One of my goals is to read a book a month. I started reading a lot more sometime this spring/early summer and have really enjoyed it. It’s been a really nice way to wind down at the end of the day, and not feel completely lazy by vegging out in front of the tv, though, I do that a lot, too. Gotta watch my programs! I thought I’d post what I’m reading each month and do a little review. If you have a book suggestion, I’d love to hear it!
May – In April/May I started reading Divergent, by Veronica Roth. There was a lot of hooplah comparing Divergent to The Hunger Games. I read the Hunger Games trilogy within 3 weeks a couple of years ago and loved it! So, I figured I’d give Divergent a try. I really enjoyed the first book. It was a super quick read. It felt a little more girly to me – kind of love story heavy, but enjoyable for sure. I wish I had as much grit and strength as Tris. I was eager to read the second book, and picked it up at a used book store shortly after finishing the first.
June – In June a couple of friends and I headed to a resort in San Antonio for quick trip. We planned to spend all day on the lazy river and at the pool. So, I picked up a couple of books to read while soaking up the sun. I already had Insurgent, so I packed that up and I ordered The Fault in Our Stars and Sparkly Green Earrings. The only problem with The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, was that I couldn’t put it down. I read half of it the day it came in the mail – before I even left for my trip. I warned my friends that if they woke up to me sobbing, it was just the book I was reading and they shouldn’t worry. And sob I did. I don’t think the book is overhyped at all. So go get it and read it now. I still haven’t seen the movie. Some friends and I agreed we’d watch it once we could rent it, so we could ugly cry in the comfort of someone’s home.
I started Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent series on that trip. A little slower to get into, but still pretty good. Until the end. The book just wrapped up so quickly that I got kind of confused – like what the heck just happened? I will say most of my reading takes place right before I fall asleep, so sometimes my comprehension is a little hazy, but I finished the book feeling a little lost.
July – I kept going with the Divergent trilogy by reading Allegiant. Womp Womp. I wanted it to be so good! But the third book was just so weird. The point of view changes a bit. And the story was just a little wonky. I was invested, though, after reading the first two books, so I kept reading. Part of me thinks maybe the author was in a hurry to knock out the rest of the series, so the story was rushed, but I don’t know. Overall I enjoyed the series and I would recommend it… just with a little disclaimer – you may be a little disappointed in the end.
August – In August I went back to John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars. I had seen some buzz about Looking For Alaska. It really took me a couple of days to get interested in the book. I’m glad I pushed through, though. Looking For Alaska is grittier than TFIOS. The characters are dealing with a different type of struggle. I would for sure recommend this book. I think the rights have been picked up (or whatever the lingo is) to make a film. I’m eager for this to come out!
September – September was rough. I really didn’t think I was going to accomplish my goal this month. I started out pumped to read a classic. I had a copy of A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. I tried. I really tried, but it just wasn’t happening. Something about his writing style was tough for me. So halfway through the month I switched to Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle. This book had been recommended a couple of times by different friends. And it was on the recommended shelf at a Barnes and Noble. So I gave it a try. Surely it was easier to follow than A Farewell to Arms. It was a super quick and easy read. At first, I wasn’t sold. It was just a little all over the place for me. But as I read more, I felt like the author was my kindred spirit. The book is a memoir about motherhood and I think our mothering styles are pretty similar. Her openness and honesty were encouraging to me. I finished the last chapter this afternoon and cried as I read her words about hoping to protect her child from all the hurt and pain she’ll experience, but her job as a mom is to point her to Jesus. This morning as I was spending time with the Lord, and praying over Henry, I was thinking about the same exact thing. Her words were a great encouragement to me.
The best part about my reading goal in September was when I remembered the library has books. Dumb, I know! On a recent trip to Half Price Books I was checking out some of the books I’ve been wanting to read. While I was looking at the prices it dawned on me – I have a library card!
I think my next read is Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I started reading it on Jesse’s birthday. I took him to the Half Price Books mothership in Dallas so he could look at woodworking books. While he was looking at a massive stack of books I picked Landline up. I really enjoyed what I read, so I’d love to finish it.
Any book recommendations? Preferably none by Ernest Hemingway 🙂