Thursday, March 3, 2016

February Book Review

Last month I read 12 books...it was shocking really. My goal was 4 books a month and I honestly thought I would struggle to make that happen...

Apparently, I am a big book nerd now...I promise I am still managing to have a social life...I just watch FAR less TV than I used to ;)

February started off reaaaaallllly slow with a book that I had to force myself to read...I'm looking at you Fates and Furies...so instead of 12 books like I read in January, I "only" read 9 book this month ;)


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24612118-fates-and-furies

Like I mentioned, my month started off veerrryyy slooowwwllly with this book. I had been on the wait list for the whole month of January and was THRILLED that it finally became available in the ebook format. I started reading it on the treadmill...and then realized pretty quickly that it wasn't going to do the job. I use books on the treadmill to distract me and make time go quicker...well...this book...made time stand still. I quickly switched to another book for the treadmill and then made a deal with myself on this book...when I would sit down to read I would set a goal page to get to before I would give up for the day and allow myself a break from reading this book.

You may ask why I finished this book...and when I got to the final page I asked myself the same question. The only excuse I have is the rave reviews I had heard and all the promises that it "would get better" I have read books in the past that were slow to pull me in and ended with a bang...I was so worried that I was cutting myself short by not finishing this book.

As promised...it did get a bit better at the end...but not enough so that I didn't feel like I had wasted a whole boat-load of time reading this book. As embarrassing as it is to admit, I think the writing style and absurd vocabulary made it hard for me to fully comprehend what was going on at times. The story itself was decent...but took so many twists and turns and back and forths that I stopped caring if I understood what was going on.

Basically...read at your own risk :)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20484545-it-was-me-all-along

This book...le-sigh. I laughed, I cried, I cheered, and overall I felt happy as I read the final words on last page. This heart-warming memoir about a girl who spent her whole life struggling with her weight and her relationship with food drew me in immediately...and made it hard to put the book down. I found myself wanting to discuss it with anyone and everyone who would listen...definitely a great book for a book club.

You should definitely read this book... like yesterday :)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10032672-the-language-of-flowers

This was the book I read directly after "Fates and Furies" and honestly I wasn't sure I would ever love reading again (I am not dramatic at all, am I?) It took me a few days to finally pick this up...and once I did I couldn't put it down. This story follows a young girls complicated past turned complicated future while using flowers and their meanings to weave the tale. I absolutely LOVED this book!



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22503269-for-the-right-reasons 

Yes...I read Sean Lowe's book. Why you ask? Well...I don't have any good excuses except for the fact that I have read all of the former bachelor/bachelorette's book and I was curious. It was decent...not necessarily as telling as I would have liked it to be...and while I have always liked Sean, I thought he came across slightly arrogant. You can only hear someone say "I'm not as perfect as everyone thinks" so many times without gagging ;) 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15507958-me-before-you 

Hands down the best book I read this month...and quite possibly they best book I have read...ever. This book came highly recommended and I can see why everyone was so nuts over it! After I finished reading the book as I tried to explain it to AJ, I found myself breaking down in tears. I'm still in awe at how this book pulled me so far in. I became truly invested in the characters, Louisa and Will. If you haven't read this...please, please do! If you have read it...I'm curious to know what you think about it!


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25489399-love-in-lowercase

This book really surprised me...When I began reading it I was VERY skeptical that I would finish with anything nice to say. It's a very different style of writing than I am used to (it has been translated into many different language) however, the overall message was not lost in translation. While I never felt 100% invested in the all of the characters I did find myself snapping photos of many of the pages because the words were so powerful.

 The term "Love in Lowercase" refers to an small seemingly insignificant event triggering many other life-changing events to occur. In this story,introvert, Samuel's "love in lowercase" moment was a cat showing up on his doorstep. This event causes Samuel to divert from his predictable daily routine and put himself out there...which in turn causes him to meet people he might otherwise not have met. Like I mentioned, I never felt fully invested in any character other than Samuel, I was still able to find the charm in this book.



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23848271-the-beautiful-bureaucrat

Umm...this book? I'm still not entirely sure how I felt about it. As I read I found myself not wanting to put the book down...this book was a beautiful mix of dystopian fiction/mystery thriller/w.t.f am I reading. I can't find the words to describe this book...but it's one I would definitely check out if I were you. If you have read it...please talk to me about it. I need to discuss it...I'm dying to hear how other people interpreted the underlying message in this story.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25352435-the-winter-girl

Uhhh....I liked this book...I think? This is a dark and twisted tale about a family filled with secrets...very, very, dark secrets. I get really tired of hearing people compare books to Gone Girl...but this one...in my for me...made me feel the same weird feelings I had while reading Gone Girl...or any Gillian Flynn book for that matter. I'm surprised I didn't have nightmares while reading this book.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11045709-when-she-woke

Another dark, twisting, politically undertoned type book...who am I? I like fluff beach reads...and this was definitely not one of those. In this story, Hannah, a woman whose life has been devoted to her family and church finds herself convicted of the murder of her unborn child. Hannah has her reasons for the abortion and is adamant about protecting the identity of the father. This book in a way feels much like "The Scarlet Letter" and I would say the book had a lot of potential and started out strong...but lost me about 3/4 of the way through...which after reading other reviews seems to be the popular opinion :)



*I didn't include a complete (or very good) description of each of these books, but I have linked the covers of each book to their Goodreads profile. If you don't have a Goodreads account...get one! Seriously! And if you do...add me! I'm always looking for friends err...or suggestions on good books to read

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