May book reviews | Reading roundup

My books from June. Reviews on: Savage Spawn by Jonathan Kellerman, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and Sarah's Key. | via Stay gold Autumn

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I’m still into my foray of audio books and am on what feels like a million waiting lists with my library.  So far, I am loving the Overdrive app through my library because it allows me to listen to books in a browser without them taking up all of the space on my phone ever 😉 .  Hint: I don’t have much space on my phone and it never seems like I do!  I’d love to hear what books you read or listened to this month below in the reading roundup 🙂 .


Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children by Jonathan Kellerman // 3 stars

I am trying out different audio books from our library and since I like reading up on psychology subjects this seemed interesting (it was available for immediate download).  This book is about people, especially children, who are psychopaths.  Kellerman is a clinical child psychologist and expresses a lot of his opinions (and maybe not so much research) on the topic.  Something I did find very interesting is his statement that psychopaths in prison, on the news, etc. are all failed because they haven’t actually succeeded if they have been caught.  I feel like a lot of Kellerman’s stories are sensationalized, but it was really eye opening and interesting to see how little of research there is actually on the topic of psychopathy.  I probably wouldn’t listen to the book again, but it was something to listen to while I was doing house work.


Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand // 5 stars

This book isn’t for everyone and it takes forever to read, but it is one of my all time favorites.  I first read it in high school and I was so engrossed in the book that I didn’t do anything else for a month.  Ayn Rand grew up in soviet Russia and immigrated to the US with two goals: two learn English and to become a great author; it worked.  Rand is a huge advocate of capitalism and ego.  If you can get past the first 50 pages, you’ll find that the plot weaving and characters are so well developed.  The characters are selfish and eccentric, but this is the type of book you can literally think about for years after you read it.  The mysteries in the book have clues the whole way, but you have to be creative enough to figure them out.  I find myself skipping 60 pages of John Galt’s speech because I have a life to live, but I do believe this is one of the greatest books I have ever read.  This book has romance, politics, economics, and philosophy spread throughout and I would recommend it to anyone who wants something dense with a plot.


Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay // 4 stars

World War II books are very popular right now and I felt this was a really good one (although, this genre always makes me bawl).  It was interesting learning about France’s involvement with deporting Jews in it’s own country- something that has really been left out of a lot of common World War II histories.  The book started out with two women with their own survival stories and alternated every chapter while sharing a common place.  I did find that the movie rendition is actually very close to the book.  I thought the book was interesting and easy to read.  I read this book per recommendation and I would recommend this book to those who love historical fiction.

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 What is a book you’ve read recently?

  • I read Sarah’s Key last year and thought it was really good!

  • I read Sarah’s Key last year and thought it was really good!

  • Oh man, Atlas Shrugged is one of my favorites. Have you read Rand’s other books? ALL SO GOOD. I’ve read Sarah’s Key too, and liked it 🙂

    • I couldn’t get through the Fountain Head, but I’ve read a lot of her other books and really enjoyed them. Atlas Shrugged is by far my favorite though. I’m so happy to hear of another Atlas Shrugged-ite!! 🙂

      • I love The Fountainhead! But it was also the first one of hers I read so maybe that’s why? I love them both. And noooowwww I’m thinking I need to re-read them all Anthem and We The Living are both so good too, and it’s nice that they’re shorter haha. Did you ever watch the movie(s) of Atlas Shrugged?

        • I read it right after Atlas Shrugged and so I thought they characters were too similar. It makes sense though because her theories would have a lot of overlap on life motives for characters. I bet if I tried re-reading it with a time gap in between that I would love it! I loved Anthem and have read it several times! I have not read We The Living, I think??? I saw the movie, but I think my expectations were too high. It was okay though!

  • Oh man, Atlas Shrugged is one of my favorites. Have you read Rand’s other books? ALL SO GOOD. I’ve read Sarah’s Key too, and liked it 🙂

    • I couldn’t get through the Fountain Head, but I’ve read a lot of her other books and really enjoyed them. Atlas Shrugged is by far my favorite though. I’m so happy to hear of another Atlas Shrugged-ite!! 🙂

      • I love The Fountainhead! But it was also the first one of hers I read so maybe that’s why? I love them both. And noooowwww I’m thinking I need to re-read them all Anthem and We The Living are both so good too, and it’s nice that they’re shorter haha. Did you ever watch the movie(s) of Atlas Shrugged?

