Monday, March 7, 2016

What I Read: September/October

Despite the crazy of the last few months. I still managed to work towards my reading goal of reading 60 books in 15 months before turning 30. Here's what I read in September and October.

7.The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I always love this book. I've probably read it a dozen times and each time I love it just as much. This is also one of the few books that have been turned into a movie I actually like. Probably because I love Rachel McAdams. Regardless, there's nothing I don't love about this book, and each time I read it, it makes me cry.

8. Unfinished Business by Nora Roberts
I had to look up this book in order to remember what it was clearly it was nothing amazing. From what I remember after reading the synopsis, it was a typical Nora Roberts romance: avoid falling in love, fall in love, fight, make up and get engaged. Meh. Not a bad read, but nothing to seek out. 

9.The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
I've never read The Ten People You Meet in Heaven, but after reading this I feel like I need to. This was such a powerful story and made me really think about time and how I'm using it. Also it made me cry while pumping in the mother's room at work which was super not-awkward when I went back to my classroom.

10. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
I intended this as another breezy read because I was looking for something to read while pumping at work, but it ended up being deeper than I thought. The main character is caught in a love triangle with two brothers, one who she broke up with after cheating on him (with his brother), but isn't over and the other she's always had a crush on and cheated with. Even better, her mom is a famous author who wrote the story of her cheating in a bestselling novel, so the entire town knows what she did. I like the way the author structured this, because each chapter is one of the 99 days that Molly is living in her hometown.

11. Only His by Susan Mallery
I hate myself a little for reading this book past the first chapter when I discovered a) triplet sisters named Nevada, Montana, and Dakota b) a small town made up of mostly women who are so man-hungry they don't know what to do with themselves c) a woman named Heidi who lives in the mountains on her grandfathers land raising goats (good lord, did she have blonde braids too?). It was cheesy and dumb, yet I couldn't help myself even though I didn't actually like either of the main characters. 

12. Paper Towns by John Green
I borrowed this book from a student who gushed about it, and then I had to have an awkward conversation with her mom about it because it was a little too adult for a 5th grader. Aside from that, I loved it. Green's characters are always so believable and multi-faceted. Something about the way he writes always gets to me, and I end up thinking about the book long after I'm done reading. Also, this was recently made into a movie, so as soon as it's on Netflix or Prime, I'm all over it! 

13. The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
In searching for a picture of this book to post, I discovered a movie by the same name starring Kate Winslet which made me laugh because the book took place on the Titanic. This was an interesting book since (like all Titanic books/movies) you know what's coming long before it happens. The girl in this book aspires to be a famous designer. She ends up on the Titanic by being a maid to a designer she admires, but soon shows her mad sewing skills. After the ship sinks, there's a lot of drama regarding life boats and the rich people who saved themselves. There were several twists and turns in this book and a lot of characters to keep track of, but it was done well and I really enjoyed it. 

14. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Love, love, love this book. Sophie Kinsella wrote a book with a similar premise, but Moriarty really hit it out of the ballpark. In this book, Alice wakes up in the gym (and she never works out) after hitting her head. Once she gets to the hospital, she realizes that she's lose the last few years of her life, and in the years she can't remember she's completely changed. The last she remembers, she and her husband were in love, she was an overweight mom who was close with her kids, and her friends are all there for here. Now she discovers she's getting divorced, her kids barely know her, and her old friends can't stand her. The way Moriarty peels back the layers of Alice's past and current life is amazing and you find yourself loving her.

15. The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
Why oh why do I always read her books? Mostly because they're breezy and I'm a sucker for people falling in love. This was the third book in a trilogy taking place in Boonsboro (which I learned all about when my kids were studying Westward Expansion/ Daniel Boone, so weird connection). In this one there's a ghost that looks out for some of the characters and no one really finds that strange. So, again, nothing to seek out, but not a bad book to read. 

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