I have always LOVED reading. I’ve loved it as long as I can remember, but in the past 11 years of being a mom…it’s something that has definitely taken a back seat. It’s hard to curl up with a book after a long day mothering young kids without just ending up asleep instead. No matter how good the book, I was just TIRED and wasn’t really feeling the reading thing. I read books here and there, but not with any regularity. Can anyone relate?!
However, few years ago I found Goodreads and it has really helped rekindle my love of reading. I don’t know if it’s the visual of what I’ve read, the social aspect of seeing what my friends are reading, or the ability to make a list of the books I want to read (that used to just float into my mind and float back out!) so that I know what to look for at the library or bookstore. In any case, I really love the site. If you’re on goodreads and want to add me, click here.
Since so many scrapbookers that I’ve met online also seem to enjoy reading, I thought it’d be fun to do a little What I Read blog hop. After each quarter in 2014 (Jan-Mar is the first quarter, etc etc), I’ll post a thread at Studio Calico where anyone who blogs along can link up their post as they finish it. The rest of us bibliophiles can then check out the posts and even pin them for book ideas down the road. Since we’re crafty types, if you want to make a little Project Life style card of your books read or a layout or whatever, go for it! Or just share a list of the titles and your rating (I used my goodreads ratings based on 5 stars) or review. Sound good? Here we go! (Note: I got the widget below from my goodreads account. Just go to your books and along the left hand side there should be a link to widgets. Click on it and you’ll find different formats of widgets customizable for you to add to your post or sidebar! So cool!)
Gone Girl (4 stars): This one definitely had me hooked early on and I finished it in 2 days. Just couldn’t put it down. Lots of twists and turns, a little dark, but not awful. I liked the writing style as well.
The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats (4 stars): A unique story told in alternating perspectives. A daughter in present day looking into the secrets of her father’s past. At the core it’s a love story. It slowed down a bit in the middle and that’s why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 (when I keep looking at how many pages are left, that’s a sign for me!) But the story of overcoming obstacles and enduring love was quite beautiful and I really liked it.
Eleanor & Park (4 stars): The story line itself would probably get 3 stars… it just didn’t have a huge plot line running through it. But the scenes between Eleanor and Park were just spot on awkward-teenage-first-love-romance and it made me smile. Fast, sweet, enjoyable read.
Calling Me Home (5 stars): LOVED this one! Another story told from two different perspectives: one middle aged black woman and one elderly white woman. They are unlikely friends on a journey together. It’s about love, racial issues, family issues, and just very emotional. A tear jerker for sure! But in a good way.
Necessary Lies (4 stars): This one was very interesting but sad at the same time. It’s about the forced sterilization practices back in the 60s (I think, or 50s) in the rural south and one social worker’s attempt to save once girl from that fate. I had no idea this type of thing happened to the poor or mentally challenged, so this book was rather eye-opening. It is fiction, but supposedly heavily researched.
I Am Malala (3 stars): I feel bad giving this book just 3 stars because Malala as an individual is very inspiring and heroic. But the book itself? Pretty dull in many parts. Hard to follow the history presented (as sometimes it’s in lots of detail, other times brushed over, nicknames of people used, etc) and I would have liked to hear more about HER and not just her father, etc. I think she might have rushed having her story published… it would have been nice to read about what she does after this experience to change things in her country. Maybe she’ll write a part 2.
Wild (4 stars): I found the journey Cheryl Strayed made to be extremely impressive and fascinating. Loved reading about how she made her way through the wild. If you are into hiking at all or just adventure… this is a great read.
Divergent (3 stars): I feel like I’m in the minority on this book in thinking it was just… ok. I really liked the Hunger Games and maybe that’s why I felt this was just predictable and the whole dystopian thing is getting overplayed? I don’t know. Let’s just say I didn’t like it enough to want to read the other two books in the series.
The Girl You Left Behind (3 stars): This book is about a painting and the role it played in two very different women’s lives, connecting them together. It’s told in two voices: one from the past and one in modern day. I very much enjoyed the parts focusing on the past and found that part of the book really good. But the modern day storyline just didn’t grab me and I found the character to be sort of irritating. I also felt like the momentum sort of stalled in the middle.
I Am The Messenger (3 stars): I loved the Book Thief, so I’ve been wanting to read another book from Zusak. I enjoyed his writing in this book and certain parts of the story were excellent. (The opening chapter is awesome!) But by the end of the book, after waiting all those pages to find out who is sending the character on his missions and why…. I was left disappointed and confused. It didn’t make sense to me. Perhaps it was over my head!
And THAT’s What I Read so far in 2014. Did you agree or disagree with any of my reviews? Any of these books on your to read list?