Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Books Lately

I know it seems like all I do is read, but... I sleep and eat as well. I actually read a few good books lately and wanted to share them, I only had one real disappointing one and it wasn't that bad. Just wasn't great.


Me Before You - Jojo Moyes - 5 Stars
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This was my first Jojo Moyes book, I had looked at a bunch of her books and then just chose one to start reading randomly. I didn't remember that I had read the synopsis for this one until almost half way through the book and I got really excited to see how it would pan out. I really, really, really, REALLY loved this book. It is well written, I loved the characters (most of the time), I cried, I laughed, I thought.. It was definitely a subject matter I have never read before, and it touched my heart in so many ways - the kind of book that makes you go hug someone you love when you finish. Sure, there were a few flaws but one can overlook them when one enjoys a book so much. I wanted something to be different (spoilers) but that wouldn't have been realistic and I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. It's definitely a book my heart will not be forgetting anytime soon!

Stardust - Neil Gaiman - 5 Stars
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I wish I had read the book before I saw the movie, but I didn't know about the book until recently. The movie is a guilty pleasure of mine so I was certain I would love the book. This book is beautifully written with lovable characters, the perfect mix of fairy tales and monsters. I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt a bit like a kid again.


My Own Mr Darcy - Karey White - 5 Stars
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and thanks Kerry for spotting it and thinking of me! I have read a ton of P&P variations & sequels, some of them good and some of them awful. I haven't really met a modern twist that I liked, save for Bridget Jones, but this one had such great reviews so I thought I'd give it a try. It's simple, heart warming, clean, fun, touching - I honestly felt like it was me living it, which is how a good book should be. I honestly think non P&P fans could enjoy this, maybe not as much as me, but it's a good book.

Big Fish - Daniel Wallace - 3 Stars
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This is not really my kind of book, but I quite like the movie so when I found out it was a book, I couldn't help myself. It's a very short read, made up of short stories and jokes. It's entertaining, funny and never serious. I really do like the movie and I wanted to like the book and it is very entertaining and light, but in terms of 'oh my gosh you need to read this' or not... eh. It doesn't really go anywhere, doesn't develop, no real story...  For once, and I hate to say this, I really do enjoy the movie more than the book - Burton did what Wallace should have. He elaborated and developed so much of what was missing from the book. Still worth a read, just not life changing.

One For The Money - Janet Evanovich - 4 Stars
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I had read most of the Stephanie Plum books several (several!) years ago and barely remembered them so I thought it would be a good time to pick them back up. As long as you go into these books knowing that they are light, funny, a bit cheesy and not exactly life changing, you'll enjoy them. I think they are well written, hilarious, silly and kinda sexy. I am excited to reread them all again! I will say I really disliked the audiobook version of this one - the person talking was kinda annoying and I hated the way she read Ranger - not how I pictured him at all the first time I read them. I think that it changes somewhere along the line so I'll power through, as these are perfect audiobooks for driving / running.

The Rosie Project - 4 Stars
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Beautifully well written book. Demonstrates our ability to be true to ourselves, embracing and accepting personal faults while utilising them to become our best selves. It's an easy, fast read that made me laugh out loud more than once. The main character is entertaining as he is unaware of his effect on people but has the best intentions. The plot was maybe a little predictable but it was a happy story nonetheless. I think some people that didn’t like the book were convinced someone with Asperger’s should act a certain way, or wouldn’t act this way but it’s not ever stated that Don has Asperger’s, if he does he certainly isn’t aware of it. The ending did confuse me a bit, I had to google to make sure I’d understood it right and apparently I wasn’t alone. I wanted to give this book 5 stars, but something is missing, I just don't know what. I can’t find an exact fault with it, I really did enjoy it.  It’s a sweet concept and I would absolutely recommend.


Read anything worth recommending lately?

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43 comments:

  1. I'm not a huge fan of Big Fish, the book, either. The movie is one of my favorites so I had high hopes for it but, meh. I haven't read Stardust, but it's on my to-read list! And Me Before You is a book I started a while ago but got distracted away from somehow. I need to pick that one up again!
    ~Gianni~

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  2. So glad it ended up being a good one! I have Me Before You on my to read list. I need to add the Plum books to it too, I love a good series.

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  3. You know how I feel about the Stephanie Plum books :) I am reading them, no audio tapes so Ranger sounds hella hot in my head. As does Morelli. Mmmmm Morelli! I am about half way through 14 and I am sure with all the flying I am doing the next few days...I will be starting 15 soon! I think I will be adding a few of these to the list!

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  4. loveee neil gaiman. amazing talent.

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  5. I wish I read as much as you. At the start of the year I promised myself to read more books and so far I think I've only read 2. I seem to have the worst attention span ever and flit between different books. Love this post, I'm definitely going to check out Stardust. xx

    Abby / Eärendil

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  6. I devoured the Stephanie Plum books after reading the One for the Money a year or so ago. So addicting!

    Just bought The Rosie Project yesterday so I'm glad you had a good review for it today!

