There is something really satisfying about writing these book roundups. I will fool myself into thinking that I haven’t read much, and then I put it all together and it’s a nice little collection. I can’t let myself go longer than two months without writing these though because I completely forget what I have read! This month I had to rely on a combination of my Kindle history along with text messages to friends that I had passed several of these books along to.
I am making good on my resolution to actually read the physical books on my to-be-read list in order to cut down on clutter a little bit. Once I’m done I pass them along to friends, which has the added benefit of feeling like a fun, nice thing to do. Everybody wins!
Books of February and March 2018
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The Idea of You – I’m putting this at the top, so if you get distracted and click away you’ll still have the most important piece of information. This book has stuck with me for days, and I can’t remember the last time a book hung on to me like that. Sure, it’s basically Harry Styles fan fiction and it’s definitely smut, but it’s smart, funny and makes quite a bit of decent social commentary. I am so into this book that I joined a Facebook group specifically to talk about the book. I may even have ordered a mug featuring the fictional band from the book. What more do you need me to say! Read this book!
The Year we Turned 40 – I had a hard time finding a book to read after The Idea of You, but this was the perfect quick engaging read. I have another of her books on my Kindle right now
Still Me – This is exactly the third book we needed to wrap up the Me Before You story. I liked, but didn’t love After You. I really enjoyed this book. It’s sweet and funny and gives me the sort of ending I was hoping for to this story.
Every Last Word – Well, I had to look up this book to even remember what it is about but now I remember that I enjoyed this. There is some criticism that the portrayal of a teen with OCD is too sweet and sanitized. Since I am not a teen with OCD I can’t speak to the accuracy of this, but I would say that overall this gets a little bit of the sitcom treatment – everything tied up nicely at the end. HOWEVER, I happen to enjoy books where things get taken care of by the end of the story and maybe you do too. Let’s be honest, I don’t read YA books for a dose of reality.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – I started this book and after 20 pages put it down thinking that it wasn’t for me. I gave it a second chance and I am so glad that I did. What an absolute charming gem of a book this was. It will break your heart and restore your faith in humanity all at once.
The Animators – Yes, yes, yes.
The Bookshop on the Corner – If you need a palate cleanser of a book, this is absolutely it. This book had me wanting to move to Scotland, rent someone’s barn and find the absolutely idyllic story found in this book. Rumor has it that all of her books follow the same formula, and I am here for that. I have two more in my to-be-read pile right now.
The Identicals – I love a good Elin Hilderbrand and this is a good Elin Hilderbrand.
All the Bright Places – This is a heartbreaking YA novel, but aren’t they all?
The Dry – This was a great mystery read. I find that I can handle about one of these a month and then I need a pile of YA to get myself out of murder mode.
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