Book reviews of some of my favorite books I’ve recently read to cozy up with this fall.
The photographer in me really doesn’t like the time change… the earlier setting sun means the less time during the day for photography. The book lover in me loves daylight savings time because I feel like the colder weather and darker evenings are an open invitation to cozy up with a good book.
I haven’t read much this year. In fact I’m only half way to meeting my goal of reading 35 books in 2014 and there are only 2 months left in the year! I guess I’d better get busy so I can share more book reviews with you!
I haven’t shared a Connect Through Reading book reviews post since March…not because I haven’t read anything good. Quite the opposite. I’ve read some great books, but just haven’t found the time to share them with you. Of course, if you follow me on Goodreads, you don’t have to wait to see what I’ve been reading and loved lately. Make sure to hop on over there so we can connect that way too.
I’ve read several books between my March book reviews post, but I’m only going to share my top few faves with you today! Read below for my thoughts on the books: Whistling Past the Graveyard, Landline, Love With a Chance of Drowning, and If I Stay.
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall is definitely going to be one of the top books I’ve read this year. Thanks to my friend, Amy’s, recommendation I moved it to the top of my “to be read” list and devoured it. Make sure to read Amy’s interview with the author, here.
Whistling Past the Graveyard is a story set in the 60’s, in the middle of segregation and the civil rights movement in the south. A young, red-headed southern girl runs away from home and seeks shelter with an unlikely African American woman. The two soldier through some tough times together and through it all, end up being more than just friends…they become family. If you enjoyed reading The Help you’ll definitely love this heartwarming story of friendship and survival.
I gave Whistling Past the Graveyard 5 stars on Goodreads. Download Whistling Past the Graveyard on your Kindle here, buy the paper copy on Amazon, or add it to your virtual library on Goodreads, here.
I’m going to preface this review by saying that I absolutely love Rainbow Rowell and her style of writing. She probably couldn’t write a bad book, in my opinion. With that said, Landline, might be a little far fetched for some people. Basically it is the story of a couple (Georgie and Neal) who have reached a point in their marriage where they need to decide whether their marriage is worth fighting for or if they should split up. When they are apart over Christmas, Georgie finds a “magic phone” that lets her talk to Neal in the past. I’ll let you find out what happens for yourself, but this is a sweet, heartwarming, quick read. I’ll give Rainbow Rowell credit… no one at all does chemistry as well as she does! You can practically feel the electricity on the pages, she does it so well!
Memoirs are probably my favorite genre of book. I especially love memoirs of people who take you on an adventure you know you, yourself, would never experience. Love With a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRouche is exactly that kind of book!
Torre DeRouche met a man, fell in love and then discovered that he had planned on leaving for an around the world sailing adventure for a year…and he wanted Torre to join him. The fact is, Torre was deathly afraid of the water. She decided to choose love over fear and ended up going on an adventure like no other around the world on a tiny sailboat. We read this for our book club and it was a great book to discuss with others.
I have really been into Young Adult Fiction lately and was intrigued by If I Stay by Gayle Forman after seeing the movie preview at the theatre. I ended up downloading this book, started it and finished it in the same day.
I can’t share a lot about this book without giving away the plot, but the basic premise is when making the choice between life and death, which would you choose? Grab your tissues because this is a tear jerker but a great read! I’m anxious to see the movie when it comes out on DVD.
I’m currently reading (and loving):
Also, Ella (my 8 year old) and I are currently reading this book and really enjoying it if you are looking for a great kids book:
That’s it for my book reviews for today! Make sure to leave a comment letting me know what you are currently reading!
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