The Last 5 Books I Read (and whether you should read them too)

If you know me at all, and many of you do, you know that I love to read.

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You will find me reading while relaxing on my back patio…

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…at the beach…

…even in the pickup line at my kids’ school…

…and of course before I go to sleep at night.

 
fullsizerender-9While you will usually find me reading from my Kindle, I also cannot resist a good old-fashioned paper book.
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In fact, a much-loved pastime of mine is going to a nearby Goodwill store and browsing through their books to buy and fill my shelves. You would be surprised at what you can find (picture right is the result of a very successful Goodwill book-hunting trip).

I have been on a bit of a reading kick lately and wanted to share with you what I’ve been reading and what I thought of the books. Here are the last five I read, in reverse order:

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-5-31-08-pm  1. The Girl From the Train

by Irma Joubert

(not to be confused with The Girl on the Train)

This book was beautiful and tragic and heartbreaking and heartwarming. It follows an orphaned girl and a young man through their experiences of World War II and the aftermath. Their paths cross, unexpectedly, and of course, their lives are changed forever. I highly recommend this book.

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-5-39-43-pm  2. Love Warrior, A Memoir

by Glennon Doyle Melton

YOU GUYS, I just don’t even know how to put into words my feelings about this book. Glennon has faced many demons I have never faced; however, I have likely faced ones she has not. But she is me, she is all of us…she speaks such truth. She has developed so much self-awareness and self-acceptance, that it bleeds over to you as you read it… you gain some/more(?) self-awareness and self-acceptance of your own in the process of reading it. I cannot recommend this highly enough. I think every woman, and likely most men, should read this book.

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-5-50-07-pm  3. Outlander

by Diana Gabaldon

Well…..I am finding this review a bit difficult. I know of so many people who just love this series and devour each new book as it is released. I am not sure if this stat shows on my Goodreads profile, but this took me over a year to finish. I would read a bit, read something else (or a few something elses), and come back to it…rinse and repeat. It’s not that the story is bad. Actually, the story is wonderful! It’s just not an easy read and sometimes took more thought process or concentration than I had available. Part of my motivation for reading this was that I knew Starz had created a television series of it. And if you know me, you know I will pretty much always read the book before I watch it (in fact, it is the very reason I read some books). The story is about a woman from 1945 who has traveled back in time to war-torn Scotland of the late 1700s. I am glad to have finished the first book of the series and am loving watching it on Starz. I do recommend this book; however, I will warn you it is no light read.

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-5-45-49-pm  4.The Rumor

by Elin Hilderbrand

The cover of this book shows a picture of a day at the beach, and that is exactly what this book is perfect for. It is a little lighter read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Through the story told here, issues of loyalty to friends and family, hearsay, right and wrong are examined. This is well-written and entertaining. I recommend it for a light read and, definitely, if you have a lazy weekend at the beach.

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-5-56-53-pm  5. The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins

(not to be confused with The Girl From the Train above)

This is the last book I finished, and as hinted at before, I read this book because I want to see the movie. The movie previews look intriguing and the book did not disappoint. This is kind of a “who-dunnit” mixed in with the story of a woman, somewhat newly-divorced, who is trying to find her way in the world again. I only started suspecting the correct character in about the last quarter of the book, which I believe signifies pretty good mystery. If you plan to see this movie, I would highly recommend reading the book first!

So, those are the last 5 books I read. I am currently reading Jojo Moyes’ “After You”, which is, of course, the sequel to the beautiful “Me Before You.” I will let you know what I think when I’m finished!

What are you reading right now or have you read lately?

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