if i could sum up the start of the year 2014 for me in one word it would be: books. or reading. or if i had two words it would be: reading books. i digress. anywayyyyy, i’ve been a reading machine thus far, probably because i enjoy doing nothing for about a week (2 weeks tops) before i feel incredibly anxious that i: A) am not busy all the time. B) that i do not have a to-do list. and C) that i am napping and netflixing my life away when i should be “accomplishing” something, anything.
you get the picture.
but in this free time of nothinginess i’ve been comforted by a good book, or 5. i’ll give you short recaps of them all. if you want my full review check out my goodreads account.
fly me too the moon
this book is one of those lost twenty something woman heroine who has become comfortable with her life and then all of a sudden some douche bag boy comes and sets off a domino effect making her question nearly every other aspect of her life. it’s a popular story line, but i personally never grow sick of it. this book is funny and the main character is witty. it’s a light beach read and you’ll whip through it in no time.
the truth about forever
alright so i’m
a little extremely late to the party on this one. a friend loaned me this book and i had heard good things about it when it first came out, and i decided i should jump on the bandwagon in stylish late fashion. now that i’m older, sometimes i have trouble getting into books that are based around the lives of high school kids. but this book was not that way at all. the depth of the main character is profound for such a young girl, but it’s not so overdone that it’s not believable. i also liked that this book is not just a love story, it’s a story about accepting the people you love, wanting what’s best for them, and not running away from the things of your past. such deep topics from a book with such a young heroine.
other peoples weddings
this book was also given to me by a friend. the cover of it is slightly deceiving. it looks like a beach chick -lit read, and it is in some ways, but it also much deeper and a little bit darker than that. the fascinating thing about this book is that it’s told from a women’s perspective, but the author is a male. the whole time i was intrenched in this book, (and i definitly was intrenched) i kept reminding myself that a man wrote this book. i think i stopped numerous times and literally said out loud “you’ve gotta be shitting me”. a wonderful read.
a long way gone
after reading so much chick-lit i knew i needed a different view. so i picked up this book, which i had also heard a lot of good things about. be prepared, this book will break you heart; mostly because they words written in it are completely truthful. i have been fortunate enough to have been able to travel and see first hand third world countries that have gone through repeated genocide and civil war. i could not help but read this book and be transported back two springs ago when i spent 6 weeks in south east asia. Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, the list goes on and on. i visited these counties and saw the pain on the peoples faces. even decades and more after it has happened, the people in these countries live with the nightmares and the fear of what happened. this book is raw and completely eye opening. everyone should read this book.
the paris wife
i typically have a hard time getting into books that are set during an older time period. i don’t really know why, but it’s always been that way. i was going to give this book a chance but i was nearly certain i’d bore with it and stop reading it. ERRRHH!!! wrong i was. every chapter i kept thinking to myself, it’s going to get boring, i’m gonna stop. it’s going to get boring, i’m going to stop. except i couldn’t stop. and i didn’t. i finished this book in 2 days. this story is about deep, all consuming wonderful love that drives us to achieve our dreams, but it’s also about how that same love, can rip you apart and slowly kill you. beautifully written, and a great read.
who’s been reading a ridiculous amount lately like i have been?
and who’s got suggestions for me about what to read next?