Wednesday, April 8, 2015

what i read in march

Another month, another three books read, another format for my reviews. I found myself more engrossed in my books and such attention brought me to be more attached, critical, inquisitive about the plot. I didn't want to just sit around and tell you to YES read or to NO skip... So, welcome to the NEW (and improved) layout of my month of March reads. 



I read this while we were driving to Mammoth to ski. A six-hour drive promises lots of time to get involved with some interesting characters and that is exactly what I'll remember about this novel. The main character captured my heart (and my mind) with his quirks and interesting thought process. For every bit that I enjoyed him and his naive analysis of the people around him, I was frustrated by his fictional friends. 

Maybe this frustration, their lack of empathy and understanding, is for a point -it is, really- but I just wanted to protect him, help him, encourage him onward, out of the rut in which he's found himself. 



I adore Hannah's blog. I adore her tweets and all the wisdom that spews out of her soul. So, of course, when she put out a preorder of her book last October I ordered it. I thought I knew how the book would go, and I did, but there's MORE than you'd expect. This is the Blu-ray DVD with all the extras compared to what I consume of hers online. 

The outset is a young woman trying to find her place and purpose in the world. This didn't do much for me -I guess I didn't really have that identity crisis post-college. Maybe it was that I wasn't worried about my place in the world because I was having a faith crisis or my belief that being a stay-at-home-mom would be fulfilling enough or the focus of preserving my family as we knew it, but I just didn't question my purpose or place in this big old land. I enjoyed the wisdom and movement and goodness contained in the final two thirds of the book and thought often of friends who are struggling to define what success and faith and love look like to them. 

The reason I picked this book up was because I adored Me Before You. I mean, I adored that book and the ground it might ever grow legs to walk on. And, Moyes arrived with her same quirky characters and delightful writing style... Twists and turns like a roller coaster are there, shocking you and driving me to call my mom with sheer surprise. Moyes had me emotionally involved with her characters, cheering some on, hating others, and wanting to warn them all the same. But, all that said, this just didn't go all the way. It ends happily ever after -unexpected, yes, but still sort of fairytale sweet. There's plenty of that on my bookshelves and I guess, if I'm honest, I expected a bit more from Moyes than that. 

I'm currently reading these two with another stack on my nightstand. 

What are ya'll reading? 

30 comments:

  1. Perfect timing because I need to download some books for my trip this weekend!

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  2. I've obviously been gone for too long because this is the first time I've seen the changes in your blog design, and I love it! Also, my friend recently introduced me to Hannah Brencher and I love her and I'm really excited to read If You Find This Letter.

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  3. I'll be saving this! In the last few weeks I finished "Me Before You" and "Wild" finally! I'm so behind hahah

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  4. Loved Rosie Project and Last Letter From Your Lover! And I hope you love The Light Between Oceans, that was beautiful too.

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  5. I read Last Letter in about two days on vacation. I liked it a lot but it me out haha. I do wish there was a little more to the ending. The Rosie Project is on my list, I keep hearing about it and seeing it EVERYWHERE.

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  6. I read The Last Letter in two days on vacation. It sucked me in because I just wanted to know how it ended. I need to read The Rosie Project next, I keep hearing great things about it.

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  7. Love this new format of your book reviews!

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  8. I love the stars! Good way to do your book posts, which I always enjoy.
    I can't WAIT to read Hannah's book - I was nervous when I saw your 3 stars but then I read your comments and now I'm not, because I think I'm still in the "post-college trying to find my place" zone. This is a book I want in real life so I'm waiting a while til I get back to the States and can hit up a bookstore.. But I can't wait for that! :D
    Have I already told you how much I LOVED The Light Between Oceans? If it's someone else I've told, let me just say - I LOVED IT.

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  9. I've had The Rose Project sitting on my Kindle app FOR FOREVER and I need to get to it one of these days.

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  10. Just about to start Frog Music. It sounds like people either LOVED it, or were pretty iffy about it. I'll see how it goes!

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  11. Love the new format. Currently reading The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova. She wrote The Historian which I LOVED but this one is just meh. Trying to finishing it so I can move onto something else.

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  12. I really loved The Light Between Oceans, interested to see what you think!

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  13. I have been wanting to read The Last Letter too because of my love for Me Before You. I still will for sure but I am a little disappointed that you found it didn't quite measure up. I was totally expecting something more from Jojo too.

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  14. I really enjoyed The Rosie Project - for all the same reasons you mentioned. I also detested Gene. Did you know there is a sequel?

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  15. WAHOOOO! I hope you're already enjoying vacation like a happy little clam.

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  16. oh thank you! :) it's fairly new still but the cleanness of it makes me joyful. :)


    i can't wait to hear what you think of hannah's book! :) (like really come back and tell me or email me or anything.)

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  17. oh girl that's how i feel EVERY TIME i read people's reviews and think HOLY SMOKES THAT'S BEEN OUT FOR A YEAR AND I STILL HAVEN'T TOUCHED IT. :)

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  18. Did you read The Rosie Effect? I have it on request at the library and am hoping it's adorable and not annoying....


    I LOVE The Light Between Oceans and find myself thinking WHAT NEXT all the time sooooo, yes, love it.

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  19. I'm so thankful I'm not the only one who read it and then wanted MORE.


    Have you read Me Before You by JoJo Moyes? SO. GOOD.


    And yes, The Rosie Project is good. Not any sort of WHOA or anything but good and interesting.

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  20. DO IT. DO IT. DO IT.

    BUT, have you read Me Before You by JoJo Moyes? I believe that everyone in the land should HAVE to read it before they die.

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  21. THANK YOU. I wanted something more engaging and engaged and, well, this makes me happy. :)

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  22. Thank you! :)


    I'm madly in love with The Light Between Oceans. Already, I just want to know EVERYTHING IMMEDIATELY and can't fall asleep at night because I'm too busy being engaged with everyone in the book.


    I think you'll love Hannah's book. I know I have so many friends that have and do recognize with that finding the zone... Something I guess I'm thankful and sad I didn't have because I just don't understand it so much.... :)

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  23. I do! I actually have it on request at our library... I'm not 100% sure that I'm really interested in reading it because I don't know if I can do the characters all over again for another novel... But, maybe by the time it becomes my turn I will. :)

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  24. I didn't realize how many expectations I was bringing to the table until I read it and felt like, whoa, that fell short.

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  25. I must look up this Frog Music. I've heard it around a couple times and I didn't think anything of it but now it's popped up in my life again and so, must read!

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  26. I think you'll love it... Though I was sort of glad it ended when it did... Like I wasn't hungry for MORE of them (even though there's a sequel).

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  27. Thank you! :) I wanted something that felt more fun and interesting to pull together and this certainly is that. :) I'm going to look up The Historian immediately! :)

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  28. I love it. I seriously can't fall asleep at night while I'm reading it because it's just TOO INTENSE and TOO MANY QUESTIONS I NEED THE ANSWERS TO.

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  29. I haven't read The Rosie Effect for those reasons … I liked the first one so much and thought it did a great job of wrapping up the story in a way that I liked, so I almost don't want to read it because I'm afraid it won't be as good!

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  30. Yes, I LOVED it. Pretty sure I freaked out my husband as I was sobbing in bed at 2am when I finished it.

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