Book Review: The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Truman Capote befriends The Swans for a story full of elegant lifestyles, fashion, and gossip.

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Overview: 
The Swans of Fifth Avenue takes place in the 1950’s/60’s and is mostly centered around the rich and beautiful Swans. When Truman Capote moves to New York and befriends The Swans, he flatters them, adores them, and gossips with them. Through luncheons, shopping, tea, and vacations as he gets planted into these fashionable women’s lives. Soon enough he becomes their little pet and gains their trust. The Swans confide their secrets to him and what does he do? He ends up betraying them for his own personal gain. 

 

What I loved: The glitz and glam lifestyle, ohhhh the fashion, the time period, and the gossip! (Hello Gossip Girl vibes)

What I didn’t: 
Struggled with the slow pace, didn’t love the characters or story as much as I wanted to.

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Wrap Up: May 2016

My favorite May read would have to be…

Last month was complete and total madness. I was working long hours in office to stay caught up, had endless consults and meetings, shoots, and editing. I freaking loved every minute of it all though. The only downside to all of that was the fact that I didn’t read much at all. I’m not sure if I avoided it a little and was in a slump or if I really was just that busy and by the time I got to bed, CRASH. Now that I think about it, it’s both. What I did read over the past month was 6 books total (5 comics and 1 book).

The one book I read was a little difficult to get through. Find out why in the video, but what I’m loving about comics is how quick and easy they are to read. Not to mention, they’re SO much fun. The ones I’ve been lucky to pick up have had me laughing out loud or totally sucked into it. I think my favorite read this month would definitely have to be Sweet Tooth Volumes 1-3!

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Lumberjanes Volume 3

The Klaw

Sweet Tooth Volumes 1

Sweet Tooth Volumes 2

Sweet Tooth Volumes 3

TBR: April 2016

Once again, I’ve gone a little crazy with my TBR pile.

Once again, I’ve gone a little crazy with my TBR pile. I’m going to contribute it to all the great books I want to read and own. Sadly, there’s just not enough time lately to really tackle it all. I’ll do my best though!

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Perfect Imperfections by Puja Mohan

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Lumberjanes Volume 2 by Noelle Stevenson

Sweet Tooth Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire

TBR: March 2016

Books I wanted to read in March. I was a little ambitious!

I had a slightly ambitious TBR for March and sadly I didn’t get to them all… but that’s life I suppose. I can’t wait to share what I actually did read (full reviews coming soon!) I started The Swans of Fifth Avenue that month and when I couldn’t get into it, I set it aside and moved on to another. I have finally finished it, but it did take me two months. Have you ever had a book that you struggled with?

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Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Lumberjanes Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson

Book Haul: February 2016

There wasn’t just one book that had me super excited… there were several!

I managed to haul 23 books (whoa) during February. You can check out the 15 books I picked up at 2nd and Charles, watch the shopping trip at 2nd and Charles, or watch below for the remaining books I picked up. There wasn’t just one book that had me super excited… there were several! Hidden Bodies, He Will Be My Ruin, Me Before You, it goes on and on!

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He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker | FULL REVIEW

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes | FULL REVIEW

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple – still on my list!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes | FULL REVIEW

The Beautiful American by Jeanne Mackin – haven’t read it yet

*The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

The Walking Dead – Compendium One by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn – it’s HUGE! Still working my way through…

*Full reviews coming soon!!