3 Books to Read Before 2015

I’m linking up with Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s linkup formerly known as twitterature. Now dubbed Quick Lit, the goal of the game is still the same: Share some mini book reviews for what you’ve been reading over the last month. 

Here are 3 books I’ve read since last month, all three definitely worth fitting into your reading time before the new year rolls into town.

The Book Everyone’s Buzzing About: 

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simion

17925125This has been a much loved book around the blogosphere and I can see why. Although it took awhile to get used to the narrator’s voice which is as methodical and dry as you’d expect from a scientist with Asperger syndrome who decides for scientific reasons to find a wife. Not a girl friend, not true love, just a wife.

He makes a questionnaire for potential prospects to fill out to determine their qualifications for said position and conducts the whole thing like a scientific study. Then in true rom com fashion, he meets the perfect girl who doesn’t match any of said qualifications.

The story really clings to your heart after awhile – the author does a good job of fleshing out the characters, while remaining true to their inherent selves. I really, really enjoyed this one.

A Christmasy Classic: 

Christmas with Anne by L.M. Montgomery

543138The perfect book for Anne Fans to curl up with during the holidays. There are two “Anne” stories and then several others that Montgomery wrote for magazines and newspapers over the years.

Each story is good, but the truth is they all tell basically the same story: Be good to people, even when they don’t deserve it. It’s better to give than to receive. Unexpected kindness is the best kind of kindness. Etc.

It occasionally borders on repetitive, but I still enjoyed each story and if you are a fan of Montgomery’s writing (and who isn’t?) you’ll probably enjoy this.

And One To Read With Your Kids: 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

2797624I think I read this once before as a kid but it was even better reading it as an adult and parent. I read it with my 8 year old who thought the antics of the Herdmans was hysterical and I agree. This story has a lot of laugh out loud moments and a few heart string tugging moments as well. It’s a really cute story that will remind you of your own family and childhood even if you never knew a family like the Herdmans. Plus it’s a nice quick read with good flow for a read-a-loud.

What have you been reading lately?

Twitterature: November 2014

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I’m linking up again with Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy to share a few short & sweet book reviews of the things I’ve been reading over the last month. The concept is that your reviews would be the length of a tweet on twitter – hence the name Twitterature. But don’t worry – nobody will be counting your characters when you are done!

Recently I’ve read…

Reached by Ally Condie

Star Rating: ****

13125947A fitting ending to the series. The concept for the book’s overlying truths was fascinating and struck close to home with the Ebola outbreak all over the news as I was reading this. There are a lot of small details of this book that made it stick with me and linger throughout the day even when I wasn’t reading and weeks later I still think of it often.

#thepilot #hewillarrivebyair #hewillarrivebysea #lovetrianglefinallyasquare #brieflyapentagon

Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World by Jón Gnarr

Star Rating: ***

20697561A how to guide for starting your own political party meets political memoir meets soapbox. Some chapters of this book were more interesting than others and occasionally it felt a overly self praising, but overall it was interesting and informative and I definitely know a lot more about Gnarr, Reykjavik and politics than I did before reading.

#ashortquickread #gnarrisgnarrly #lovedhisinterviewoncraigferguson

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Star Rating: ****

81jFUz+G9lL._SL1500_Much like the other Rainbow Rowell books I’ve read, my only complaint with this book is that her writing tends to turn me into an obsessive junkie that must read the entire book in basically one sitting. Rowell’s characters have a way of becoming very dear to you very quickly and I cannot help but relate to them, even if we have little in common.

#stillfangirlinghard #beth&lincoln4eva #swoon #90s/milleniumreferencesgalore

Bedknob and Broomstick by Mary Norton

Star Rating: ***

843240I loved this movie as a child but I either remember VERY little about the actual plot or the movie is vastly different from the book (or books as apparently Bedknob & Broomstick was originally two books). I thought the stories were interesting but something in the writing fell flat for me and it took me awhile to finish reading.

#themoviemightbebetter #totallynegligentcaregiversaywhaaaa

What book have you read recently?

twitterature: mini book reviews for July 2014

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I’m linking up with Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy to share some mini twitter style reviews of the books I’ve been reading over the last month or so. She calls this fantastic idea Twitterature! If you want to play along just post book reviews that are roughly 140 characters or less – as if you were posting the review on twitter. I don’t think Anne actually counts them so don’t worry if you go over a little! The idea is just that they are quick and easy reviews for the busy reader (i.e. us).

I’m sharing four books today that I’ve read since my last Twitterature roundup. I’m cheating a bit because some of these books I read in late June and early July – you don’t mind, do you? I didn’t get to link up in July as we were on vacation and I didn’t want these terrific books to feel left out.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve read in the last month or two:

15844362The One by Kiera Cass

Momma’s Rating: 5 stars

This series turns me into a book junkie with a literary itch. Every. time. I read it obsessively in three sittings. There is a feeling of hope and optimism that radiates from this story, which is rare for a dystopian series but much appreciated.

#theendingfeltrushed #Iloveditanyway #TeamMaxon4sure #thedystopianroyalbachelor

18209454Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas

Momma’s Rating: 4 stars

Read just like an extended episode of Veronica Mars, but it didn’t feel like you had to have seen the show to enjoy the book. A natural transition from the screen to the page and the story really pulled me in. I definitely plan to continue reading the series.

