Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Books Lately

Ah more books! I read a ton in the past month because of all the flying, airport sitting & road tripping we did - ample reading time. Let's get to it shall we? I know I tend to ramble so I tried to keep it short and sweet this month. Tried. 


The Royal We - Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan - 5 stars

Um, no shame. You know I've seen the lifetime movie as well. Not that they are connected. Seriously though, I love stuff like this so I'm not surprised I loved the book as well. Honestly, just out of enjoyment it's like 5 stars and one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year. I read it in one (airport) sitting. But there were some silly things that annoyed me, so I deducted a star for that and to save a little dignity. But if you like stuff like this, I recommend.


Updated my rating to 5 stars because no shame, I loved this book.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo - 3 stars

I've heard about this book from several people, but it's was Gina's review (here) that finally made me crack it open. While some of her ideas are a bit drastic, and some I will just ignore, it's inspirational nonetheless. I'm pretty good about decluttering some things, but not others, so this definitely helped me just really look at the crap in our house (and in my closet) and be ruthless. If you wish to hop on the minimalist (or minimalish) train, I recommend. But it's okay to not agree with everything she says. I'm not going to stop rolling my socks and I'm not going to start talking to inanimate objects. What I really took from it was that it's not wasteful or shameful for me to get rid of something that no longer makes me happy. Simple as that.

Dark Places - Gillian Flynn - 3 stars

Like Sharp Objects it's hard to say you like a book this messed up. I don't know. It's seriously effing messed up. It was interesting, I almost couldn't put it down, I wanted to know what happened (or 'whodunit') and I didn't see it coming. This isn't something I'd normally pick up, and I hate to rate it 3 stars because if you like things like this, I'd recommend. It's just not my jam. For what it is, it's well written and if Flynn is going for the most effed up author award, she has my vote. 

We Were Liars - E Lockhart - 2 stars


I am definitely in the minority on this one, but I was not a fan. The characters, the way it was written, nope nope nope. I wanted to stop reading, but it was so short I kept going - plus I kept hoping I would love it like everyone else seemed to. The ending was good, much better than the rest of the book, but it didn't redeem the whole book for me and yeah.. just not a fan.
Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell - 4 stars

Remember when I wouldn't shut up about North & South? Same author. Don't worry, there are no gifs as good as 'look back at me' to annoy you with. This is a much shorter book, very different style of writing. To be honest, even with it's flaws, I liked North & South more. I still enjoyed Cranford though, it's funnier and lighter, very enjoyable if you like books like this.



Paper Towns - John Green - 4 stars

Maybe more like 3.5 stars, but I liked it much more than Looking for Alaska but still less than The Fault in Our Stars so 4 it is. The reason I loved TFIOS so much was the way it was written, I just thought it was the bees knees. Maybe my expectations of John Green were too high after that. Either way, this book wasn't bad at all. I did enjoy it.

The Summer Series - Jenny Han - 2 stars

I am sorry, but I am not quite sure why these are so popular. Maybe if I was 10 years younger... I'm also not quite sure why I kept reading them. Very light, easy reads but they constantly annoyed me. I would not personally recommend them.

The thing that annoyed me the most was this:
Book 1: I whistled - my whistle was something I was proud of. My brother, Steven, had taught me.
Book 2: I had this crazy thought that I should try to warn them somehow. Whistle or something. But I didn't know how to whistle, and it was too late anyway.
Me: WTF. I EFFING HATE WHEN AUTHORS DO THIS. If I can remember, why can't you?



The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton - 4 stars

This has been on my list forever. Seriously, do you have a book that seems to scream out your name in bookstores and you always pick it up, then put it down? There is a cover with a girl on it that always grabbed my attention and I would pick it up, read the synopsis and put it back down. I finally gave it a go, mainly because Olya recommended it, and I did enjoy it but I really think it could have been shorter. I love long books as much as the next bookworm, but only if it's filled with necessary stuff. I did enjoy it, I would recommend it, it's just a bit long.
Landline - Rainbow Rowell - 3 stars

Now, 3 stars doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, because I did. I liked the characters (though Georgie could be a bit annoying), I liked the story, I like stories like this (can't say without spoilers) but some parts didn't jive with me, including the magic telephone. I liked it, but I didn't love it and it doesn't hold a candle to Eleanor & Park or Attachments in my opinion.

Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta - 5 Stars

I went through a phase where I hated all things Australian. I know, so patriotic of me. Books, movies, TV shows, they just weren't good (compared to my love affair with all things American). We had to read Looking for Alibrandi in high school (and watch the movie as well) and I remember hating it just because I was an annoying teenager. 

So, even though Erin (and others) recommended it, I didn't expect to love Saving Francesca. But I did. I loved the characters, the story, the Pride & Prejudice references.. Most of all though, I loved the Australian-isms. The places, the words, the sayings. There was one point where she said 'relaxed as' and I was like, I bet Americans reading this are like relaxed as WHAT?! Ha.
Highly recommend.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? - Mindy Kaling - 3 stars


I didn't know anything about Mindy before I started the book. I had never watched The Office or her TV show, or SNL (is she on that?). Some parts of this book were hilarious and enjoyable. Others, not so much. Overall, I enjoyed it, really I did. I like Mindy now. I started watching her TV show immediately after and there are a lot of things that connect. I liked her book and if I gave half stars, it would be a 3.5.
Still Alice - Lisa Genova - 5 stars

I started this last month but had to take a break, I finally just knocked it out on our main flight (and watched the movie on the flight home, very good and well done except for Kristen Stewart, why??) and I cried so freaking much and it's hard to recommend a book that just drained the life out of me like that, but it is seriously amazing. I think Genova is a fabulous writer and I can't wait to read more of hers. Highly recommend, just grab a box of tissues.



Through the Ever Night & Into the Still Blue - 4 Stars

These were #2 & #3 of Under the Never Sky, which I read last month. I also read the novellas Roar & Liv and Brooke. I normally stay away from trilogies like this because the last few I have read have started strong and turned to utter crap by the last book. Just so you know, these books were not like that at all. I don't really know what to say besides the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed this series and every book was better than the last. Interesting, original, well written, loved the characters. Highly recommend if you like YA fantasy dystopia romance-y books.

Room - Emma Donoghue - 5 stars


This book was.. captivating. Some parts of the book are slower paced but there are some parts that had me on the edge of my seat. I picked this up before I knew what it was about, if I had known, I might have put it back because I don't like reading things like this.. Although it happens far too often and we've all seen it in the news, this is a fictional story and I think the way it's told is very interesting and unique. Very well written, I really did enjoy it.



Just as Long as We're Together - Judy Blume - 5 Stars

I barely remembered this book before I opened it, but as soon as I read that first line... ahh, childhood. So many memories. 5 stars out of pure childhood memory lane enjoyment for this book.











I also read Drama by Raina Telgemeier for Erin's challenge for the banned / challenged category, it's definitely not something I would normally pick up, and I straight up did not enjoy it. Then again, I'm not the target audience. I don't think it needs to be on a banned / challenged list, bloody overreacting people. I didn't enjoy it because of the whole it's a childrens book and it's just not my jam - not because it was in any way inappropriate.

I also read Saint Anything for book club. More thoughts on that coming soon.

Linking up with Steph and Jana but of course.

Life According to Steph

Skimmers - I think you should read Saving Francesca. Also, The Royal We if you are into things like that. Still Alice & Room too.


Read anything decent lately? I'm off to check out all the other link ups so I can add 100 books to my list that already has 500 books on it. No big deal.

64 comments:

  1. "What I really took from it was that it's not wasteful or shameful for me to get rid of something that no longer makes me happy."

    With everything I have read about this book, it sounds like this would be what I would take from it. Yay, thanks, now I don't have to read it.. I have way too many books on my to-read list as it is. :)

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  2. I have the EXACT same opinions on both Dark Places and We Were Liars. In fact I quit reading Dark Places and only finished it when I ran out of books to read on vacation. I listened to the Mindy audiobook a couple years ago and loved it but I love The Mindy Project too.