        • I read it right after Atlas Shrugged and so I thought they characters were too similar. It makes sense though because her theories would have a lot of overlap on life motives for characters. I bet if I tried re-reading it with a time gap in between that I would love it! I loved Anthem and have read it several times! I have not read We The Living, I think??? I saw the movie, but I think my expectations were too high. It was okay though!

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    These are great roundups! That book ‘ Sarah’s Key ‘ looks so good. I love books like that. Thanks for sharing, you blog is very cute! 🙂

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  • These are great roundups! That book ‘ Sarah’s Key ‘ looks so good. I love books like that. Thanks for sharing, you blog is very cute! 🙂

    http://abeautifulheart07.blogspot.com/

  • I bawled reading Sarah’s Key! I never knew about the secretive roundup of Jews that happened in France during WWII. Have you read All The Light We Cannot See? That’s probably by favorite WWII novel

    • I haven’t read it, but I sure do need to! It has been on my list forever and I saw that it is going to be a movie (I think!). I bawled a ton too, but the movie is what really did me in. It makes sense, but I never realized how extensive the deportation of Jews was from within their own countries.

  • I bawled reading Sarah’s Key! I never knew about the secretive roundup of Jews that happened in France during WWII. Have you read All The Light We Cannot See? That’s probably by favorite WWII novel

    • I haven’t read it, but I sure do need to! It has been on my list forever and I saw that it is going to be a movie (I think!). I bawled a ton too, but the movie is what really did me in. It makes sense, but I never realized how extensive the deportation of Jews was from within their own countries.

  • I find I can’t read WWII novels, too emotional! Although France deporting Jews does sound really interesting.

    • I totally understand what you mean!! Sometimes I find it cathartic to have a good cry, but I have no idea why the human race has done the things it has done to each other.

  • I find I can’t read WWII novels, too emotional! Although France deporting Jews does sound really interesting.

    • I totally understand what you mean!! Sometimes I find it cathartic to have a good cry, but I have no idea why the human race has done the things it has done to each other.

  • I LOVE World War II books but I’ve never heard of Sarah’s Key! Adding it to my list!

  • I LOVE World War II books but I’ve never heard of Sarah’s Key! Adding it to my list!

  • Sarah’s Key has been on my to-be-read list for I don’t know how long. I really want to start reading it, but I never seem to be in the right mindset. I have been thinking about reading Atlas Shrugged as well, but for that one I have to dig even deeper for the right mindset I think! Currently I’m reading a book about blogging, but after this one I would like to get back to fiction.

    • I totally understand, you have to be in the mood for some books!! What book on blogging are you reading? You have my interest piqued!

      • It’s called Blogboek, a Dutch book haha (translation: Blog book, not that different ;-)). But it’s really interesting: tells you all about ways to monetize your blog, how you should promote it and it gives you tips for subjects 🙂

        • Sounds like a good one- sadly, I do not speak Dutch 😉 . I sat next to a very nice guy from Amsterdam on a train in Europe once though. After I caught his camera from hitting the floor, he began talking to me and I found the bike culture/ history of the Netherlands fascinating!!

          I have never read a blogging book, but I should definitely find some. It would be good and I’m sure very helpful!

  • Sarah’s Key has been on my to-be-read list for I don’t know how long. I really want to start reading it, but I never seem to be in the right mindset. I have been thinking about reading Atlas Shrugged as well, but for that one I have to dig even deeper for the right mindset I think! Currently I’m reading a book about blogging, but after this one I would like to get back to fiction.

    • I totally understand, you have to be in the mood for some books!! What book on blogging are you reading? You have my interest piqued!

      • It’s called Blogboek, a Dutch book haha (translation: Blog book, not that different ;-)). But it’s really interesting: tells you all about ways to monetize your blog, how you should promote it and it gives you tips for subjects 🙂

        • Sounds like a good one- sadly, I do not speak Dutch 😉 . I sat next to a very nice guy from Amsterdam on a train in Europe once though. After I caught his camera from hitting the floor, he began talking to me and I found the bike culture/ history of the Netherlands fascinating!!

          I have never read a blogging book, but I should definitely find some. It would be good and I’m sure very helpful!

  • Huh, I didn’t know that Jews were deported out of France…was that before or after the German occupation?

  • Huh, I didn’t know that Jews were deported out of France…was that before or after the German occupation?