Welcome to Recent Reads where I share the books that I have been reading during the month! One of my goals for the year was to read a book a month, and at the end of each month I share how I did in regards to that goal. You can check out past posts here.
Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Fiction - Young Adult - Romance
Thoughts: When A Beautiful Mess announced this as their bookclub book of the month I did not want to read it. I mean, I really did not want to read it. However, I had just finished reading a post on the blog Yes and Yes about how reading something outside of your comfort zone can really stretch you creatively, so I was like, "FINE. I'll try it, but I know I'll cry like the whole way through." I didn't cry the whole way through, but I cried a bunch. I fell in love with the characters and story even though I knew what was going to happen. I was frustrating because I knew what the author was doing, but I could not make myself immune to it. I have a hard time summing it up beyond telling people that it's something they have to read for themselves. Beautiful, poignant, unexpectedly delightful, and honest.
I don't think I'll be able to bring myself to see the movie, though. The actors they picked just don't match my visions of the characters at all.
Title: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Author: Robin Sloan
Genre: Fiction - Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Thoughts: I discovered this book because of the aforementioned post on Yes and Yes. I read her post and, while I was thinking about what she was saying, I was also thinking, "this book sounds just like my kind of book." It was. I fell absolutely in love with with book, and it was such a refreshing emotional break from The Fault in Our Stars. Fun characters and an engaging mystery that kept you wondering until the very end when it turned out completely differently than you might think it would. It's one of my favorites now. I like that it contained enough story plot stereotypes that it felt familiar, and yet that it defied them at the same time. I found myself genuinely laughing out loud a bit as I captured some of the humor. Delightful, whimsical, and all together enchanting.
Title: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery #1)
Author: Joanne Fluke
Genre: Fiction - Mystery
Thoughts: This one I stumbled across while looking at the Apple store. It was a free download for the week so I thought, "what the heck, why not try it?" It was not one of the best books I've read by far, but it wasn't a difficult read, so I kept with it. It was nice to read through a couple nights before bed because I never felt bad putting it down when I got tired. Cozy mystery with small town touches.
Next Month's Picks
Because I did so well this month, I'm being particularly ambitious with next month's plans (Plus I'm finding myself super excited about reading again.) Even if I don't get to them, these are the books at the top of my stack of books to read.
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier - I stumbled across the movie version of this book (German foreign film) without realizing it was part of a series. Now I'm dying to know the ending, so I'm hoping to get through this trilogy and find out how it ends. If you like time travel, this one might be one for you!
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri - This one is part of A Beautiful Mess' book club. I'm not 100% sold on it, but I'm going to give it a try.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - I really want to see the movie version of this book, but I have a general rule that I must always read the book first. So this is me honoring that. I'm really looking forward to it!
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - You all probably saw this one coming if you follow me on Instagram. I love sci-fi as a genre and have been wanting to watch the movie with Michael (plus, it's one of his favorite books), so I've been enjoying delving in to it already.
Think I'm too ambitious? Maybe. But it should be fun to try!
What are some books that you want to read right now? Did you finish anything recently that I should take a peek at?