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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.

A Book a Week – Wild

I’ve been meaning to read Wild for a long, long time. But what finally got me to read it was the movie, of course.

I won’t see it until I read it.

So read it, it was.

I knew a lot of people liked it and I did, too. But I didn’t love it. It was interesting and I enjoyed reading all about the hiking adventures. But overall I had a hard time relating to the author and many of her choices and that did cloud my view of the book.

I am very much looking forward to the movie, of course.

A Book a Week – The Luminaries

The Luminaries was the Man Booker Prize winner for 2013 and I knew I wanted to read it.

Except that it’s really long.

Really long.

So I decided that I would listen to it instead. That’s hours and hours of listening. But I did it anyway.

And listening might not have been the best call because there are a lot of charts and visual cues is this book. And it’s a tough story to follow as is.

But it was still worth it. I liked the story, found it interesting to follow and even though I got thoroughly confused at the end, I am still glad I read it.

A Book a Week – The Desire Map

I read Desire Map many months ago and wrote about it a little here. Even though Danielle LaPorte can be hit or miss for me, I loved this book. Loved it.

I think it’s spot on and I recommend it.

A Book a Week – Me Before You

I picked up Me Before You because I knew there’s a movie coming and I refuse to see movies if I haven’t read the book first and this one was very recommended, too.

Even though I read this one really fast, I am on the fence about it. I don’t know that I loved it. I did like it. I can’t even put my finger on exactly what. If you like a nice story, this one is a good one to put on the list.

It’s definitely one of those books you can’t put down. At least I couldn’t until I was done. However it could have been shorter without losing most of its value.

A Book a Week – The Husband's Secret

I picked up The Husband’s Secret cause I kept seeing it in all the lists and so I finally succumbed. I was worried it was going to be too chick-flicky for me and I have to say that it wasn’t incredibly deep.

However, there’s a bug twist in the middle and I so totally didn’t guess it.

I am usually good at guessing these kinds of things, but I didn’t see it coming. Like not. at. all.

So that made the book good for me. It was chick flicky but it was not super-light. I think this one was interesting to read.

A Book a Week – The Maid's Version

After The Rosie Project, I picked up The Maid’s Version for something more serious. And more serious it was.

I’d never read Daniel Woodrell before even though I’d seen The Winter’s Bone in the movies. Having read this book, I am confident the movie must have been so inferior. Woodrell’s writing is nothing short of amazing. The words, the phrases, the whole thing is just excellent.

Even though the subject matter is tough and it jumps around a bit more than I’d like, this is a short book and it’s a literary joy. If you like really well-written books, this is one not to miss.