I'm prouder than proud to say that three of the four books I read this month were on my shelves prior to October 1st. That means that I'm three books deeper into my shelves which, I feel, makes me a reading my shelves champion (humble pie).
This month's reads were absolutely amazing... And the worst book I've read since I started doing reviews. So yes. Also this month Taylor released an AMAZING new album that I love (and that's saying a lot because I loved her early stuff, then skipped out on Red, and now I'm all about 1989) so she's going to be the GIF provider of the month!
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By: Jojo Moyes
"The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life--or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else's life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window--is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people."
I read this book in six hours. And I wept.
Those are really the two important things you must know. Also, it's a great price on Amazon and I just can't recommend it enough. It's not a love story in the way we know love stories. It ends happily, but not happily ever after. You will cry. But it will change your perspective.
I mean it when I say, there are no words to describe how wrecked this made me, how beautiful the story was, how much I just want everyone to read it and understand.
Did I tell you you have to read it yet?
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By: Herman Koch
"Sometimes things come out of your mouth that you regret later on. Or no, not regret. You say something so razor-sharp that the person you say it to carries it around with them for the rest of their life."
Imagine Dinner with Shmucks meets Fight Club. Sort of.
Anyone who's read more than two of my reviews knows I am not one for low marks. But this book earned it. Originally written in Europe, it has now been translated to English, and I'm blaming some of my boredom on the difference in cultures between there and here. But I just couldn't stand the main characters, or the plot line, or how SLOW the entire novel moved.
I also hated the way the "little (which was actually anything but little) problem" was handled which made me further despise every single character in the novel. So, maybe, instead of reading this one, go ahead and pick up a copy of Me Before You.
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By: Anne Lamott
“I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.”
I think every blogger, writer, wannabe should read this. Screw Blog Inc and the formulas and pick this up immediately. The moment you hit a block, you feel your creativity wane, you lose your heart for your words, this is the answer.
For years I've been a fan of Lamott and all her raw, beautiful ways, but this insight into her work and process reminded me we're all human and struggling through the mess -even literary ones. She gives you techniques and prompts to work with and through, while reminding you that telling your story is an art that only you can master.
Who cares what you're writing or wishing to write, this has got just the wisdom, encouragement, advice you crave.
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By: Jodi Piccoult
"I think grief is like a really ugly couch. It never goes away. You can decorate around it; you can slap a doily on top of it; you can push it to the corner of the room—but eventually, you learn to live with it.”
Jodi Piccoult has longtime been a favorite author for thriller-crime-law novels. Her ability to write beautifully and educate is astounding and exciting and fun as a reader and a thinker.
After reading almost a dozen novels by Piccoult, I was certain this would be the time I'd be able to predict what came next... Wrong. This is different than any that I've read from her previously, entirely lovely and made me wish it didn't end, but shocking. Piccoult touches on hot button issues with grace and artfulness. Her ability to draw you in, connect you to her characters, while educating you is immense.
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Also, how does Taylor always look so good in red? I just look all splotchy and sun burned.