it because I wasn't a fan of a lot of the dialogue, but that's really not the point, and if you like a good mystery I highly recommend & I will be reading more Coben in the near future.
dumplin' | When this book first came out I went back and forth on wanting to read it, but it was recently available for $1.99 on amazon so I purchased a copy. What I expected to be much of the plot for the entire book was over in the first couple of chapters-- that wasn't a bad thing because it left me curious as to how the rest of the book would play out. It was a book that I enjoyed while reading it, but when I wasn't reading it I wasn't all that eager to pick it up again.
modern romance | This was my audiobook choice of the month and I'll be honest, I kind of thought it was never going to end. Ansari talks about relationships and dating in modern times-- I love that it was research based mixed in with his own personal stories & humor. I just expected it to be a little more laugh out loud funny, but to be fair I'm not familiar with his shows or standup routines. I did find it interesting and entertaining, I just think I would have enjoyed it more reading it on my own because it wouldn't have taken such a long time to get through.
Fool Me Once was definitely my favorite of the bunch and the one I would recommend if you're into mystery/suspense novels. I also highly recommend everyone listen to or read Congratulations, By The Way. There is a full transcript of his speech here-- I think it's such an important message on kindness.