#butseriouslybringtheshowback #marsmallow4life #imisspiz #somuchsnark

13538873Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan

Momma’s Rating: 4 stars

Read like a Rainbow Rowell book from a male perspective with lots of computer programming / social media stuff – good character development. I thought the contrast of old technology and new was really interesting and the story itself was compelling. Parts of the story felt formulaic but not in a bad way.

#mybookclubwassplitonthisone #notsureifilikedtheendornot #longhashtagsarehardtoread

8131227One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde

Momma’s Rating: 5 stars

6 books in and the author is still able to surprise and delight me – amazing. There are so many elements to this book (and this series) that it seems impossible to describe but I particularly loved the descriptions of Bookworld and also the description of experiencing the real world for the first time through a Bookworld character’s eyes.

#willtherealthursdaynextpleasestandup? #confusionabounds #clevercleverclever

Right now I’m reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, finally!! Why did nobody tell me to read this book yet? LOVE!

What have you been reading lately?

Twitterature June 2014: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

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I’m linking up with Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy again this month to share a mini book review of the books I’ve read in the past month. This month, the list is pretty darn short as I’ve only finished one book. But it was a REALLY good book, so well worth the time spent reading it.

the kitchen houseThe Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

I think this was a book that will stay with me for a long time. It was slow going at first and the subject matter often kept me up at night dwelling on the potential fate of various characters. I became very attached to the characters after awhile which made the second half of the book fly in comparison to the first, as I became more and more concerned about how it would all end. Fascinating.

Star Rating: ****

Right now I’m reading another book that is taking awhile to finish, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – this one is huge at 755 pages on the kindle edition but really good. Unsurprising since it won the Pulitzer Prize. When I finish that I’ll likely pick up either Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, The One by Kiera Cass or Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

What have you been reading?

twitterature: mini book reviews for may 2014

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We’re halfway through the merry month of May and that means it’s time to link up with Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy and share some mini twitter style reviews of the books we’ve been reading. Also known as Twitterature.

I’ve read two books since last month and LOVED them both, a stark contrast from last month in which I didn’t manage to finish a single book. Now, granted, two books isn’t exactly cause for a reward or anything but there are worse things than LOVING both of the books you’ve read in the last month so I’m going to call this one a win.

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell should be my best friend, or at least keep writing lots of books because this is the second book of hers that I’ve completely adored to a nearly obsessive degree. I felt anxiety during the day, as though anything might happen to Eleanor or Park before I picked up the book again. Simply put, the characters came alive for me and I adored it.

#LOVED #iwanttomakerainbowrowellamixtape #wewouldsobebffs

– full review –

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

I believe I was the last person on the planet to read this but if I’m wrong and you’ve been missing out, too, fix that now! Seriously I instantly fell in love with this series and this family. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series! 

#ithinksheinventedslidingdoors #mandatoryreading #teamcalvin

– Full Review –

Right now I’m reading The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom with my book club and it’s gritty and gripping and sometimes horrifying. I’m looking forward to the discussion on this one.

What have you been reading?

Twitterature: Mini Book Reviews for April 2014

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I was all set to link up with Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy and write up this month’s Twitterature Report and share with you the books I’ve been reading this month when I realized something horrifying:

I haven’t finished a single book in the last month.

What???? How is this even possible? I’ve been reading all the time, I thought. But then I remembered all the books I’ve picked up and put down – all the book I’ve set down to pick up another seemingly more important title and yes the end result is a half dozen books I never actually finished reading. So I thought I’d share with you the books I’ve been reading, but haven’t finished – because that’s better than nothing right?

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It all started with…

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Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection (4 Novels, 44 Short Stories, and Exclusive Bonus Features) by Arthur Conan Doyle

In early 2014 I set out to read the Sherlock Holmes novels. But after finishing A Study in Scarlet I quickly lost steam and moved onto other things. Like book club picks and fluffy chick lit. And Benedict Cumberbatch.

#Sherlock4eva  #notenoughcumberbatch  #iwillfinishthiseventually

5882515American Gods by Neil Gaiman

My book club read this in March. I read half but lost the motivation to finish after the meeting in which I simply learned too much about the ending – my own fault. Fascinating concept but kind of a bear to actually read. My husband is enjoying it.

#wednesdayiscrazy #deadwivesarecrazy #thetviscrazy #everyoneiscrazy #spoilers

20653500Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery

After I abandoned American Gods, I decided to treat myself to some L.M. Montgomery – I loved the Anne of Green Gables series and quickly got hooked on Emily’s story as well but I didn’t read fast enough and had to put it down before finishing so I could read the April book club pick.

#emilyisakindredspirit4sure #girlsgotsass #mustfinishthisone

91878The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

My book club is reading Hemingway this month. I do not like Hemingway. This is my first time reading one of his novels but I was biased against it after reading The Paris Wife and for some reason reading this book makes me angry. Not sure if I’ll finish it though it is blessedly short.

#jerk #gohometoyourwife #seriously #compensatingmuch?

 

Annnyway that is what my month of reading has looked like, more or less. A lot of classics, some good some less good, none finished. Hopefully April will be kind enough to let me finish at least one book.

What have you been reading? Hopefully, unlike me, you’ve managed to finish a book!