2017 Books · junereading · Quick Lit

June Reading

Super late on this but better late than never. 😉

Lost

The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett

This was a tough one for me.  It wasn’t bad.  It just didn’t wow me.  It had such a great premise – historical mystery, romance, libraries, and even coding (which my little mathematical heart just loved).  But it didn’t come together for me in a terribly exciting way.  I also thought that the main character, Arthur, was a little too curmudgeonly.  I liked that he loved old things and hated technology but it caused the romance to seem a little like an old man dating a young lady, so I kept picturing Arthur around 30 years old instead of 40.

Dimple

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

SO cute!  Indian teenagers whose parents want an arranged married for them.  I’ve heard some critiques that Dimple is really unlikeable and to a certain extent, I would agree, but I think that Rishi was just so over-the-top adorable and wonderful that it made her seem a little harsh.  Overall, I really liked this.

twitter

Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton

Incredibly interesting.  But it mostly left me with a huge sense of happiness that I was not involved in Twitter.  Those people were cutthroat.  It was basically Game of Thrones without all of the actual murder.  I don’t know if it’s worth being a billionaire to screw over other people all of the time.  Worth reading.

scarlet

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

The second book in the Lunar Chronicles.  I thought it was much better than the first.  Instead of focusing just on Scarlet and Wolf, the story would switch back and forth between all of the characters, including those in Cinder.  The best part was the introduction of a lovable, charismatic thief named Thorne (who becomes the love interest in the third and best book).

every

Every Wild Heart by Meg Donohue

Blah.  Definitely my least favorite of the month.  I thought it was going to be a cute little romantic beach read.  Instead it was a bizarre stalker/girl loves horses book.  I’d pass on this one.

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2017 Books · may2017reading · Quick Lit

May Reading

The month of May brought with it the Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide!  So, so excited when this comes out every year.  I am going to try to get through as many as I can this summer.  My load was still a little light this month so I am going to try to kick into higher gear for June.

Victoria

This book was looooong.  However, I really liked it!  I am a huge fan of the PBS series Victoria and also the movie, The Young Victoria.  Ok, I’m a huge fan of Albert in both of those.  I just try really hard to forget about the fact that they were cousins (ick!) and focus on how sweet their love story was.  This book was incredibly interesting and I found out so much I didn’t know, both about Victoria and the time period she reigned.

Beartown

Hands down, this will be one of my favorite books of the year.  The writing is nothing short of brilliant and the story profoundly moved me.  If you don’t like sports or hockey, still give this book a try.  It’s about so much more than hockey, and the parts that are, are extremely interesting.  You will cheer, you will cry, and you will still be thinking about this book weeks later.

The Dry

Another MMD pick.  This quiet thriller was really good.  Not stay up until the middle of the night to see who the murder is kind of good, but I still really enjoyed it.  It’s easy to read and the setting is wonderful.  It adds so much to the story, which begins with a man going home to the funeral of his childhood best friend, accused of murdering his wife and son.  Compelling stuff.

Cinder

This one was a re-read for me because I’d like to read the whole series and last time I stopped after the first book.  It was much like I remembered it – a cute, cheesy YA fantasy book.  It didn’t blow me away but it did make me want to read the next one which I hear is much better.

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April Reading

Unfortunately, my reading took a major hit in April so this round-up will be rather short.  Looking forward to a hopefully slower summer so I can catch up on lots of good reading. 🙂

Speak Love

I actually read this over about four months with a group of teenage girls that I teach at my church.  Every Friday night, they piled into my living room to eat cheese dip and cookies and talk about what they learned from this book.  It quickly became one of the highlights of my week.  I thought this book was perfect for teenagers.  Annie has a down to earth writing style that is instantly relatable, but she also packs lots of truths in.  I got a lot out of it myself, and it served as a great starting point to talk about some hard issues my girls deal with.

the Wife

This seems to be one of those books that you either love or just feel ehhhhhh about.  I fell into the later category.  It wasn’t that the book was bad; it just didn’t wow me.  Even now thinking back about it, I can’t remember any characters that I particularly loved.  The ending was good but not overwhelmingly so.  Confession – I am not a huge fan of this time period (1920s).  Some people absolutely love the glitz and glam of showgirls and mobsters, but I’m just not one of them.

Radium

I loved this book!  Meticulously researched, it tells the story of the young women hired to paint clocks that glow in the dark because of radium.  At the time, they were told it was good for them… until they all started to die horrific deaths.  It was hard to read, because of both the trauma they went through and the inability of their employers to take any responsibility whatsoever.  However, it is an important book, and the beauty of the women’s strength will stay with me a long time.

