Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Books Lately

May was a pretty fabulous month, reading wise. Last month was a bit of a slump because I don't think I was really feeling any of the books I was reading - even though I enjoyed many of them - so this month I just went with my gut and read what I was in the mood for.

Something Borrowed and Something Blue - Emily Giffin - 4 stars


The Promise of Stardust 

Steph said she cried ugly tears so I thought I was prepared, but yeah there was no preparing for this. I had been reading some heavier books recently and I needed a break, so I didn't want to binge read this one - instead I just read a little bit each day which I think is a good way to read a book like this. Yes, it's sad. But it's beautiful. So beautiful. Thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommend.
The Princess Bride - William Goldman - 5 stars

There really isn't much to say about this book. It was great. I loved it. It has everything. Goldman is a fabulous writer. For funsies, after I read it I listened to the audiobook because it's a really quick abridged version, and I enjoyed that as well. I was worried that I wouldn't like it because I love the movie (who doesn't?). But I needn't have worried. To not like it would be inconceivable! (Sorry, couldn't resist).

Under the Never Sky - Veronica Rossi - 4 stars

Maybe 4.5? There are 2 more books in this series, I just haven't gotten to them yet. This book was a wee bit slow going, but eventually it got interesting. I really don't like when authors throw you straight into a world, like you can't even ease us into it? Explain a few words? I get why they do it but it annoys me because I spend the first quarter of the book confused. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Overall, I think it's quite original and refreshing and I really can't wait to read the others. 
Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt - 5 Stars

This is a hard book to review. First off, it was probably THE (caps AND bold so you know it's legit) most depressing book I have ever read. What a miserable, depressing, horrible book. But amazing. Wonderful. Fascinating. He is such a good writer (and narrator!). Would I read it again? Do I have it in me to read the second or third? Would I recommend it? I have no idea. It was really very good. But bloody hell it was depressing.

Slammed - Colleen Hoover - 4 stars

Well this was absolutely not what I was expecting at all. Like at all. I really enjoyed Ugly Love and this was nothing like it. I know authors write different books, but I mean I was expecting a little similarities. Nope. I read it fairly quickly and I enjoyed it. It was pretty good. I didn't like a few things about it, which is why it lost a star. I also struggled through the second one (Point of Retreat; barely 2 stars) but it was from the guy's point of view which I did not like at all, and it was kind of boring. Not interested enough to read #3, which is apparently the same story as the first book but from the guy's point of view. I'm sorry, but unless you are a mind reading vampire, I don't want to know your side of the story.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon - 4 stars

I first heard of this book from the Selfie TV show. Yep. No shame. I wanted to be as cool as Eliza so I added it to my list. I had no idea what the book was even about, but somehow it was nothing like I'd expected. It was interesting because it's about a boy with special needs and KC teaches at a special needs school, also my younger brother has some... aspects of his personality that made me think of him when reading this book.  It was a very short read, interesting and well written - though maybe a little too much science and math, but that's just me. Overall I enjoyed it and that's what matters.

The Heir by Kiera Cass - 4 stars

I read the Selection series last year and thoroughly enjoyed them so I was excited for this book. I was kind of irritated that it was from a different person's point of view (spoilers) but I ended up really, really enjoying it... and then all of a sudden it was over and I realised it wasn't the last book. RAGE. I am so impatient!! Honestly though, I didn't love it as much as the Selection books, mainly because the main character is an annoying brat sometimes. But I like that the author didn't make her a carbon copy of the previous main character. Regardless, a big ole thumbs up from me.

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson - 3 stars

Maybe 3.5. I have wanted to read this book ever since I read Edenbrooke, which I love love loved. I really, really, really wanted to love it. I definitely had high expectations. I enjoyed the overall story, though it wasn't as good as Edenbrooke, and for the love of Pete, I couldn't give a flying hoot about birds. This is a romance, why are birds such a huge focus? No. No.

The Storied Life of A.J Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin - 5 stars

I love when you pick up a book and it's nothing like you expected, because you had no idea what it was about, you'd just heard it was good. This was one of these books.I'd heard about it but had no idea what it was about. I loved it. Read it in one sitting. I'm embarrassed to say how emotional this book made me. LOVED IT. YOU SHOULD READ IT. BOOKS FOREVER.
The Beach House - Jane Green - 4 stars

I wanted a light, easy read and this was it. There really isn't much more to it than that, I'm afraid. I really did enjoy it and it's the perfect beach read.
Wonder - R.J Palacio - 5 Stars

I had heard so many good things about this book from so many different people and I finally got it from the library so I couldn't wait to read it. It's a quick read, but seriously amazing. Loved it. I seriously don't have the words to convey how beautiful this book is and how much I loved it. Highly recommend.

