Recently Read #12: Three For Today

Recently Read
Since I started my new job back in March, I've read so much more than in the past few years. My commute is way longer now and while it is exhausting, I'm so grateful I have some time to loose myself in a good book. That being said, I'm a bit late at posting my latest readings and to make up for it I'm posting three reviews today. I'm also thinking about switching to this format (not necessarily three, but definitely more than one book per post) because I think it would probably be more interesting for you to have several recommendations at the same time.


  • The DUFF: 4/5
  • How To Build A Girl: 3/5
  • Persuasion: 4/5

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, Kody Keplinger

I watched the movie before reading the book and while I do love Mae Whitman, I found the movie quite cheesy and a bit silly. Not terrible, but it could have been way better in my opinion. Now you must wonder why I read the book after saying that, but having heard that the two were completely different, I really wanted to give it a go. And I’m glad I did, because even though the backstory is the same, the novel is so much more captivating. The characters actually have a soul and the story is put together in a lovely way. Still a bit cheesy to be honest but cute. I read this in a flash.

How To Build A Girl, Caitlin Moran

Not gonna lie, this was painful to read, at first. I even stopped reading it after a few chapters because the writing style was disconcerting to me. I read The Duff which was such an easy read, and then tried it again. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed reading that book, but I didn’t dislike it either. I liked the fact that it was bold, but I just couldn’t relate to the character very much.

Persuasion, Jane Austen

I haven’t read a lot of classics in my life, but I love Jane Austen’s novels (Pride and Prejudice being of course my favorite). I’d heard so many good things about Persuasion and it really had been sitting on my to-read list for a long time. I felt like the story was short, but at the same time I loved how Anne’s feelings were described. We really get to know her and maybe that’s just because she’s an introvert too, but I really grow fond of her overthinking temperament that I know too well.

  • I absolutely must give the DUFF and Persuasion a read. The DUFF movie did look a bit cheesy to me (Mae is fab though!), but after reading this I think I’ll give the book a go. And Pride & Prejudice is one of may all time favorite books. I don’t know why I haven’t read more Jane Austen… will have to change that soon!

    • If you love P&P I’m sure you’ll enjoy Persuasion as well!

  • Well guess what? I think Persuasion is my fav Jane Austen. After re-reading them all the time and watching all the adaptations.. I don’t know! ;) Glad you love it though!

    • I really want to watch an adaptation of Persuasion! Which one is the best?

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