A Book a Week – Enchanted

I read Enchanted because my friend Marcus’ wife wrote it.

How cool is it that I have friends who are writers? I love that so much.

I read this one in one breath. If fantasy is your cup of tea, I think you will like this book. It’s a quick read and I am looking forward to reading more of her books :)

A Book a Week – The Remains of the Day

I read The Remains of the Day because I picked it as our book club pick after reading Buried Giant and loving it last year.

And this might easily be one of my very favorite reads of 2016/2105. I loved every little bit of this book. I loved reading it, I loved listening to it. I loved everything about it.

Such exquisite writing.

Ishiguro is quickly becoming my very favorite author. I so wish he were more prolific.

Highly recommended.

A Book a Week – Maybe in Another Life

I read Maybe in Another Life because I read about it somewhere and it sounded lovely.

And it was.

I love the Sliding Doors movie and I loved the idea behind this book.

And it did not disappoint. I read it in one sitting, I cried. I loved it.

It’s light reading, it’s sweet, it’s relatively predictable (though not 100% which was a nice surprise for me.)

Lovely summer read.

A Book a Week – The Name of the Star

I’ve had so many of these book reviews on draft for months now, so I decided it’s better to write just a few words and post them than to keep sitting on them. Excuse my brevity.

I read The Name of the Star because of a random whim. I read about it somewhere and then jumped in.

It was a super fast read. I think I might have read it in one sitting. I loved it but not enough to feel compelled to read the next two. Maybe one day. If this is your cup of tea, it’s not bad. Recommended.

If not, there are many others to choose from in the world of books.

A Book a Week – The Wrath and the Dawn

I read The Wrath and the Dawn for my young adult book club. I would never ever have picked this book up in a million years and I will say that I absolutely, truly loved it. I loved the writing, the characters, the take on 1001 Arabian nights. It was all lush and beautiful and well told. I really enjoyed it so much. (In fact, I was lucky enough to just read the ARC of the sequel and I enjoyed it just as much which is rare and amazing.)

Loved this little gem.

A Book a Week – Mindspeak

I read Mindspeak due to a random whim of buying it on amazon. It looked like a fun plot and I was looking for something easy to read. And it’s been a while since I read it. Like a long while. So it’s time for a confession:

I don’t remember anything about this book.

I even read the blurb on amazon and while it stirred some tiny thoughts in my memory, I still can’t remember a thing. Literally.

Which I guess is all you need to know.

A Book a Week – First Frost

I read First Frost because it looked sweet. I was on a long flight and this was on my kindle. Once I started it I read it all the way through. I had never read this author before and I didn’t realize this was actually a sequel to a story she published before but it didn’t bother me one bit.

If sweet, a bit magical family stories are your thing and you’re looking for a relatively quick read, this one is recommended.

A Book a Week – The Last Time We Say Goodbye

I read The Last Time We Say Goodbye on a long flight. I wanted something simple, quick to read and this was it. Amazon kept recommending it and I knew it was going to be kind of a tear jerker. But I read it anyway. I don’t remember enough of it to tell you how great it was but I do remember it wasn’t bad. Nothing amazing either.

A good book for a long flight.

A Book a Week – Mosquitoland

I read Mosquitoland because it looked really interesting. I didn’t know the premise as well as I should have and it’s indeed a heavy subjectmatter (as much of YA lately) but I still read it all in one sitting. I found myself hooked into the story, attached to the main character and even though there is a lot of disturbing content, I didn’t want to put it down.

There were a few books that came out around this time that I read in a row and each of them left an impression on me. Mosquitoland was definitely one of them.

A Book a Week – A Separate Peace

I read A Separate Peace because most people read it in high school but I never had and I decided it was time that I fill up this whole in my education. I read this little book in a few sittings. I enjoyed reading it so much that I often found myself wanting to put it down and think about it. I found myself wanting to slow down to enjoy the writing.

I found the story interesting, sad, poignant and I am glad that I read it after having been here this many years because there is a lot about being at an all-boys prep school that I would not have understood when I was in high school in Turkey. I kept wanting to ask Jake questions as I was reading it. Even though he didn’t go to an all boys school, he did have a somewhat relatable experience so I was curious how on point it was. But Jake didn’t really remember much of the book from his high school years.

I was very happy to read this one.

A Book a Week – A Reunion of Ghosts

I read A Reunion of Ghosts because amazon said it was the best book of the month. I liked the premise of the three sisters in Manhattan. I thought it would be good story. Even though I didn’t like the book, I kept reading it. (Actually, I listened to it on audible.) I kept going and going even though I can’t remember a moment when I actually enjoyed it.

Not even in the end.

Even though I wanted to like this one, I just did not.

A Book a Week – When

I read When because I loved the premise. I remember years ago, there was one episode of the TV Show Medium where she could see numbers above everyone’s heads and the number was how many more days they had to live. The premise was so fascinating to me that it stuck with me even after all these years.

So when I read that this book had the same premise, I decided I wanted to read it.

And I read this whole book in one sitting. It was an easy-to-read story and I enjoyed it. I don’t think it’s a life-changing book and I’ve read many better ones but I still enjoyed reading this one and it has stuck with me even though I read it a while back.

If it’s your type of thing, recommended.