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Books Of The Month | June 2016

Where did June go?

What I Finished:

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

One phrase description: Short, sweet, and sad.

Quote:

But still, I find the need to remind myself of the temporariness of a day, to reassure myself that I got through yesterday, I’ll get through today.

My general thoughts: I’m happy to report that I liked the second book more than the first. I felt more invested in the characters and the story this time around.

The Finisher by David Baldacci

The Finisher by David Baldacci

One phrase description: So strange.

Quote:

If I can’t believe in myself, who can?

My general thoughts: I know it’s unfair to compare YA fantasy to adult thriller, but I’m going to stick to the latter. Baldacci’s books never cease to blow me away. This one was no exception but it was very different. The language especially.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

One phrase description: Simple yet sophisticated.  

Quote:

And just like that, his heart—that dead thing inside of him—came to life again.

My general thoughts: The writing is beyond satisfying to read. It made my eyes happy.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad by Sally Green

First impressions: I can’t believe it took me forever to open this book. I already feel for Nathan. My heart hurts for him.

What I Want To Read Next Month:

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Why: Because Camp NaNo is next month. What better way to celebrate that than reading about writing?

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Books Of The Month | May 2016

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What I Finished:

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

One phrase description: Slow in the beginning, fast at the end.

Quote:

…it isn’t the subject that determines good journalism, it’s the reporter’s attitude.

My general thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed the Millenium series by Steig Larsson. And even though Lagercrantz isn’t Larsson, reading this reminded me that I still love the original characters. I say that it was slow in the beginning because a lot of time was spent introducing and developing new characters. By the end though, I found myself caring. So I devoured the last several chapters quite quickly.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

One phrase description: Italics.

Quote:

From now until the end of your days, you must lie.

My general thoughts: It was a tad bit too predictable for me. Or maybe I’m just better at seeing foreshadowing when it’s right under my nose. Maybe both? I anticipated the betrayal long before it happened. A fun read regardless.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

First impressions: So far I’m liking it more than If I Stay.

What I Want To Read Next Month:

The Finisher by David Baldacci

The Finisher by David Baldacci

Why: Because Baldacci.

As always happy reading!

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My Current To Be Read Pile

As impossible as it seems, I want to get around to reading every book under the sun.

These are the books that I’ll be reading in the near future because I purchased them for one reason or another.

My Current To Be Read Pile

But I’m still undecided as to which of the six I should read first.

  1. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. The Finisher by David Baldacci
  4. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
  5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  6. Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding

Maybe you could decide for me.

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Journals, Thank You Notes, And The Finisher 

Here are some of the things I picked up at Chapters the other day.

Journals, Thank You Notes, And The Finisher 

I hope to start the book soon, although I’m sure it’ll sit on my bookshelf for quite some time. Better yet, I now have two more journals to add to my ever-growing collection. And the thank you notes are for a special side project.

Remember when I said “I need a new journal”? Well, I ended up purchasing two. After all, a writer can never have too many.