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  7. WOOHOO, yay books! I've read One for the Money and the book was way better than the movie.

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  8. Ok I planned to read the Rosie project so YAY!!

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  9. Definitely going to try out My Own Mr. Darcy. I didn't know Stardust was a book either, but I do enjoy the movie too. :)

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  10. I get so overly happy when I see a book post come up on my BL feed-- you made me feel bad about not finishing The Rosie Project! I keep hearing good things about the Stephanie Plum series, but I've never read any Janet Evanovich.

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  11. I've only heard really good things about Me Before You and it will be my next book after I finally finish Gone Girl LOL! Just so you know - you inspire me to read more and I'm finishing out this year with at least two books a month!!

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  12. What a fun coincidence that you posted this today! Steph and I are starting a show us your books linkup and we did the first one today!

    I'm reading The Rosie Project right now and Me Before You is on my list after that. I'm happy to hear that you loved them so much and I'm looking forward to them even more.

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  13. Yay reading!! I'm constantly reading something, I may have a problem! That Darcy book sounds great, I definitely want to check that one out! I've heard a lot about the Stephanie Plum series too!

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  14. I just read Stardust last year for the first time, after LOVING the movie for years. I now love the book and movie equally. They are definitely different but they do not take away from each other at all.

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  15. I love your book choices! A nice mixture. :) Have you read Edenbrooke? I usually don't like Regency-period books because I don't think they compare to Jane Austen, but this book isn't trying to be Jane Austen, and I love it! :)

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  16. I love when you do these reviews - you always have the best insight and love your choices!!!

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  17. Hellloooo books! I don't have much time to read but my sister reads all the time so thanks for the Christmas suggestions! :)

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  18. Thanks for reminding me about Me Before You...I have so many random lists of books that I want to read but don't even know where they all are. That was definitely on there!

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  19. Stardust was the first book I read by Gaiman and I've been hooked ! Also, check out The Night Circus. It's one of my top 5 favorite books.

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  20. I'm just going to start bookmarking these posts so that when I finally finish the Harry Potter series (three more to go!) I have plenty of choices. Except I already have a list of 100+ titles to read... oh well. A few more can't hurt

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  21. Me Before You and The Rosie Project are now on my to-read list. Thanks!!

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  22. Yay! Jana and I did our first show us your books post.

    I loved loved loved Me Before You. I cried so hard at the end.

    I also really loved The Rosie Project and I'm a huge Stephanie Plum fan. I've read them all! They crack me up.

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  23. that's disappointing about Big Fish - I love that movie. I cry every time at the end!
    I have the whole Stephanie Plum series but never have read them yet!

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  24. I loved (and was subsequently crushed by the ending) of Me Before You! I thought it was fantastic.

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  25. New books for my to-read list, yay:)

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  26. I loved Me Before You and definitely enjoyed The Rosie Project. Thanks for the reviews for a few others I may like now, too!

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  27. Me Before You is totally on my list! I'm currently reading Goldfinch and love it! Highly recommend!

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  28. Ooh! Someone recommended Stardust (the movie) not too long ago, and I was going to see it, but now I think I'll read it instead. I'm so excited that I saw this! And I've been wanting to try out a P&P adaptation, but didn't know how to choose a good one. So that's 2 recommendations I will be definitely be making use of.

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  29. I liked Me Before You fairly well - it was a bit rough at the end!!
    And, I love Janet Evanovich - there are times reading her books that I lay in bed and laugh out loud!

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  30. I wish I was a reader but nope. Definitely slacking in that department but I feel blogging already consumes half of my life.

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  31. I have only Me before You out of these and I quite enjoyed enjoyed it! It think I will read the Rosie project soon as I have heard good things about it!

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  32. You make me really want to read more! My mom read all of the Stephanie Plum books and loved them! Me before You sounds so good!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  33. I love your book reviews! They always come right when I need to pick a new book! :) Downloading one of these this weekend for sure!!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  34. Sounds like a lot of those were winners! I am seriously going to take your list when I go on my next vacation....until then.......I'll be slowly wallowing in work emails and grading papers :-(

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  35. Ooh, only of of these I have read is the Stephanie Plum series and they are so fun. It's funny reading about beepers/pagers now since it seems like a current era series...but not quite. LOL. I am so off my summer reading kick, sadly. :( No other recommendations for you.

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  36. I have not read any of those yet. I need to pick some of those up! Thanks for the recommendations!

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  37. oooh yay new books! i haven't read ANY of these!

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  38. Yay love that you are a big reader...meeee tooooo. I want to read that P&P sequel—do you have any others you would recommend?

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  39. And I haven't read any of these so I'm adding them to my list!

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  40. So thankful for this! I LOVE book review posts and save some that end up being added to must-read list. Cannot wait to dive into a new one! (I eat and sleep as well haha) :) xoxo

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  41. Adding Stardust to my list - I'm going to be reading the Rosie Project soon too!

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  42. i love love jo jo moyes books! that was the first book of hers that i read and it's still my favorite. i also really liked "the last letter from your lover" - "one plus one" "the girl you left behind" :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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