Books, Books, Books

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I love to read, but for years, I hadn't been making the time for it. Lately, though I have turned that around! You will almost always find me reading at least once a day. I have found that it is the best way to get me tired at night. I used to love the noise of the TV to fall asleep, but now that I am so used to staying up late, the TV keeps me up for too long. Reading on the other hand, puts me to sleep. Not in a, this is so boring, I can't keep my eyes open way, but just the act of reading makes my eyes sleepy!

Over the last few months, I have read some excellent books! I couldn't resist doing a book review!



Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. This was a true World War II story, and an unbelievable one at that. I read this for book club, and going in, I didn't think I would like it, but I really, really did. The story was well written and made you want to know what happened in the end. There were sometimes in the book, where I thought, no way this could all be happening to this man, you have so much respect for him at the end. Be warned, I thought the beginning part dragged a bit, but once it got going, I couldn't put it down. It is worth pushing through the detail of the beginning to get to the good stuff! Now I am looking forward to seeing the movie! 



Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. Loved this book! When I started reading it, I sort of thought "I know what this is going to be about and how it will end" If you think this at first, and think, maybe you don't want to finish it, I urge you to continue because it is very unexpected and was such a good book. We read this in our book club and it made for some great conversations! 


Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline. Such a good book. This would not be one that I would normally pick out myself, but it was a book club book and I am so glad it was! I could not put this book down, I read it in a weekend. This book follows two orphans, one present day and one in the past and I wanted to know what happened to both, I couldn't put it down! 



The First Phone Call from Heaven, by Mitch Albom. I had seen this book at the book store a few months ago and knew right away that I wanted to read it. The story line was interesting and I did want to follow a few characters to the end to see how it turned out, but I was not as into it as some of the other books I have read recently. I don't know what I thought it would be about, but it wasn't what I expected! 


The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. I could not put this book down. I read half the book in one day and the rest the next! From the second I started reading, I wanted to know what was going to happen and even as things unfolded, there was still lots you wanted to know! Loved it, highly recommend! 


Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty, Since I loved the Husband's Secret so much and had been told that this book was so good, it was next on my list! It did not disappoint, my goodness, I could not put this one down, either. Reading two of this authors books, back to back, I can't make a decision which one I liked best...read them both! I know I will be reading more from this author in the next few months! 


Allegiant, by Veronica Roth, is what I am reading now. This is the third book in the Divergent series. I loved the first two, this one, I am unsure of what I think so far. I will let you know next time I have accumulated some books and do a review!! 

Some of these I never would have taken a second glance at if I hadn't joined a book group. I love going to book group. It is broadening my literary horizons, I am meeting some new friends at Olivia's school and I am breaking out of my comfort zone, by expressing my opinions around people I don't know that well! It has been a great experience! 

I also signed up for a Goodreads challenge to read 28 books this year. At least 2 books per month, plus a few extras. I am right on track (actually a little ahead) so far this year and hope to keep it up all year long! Check out the sidebar and you can keep track of how many books I have read!  You can follow along with what I am reading and set your own goals on Goodreads!

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Look for another book review in a few months, when hopefully I have read about 6 more books :)

Now I need to hear from you...

Do you have any good book suggestions?? I want to hear them! 


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22 comments :

  1. I've read nearly all the books you've posted here. I liked "The Girl You Left Behind" by JoJo Moyes much better. "Girl On A Train" is a good book as well.

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    1. Oh, I will have to check that one out! I wondered about how her other books were. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Allegiant and I have a love, hate relationship.... Ugh. Haha. I'm always looking for new books to read though! Thanks for sharing your reading list!!!

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  3. I have read all of the above except for Unbroken. I LOVED Me Before You!! I am reading The Girl on the Train right now and at first it was a bit depressing but now I am hooked!! I also want to read Still Alice!

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    1. Still Alice is on my list already, but I will add The Girl on the Train! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  4. I haven't heard of any of these books. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I've seen Big Little Lies on a few reading lists. It sounds really interesting. I'm glad you liked it so much.

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    1. It was great! I am definitely going to be reading more by this author!

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  6. I've had the Jojo Moyes book on my shelf for ever! Your review has made me a little curious. I'll need to get to that one next!

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    1. You won't regret it! Let me know how you like it!

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    2. You won't regret it! Let me know how you like it!

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  7. Oh some great book suggestions, I'd love to join a book club!

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    1. I am so glad I did! I was a little hesitant and quiet at first, but now I am getting into a groove! Maybe you could start one! Mine was started by someone in the neighborhood! Good luck!

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  8. Good suggestions. I really need to make time for myself and read again.

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    1. I really forgot how much I enjoy getting lost in a story! Hope you can find the time!

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  9. I really liked the Divergent series, though Allegiant was probably my least favorite of the three books in the series. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I can tell already, it is not my favorite. I am kind of excited for it to just be over...is that bad??!!

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    2. I can tell already, it is not my favorite. I am kind of excited for it to just be over...is that bad??!!

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  10. I've read Unbroken and Orphan Train. I loved both! Until I became a stay at home mom, I have to admit I didn't do much reading. But I've fallen into the habit of reading at night just before I go to sleep that now I can't fall asleep without reading a little.

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    1. I love a book, that I love so much I will sneak in a few minutes whenever I can get it to read. Right now I am struggling through Allegiant, it isn't doing it for me. Oh well!!

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