Recent Reads

One thing that happened while I took my little blogging break was that I read. A lot. So I have quite a few books to catch up on here!

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The Age of Miracles

This book is technically YA, but as a fully grown adult, I actually really liked it. It was more moving than I thought it would be, and I thought it was very well written. The story follows a teenage girl and how her world changes along with the real world changing – the Earth’s orbit is slowing down and that’s throwing everything out of whack. It hits on friendship and love and family and I definitely recommend it!

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The Nest

I was SO EXCITED to read this one! There was such a long wait at my library for it, and so many people seemed to like it… and it was… fine. I didn’t hate it.. but it definitely wasn’t my favorite. You follow a dysfunctional family (grown siblings, mostly) through their quirky lives and relationships and the trouble they’re having with one of the brothers… but there were just SO MANY characters and they EACH took turns telling things from their point of view- it was just a lot to keep track of and it was kind of exhausting to keep up.

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Eligible

I REALLY really liked this one a lot!!!! As you can see from the cover, it is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice and it was just done so well. The characters were modern yet still retained their classic characteristics, the relationships were still the same and just as wonderful, and the updated plot was really fun to follow along with! You would enjoy this book even if you’ve never read Pride and Prejudice, or watched the movies, for that matter.

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Today Will Be Different

This one was truly great! I was nervous that this book wouldn’t be as entertaining as her first (which is also hilarious and amazing and you need to read ASAP), but she knocked it out of the park again! You follow the main character, Eleanor, as she claims that today will be different. Spoiler alert: it’s not. 🙂

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The Thousandth Floor

This book has been compared to Gossip Girl but in the future… and I would say that is a VERY accurate description! It had drama, it had friendship, it had betrayal, it had paranoia, it had rumors, it had excitement – and all within the walls of a thousand story, self-sufficient tower taking up a huge chunk of Manhattan. I felt it was very well written, especially since it takes place in the future which meant the author had to make up new technology and make it seem convincing (which she did, and it was!) The way it ended definitely makes me want the second book to come out soon!


Ok, feeling a bit more caught up now!! Have you read any of these? What did you think? Are any of these now on your list of books to read?

Also, I started doing a new thing a few weeks ago where I do a haiku review of books I finish on Twitter! I find it hilarious, and one of them was even re-tweeted by the author! How fun!

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Recent Reads

It’s time for the next installment of what I’ve been reading lately! I feel like my recreational reading has slowed down a bit as things have changed at work. My job has… shifted… a bit and I’m doing a LOT more editing now than I was before. Because I sit and read all day, I don’t necessarily want to read more when I get home. Does that make sense? Anyway, I still at least read on my morning bus ride to work, and here are the books I’ve finished recently!

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Peter and the Starcatchers – Have you ever wondered how Peter Pan became Peter Pan? How is he able to fly? Where did he come from? How does he know the lost boys? Where does Captain Hook come into play? Well then, have I got a book for you! Yes, this is technically a children’s book, but since when has that stopped me? This book was turned into a Broadway play (which I saw when I was in New York a few years ago) and it is fantastic!

Crazy Love – I have actually read this book before… it was probably 4 years ago and it was seriously calling my name from my bookshelf! I’m glad that I picked it up and read it again- this book is AWESOME! It made me think about my faith, REALLY think about it, and make some realizations about how I live my life every day. Go get it now!

It Starts With Food – A very informative read if you are thinking about doing the Whole30 or just curious about the effects that different foods can have on your body. They do a great job of explaining all the complicated science in an easy-to-understand way. Plus there are a few delish recipes in there, too!

Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn – A great read if you have always loved Audrey, if you’ve seen any of her films, or even if you just want to hear about an extraordinary life. Man did she have some hardships, but she was also a kind, caring, and compassionate person. It made me want to also find my passion (hers was not acting!) and be a better person.

Dark Places – Yeah. No. No no nope. Nope. I knew that a movie version of the book was coming out this year, so I wanted to read the book first to see if I wanted to see the movie. Ummmmm no. I can say with 100% certainty that I will not be seeing this movie. Nope. The book was a bit too intense for me at times, I’ll be honest. The whole book was a giant build up and then it had an underwhelming resolution in the last few pages. Meh.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – More magic, more awesomeness, more fun. It’s interesting going back now and re-reading all of these now that I know how it all ends. Like Snape- it’s interesting seeing how he acts and trying to piece together how he plays into everything as the story progresses. Oh Snape…

I am really excited about the next few books that I have lined up to read! I can’t wait to share them once I finish reading!