Friday, November 7, 2014

what i read: october

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. 

35 comments:

  1. I couldn't put down Me Before You! So. Many. Ugly. Tears. I've also been interested in reading a Jodi Piccoult book. Your review has definitely convinced me to try!

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  2. While I was at Target yesterday I was in the book aisles and started the first page of Me Before You. Just solidified that I need to pick it up soon!

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  3. I just took out Bird By Bird from the library- so excited to dive in!

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  4. It looks like I need to read Bird by Bird and Me Before You. I'm more of a Harlan Coben/Karin Slaughter mystery book reader, so I need to switch it up.

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  5. I love a good ugly cry book - I need to get my hands on that. Also, I look terrible in red as well.

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  6. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvNovember 7, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    I read Me Before You this summer too and loved the lessons. I love a good cry, but for some reason it didn't make me have actual tears. Just that feeling in your throat that makes you feel like your world is breaking. And Lamott yes yes yes.

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  7. I am loving all your T Swift gifs. And one of these days I PROMISE I will actually read Anne Lamott’s book. It’s going to happen. Happen sometime (name that song/musical).

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  8. I have Bird by Bird on my bookshelf, but it's never been read -- I think I'll rectify that this week. Me Before You is on my shortlist and this is probably the longest I've waited to read a Picoult novel since it came out. I'm glad to know that I need to purchase them both today. As for Swiftie, that album has been on repeat at our house for days and days and I BOUGHT TICKETS TO HER CONCERT TODAY. For my kids for Christmas, obviously. But mostly for me ;).

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  9. Sarah Hensler LuetjenNovember 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    I love love loved Me Before You. I too read it in the span of a day, I just couldn't put it down! Have you read any other books by JoJo Moyes? I highly recommend One Plus One - not nearly as captivating as Me Before You but still sooo good.


    Sarah
    sarahsayhello.blogspot.com

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  10. Bird by Bird. So necessary, so good. "All you can give us is what life is about from your point of view. You are not going to be able to give us the plans to the submarine. Life is not a submarine. There are no plans." <3 Great list!!

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  11. Hahaha I love all of the Taylor Swift GIFS. The only times I've stopped listening to 1989 is to finish listening to Neil Patirck Harris' autobiography (OMG SO GOOD) and to listen to my playlist which inspires my novel. Which may or may not have a lot of 1989 on it...


    And I've been curious about Me Before You!

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  12. My friend, Me Before You was also one of my favourites - I laughed and cried, and couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the Jodi Picoult... x

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  13. I loved me before you, and Jodi Picoult is my absolute favourite author so I am excited to read her newest one.

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  14. Jodi Picoult is my favorite author! She surprises me every time too... it never fails. Me Before You JUST went on my to-read list yesterday. I'm excited to get into it!

    Also, this is one of the reasons I can't get enough of you... your reading is out of control. AND I LOVE IT.

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  15. Have been on the lookout for a blog with good book recommendations and think I might have found it in you! Thank you [I adored Me Before You - devoured it in one sitting, tears and all].

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  16. Oh gosh. This is the second bad review I've seen for The Dinner, so it may very well be returned to the library unread. But meal books are much harder to find than I anticipated! And I cannot wait until Leaving Time comes out in paperback! I like to collect Jodi's books, but I also want my set to match somewhat, which means I have to wait for the paperback each year because the first two books I ever bought by her were paperback haha. The struggle is real. ;)

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  17. Oh my gosh I was a COMPLETE mess but in the best of ways.


    Totally read the Jodi book... Have you read any of them? My other favorite is House Rules. AMAZING.

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  18. Oh girl. Pick yourself up some tissues with it! :)

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  19. So have you started it?!? And what do you think!?!?

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  20. Ummm and I've never heard of those two so now I must add them to my must read list!

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  21. I know you read it and loved it. So yes that makes me happy.


    WHY IS RED SO TRICKY?

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  22. YES like your throat gets REALLY TINY and the air can barely fit through it even as hard as you might try to breathe. YES.

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  23. DON'T MAKE ME SEND ANNE TO YOU BECAUSE THEN SHE WILL ASSAULT YOU WITH HER WORDS AND YOU WILL BE SCARED. Okay, she might mess you up either way, but only in goodness I swear.


    and is this a Glee reference?

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  24. YOU BOUGHT TICKETS?!? OHHHH MY GOODNESS THIS IS ME YELLING OUT OF EXCITED JEALOUSY.


    Bird by Bird is really lovely, please tel me you started it?

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  25. I haven't read any other one's but now One Plus One is on my wishlist... Along with 50 other books... How do so many great books keep coming out!?!

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  26. She is who gave me space to suck at writing in order to realize what I was dying to say... Who knew that writing could be such a soul stretching activity? Not I. Surely, not I.

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  27. Ummm, YES Taylor is basically on repeat until the guys in the office get mad and tell me to stop. Which is only usually for a half hour at best. :)


    Me Before You is a YES.

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  28. BUT YOU DIDN'T ADD ME TO YOUR GOODREADS.


    Don't bother with The Dinner. It's annoying at best.

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  29. Oh her newest one is AWESOME. And yet, it's so different than her other stuff. I was sure that I knew what was happening, but then I didn't.

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  30. Oh yes read it and then tell me what you think. Because you will have lots of feels. I promise.

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  31. She is SO awesome. And this one was one that I was POSITIVE that I would figure out the end before I got there and then WHAM she tricked me. And I was like I LOVE YOU JODI. :)


    The reading is out of control... Though this month the writing is so out of control that the reading has taken a hit. I'm hoping to play catch up on the back end of the month. :)

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  32. Oh girl wahooo! I try and read three to four books a month... But sometimes I just don't make it. :) There'll always be talk of them though, because there's something about a book reviewed by bloggers that I trust more than the Amazon reviews!

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  33. Honestly, I didn't love it. And I really wanted to. I wouldn't bother, unless you're a really determined reader.


    TOTALLY understand about the Jodi books. I'm not a huge hardback fan in general, but have been trying to be not as picky... Not completely working yet! :)

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  34. Have you read any of the short stories that she's released on Amazon for free? I have them sitting on my iPad unread...

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  35. Hia, yes, absolutely, a trusted blogger's review means so much more!

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