The D.U.F.F: Designated Ugly Fat Friend - Kody Keplinger - 4 stars

I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did, but I really enjoyed it. I don't know. It felt refreshing, less pretentious than other YA books. Not that they are all pretentious, not by any means. I just enjoyed this. What blew me away was the author was 17 when she wrote it, 19 when it was published and now it's a freaking movie. I mean.. mind blown. Anyway, back to the book. I enjoyed it. I can certainly understand why one wouldn't enjoy it, but I did. It's a very short, fun read. Then I watched the movie, because I have issues like that, and it was good though of course not as good (they changed so much!).

The Sea of Tranquility - Katja Millay - 5 stars

I have heard so many good things about this book, it's been on my list forever. After Steph said she stayed up all night to read it I had to move it to the top of my list. Guess what? I stayed up all night to read it. Seriously, this is why I don't read before bed. Anyway. I can see how some people might not love this book, I can recognise it's flaws, and yes it has some effed up shit in it - but seriously. I laughed, I cried, I blushed and cringed and got mad. In terms of enjoyment, all the enjoyment was had!! You need to read this. Am I conveying how much I freaking loved this book?!!


One of my favourite parts was the acknowledgement at the end:

“Thank You. Life is short and TBR lists are long. I know time is precious and I thank you for spending yours with this book.”

I also read Ten Big Ones to get back on the Stephanie Plum wagon. 

Linking up with Steph and Jana but of course.


Life According to Steph

Skimmers - you NEED to read The Sea of Tranquility and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. This is not a request, or a drill, do not pass go. You have to read them and love them. Otherwise we are not friends.


Okay, okay. We can still be friends. But pretty please read them? If you don't like them, don't tell me.

I also really recommend The Promise of Stardust & Wonder. But really, The Sea of Tranquility and The Storied Life of A.J Fikry, okay? Okay. Good talk.

Any recommendations for me?

54 comments:

  1. I'm also bookmarking your books posts, I need to get back on my reading track. Love the suggestions!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. The Princess Bride is one of my favorite books! Now I want to go re-read it haha! And I read all of Emily Giffin's books and I felt like the first ones were better than the later ones. Still light and easy reads though! Love all your reviews!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. I always find the best books from your reviews! To be honest, I haven't started book 4 in the selection series because I knew it was from a different view point. I know I will read it eventually but am a bit bummed it is from a new view point.

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  4. I was wondering about The Heir. It was out when I read The Selection series but when I saw it was introducing a new character... wasn't sure if I should pick it up or not. Great book choices!

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  5. sounds like you got a LOT of great books. love when that happens. and i hear ya about a chick lit break. sometimes you just need it. like a palette cleanser between heavy or sad books.

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  6. Every single time I'm amazed at your fast reading skills! And please tell me you are in a book club since you love reading so much!

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  7. Yup you did it again! I just added three more books to my list!

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  8. I love your book posts -- I feel like I actually get some good recommendations! Adding Sea of Tranquility and the Storied Life to my must reads now.

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  9. Something Borrowed is such a great beach read, and I immediately had to read Something Blue afterwards. I'm hoping they make a movie for Something Blue as well... I mean come on Kate Hudson IS Darcy! :)

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  10. Fikry and wonder....two of the best books i've read this year! wonder was actually the book that turned me back onto reading :)

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  11. Loved TSoT and was hesitant to read it at first but I was so glad I finally did. I actually don't like The Princess Bride. I know I'm in the minority, but that's totally cool with me. I loved Slammed but PoR was a 3 star for me. I did read the third one and it got bumped back up to four so something must have been good about it, lol. I just saw they're showing Duff at the park this Summer so I'll be seeing it then!

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  12. I loved the A.J Fickry and you're right it was nothing like I thought it would be, such a great book!

    I have The Beach House in my summer beach reads pile, so I'm glad to hear it's perfect for beach reading.

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  13. Alright the Sea of Tranquility, Blackmoore and the Heir are on my list.

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  14. As always, love the detailed reviews and the take-home notes on which books are going on my "Must read" list. I also agree with you about being thrown into an alternate world...my brain does not like that. I need to transition slowly. Also...can you remind me if you have read the Maze Runner series and what you rated it? Please and thank you. :)

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  15. Sea of Tranquility and The Promise of Stardust are both on my list to read. I never knew there were more books to Angela's Ashes. I thought it was a stand alone. And you're right. Good but soo depressing. I know everyone loves A Curious Incident but it was just meh for me. I actually enjoyed his second book, A Spot of Bother, more.

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  16. Ooo! I loved The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime!