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  3. OMG Dark Places... so messed up. Kinda convinced Gillian Flynn should be institutionalized or something. She writes some really crazy stuff. And I've hear Paper Towns wasn't that great. I think TFIOS definitely set the bar high.

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. lol i'm the same way....canadian authors just don't do it for me. station eleven, a book i waited for over 6 months - fell flat on it's face. totally failed my good book test and then when i flipped it over and read that it was written by a canadian author, i legit said outloud "ohhhhh no wonder!" and then i promptly returned it.

    i have saving francesca on hold!

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  5. Love seeing what you've been reading! I read a couple of these (Dark Places, Landline), and I had similar reactions. Can't wait to look into some of the others you listed in this post!

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  6. I love this list! You've been busy! Most of these I haven't read so thanks for all of the suggestions. So fun.

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  7. It makes my heart happy that you loved Saving Francesca. Like I said before, I loved The Piper's Son even more, so get on it.

    I agree with everything you said about Room, We Were Liars, and Landline (the phone is kinda important, and I was not digging the phone).

    Still Alice has been on my bookshelf for a few months. I feel like I need to be in the right frame of mind. I'm not scared of emotionally crippling books, but I haven't tackled that one yet.

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  8. LOVED Just as Long as We're Together. I still have it!
    Have you read Fangirl? Best Rainbow Rowell in my opinion. I wish she'd come out with a new book.
    I felt the same way about We Were Liars. Just all around odd and I hated the main character.

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  9. The forgotten Garden could have been WAY shorter. She rambled A LOT!!! I love the books you read this month and read quite a few of them, The life changing magic of tidying up is a book I wanna read - since everyone is talking about how it changed their lives - I agree the reviews and youtubers thoughts on this makes it sound way more radical than I can ever be (if you touch it and it doesn't make you happy throw it) but I still wanna read it.

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  10. I'm really curious about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I'm sure I won't agree with everything either but I keep seeing it everywhere and it sounds like it would be up my alley.

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  11. Dark Places is my least favorite Flynn book, I wasn't sure if I should love it or hate it. I definitely picked up some light fluffy reading after finishing it though.

    I wasn't impressed so much with Paper Towns, I think my expectations of what is should be ruined it for me.

    I picked up Room at the used book store for $2 last month so it's waiting patiently in my to read pile.

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  12. Several of these have been on my list for a while, so I might have to move them up a couple of spaces. You're completely right about Gillian Flynn! She's also sorts of messed up to write her books, but I really like the "who-done-it" books so she's right up my alley.

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  13. ok--the book on decluttering needs to be added to my list. it's my goal for the month!! oh, i remember the judy blume book!! def worth the 5 stars for nostalgia!

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  14. No shocker here but I haven't read any of these!! Adding Saving Francesca to my list! :) xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  15. I have The Summer I Turned Pretty but haven't read it yet. I really enjoyed To All The Boys I've Loved Before so I was hoping I would like this one too. We'll see, I guess. I have We Were Liars on my "to read" list but everyone I know seems to not like it so I will probably take it off my list. I wasn't a big fan of Paper Towns...I'm definitely the minority there but I just couldn't get into it.

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  16. You really do read so many books! Im jealous. I would like to read the tidying up book. I have a few areas to tackle that I just can not bring myself to do... Thanks for all the recommendations! xo

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  17. We seem to come to similar conclusions about books. I'm right there with you on the Dark Places rating. Sharp Objects is my favorite book of G. Flynn's. It was the most...complete. And satisfying. Also, Paper Towns disappointed me. I haven't read Looking for Alaska yet, but I definitely enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars more than Paper Towns. I've run across Room in a few shops...the cover of course makes you wanna grab it, but I never have... Now I'll have to.

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  18. Dark Places was seriously messed up - I don't know how Gillian Flynn comes up with this stuff?! Loved The Forgotten Garden and I definitely want to read The Royal We!

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  19. Judy Blume... makes me zoom back to my pre-teens years. Always love ALL of her books.
    I gotta get my hands on that The Royal We!!!

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  20. Man, I loved Judy Blume! I need to reread some of her books. Great childhood memories!

