My new favorite books!

Have I ever told you how much I love to read? I loveeee it. During the school year, I don’t have quite as much time to read as I would like, so this time of year, I kind overdose on literary genius. I wanted to tell ya’ll about all of the awesome books I’ve been reading lately.

Monday I was a complete lazy bones. So much so that I made English muffin pizzas… for dinner… (And they were AWESOME.) I think I spent ¾ of my night on my favorite chair watching previews for upcoming summer movies. I loooveeeee watching Previews.( I also get SUPER mad if I’m going to the movies and I miss them) Anyways, I stumbled upon a preview for “If I Stay”. Have you seen this preview?

you can find me sitting like this about once a month, usually for an hour only 20 minutes
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“Ohmygodicantwaittowatchitandguesswhatitsalsoabook”-—>was what I excitedly said to my husband. I am such a sucker for a book that is coming out as a movie.

So, Tuesday, I came home from work and bought the book on my Kindle. Sidenote: I love everything about my Kindle-I love the convenience of being able to buy a book RIGHT THEN, I love that I can load a ton of books on it, go on a trip, and not have to feel their weight- I love that I can take it anywhere…BUT…I love real books THE MOST. There is something about an old book..one that I have had for years and have take notes in ( I am actually one of those people), a book that I can smell, and hold.

I am really digressing. I sat down at 4:00(ish)to start it…and finished it.
Within two hours.
It was THAT good.

Brief Summary: I don’t want to spoil it for any of you, so I’ll give you a quick review: Mia is a young girl deciding between whether she should go to Juilliard to pursue her dream of becoming a professional cellist, or stay behind locally with her family and her boyfriend. On a random snow day, her family takes a drive to visit friends and suddenly Mia wakes up to find her entire family is dead in a car wreck. She sees her own body on the road and realizes what has happened. In an out of body experience, Mia must decide to go on with LIFE without her family..or die WITH her family. It’s heart wrenching, so well written…suspenseful, moving, and just beautiful. All the things. Read it. NOW.

I had been searching for a new book for a few weeks now. My last one was “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn. At first I couldn’t really get into it..
In my defense, I had just finished “The Fault In Our Stars” and the two books are on opposite end of the spectrum and the only thing they have in common is that they are books.
Anyway, “Dark Places” took me a few tries to get into, but I persisted since my girlfriend really loved it (and we have almost the same taste in books) I was really glad I powered through it because MAN it was GREAT… I was kept in complete suspense as to who the bad guy was Right until the very end of the book.

Brief Summary: Libby Day is a 30 year old girl who’s family was murdered when she was just a little kid. The kicker: Her brother was the one arrested for the crime. Libby has spent her entire life being a suck on society. When she is faced with the reality that there is no money left, and no job to provide for her, she is wondering “what’s next?” After meeting a group of people obsessed with her brothers innocence in her family’s murder, she begins to see things differently and is compelled to investigate the murder. Very well written, extremely suspenseful with twists that never fail to surprise you.

Over April break, I was at the movies to see “Divergent” and I first saw the preview for “Fault in our Stars“. It’s now out in the movies, but that will not stop me from telling you all about how much I love this book. I made my friend promise that she will go to see it with me (M I cannot WAIT til you’re done school!!!!). We both went home that night and were done reading the book within a week or so. It was SO GOOD. Yes, the subject of two teenagers with terminal cancer is heartbreaking, but good lord. It was GREAT. SO GREAT.

Brief Summary:(Unless you live under a rock, don’t own a tv, or maybe never turn it on…I know most of you have probably seen the preview by now) Two incredibly smart young teens have the misfortune of being terminally ill. That does not stop them from falling into a deep, true, once in a lifetime love. A haunting read. I will leave it at THAT.

Those are my three recent FAVE’s…and obviously..I am now looking for a new book. I want a good one, one I can really sink my teeth into…please give me your recommendations, STAT!!!

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  4. Loved “The Fault in our Stars” too. I just got “Gone Girl” on my Kindle so ready to start that soon. I’ve spent the last couple of months reading the “Game of Thrones” series and followed that with “Cuckcoo Calling – JK Rowling’s adult novel. I liked both. And I assume you’ve read “The Book Thief” – it’s awesome. Way better than the movie.

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  6. Can I assume you’ve read ‘Gone Girl’? I added ‘Dark Places’ to my Kindle Wish List … along with too many others! I got a lot of recommendations when doing that ’10 Days of You’ list with the ‘4 books’.

    We saw the ‘If I Stay’ trailer with ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ … looks pretty good – didn’t know it was a book, but not surprised. Will check it out!

    I just restarted Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, which I had started before but got sidetracked. Good stuff from last year. Also loved ‘Diet Cults’ which just came out in early May.

    As for physical books … I guess I *should* care being older, but I was reading on electronic devices before there were any ebook readers, so I guess I am happy without physical books … except for airplane travel! 🙂

    • I will look at those thank you much for the recommendations!!

      I HAVE read gone girl-I loved it. I also read her other book “sharp objects”. I am not a huge fan of it-it was creepier than anything I’ve ever read and very disturbing.

  7. Now. Seriously…

    Do you like books? My wife is the same way. She loves to hold a real book, but will read them on her iPad if she must. I don’t know about you, but our RI library system lets you “borrow” books through their app. You get the e-link the same amount of time you would a regular book from the library. It’s pretty cool, actually.

    • I love “books”…I have a GIGANTIC collection of them and I always reread my books(a lot of people don’t). I never seem to go to bookstores and will buy used books online more often than I will download to my kindle.
      I never knew that libraries did that. I’m going to have to look into it because that’s something I would definitely be interested in. But-I am big on rereading favorite books so I most likely would end up buying it anyway!

  8. Thanks for all of the book recommendations! I tend to stick with authors I have known and already read like James Patterson, Tess Gerritsen, Tami Hoag, and I am a sucker for some Trashy Jackie Collins–love the Lucky Santangelo Series. I don’t tend to read anything very “heavy” because I just can’t concentrate enough since most of my reading is done with constant interruptions (even if the kids are playing I can’t usually get through more than a page or 2) or as I’m almost ready to sleep. I love my Nook too, I’ve actually been re-reading some books I haven’t read in a couple years lately!

  9. Ugh I’m such a book nerd. I have had zero free time to read for enjoyment since starting my PhD (in Literature…isn’t it depressing how that works out?) but last summer, I totally cheated and read a book for fun every single day of my 2 week vacation. I just inhaled everything in a matter of hours and loved every second of it. I was disappointed by Bringing Up the Bodies despite its Booker Award but I am REALLY picky about the writing style of an author and can’t get over writing styles I don’t like even if the plot is great. The one I liked the best from my trip was actually a debut novel and I was prepared to hate it…A Light Between Oceans.

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