Today I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to discuss what I’ve been reading lately. As I’ve mentioned before, these are not really book reviews. Just my random thoughts on the books I’ve been reading.
It seems like all my library requests like to come in at the same time. Does this happen to you too? Regardless of when I put in the request or how far I am on the wait list, you can bet several books will come in all at the same time. It never fails. And it happened again this month. I had a lot of reading to do in a short amount of time. But, fear not, I persevered.
Here’s what I’ve been reading this month:
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Oh, how this book took me back to high school (in a good way) – young love, melodramatic emotions, music obsessions, etc. – but this time with blogs, Facebook and texting. Overall, the characters were surprisingly likeable, which isn’t always the case for me with Young Adult stories. I was a little uncomfortable with some of the language and scenes in the book since it’s considered Young Adult. I would definitely say it’s for the older range of Young Adults and probably closer to Adults. Other than that, I can’t say much more about it without giving anything away.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – I almost judged a book by its title on this one but the premise of the story and it’s good press overrode my concerns. This is a book lover’s book. The main character operates a bookstore and is passionate about seeking out good stories – both in books and in real life. He wisely states: “You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What Is Your Favorite Book?” The story has several twists and turns and there’s a bit of a mystery. Both my husband and I powered through this book very quickly. It’s hard to put down once you start.
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall – The premise presented on the book jacket was not how I would have presented the actual story. It started strong and then went on this very disturbing turn. Once that part was over, I had trouble feeling anything but frustrated with the characters. The setting and characters reminded me of Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson, so if you liked that book then you might like this one.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin – This story was a huge hit in my house. It’s a fairy tale featuring a strong heroine and her dragon sidekick. They are on a journey to find the Man in the Moon in order to change their fortune. It’s a fun story but teaches an important moral along the way.
Your turn…what have you been reading lately? Please share in the comments!