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  21. I loved Room when I read it. Paper Towns wasn't my fav John Green. I liked Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines best. Saving Francesca has been on my list for awhile, as well as her fantasy trilogy. I actually didn't know this book was Australian based.
    I thought Dark Places was better than Sharp Objects. I loved effed up stories like that. The only thing I didn't like was the main character was so whiny and weak.

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  22. dark places totally freaked me out. i finished it but i didnt like it at. all. good to know about "we were liars" that's on my reading list but aint nobody got time for a two star book ;0 xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  23. Still Alice is on one of my book challenge lists and I can't even wait to get to it.
    I started reading Room years ago and never got into it and never finished it, although I think it's still on my TBR list.
    I enjoyed Mindy's book more than Amy Poehler's book, maybe because it was less about being stoned and more about making it.

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  24. I adored the two Melina Marchetta books I've read. That one and The Piper's Son I think the other one was called.

    I love Judy Blume, all of her books, and I always will. She has a new one out and I need to get my hands on that.

    Seriously with that whistling thing? That enrages me. Stupid mistake and where is the editor? It makes me want to set books on fire.

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  25. Your skimmers comment makes me laugh, haha.

    I will be checking out Tidying up, Cranford, The Forgotten Carden and Room. I need some new books :)!

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  26. Dark Places both intrigues and scares me, lol! OMG Judy Blume!! I loved her as a kid!

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  27. Room. Holy shit. That book was amazing. Sadly, Frog Music, by the same author was not great. Don't bother with it.

    Paper Towns, Still Alice, Dark Places, Mindy's book, Saving Francesca...loved them all!! Especially Saving Francesca. I keep hearing not so great things about We Were Liars and I'm questioning if I should keep it on my list.

    The Tidying Up book is on hold at the library.

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  28. I still can't get over how fast you read. I used to have Room years ago, never read it. Just one of those I never got to. I hated Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, it took me years to actually finish it. It was her 1st novel and I just wasn't into it. Everyone raved about Gone Girl (still not read) and now everyone's on the fence about Dark Places. We'll see I guess

    I still plan to read Still Alice. Is it a crying book? Mindy's book put me to sleep - literally. The Tidying-Up book is on my audio book list.

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  29. I'm sold on the Royal We by the cover alone! Definitely want to read that and of course anything with Mindy Kaling :-D

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  30. Ahh Judy Blume memories! Maybe I'll go back and read one or two. A while ago when I was feeling a bit down, my husband bought me a book to cheer me up. That book was Room. Seriously.....

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  31. You and I have very similar taste in books! I was reading your reviews like, yes, yes, yes! Totally agree on We were Liars and Landline.

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  32. I was obsessed with "Room", it was one of my favorite reads ever. So interesting and different.

    Too bad you weren't into "We Were Liars" - I heard good things about that!

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  33. So many of these books are on my to read list already...but I managed to find a few more to add. Like Room, I probably wouldn't read it based on the summary on goodreads but your review makes me want to. I freaking loved Attachments and really want to get to Eleanor & Park and Landline. I love book link up day!!!!

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  34. So many great reads that I also want to read like Room! I'm still not a John Green fan, sorry, even after reading Stars, Alaska and Paper Towns. Also, I agree with you about Landline. Something was missing from the story and I felt no emotional connection the characters, which is odd. DEFINITELY E&P and Attachments are better. Did you like Fangirl? I liked that a tad bit more than E&P.

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  35. Holy Moses you read a lot this month! Dark Places is on my book challenge list but I don't mind dark books so I think I might like it. Paper Town and Still Alice are on my long list of books to read. One day! Ha!

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  36. I almost bought Room on Audible! It seems to have very mixed reviews...maybe I will look for it at the library so I can read without the commitment :)

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  37. I'm 3/4 of the way through Sharp Objects right now and I want to read Dark Places next. I am probably the only person who actually liked the ending for Gone Girl. I really just love Gillian Flynn's writing style. I felt the same way about Marie Kondo's book. I actually wrote a review about it. It was inspiring, but some of it was a little too much.

