April 2015 Book Ratings and What I'm Reading Now

It's been an up and down few months in book land for me, but one that also saw me continue my break neck speed of reading. Some I liked, some I really didn't, and some I couldn't even finish. This was the list for my honeymoon: books

I started all of them but Crazy Little Thing, and finished the other 5 except Station Eleven. Let's dive in shall we!?


The Storied Life of A.J. FIKRY:

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's just great and reminds me of being on Cape Cod with my Esther as well as my own personal love of books.

Rating: 9 out 10.


Station Eleven:

Hmmmmmm. Sort of a post-apocalyptic type thing. I am going to try to finish it eventually but for now, Hmmmmm.

Rating: 3 out of 10 so far (much more to do with genre of the book than anything else).



Good. Solid book. Reminded me a lot of Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies. Not as great as those two, but a solid read with a decent twist or two.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

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One Lavender Ribbon:

CHEEEEEESY. Predictable. And more Cheese. Perhaps it is because I have read so many good novels lately that this one was kind of blah for me, but I appreciated the nod to a woman fixing up her house and the scenes on the water. That's about it. So cheesy. Have I said that already?

Rating: 3 out of 10


The Longest Ride:

The same kind of goes for this one. I haven't read Sparks in years, but thought I'd give it ago. I was meh about the book, but will of course see the movie because I am cheesy like that.

Rating: 4 out of 10

I also finished reading ...

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It was a good, solid book, but I found myself skimming through parts of it. Other people have loved this book, but I just didn't have a ton of empathy for a girl who had two parents that loved her possibly too much. Just not my reality really and so had trouble LOVING it.

Rating: 6 out of 10.


What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said by everyone out there. It is like Gone Girl, but took a little longer for me to get into it. The timeline, flipping back and forth thing threw me off because I read it on a kindle. I think in paperback it would have been easier. The ending is twisty and fantastic, but I also thought it was a great commentary on addiction.

Rating: 7.75 out of 10

Up next?!?

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So what is up next on your list? What have you read and loved lately?

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January 2015 Good Reads

Alright y'all. I have diverted from my regularly scheduled reading plan a bit and have not shared my updated reads yet. WOOPS. When I last left you on the blog in November, I was here with my reading list: Read it!

When I last left you on Instagram I posted this:

January 2015 Reads

What I failed to mention was that before I started that bottom row of books, I had also read two others and started yet another. Long story short, my book postings have gotten all over the map. Eeps. So this is the grand "update on everything I am reading and where I am heading" post.

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Crazy Rich Asians: It takes place in China and Singapore and dives in to the lives of the incredibly rich in Asia. This books is hilarious and fascinating.  I found it to be a fun, sort of cultural insight that I likely would not have otherwise discovered. I was totally not surprised to learn that it has been optioned for a movie. Loved it.

Crazy Rich Asians Rating: 8.5 out of 10... oh heck, it was so fun, 9 out of 10!


The Children Act: Let me put it to you this way... I am a lawyer who worked for a domestic law judge and I hated this book. It had no point and it threw in this not well-developed love story that was just not good. I do not recommend this bad boy.

The Children Act Rating: 3 out of 10


Bittersweet: A kind of rich family thriller that you sort of don't see coming.  A page turner, but the end sort of left me wondering if I totally got it. I also have decided that I would prefer a longer book as opposed to a three years later, here is how it turned out kind of situation.

Bittersweet Rating: 7 out of 10


Me Before You: You knew how this one was going to end but you cried anyway. A gem amongst these kind of tragic sort of dramas. Good story writing and descriptions of space and characters. I think it makes a good beach read... you know if a few salty tears mixed with salt water don't bother you.

Me Before You Rating: 7.5 out of 10


Unbroken: My boss gave me this book to borrow and despite its length and detail, I finished it in two weeks.  I wept, I cringed, and I really felt like I had a better understanding of WWII after reading this book. I recommend it for all people including high schoolers. It is SO SO SO SO good.  Hillenbrand is amazing.

Unbroken Rating: 10 out 10 (my first perfect score for a book)

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Not that Kind of Girl: Esther gave me this one to borrow and I am not sure what I feel about it even now. There were chapters of this book that I loved and anyone who can lay their world bare with this kind of honesty is amazing to me.  Other parts were so so. But if you love Girls (the show) you'll at least like it.

Not that Kind of Girl Rating: 6.5 out of 10. 

Currently Reading...

return to love

A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in MiraclesThis book is a life changer. A must read. And the best Christmas present I have ever received. Esther and I are reading this together and I am going to post a full reflection once I digest it all. Just read it with us!

A Return to Love Rating: 10 out of 10 for life changing capabilities. 

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All the Light We Cannot See: I think this is again another book that high schoolers everywhere should read about WWII. I have no finished it yet, but at about half-way through I am starting to get concerned about the ending. It is beautifully written and I am not devouring this one for fear of it ending. FANTASTIC!

All the Light We Cannot See Rating THUS FAR: 9 out of 10. 

Up Next?

Here's the list, but send me what y'all are reading and I guarantee I will add it!


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