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  17. I was just thinking the other day how I was in a reading slump with nothing new that seemed to peak my interest (I just finished The Princess Bride and am in the middle of re-reading The Picture of Dorian Gray). I have a love/hate relationship with re-reading books so I'm ecstatic that you posted this. So many new books to add to the list ! Thanks for sharing :)

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  18. You read such a wide variety of books! It's awesome, because normally I'd look at the first 1 or 2 in someone's list, realize we don't read the same genre, and then move on, but you always have something I'm interested in. The Princess Bride is awesome! (despite the weirdness we talked about before with the fake abridging) And The Selection Series is in my to-read list.

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  19. Crap. I read AJ Fikry last month, too, and forgot to count it and include it in my post. Sigh.

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is one of my favorite books! I felt all the feels with The Promise of Stardust. Angela's Ashes was also excellent. The DUFF bothered me but I cut her a break given how young she was when she wrote it. Emily Giffen is chick lit at its finest. And YES to Wonder!!! Loved it so, so much!

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  20. I agree with your must reads. I was bowled over by the beauty of both The Promise of Stardust and The Sea of Tranquility despite the sads in both. AJ Fikry had some sads but was such a joy to me.

    Angela's Ashes is absolutely incredible and stunningly depressing. McCourt's writing is top notch. A friend of mine had him for a teacher after he moved her to NYC. Just an amazing life story. I read his other book, Teacher Man, and I read his brother Malachy's books too.

    Eh on A Curious Incident. I didn't connect with it.

    I have The Beach House now hoping to stretch that out and renew it so I have it to read ON the beach.

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  21. I hope to read The Storied Life of A.J Fikry and Wonder soon. I have them on my shelf. The Princess Bride is one of my all time favorite books and movies.

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  22. I loved Something Borrowed and Something Blue! I have had such a hard time finding books that keep my interest lately. I may just have to start going back to my old collection!

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  23. My friend was just telling me how much she liked The DUFF. I think Dustin and I are going to rent the movie this weekend, we've been wanting to watch it.

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  24. I want to read The Selection series. I've had it in my hands at least 3 times at Target :)

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  25. The Emily Griffin Series was my favorite - I devoured those books a few years ago!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  26. i saw the movie Angela's Ashes and lordy that was SUCH a depressing movie. i bet the book is worse.. but in a "you should read it bc its so depressing/moving" way... xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  27. Totally agree with you about Angela's Ashes - so, so hard to read but still wonderfully written and a "good" story. It's been so long since I read it, I think I need to dig it back out!

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  28. I never read Angela's Ashes, but I've read Teacher Man twice now. If you liked the first book, you'll probably like Teacher Man!
    Again: I do not understand how you have time to read so much. Makes me wonder what is wrong with me.

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  29. Ooo I want to read Something Borrowed, I totally agree sometimes you need some chick-lit! I've never heard of The D.U.F.F. but it sounds like a fun read!

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  30. lol the birds. That cracks me up. Good recommendations here! I am super excited that June is relatively free... and July is filled with flights. Give me #allthebooks XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  31. I loved reading "The Princess Bride" after it being a childhood fave growing up. Didn't the beginning throw you for a curve? Where he pretended that it was a real place? I had to Google that as I was certain it was all made-up, lol.

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  32. You have so many really good ones on your list! I've heard so many great things about AJ Fikry so I definitely will have to check that one out. I think I saw a movie called "Something Borrowed" I'm not sure if it was made from that book or not but I liked it. It had Kate Hudson in it, i think. lol

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  33. How clueless am I - I had NO IDEA Princess Bride was a book! Because, hello, the movie is awesome. I think I've watched it well over 100 times.

    I'm staring at a Barnes and Noble gift card right now (seriously) and hitting it up is on my to-do list this week. Please don't hate me if I get Something Borrowed... Because my hormones can't take anything serious right now. I'd take ugly-crying to the next level!!

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  34. Pretty much all the books you highly recommend are on my list to read and on request from my library, The Promise of Stardust, Wonder, The Sea of Tranquility and The Storied Life of A.J Fikry. I need to get reading, hopefully they don't all come at once!

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  35. So many books! Would you believe I haven't read any of the Emily Giffin books yet? I have seen a few in the thrift stores, I need to scoop them up for light reads. I loved Beach House :) I have Sea of Tranquility and Wonder on my list, I think I need to bump them up. I am adding The Promise of Stardust and The Storied Life of AJ Fikry.

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  36. I added The Promise of Stardust, The Storied Life of A.J Fikry, and The Sea of Tranquility. I loved Wonder so much, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time too. I didn't read The DUFF, but plan on watching the movie tonight.

