My friend Evelyn gave me an ARC of An Ember in the Ashes because a friend of hers wrote it and she thought I might like it.
It was the first time I read a paper book in a while and I will admit i read the whole thing in one sitting. Literally. I opened it and never closed it until I finished it.
But that’s because Evelyn told me it was good. Had she not recommended it, i might have given up and not gotten to the good parts. Overall, it was interesting but not amazing in my opinion. I liked the male characters much more than the female.
I promised David I would read the whole Harry Potter series when we went home for the holidays (back in June) and I kept my promise. I had read number 1 years ago when it first came out. So I read 2-7 all back to back.
And they were fabulous.
After I read them all, we watched all the movies, and then we made a Harry Potter-themed food party. It was really fun and I am so glad to have shared this with him.
I am now much better prepared for Nathaniel.
I read Bark for book club. This is a collection of short stories by the amazing Lorrie Moore.
I’ve always been a fan of Lorrie Moore and her wonderful ways of telling sad, sad stories. This book is no exception. The stories are sad. Beautifully told, but so sad that it’s almost tough to get through the book. At least for me.
If you’re a short story fan, I’m sure you’ve already heard of Lorrie Moore, so you don’t need my recommendation on this one.
I read When I Found You because amazon recommended it and I’d read Pay it Forward many years ago and loved it.
This story, too, was very endearing. Depressing and outright sad at times but also wonderful at other times. I like how her characters feel real to me. I won’t read another one soon but I did like this one.
I read The Fracking King because Amazon recommended it.
It was really short, really weird and I am not sure I loved it. I also didn’t hate it. But there are so many books in the world, that it always depresses me a little when I read something I don’t love.
I read The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared because my friend Cole recommended it. I actually listened to this one, too. On Audible on my phone. Only while I drove the kids to and fro.
And such, it took quite a while to finish it, but it was so worth it.
This book is clever, funny, and quirky.
If you’re into different books that are quirky, I highly recommend this one.
I picked up There is Nothing Wrong with You because I’d listened to a Cheri Huber audio on Sounds True and really loved it.
This book didn’t disappoint me. I read it quickly and enjoyed it. I even shared bits and pieces with both Jake and David as I was reading it. If this is an area you struggle with, it’s recommended.
I decided to finish the Legend series by tackling Prodigy and Champion. I had really liked Legend so I was looking forward to these two.
I really liked Prodigy but lost all my interest by the time I got to Champion. To be totally honest, I can’t even remember what happened.
Alas, I don’t regret reading them. Just wish these books would be singles instead of trilogies.
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.
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.
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.
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.