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A Book a Week – Beautiful Ruins

I read, Beautiful Ruins because I’d kept reading about it and was somehow never in the mood to actually read it. I finally picked it up and decided to make my way through it.

And i did.

I finished the whole book.

Did I like it? Not sure.

I didn’t hate it but I am not sure it was awesome.

If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

A Book a Week – The Invention of Wings

I read, The Invention of Wings because I’ve read Sue Monk Kidd before and I’ve loved it. I had heard this book was good but I knew practically nothing about the plot until I started listening to it.

It was such a lovely, such a heart wrenching, such an interesting story that I am really glad I read it. As someone who didn’t grow up here, I don’t know enough about abolition, let alone about women’s role in it. This was a really interesting read for me.

Recommended if historical novels are interesting to you.

A Book a Week – The Giver

I read, The Giver because I knew the movie was coming out and David had just recently read it so I wanted to make sure I read it, too.

It was a very, very quick read and I really found it fascinating. I thought it was well written and I loved the story even though it was disturbing, of course. I did wish the ending was better and it bugged me until I found out it is a quartet. So maybe if I invest in the other three, too, I might feel better.

The movie was quite good, too, in my opinion, though wildly different from the book in places.

A Book a Week – Night Film

I read, Night Film because I’d read that it was good and I was looking for something good to read. I had never read Marisha Pessl before and I don’t know if this is a typical book for her.

I can’t decide if I liked it or not. It was different from most things I’ve read and I liked reading it even though it was quite absurd and quite dark at times. It was interesting nonetheless and if this genre is your cup of tea, it’s recommended.

A Book a Week – The Golem and the Jinni

I read about The Golem and the Jinni again and again in several different “best of” lists for last year. I was reluctant to read it despite all the lists saying it was really wonderful. The plot didn’t seem interesting enough. Actually it seemed downright weird. I’d never heard of the author. I had no reason to pick it up just because the “lists” said it was good.

But then I finally decided to listen to it on audio.

And am I glad I did!!

It was absolutely fantastic. Completely unlike any book I’ve read. I fell into its world and got wholeheartedly lost in it. I could not stop listening to the magical story that was beautifully read. And when it was done I felt really sad.

It’s not often a book surprises me. I’ve had a few over the years like The Time Traveler’s Wife or The Night Circus where I picked it up and was immediately lost in the story, the magic, the joyful uniqueness of it all. This one was one of those. I am so so glad I read it.

If you’re up for something different, I recommend it.

A Book a Week – Lowland

I read, Lowland for another book club. And yes, I listened to this one, too. What can I say, I am on a roll.

I didn’t like the reader for this at first, but maybe cause I loved the one for Elizabeth Gilbert’s so much that I had a hard time switching gears. Nonetheless, I got into it pretty quickly and thanks to a day filled with art, I finished this one in a weekend.

However. I am not sure I liked it.

I normally love Jhumpa Lahiri. I was actually the person who recommended this to book club but even though I like so many of her books, I was “meh” about this one.

If you’ve never read her, I’d say start with one of the other ones first.

A Book a Week – The Signature of All Things

I picked up The Signature of All Things because of an online book club. I’ve read Eat Pray Love and as opposed to some, I loved it. And I’ve loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk. So I knew I wanted to give this book a try, especially since the reviews were good.

I, once again, decided to listen and not read. I’ve been in the car a lot lately, or doing art, and listening to a book makes me happy. Especially this one as it had one of the best readers ever. It was a British woman and I loved, loved her reading of the book. I couldn’t stop listening to it.

And even though this was the kind of book I would never have picked up on my own, I absolutely loved it. I am smiling right now thinking about it.

If historical fiction is your cup of tea, this one is recommended (especially on audio.)

A Book a Week – Instructions for Happiness and Success

I saw Instructions for Happiness and Success: A Step-by-Step Mind Manual for Creating the Life You Choose a few years ago at a store and fell in love with it immediately. I just loved the design, the happy orange cover, etc. It certainly didn’t hurt that it was about happiness.

I wanted to buy it right then and there. But I didn’t. Not sure why, honestly.

I put it in my pinterest board of books I want to buy and then it sat there for like two years. When I finally bought it, I sat down to read it and read the whole thing in one sitting.

It was quite great.

If you like pretty design and some interesting food for thought on happiness, it’s recommended.

A Book a Week – Tiny Beautiful Things

I picked up Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar thanks to Andrea Scher’s book. Considering how I felt about Cheryl Strayed after Wild, I am not sure why I picked it up.

But I am so glad I did.

I loved every bit of this book.

The advice is heartfelt, kind and honest. It’s meaningful and I felt so much of it was meaningful to me even if I wasn’t experiencing the same situation. It reminded me how we can be so messed up as humans but all we seek is love and we can always do the right thing, be kind, and recover from any situation.

Also reminded me that in my heart and soul, I know what’s right and wrong (for me) and I need to listen to myself more.

A Book a Week – Goldfinch

I finally picked up Goldfinch after seeing it on too many lists. I decided I wanted to listen to it on audio and not read it. I am not exactly sure what prompted me to do this, especially after the really long Luminaries.

But I did.

And it was long, really really long.

It took me almost two months to really listen to the book. But I kept at it. I listened to it everywhere. In the car, at home, while I was walking, in line at Starbucks, and on and on.

In the end, I think I really liked it. I felt connected to the story but I wasn’t a fan of any of the characters in particular and even though I am not sure I will jump to read another Donna Tartt soon, I still am glad I read this one.

A Book a Week – Americanah

I read Americanah for book club. Even though it was on many best-book-of-2013 lists, I would have never picked it up on my own. IT just wouldn’t have crossed my list.

So when I listened to it, I was really glad my book club picked it.

It’s a really interesting and enjoyable read.

I learned a lot and, more than anything, just really was glad to read something so outside my own list.

This is why I love book club.

A Book a Week – Lexicon

I read Lexicon in one sitting. I had read that it would be a fast read but I had no idea how interesting, weird, and fun I would find it.

I’ve read other Max Berry books before and the pace and tone was similarly over the top but I really liked this one.

I would recommend you go read the blurb on amazon and if the subject interests you I’d recommend this one.