Friday, July 25, 2014

Books I've Read

At the beginning of the year, I made a goal for myself to read one book per month (at least). I have always loved reading, and usually have a running list of books I want to read. Let's face it though, being a working mom and chasing around after an energetic two year old little boy don't leave much time for reading. Sometimes at the end of the day I want nothing more than to watch Real Housewives of Any City and vegetate on the couch. I've surprised myself though and actually kept up with my goal, so I figured I would do a little recap of the first six here on the blog.

Calico Joe by John Grisham

Great Read. I highly recommend it to any baseball fan or sports fan in general as it combines the love of the game, history of the sport, and a fictional characters all in one.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book was just so-so for me. I heard a lot of rave reviews, but it just didn't keep my interest the way I had hoped. I think part of it had to do with the age of the characters, and part of it just didn't seem believable to me with the whole trip to Amsterdam/author situation. It was just alright to me.
Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle

I might be the only person in the blog world that hasn't read Melanie Shankle's blog, but rather I was first introduced to her through this book. And loved it. I found myself laughing and nodding my head the whole way through. Totally related to this crazy ride of motherhood and felt like she was writing the words of so many mother's thoughts and hearts. Would recommend and read again.
Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand

Another so-so. It didn't grab me the way all of Elin Hilderbrand's other books have. I liked it, and enjoyed the story line well enough, but it wasn't one of my favorites from this author.
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

I'm a big Nicholas Sparks fan and always buy his books when they come out. Partly because he's an NC based author and his books are too, but he's just a great story teller.  I really liked this book. I liked that it took place in a different region of the state than the coast. It's placed just up the road from where we live, so that was neat knowing what the area looks like in real life. I like that it paired two totally opposite worlds- art and bull riding, but told two great love stories. As always, Nicholas Sparks is a must read for me.

The One and Only by Emily Giffin

Again, a huge fan of this author. I feel like she's a total girls girl, relatable, and a great writer. I've read all her books and this one was not my absolute favorite compared to her first few, but definitely a great read. The story line is a little different and I've heard people have some strong opinions on it- but despite the situation that takes place, I found myself still liking all the characters and rooting for them no matter how unconventional the relationship may be. I'd definitely recommend this one.

So there you have it, my first six books of the year. In addition to these six, I also read/participated in a women's bible study with Esther by Beth Moore- it was great, and I highly recommend it if anyone is looking for a bible study currently!

Happy Reading!

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