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Well it’s the first Monday of the month again, but it’s been awhile since I gave an update on what I’ve been reading (like two months!). The first update is, I haven’t read a book in almost those same two months! Oops! 🙂
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before (and I’m sure I will again!), but I go through spurts with reading, where I read and read and read, and can’t get enough. And then I hit a period of time where I just can’t bring myself to read another word (except for things like blogs and magazines). It’s funny to me what causes an end to one of my “reading spurts” – it’s either a book I didn’t enjoy, a really busy time in our life (like around the holidays), or, like in this case, regular TV came back on! 😉
So with that, I’ll go over the last 3 books I’ve read.
Last time I left you, I mentioned I was about to read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This was also fairly recent turned into a movie and that’s actually what led me to it. I had somehow stumbled upon a list on Goodreads of books becoming movies in 2016 so that fueled most of my “to read” list this year. I was surprised at how much I loved this book. I knew the basic premise – a woman becomes a caretaker of a quadriplegic man, and (I assumed based on the bits of movie trailer I happened to see) some sort of romance would ensue.
This so beautifully written – I have a hard time describing what I felt as I read it. The imagery that keeps coming to my mind is a slow, low melody that grows in intensity until it blossoms into a full, roaring harmony; the kind that feels like it has taken residence up in your chest and the sound could burst through you.
This was so much more than a love story. Friendship, what it means to live with a disability, what it means to care for someone with a disability, and just plain what happiness means to any one person – all these and more made up this wonderful story.
I haven’t read anything else by Moyes before and now I am definitely tempted (although sometimes after I read one great book by an author, part of me secretly worries that no other book by the same author will live up to the first). Now I desperately want to watch the movie, but needed to wait until we got some more tissues in the house, since I went through so many reading the book!
From there I read The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley. This is definitely a book you should not judge by it’s cover. It starts with a couple who, upon leaving a funeral, decide to divorce. Uplifting, no? I pegged this for another “chick lit” book that focused on relationships, family, love, and loss – very much like many of the books I read. Boy was I wrong! It did focus on the things I mentioned, but also on something terrifyingly real – a bird flu epidemic that quarantines everyone in their houses. And that’s just the start.
I can honestly say this was one of the best “worst” books I’ve read. By worst, I only mean, one of my worst fears. This was far more scary than any haunted house book because this is something I dread. I mean, what would I do to take care of my family? How far would anyone go to protect the ones they love? Could I be brave enough if put between a rock and a hard place?
This book was haunting, in the best possible way. I think I’ll remember this story forever. And I also think I’m going to have Jeff buy some solar panels for the house (read the book and you’ll know why!).
And now, the very last book I read several months back was What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan. This was another real feel-good book (#sarcasm). This was similar to the book I read in the fall, The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer. This is another story of divorced parents who’s child is abducted. This is certainly a unique story, different than the Red Coat boat. Being a mother, it’s really hard to read these stories because they are so heart-wrenching. I find it interesting too that both of these books had parents who were already divorced when the abduction happened. And both fathers were already with new women. Just a fun factoid for you. 🙂
I don’t know if it’s because I was still reeling from the previous book with all the bird flu and whatnot, because I did really enjoy this novel, but once I was finished, I knew I was going to take a break from reading for a while.
The good news is, I’ve reached the point of the year where tv is on break so I’m in the reading mood again! 🙂 I think I’ll be starting The Magnolia Story next by Chip and Joanna. I pre-ordered it way back when but when it was finally available I was wrapped up in a million things. I can’t wait to curl up on the coach, next to our beautiful Christmas tree, with some hot cocoa (or maybe some eggnog – I’ve never tried it but my friend Julie knows I’m dying to try it!). 😉 #shiplap #chipandjoannaforever
Happy Monday all (and to all a good night!). 🙂