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  38. You got a whole lot of reading done! I'm on the hold list for The Royal We and I cannot WAIT to read it! I also watched the Lifetime movie, so I kind of feel like an expert on that whole situation. I hated Sharp Objects but thought Gone Girl was really well written so maybe I'll torture myself with Dark Places. I was not a fan of We Were Liars. I actually ended up not finishing it, which turned out to be okay with me when a friend revealed that I was right about what I thought the ending would be. Landline was definitely not my favorite Rowell. Mindy is supposed to be my BFF. . . she just doesn't know it yet. I'm working on it. I read Room forever ago, but it's one of those books that has completely contributed to my paranoia.

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  39. I am dying to read Dark Places and Sharp Objects! I am hesitant to read Paper Towns...I am probably in the minority but I didn't love the Fault in Our Stars so I am not super keen on reading any more John Green books. I am jealous that you have been reading so much lately!

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  40. Paper Towns is sitting next to my bed so I'm glad you liked it but I'm probably in the same boat and won't love it as much as TFIOS. Can't wait to read what you have to say about about Saint Anything also! - Svetlana @Life with a Side of Wine

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  41. Room was the book that pulled me out of a long reading slump in college. I picked it up on a whim for some airport reading and it was soooo good.

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  42. Totally agree about Gillian Flynn. She is super messed up! Wonder what she's like in person? I love reading your reviews, and it also bothers me when authors aren't consistent in books. Dan tries to find in shows when something isn't consistent (it's always a challenge he loves) so I bet he would love that :) Adding some of these to my list!

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  43. LOVED Still Alice. See, I actually thought Kristen Stewart did a good job in the movie! And that's the first time I've ever thought she was good in anything. I am obsessed with Gillian Flynn's books. Maybe I'm a weirdo. Ha. I just read Sharp Objects and I thought it was her creepiest book yet...and I loved it.

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  44. You and me both! I finished two books on the planes to and from AK and one before we left. Part way through another now. I can't help but loving Kate and Will... I saw paper dolls and Target and I was like OMG I need these. Weird. : / XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  45. I love Dark Places. I love books like it (it sounds weird and creepy but I do). I need to catch up on Under the Never Sky series. I read the first book liked it but never picked the next two. Also Still Alice is one of my favorite books of this year so far.

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  46. I felt the same way about Rainbow Rowell and Landline. I hope she redeems herself with her nupcoming book. Together was my absolute favorite book as a kid! I have The Royal We and The Summer I Turned Pretty on my nightstand right now. Although, that whistling thing is pretty irritating! I'm adding Saving Francesca to my list!

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  47. I am glad that someone else was kind of on the fence with We Were Liars as well! It wasn't awful...I just didn't enjoy it that much...I liked Landline as well but it was for sure not my favorite Rowell book!

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  48. Your book reviews are amazing - short and to the point, that's my jam! I officially have added three more books to my reading list - thank you for the Cranford recommendation! I probably will start with North & South - I absolutely loved the miniseries, so I'm sure the book is way better. Also, your comment about Gillian Flynn being the most effed up author ever made me literally laugh out loud - I'm convinced she's a nut job.

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  49. so I've got to read the Royal We. Also, I was NOT a fan of The Summer I Turned Pretty either. And finally... Saving Francesca has been on my list FOREVER. I need to finally read it.

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling

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  50. Gillian Flynn is one of my absolute favorite authors but you're totally right, she's definitely got an effed up mind.

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  51. OMG-Room? I read that a few years ago and still thinking about it creates ALL KINDS OF EMOTIONS. That was an unbelievable book. I could not put it down.

    I think I'm going to read The Royal We on vacation in September. It looks like a good easy read for sitting next to the pool! :)

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  52. My boss raves about Still Alice and OMG The Royal We...totally added that one. I might own the Lifetime movie, so that's definitely one I'm hoping the library has.