Life Intended

Technically I finished this one at the beginning of May, but I’m throwing it in because my reading life was so paltry last month!  This was a sweet and somewhat predictable book.  It deals with the grief of losing someone in a way that was sad but not overly depressing.  It more focuses on what you do with your life when it doesn’t turn out the way you planned.  This would make a great beach read.

2017 Books · march2017reading · Quick Lit

March Reading

Time for a quick round-up of what I read in March!

This is How

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

I read this for the MMD book club and have so many thoughts about it!  On the one hand, it was well-written, engaging, and had interesting characters.  On the other hand, I didn’t agree with everything that was taken for granted as true in the book.  For example, it was assumed that if your five year old boy feels like a girl, then he IS a girl regardless of what gender his body actually is.  Then, all of the storylines built on that premise.  However, I can’t say that I agree with that (controversial, I know!) and so several of the conversations and decisions veered into an area that I didn’t think was always best for the child.  However, it was very clear that these parents loved their child and wanted what was best for him, and I enjoyed reading a book that I wouldn’t have otherwise picked up.

Caraval

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

When everything is a part of a game, how do you know what’s real?  This book was cute, colorful, and magical.  The storyline wasn’t perfect but it almost didn’t matter because I had such a great time it.

Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

This page-turner was a fast-paced thriller with a bizarre and unpredictable ending.  It was twisted and strange but I love books that can surprise me and I thought this one did a great job of it.

Mother's

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

And my Columbine obsession continues!  I loved Columbine by Dave Cullen so much last month that I have started reading everything related I can get my hands on.  First up was this memoir by the mother of one of the shooters, Dylan Klebold.  Dylan was unquestionably fascinating in Columbine because his journals and personality seemed so different from the boy who murdered his classmates, and this book expounds on that.  What Dylan did genuinely shocked his family to their core and it was heartbreaking to read.  However, the unconditional love Sue still has for her son was also quite beautiful.

Be Frank

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

What can I say?  This one really didn’t do it for me.  My best friend loved it and called it charming so I went in with high expectations.  However, I found it to be very sad and the storyline slow.  I didn’t like any of the characters and I didn’t think the ending was very satisfying.  Definitely my least favorite of the month.

Talking

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

I ADORE Gilmore Girls and by extension Lauren Graham so I knew that unless this book was truly awful, I would enjoy it.  It would have been better as an audio book, I think, because the writing comes across as rambling sometimes.  However, if Lorelai Gilmore had been reading it (and Lauren basically IS Lorelai), it would have been even better.  Perfect for fans of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.

Overall, it was a fun month for reading!  I’m hoping to keep this pace up so that I can finish my Goodreads goal of 50 books this year.  So far, I’m on track. 🙂

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February Reading

Even though we’re into March and I’m dying to start my post about the book I finished last night, I just read too many great books in February not to do a quick round-up!

Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

This is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series.  I liked the first book, liked the second book a little more, starting loving the series with the third book, and then bam – the author threw in a romance out of nowhere that I personally hated and it ruined the book for me.  I think I’m in the minority because according to a lot of reviews I’ve seen, people didn’t dislike the romance as much as I did, although I did find a few fellow souls who hated it too.  Now, I’m torn between continuing the series and cutting my losses.  Time will tell.

Steal Like An Artist

Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

I read this for the MMD book club I’m in.  It’s short and sweet.  Lots of great quotes, but overall, nothing life-changing in my opinion.  However, I may not be its core audience, as I don’t consider myself an artist.  I just love beauty and creativity but I’m not actively trying to create much.

Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

THIS BOOK.  I haven’t given a book 5 stars on Goodreads in over 2 years.  But if there was ever a book that deserved all 5 stars, it’s this one.  Absolutely charming and beautiful story about a man who is sentenced to spend his life under house arrest in a hotel.  I fell in love with the characters (especially the count) but it was the writing that drew me in.  I don’t normally love “flowery” writing; I prefer dialogue and action, but this book was just lovely.

Dark Matter

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

This book was right up my alley.  A sci-fi book about alternate universes?  I mean, come on.  It was practically tailor-made for me.  I didn’t love the ending; it made me kind of sad, but overall it’s a fast-paced, interesting book that is full of action.

Columbine

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Hands down, one of the best books I’ve ever read.  I cannot even begin to talk about how fascinating this book was.  It sounds a little morbid to love a book about mass murder, but there are so many aspects of the book that make it so good.  From the myths perpetuated by the media to the families of all involved to the killers’ motives, this was just a remarkable piece of journalism.  I cannot wait to read A Mother’s Reckoning later this month by Dylan Klebold’s mother.

Well, that’s it!  It was a great month for reading.  Stay tuned for my review on Caraval!