I’ve got a few more books coming at ya today! I can’t believe that I’m so far along in my book bingo for the year! But then again, it IS already September so I’d be worried if I still had a lot of it left to go! I’m still having fun with it, and I’ve got books picked out for all the spots I have left – hopefully they’re as good as I anticipate they will be!
For a book that’s part of a series, I read Still Me! It is the final book in this particular trilogy – you’ve definitely heard of the first book “Me Before You” and maybe you’ve seen the movie! I read the first book and the second book 4 years ago and it took me a little bit to get reacquainted with the characters and remember what happened leading up to that point. But once I got back into the swing of the story, I LOVED it! It was so much better than the second book. So much better. This story picks up with Louisa Clark moving to New York City to be a caretaker for a family and she has lots of adventures! She struggles to keep things going long-distance with her boyfriend back in England, meets some new friends in NYC, and a series of events leads her to figuring out what her dream is and what is really important to her. I read this so fast and was genuinely sad when it was over!
For a book with more than 600 pages, I read the Alexander Hamilton biography. This one took forever to finish but I FINALLY DID IT!!!! Obviously I was inspired to read it because I’m very much still obsessed with the Hamilton musical, and it was actually really good! Yes it’s incredibly long and full of a crazy amount of detail, but Chernow did such a good job writing it. He weaved all the details together in a way that made you want to keep reading to find out more of what happens (even though it’s history so we all pretty much know what happened…) It was REALLY fun to read this knowing so much from the musical – I would pick out certain phrases and connect them to lines from the musical and it was very fun for me!! (Was it as much fun for my friends on Snapchat that I would send pictures of the lines correlating to the pages to? Maybe not… haha).
For a Young Adult book, I read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. This one had been on my radar for a while, and when I saw that Netflix made it into a movie I knew that I’d have to read the book so I could then watch the movie! This book was overall pretty cute! Lara Jean would write a letter to a boy she loved when it was time to get over them. After writing the letter, her feelings were gone. She kept all the letters in a hat box in her room and one day, she finds out that the letters got mailed out and the boys received their letters! Drama! I liked the characters and thought it was an interesting take on a common romance story line! I was rooting for different boys at different points in the book, but I’m happy with the way it ended!
For a book published in 2018, I read Party of One which is all about singleness. As a single person, I thought that I could read this and maybe get something out of it. And I did! It was incredibly encouraging and had so many reminders that the single time in you life can and should be fulfilling. That it’s not just a holding pattern while you wait for your “real life” to begin once you get married. That joy isn’t spelled m-a-r-r-i-a-g-e. That you are valuable to the kingdom and have just as much, if not more, to offer in this time in your life. That it’s ok to want to be married and still enjoy NOT being married- like really have fun and really enjoy it! I honestly think it wouldn’t be a bad idea for married people to read this book, too!