Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Recent Book Recap & Reviews

Happy Tuesday y'all! I am writing this post with a Hallmark Christmas movie on in the background and I couldn't be HAPPIER! I love this time of year. As much as I love Fall time, we don't really get one in Florida. We jump from hot, to hotter, and then a little cooler before jumping to really hot again. I am happy to have a little colder weather this week!

Today I am going to recap my recent reads! I love these posts and am trying to get better about updating y'all on what I am reading. I gave my thoughts on each book and then the actual description from the back of the book. I hope you get some great ideas!

Eh. This one was okay. I don't know if I was just jumping into this one too quickly after reading the trilogy by Jenny Han that I wasn't fully focused, but I couldn't really get into it. I found myself drifting while reading it which is never a good sign. The story line was rather confusing at first which kind of lost me. My lack of interest might have to do with the fact that I picked it up mainly because of the cute front cover. Whoopsies.

Book Description: "Three women, born generations apart.
One mysterious book that threads their lives together.
A journey of love, discovery, and truth…
I’ll See You in Paris is based on the real life of Gladys Spencer-Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, a woman whose life was so rich and storied it could fill several books. Nearly a century after Gladys’s heyday, a young woman’s quest to understand the legendary Duchess takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a dilapidated manse kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately to Paris, where answers will be found at last. In the end, she not only solves the riddle of the Duchess, but uncovers the missing pieces in her own life."

Wow. I don't even know where to start. There was a lot of hype around this book, especially once they announced it would be made into a movie. I loved this sweet book. It was definitely written to a 4th-7th grade reading level but I still found it entertaining and so sweet. The movie was also phenomenal and I am sure I will re-read this book with a classroom of kiddos very soon. I can't wait to have such great discussions about the impact of being kind.

Book Description: "August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face."

I saw several people saying this book was one of their favorites of the year and although I wouldn't take it quite that far I would say I really enjoyed it also. It was a rather slow moving story but the plot is still interesting enough to encourage you to keep reading.

Book Description: "Jessa Whitworth knew she didn't belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb's room. But she couldn't deny that she was everywhere--in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket . . . the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.
His mother asked her to pack up his things--even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.
But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb's life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.
Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb's accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?"

Goliath Must Fall by: Louie Giglio
I am not quite finished with this book yet but can tell it is going to be a staple and one I recommend to others for years. This book is relatable to ANYONE because it has to do with any kind of addiction, fear, anger, or rejection which we have all experienced. I love this book so far!!

Book Description: "It’s likely you have a threatening giant in your life…an adversary or stronghold that’s diminishing your ability to live a full and free life. Frozen in the grip of rejection, fear, anger, comfort, or addiction, we lose sight of the promise God has for our lives. Demoralized and defeated, we settle for far less than his best. God has a better plan for you, a plan for you to live in victory. That’s why he has silenced your giant once and for all."

There you have it... A few quick reads that I enjoyed this past month. What have you been reading this past month? I love recommendations.

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