I want this blog series to be a place where we can all talk about what we are reading, loving, hating, what we are wanting to read and what we wish we hadn’t.
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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
by Shonda Rhimes // This one’s tricky. I really liked it a lot. The “girl power”/”girl boss” element is excellent. Shonda is fierce and strong and doesn’t take crap from anyone. I love that. I found so many parts of the book inspiring. I nodded my head and laughed out loud. I really identified with her chapter on mommy wars and her thoughts on women not being able to accept compliments. I read many parts out loud to Jimmy and her words facilitated many conversations between us. But I also felt like the book could have been so much more. Shonda never let us know too much and she never got truly deeply personal. I know….that’s a lot to ask. But I found the book to be more inspiring platitudes and I wanted it to be more of a personal memoir. With all that said…I definitely recommend it. 3.5 stars.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff // I am going to be the odd woman out here. And I’m okay with it. This was President Obama’s favorite book of 2015. I saw countless friends rave about it and read glowing reviews. But I HATED IT. Hated hated hated hated it. Ugh. I hated the characters. They were horrible and selfish people. And although I can honestly say that Groff is a talented author (obviously) I was turned off by her style. I honestly can’t even put it into words. I just had a very visceral reaction to this book – and not in a good way. 1 star.
We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh // I loved The Language of Flowers so I reserved this one at the library as soon as it came out. I loved it. Diffenbaugh wrote each character beautifully and I fell in love with each of them for different reasons. The book really moved me-and I still think about it now and then. 4.5 stars.
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter // SO MESSED UP. And creepy and dark and nauseating in certain parts. If any of those things are too much for you..don’t read it. But I thought it was so good. It kept me glued to my earphones – I listened to it on Audible. Really- consider yourself warned. SO MESSED UP. But riveting. 4 stars.
Anything at all by Colleen Hoover // I am not a romance girl usually. Not that I have anything against reading- I don’t discriminate when it comes to books…I love ALL books. But Colleen Hoover made me a romance girl. She’s funny and witty and her stories are HOT and realistic. Not cheesy. I love her. I listen to her books on Audible as well.
The Hummingbird by Stephen Kiernan // This book was really interesting to me. At first I kind of skimmed all of the historical parts of the book but then I realized that they were crucial to the plot line so I had to go back and start over. As an army wife…the PTSD parts were painful to read. But so well written. One small negative – I got kind of annoyed with the way the main characters talked to each other. I deeply enjoyed the hospice parts of the book. It was a beautifully written and tender tale. Just lovely. 3.5 stars.
For more of my recently read book reviews, check HERE.
+ Anything and everything by Karin Slaughter
+ The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
+ Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
+ Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
+ Carrie by Stephen King
+ Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
Whew! That’s just the tip of the iceberg, too. So many books so little time!
So what about you? Tell me about what’s on your list.