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  53. Gillian Flynn is my favorite author right now. I read all three of her books and have been searching for more books like hers. I guess messed up books are my thing right now :)

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  54. JUST AS LONG AS WE'RE TOGETHER <3 <3 <3 Still, forever, one of my all-time favorites. Have you read Here's To You, Rachel Robinson? Judy can seriously do no wrong. I read Mindy's book a few years back and loved it, but I was already quite a fan of hers. I finished Paper Towns this much too and liked it, but didn't love it. Not as high ranking as TFIOS for me, but maybe tied with An Abundance of Katherines. I haven't read Looking for Alaska yet though. And I actually also just got a recommendation for Landline this weekend, so I'm adding that to the list. I've juuuust started Eleanor & Park, so we'll see what I think of Rainbow :)

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  55. Girl you are a reading machine!!! I have a few of these on my list, so I'm happy to hear you liked them!

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  56. Is it bad, I'm so glad you didn't like We Were Liars, either? I think it could have been good- or an interesting storyline but I couldn't stand the way it was written- just not for me! The Forgotten Garden looks so good, and I'm reading Saving Francesca right now- I think I saw it on you post it on Goodreads. I'm not very far into it because something is wrong with me and I haven't been reading at all lately.

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  57. I'm reading Dark Places right now. I'm only 10 pages in, so I don't have an opinion yet other than she is a really great writer. We'll see...I do like very dark stories for some reason. haha. And Room is definitely on my list of to-reads!

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  58. I've got Room on my list and so glad you gave it 5 stars!!!!

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  59. I felt the same way about Landline- it was good but not amazing. I have Paper Towns on my bookshelf- will need to give it a read soon.

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  60. I just finished "In Too Deep" by Mara Jacobs. It is in the trashy-ish adult romance section (a guilty pleasure of mine!), but had a much better plot than I was expecting. It is currently free for Kindle right now: http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Freshman-Roommates-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B00KVM5GHY/ref=sr_1_15?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1436889210&sr=1-15&keywords=country+adult+romance

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  61. I ramble a lot (especially if I'm writing book reviews). I actually enjoy more detailed reviews, though, so feel free to ramble on!

    I love Gillian Flynn! I always say that she writes the way I aspire to write. I'm sure I probably sound like kind of a psycho now, but hopefully not. This type of book is most definitely my thing, but I liked Sharp Objects a little more than Dark Places. I read them both a couple of years ago, though, so now I don't really remember why.

    I think I'll probably read Paper Towns at some point. I loved The Fault in Our Stars (and YA isn't usually my thing), so I want to check out more John Green novels.

    I hate when authors are inconsistent as well (as with The Summer Series). It especially annoys me when they're inconsistent within the same book from chapter to chapter. That's pretty unforgivable, in my opinion. And I have to ask: Where are the editors?

    I actually didn't like Room when I read it a few years ago. I liked some parts, but I remember getting annoyed with the writing style several times. I knew going in that it was told from a child's point of view, but I didn't realize this would frustrate me so much. I'm glad you liked it, though … I feel like most people do (which is probably why I was so disappointed when I didn't).

    I'm still trying to decide if I should pick up Still Alice. I've heard so many great things, but my grandpa died last year of complications from dementia. I'm just not sure I'm ready to deal with a book that depicts Alzheimer's right now. I may put it on my "To Read" list and come back to it when I'm ready.

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  62. I have Mindy's book and Still Alice on hold currently. I agree with you on the Landline, I liked the story and characters, but magic phone...meh. It was a stretch. The Forgotten Garden sounds interesting. I hate when there are inconsistencies in stories, it bugs me so much!! You had a ton of reading this month!

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  63. As always, thank you for the reviews! Glad to hear we were on the same page with Life-Changing Magic. Good tips...not entirely on board with all of her suggestions! LOL. Dark Places....I also would have rated it a three. Probably my least fave of Gillian's. Have you read The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty? I really liked her other books but...eek. That one would only get 2 stars from me. (speaking of least faves by an author!)

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  64. Didn't love Dark Places, but I love Gillian Flynn's writing!
    I've been putting off reading Paper Towns, because I loved TFIOS so much and my expectations are super high... I don't know. I'm torn haha!
    I'm reading another Rainbow Rowell book right now (Eleanor & Park) - it's decent! Started off slow for me but has improved :)

    I'm sad that I was disappointed with Room when I read it. I had a hard time finishing it....

    Definitely want to read Still Alice. I've heard really great things!!

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