Wednesday, February 11, 2015

what i read and what i'm reading v. 1



I'm going to be doing my reading reviews a little bit different this year. Less words. No spoilers. More Yes/No/Maybe style. Of course, keeping the GIFs.

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This One is Mine
by Maria Semple
I had no clue, but this is the SAME author as Where'd You Go Bernadette? until I looked up a picture to use for the post graphic and BAM she was the same person. And then I was flabbergasted. I hated the book until the end. And then the last 100 pages threw every ounce of the novel for a loop and I fell in love.

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by Shauna Niequist
This is going to be an unpopular opinion, but this book wasn't my cup of tea. I love Shauna Niequist and her blog. I enjoyed Bread & Wine. But Cold Tangerines just didn't do it for me. I might blame the fact that I've been drowning in Anne Lamott and loving every ounce of her heavily emotional ways which made Niequist seem overly simple in her processing. Cold Tangerines is loved and cherished by many of my friends, so I was disappointed that I just couldn't get into it. I might try again, though I'd rather sit around and binge read Niequist's blog.

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by Pierce Brown
Lindsay recommended this book to me. Then told me to have Jason read it. And he did and he loved it and was upset the sequel was not yet released. That is, until January 6th when it was released and everyone was really excited and I needed to understand. And I do.

Red Rising is a dystopian: think Brave New World meets Hunger Games meets 1984 plus more. Brown's writing is beautiful and descriptive, the book intense and fascinating. The plot moves and twists and drops and you're there, hanging on, wondering what's to come.

And what's next, you ask. These three: (Two already in progress, one anxiously awaiting my attention.)



31 comments:

  1. I've heard a bunch of people talk about Red Rising, but I can't get myself to read it. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hunger Games, but I think I'm kind of over the whole dystopian society thing. I don't know. Maybe eventually I'll read it because I have heard good things. And I've been wanting to read Song of Solomon too! Let me know what you think of it when you're done.

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  2. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvFebruary 11, 2015 at 5:52 AM

    Oh I've heard a lot about Red Rising and I'm so happy you'll be reading Song of Solomon my all time favorite book!!!!! I think I wrote about 4 papers on it in college and just keep re reading it and learning something new every time. I hope you like it.

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  3. I love this way of reviewing books. I've seen a few bloggers/youtubers use this style and decided to integrate it into my reviewing as well. Sometimes I don't want to flood everyone's timeline with a million reviews or just don't have enough to say about a book for a full review. This makes me excited to post mine this month.
    I understand what it's like to dislike a book that everyone else loves and I frequently find that I judge books differently, like I'm looking for different things. So I don't know. I just end up not loving what other people love. That Gosling gif describes the sentiment perfectly!
    Also, you told me to read Red Rising during a Write Party chat and I still haven't gotten around to reading it because I have soo many books just sitting on my shelves unread. But I need to get to it stat, especially now that the sequel is out. Marathon, yes please!

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  4. I love sharing book reviews as gifs! I just finished Bernadette so I may give the other book a try... glad to know it's worth it in the end.

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  5. Love your Annie Lemont choice this month. I had to read it in college. The more I hear you talk about her books the more it reminds me how much I loved her style and need to pick up another book of hers!

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  6. This is one AWESOME post. You make book reviews so...fun! 10/10 for that! :)

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  7. Peeped the "During a Write Party chat." We definitely have to talk books! Perhaps that'll be the topic this week. *Smiling Emoji with teeth*

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  8. Red Rising is still on my too read list. I need to get to it soon! Love the new format for reviews!

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  9. Traveling mercies is one of my all time favs! and I liked Cold Tangerines, but not nearly as much as Lamott. Happy reading!

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  10. I've been wanting to read Traveling Mercies for a few years now. Is that one of the ones you've already started.

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  11. Oh my, you make my bookworm brain speak again. I haven't read in a while, but woe is my bookworm brain.

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  12. I absolutely love the way you've reviewed these books! I have on my 25 before 25 list to read 50 books (thats by Aug 2016)...yikes! Better get moving!

    PS I follow you on twitter and just had to come check out your blog. Love it!!

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  13. I have not heard of Red Rising, but it sounds super interesting! But, #somuchtoread.

    I just got a copy of Traveling Mercies through paperbackswap and I am super pumped to read it. (I don't recommend paperbackswap to people any more, but it was nice at one time). I'm on the waitlist for Handling the Truth, but I also have a watch out for an available copy on Thriftbooks, if one becomes available! I can't wait to read your thoughts on it. My pile of physical books beside my bed is getting out of control. You'll be happy to know that I have House Rules by Jodi Picoult in the pile!!!
    I love your review style!!! I used to try to write what I would read next, but it never worked out. I can't ever make up my mind. And my monthly round ups are way too long for the fun GIFs!

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  14. I hadn't heard of Red Rising, but now I'm looking forward to reading it!

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  15. Traveling Mercies was one of my favorite reads of last year!

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  16. I read This One is Mine last year and I never fell in love with it. I was bummed because I loved Where'd You Go Bernadette so much. I might have to add a few of these others to my to-read list.

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  17. Oh girl I love it. But it's dystopian so take a break and come back to it. :)


    Also, Song of Solomon, I LOVE IT.

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  18. I adore Song of Solomon so far. I checked it out from the library but feel like it'll be one that I want to reread and might need to own... :)

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  19. I don't ever want to spoil a book (or books) so that's why things had to change in the way that I was approaching my reviews.


    THANK YOU for understanding how hard it can be to feel differently about something it seems everyone loves. I certainly can imagine times in my life that I'll be thankful for the words that Cold Tangerines holds, but for now I just can't get into it (and don't want reading to be a chore.)

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  20. I LOVED Bernadette. This one is really different. Really different. But I really, really loved the way it all came together (or undone) at the end.

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  21. She is just DIVINE. My favorite book of hers (so far) is Grace Eventually if you need a specific suggestion.

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  22. Thank you! :) Short and sweet and yet, making sure you know what to read next! :)

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  23. Yes girl let me know what you think of it. It's different, more intense on war strategy than what I typically read but it was one of those WHOA endings.

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  24. Isn't Lamott divine? I have you read her newest book (Small Victories) or Grace Eventually. I haven't read Small Victories yet, but Grace Eventually is my favorite of hers.

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  25. I have started it! I really enjoy it. But I really enjoy just about everything that she writes soooo. :) My FAVORITE of hers so far is Grace Eventually.

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  26. Come and read with me and wander through libraries and just all the things with all the words.

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  27. HI! I'm so glad you're here (SO GLAD). Ok, you can read 50 books, let's do this girl! :) I'm hoping to read 50 this year too.... Eeeek!

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  28. Okay so I'm half way through Handling the Truth and I really enjoy some of the advice and thoughts she gives. They're so practical but so not how my mind works. She puts a lot of excerpts in the book from other memoirs and some readers have hated that, I happen to enjoy it because it gives me a point of practical reference to the ideas she presents.


    SO SO SO SO SO SO thankful you have House Rules in there. Goodness just thinking that makes me want to reread it.

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  29. Oh girl please do. If you're a dystopian lover, you'll be a fan of Red Rising. :)

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  30. I just love Lamott. Everything about her. Gosh the rawness and humor and vulnerability... If only that could be what came from my finger tips! :)

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  31. It was SUCH a mess wasn't it? I HATED the main characters, HATED them. Until the end when she tied everything up in such a concise but fulfilling way. I just. It was awe-inspiring because I was sure it would end all open ended and curious. :)

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