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  37. Okay, I've added the Sea of Tranquility to my list after reading your and Steph's posts. And I really liked the Emily Griffin movie adaptation (I think it was Something Borrowed?) and I've wanted to read the rest of that series too. Good beach reads, I'm sure. And oh, Angela's Ashes. I read it in high school and then again a few years ago. So moving, so tragic, so horribly sad. The movie was an incredible adaptation too—I was probably too young to see it when I did though. I'll probably re-read that book again in the next year or so.
    I have added Wonder to my list too, and have had The Curious Incident on my list since—ready?—a professor recommended it to me during college. So like... 6-7 years. Think I should get on that sometime soon? Sigh, I'm slow. And too easily distracted! Thanks for reminding me of it though—it's been bumped up the list.

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  38. Haha if I had read this post before I wrote mine I would have seen your recommendations! I should really just go to you for all my book advice since I'm pretty sure every book I listed has been on your blog at some point! :)

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  39. I read Slammed too a couple of weeks ago! And I read Something Borrowed a looong time ago - definitely love a little chick lit here and there! Though I might have read a bit too much of that lately... I haven't heard of most of these book but I'll definitely be checking some of them out asap!! :) thanks!

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  40. Dang you read a lot of books this month and a lot of good ones! sea of Tranquility sounds like One I would like and I love effed up shit so Ya I'll have to snatch that one up! ;)

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles
    

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  41. I loved Angela's Ashes! (in that weird way that you can love such a depressing book that is). - - Svetlana @ Life with a Side of Wine

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  42. I now have A HUGE list for the library! Sea of Tranquility is at the top!

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  43. Now you have to watch Something Borrowed - so good! Loved those books for exactly what you said - easy, chick lit hah.

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  44. Holy crap, that's a lot of books! I loved Something Borrowed and Something Blue, particularly because she was able to take an unlikable character from the first book and turn her into someone to root for in the second. I read The Beach House a while ago and really liked it. Jane Green is my jam. I've added The Promise of Stardust and The Storied Life of AJ Fikry. I already had Sea of Tranquility and Wonder on my list. ;)

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  45. Several of these I've already read or they are already on my "to read" list. I am starting Angela's Ashes on my commute home this evening. I just finished another wonderfully depressing book, so I'll be prepared. Slammed - I liked it enough, but I wasn't interested in finishing the series. Good to see I made the right decision there. Wonder - I adored the part when he says that everyone needs to be given a standing ovation at least once in their life (I'm still waiting for mine - ha!). AJ Fikry and Tranquility on already on my list. Guess I need to hurry up and get to those!

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  46. So many books!!! The Storied Life of AJ Fikry was already on my list, though I had not tagged it in Goodreads :) I added Sea of Tranquility and Wonder too. Angela's Ashes sounds good too, I'm not sure if I can handle the depressing aspect of it. I tend to avoid depressing books, especially real life kind of stuff.

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  47. I read DUFF when it first came out and loved it! I've only read the first book in Under the Never Sky too, I found it pretty slow as well. It didn't make me want to go out and read the sequel when it came out. That was a few years ago and I still haven't. But the Princess Bride... that's one of my favorite books of all time! I even named my dog Buttercup :)

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling

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  48. See, I read the Slammed series first and that's what made me fall in LOVE with Colleen Hoover. I couldn't STAND ugly love and absolutely HATED it. I couldn't get behind the message it was sending young girls considering her normal audience! I love love love Something Borrowed though (go figure, I can get behind a book about cheating but not about an emotionally and sexually abusive man). ha

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  49. Gosh, SO many good books on here, so many!!!! I'm updating my Goodreads!

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  50. I am tempted to read the Promise of Stardust, but I'm just worried it will be too sad!!! The concept sounds so heartbreaking :( I will give it a try sometime when I am in an otherwise good mood though ;) I felt the same way you did about The Heir, so frustrated when I realized there was going to be another book after it...lol. The Princess Bride is one of my favourites though! I'm adding the rest of these to my Goodreads right now - also wanted to let you know that I was inspired by your audiobooks post and I listened to the Elizabeth Klett version of Pride and Prejudice last week (first time on audiobook - i've read the book a few times) and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT so thanks for the inspiration :)

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  51. I absolutely loved Something Borrowed! I would definitely recommend the sequel if the ending of Something Borrowed didn't sit right with you...I didn't love the ending, but Something Blue really wrapped it up for me.

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  52. Ive barely read any of these, Ive only read a couple. Il defo be saving these since Im on a kick and blowing through books these last two weeks.

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  53. It amazes me how much you read. I wish I did. Maybe someday... :)

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  54. Late to the book party, but added a ton of these to my list! I'm so glad you loved the Storied of Life of A.J. Fikry. That is one of my all time favorites!

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