Love, Joleen: Recent Reads | April 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Recent Reads | April 2016

It's been a while since I shared my recent reads. In fact, I probably read about 12 books that I didn't mention here, on the last half of 2015. Every year I set a personal goal of how many books I'm going to read and this year my goal is to read 20 books. Here are the books I've read so far this year:
Truth be told, I started with a book not shown here but it's non-fiction and those are honestly harder for me to get through. I actually re-shelved it to read all these other books but plan to get back to it next soon. 
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - Can Rainbow Rowell do wrong? (I didn't actually loooove Landline.) Rowell is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, second only to Jodi Picoult, and that's probably only because I have more experience with the latter. Carry On followed the fictional life of Simon Snow, whose story was mentioned in Fangirl. "Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery." If you loved Harry Potter, as I did, you'll either love or hate this book. Get over the similarities and you will be entertained.
The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks - Ok, I am officially a fan of Nicholas Sparks. I'll admit, it's been a reluctant journey. It's like really not wanting to like romance books (I'm still not willing to go there) based on really no reason at all. I have seen and loved many movies based on Sparks' novels, including A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Dear John, The Lucky One, Safe Haven, and The Choice. But, for whatever reason, I didn't think I would enjoy his books as much as I have. You know what? That's dumb. I am a HUGE fan of his story-telling. Last year, I read A Bend in the Road, and more recently I read The Guardian. Highly enjoyable and emotion-provoking.
Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews  - I got this book from one of those Free Libraries. Such a wonderful idea and I hope to have one of my own someday. This book was entertaining and what I fondly refer to as chick lit.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty - Liane Moriarty is another new [to me] favorite author. Last year I read The Husband's Secret (meh) and Big Little Lies (fantastic). What Alice Forgot is about a woman who has an accident and loses 10 years of her life. It's her journey of trying to fix all that went wrong. I loved this plot. Who doesn't love the idea of being able to fix wrongs or to be given perspective to want to try to. Loved it.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - I first heard of this book when I went to see The Choice in the movie theater with my grandma. I saw the movie preview and it looked so great! Then I saw that it was a movie based on the book and knew I had to read it. I received this from my husband for my birthday. Wow, what a story and actually not what I expected in the outcome. Great story. Buy tissues.
After You by Jojo Moyes - I enjoyed Me Before You so much that I wanted to read the sequel. I couldn't get to the store so I downloaded a free trial of, which came with the first book free. It's been about a year since I listened to a book "on tape" and I much prefer reading. I found it much harder to find quiet time to listen or where I could completely tune out to hear the story. Anyway, the storyline was so redundant that I found myself annoyed most of the time. If you read it without having read the first book (totally do-able but why would you?) than it would probably be better. It felt like Moyes may have felt pressured to write the sequel when she didn't necessarily have another great idea. Bleh. Don't waste your time.

Have you read any great books lately? Please share! I'm constantly looking for new books to check out from the library. I also like to buy books super cheap from local thrift stores (see below). Are you on GoodReads? Let's be friends!

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