When I left off I had finished readying The Husband’s Secret and started reading The Goldfinch, which was only my second book for the year. I’ve read quite a bit since then, so I think I’ll just post everything I’ve read since in this one post to get caught up.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt-I really enjoyed this book. It’s a story about a young boy who loses his mother in a tragic manner and follows him through his life after the event. It was a long one and some of the sections dragged on a bit, but overall I found the characters and the story interesting and complex. There were nights I couldn’t put it down because I had to know what happened next. I would recommend this book to my friends that truly enjoy literature, but it’s not for someone who likes mostly Chick Lit.
Notes From A Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider-I was so excited to read this book. I listen to Tsh’s podcast and also read her blog The Art of Simple. As excited as I was to read this, I felt a bit disappointed with it. I felt like a lot of the book was just her going on and on about how awesome it is to be an expat and how much better other countries are at living simply. I can’t say that I learned much at all. I already know most Americans watch too much TV and that we should spend more time outside. I also think my family already implements most of the topics she discusses. I guess what I’m saying is I was hoping to learn something and instead felt like I was lectured about how I’m not awesome because I have no desire to be an expat. I would not recommend this book.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed-I loved this book. It’s the story of a woman who’s life has come unraveled and she sets out on a solo hike along the Pacific Coast Trail. I can totally relate to desire to heal herself by doing something out of the ordinary and out of her comfort zone. I appreciated that she spent that time outside in the wilderness learning about herself. I can’t think of a better way to find yourself, unless of course you have a husband and kids, which she did not at the time. I am looking forward to the movie coming out this winter. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova-I heard a lot of good things about this book and it came highly recommended. I loved it. It’s about a woman who notices something is off with her memory and is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. I could relate to so much of the story because my grandmother died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. I watched her go from a beautiful, very intelligent woman to someone who couldn’t feed herself. It was devastating. This story explores the different stages of the disease in a very realistic way. I would for sure recommend this one.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell-This is a YA book about two teenagers. I really liked it. The dialog kept it from feeling too adolescent and it was a very quick read. I enjoyed the characters and following along as their relationship developed. I would recommend this book and plan to check out some of her other books. (sidenote: Rainbow Rowell is from Omaha! I didn’t know that before I started the book, but soon realized the story takes place in Omaha and then looked her up.)
The Giver by Lois Lowry-This book is about a futuristic community where there are no feelings or choices in order to keep the community safe. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. It was interesting and thought provoking, but I didn’t feel any connections to the characters. I don’t know if I would recommend it or not.
The Paper Magician by Charlie M. Holmberg-I chose this book because I’m signed up for Amazon First Read club where I can choose one of a few newly released books each month at a discounted rate. I read the synopsis and thought it sounded pretty good. It’s a book about a newly graduated magician who goes to apprentice for a well established magician. It was a very quick read for me. I enjoyed it very much. I loved all the magic. If you liked Night Circus, I would recommend reading this one, but I would recommend it to anyone.
See, I told you I’ve been reading a lot! I’m currently in the middle of two books and will share those with you as soon as I finish. I’m not sure that I’ll meet my goal of 14 books this year, but I’m trying hard and I’m loving all this reading! Books are awesome!