Love, Joleen: Recent Reads: July 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Recent Reads: July 2015

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July was a very good month for reading! I didn't even realize I had read 7 books until I was putting together this post. [Not included in this list is His Endless Love, which I reviewed separately, here.] This month I really tried to switch it up. I read a thriller, murder mystery, chick lit, tragedy/romance, a biography (sort of), and another thriller, in that order. Each of these books was past down from a friend/family [except the last one, which I check out from the library]. The first three books I read in the span of a week, thanks to our road trip to and from Washington, D.C. I'm so glad I can read while in the car!

Room by Emma Donoghue
I recently came upon this book on a must-read list and I remembered it was in my stash from a friend. It was so haunting, sad, and really good. I couldn't put it down and read it cover to cover in a day. It's written from the perspective of a child in a really scary situation, only, as a child he wasn't aware that his situation was bad. I felt for the mom as she tried to protect him and free them both from abuse. I highly recommend this one if you don't mind a heavier subject.

They Did It with Love by Kate Morgenroth
When I was growing up, I used to love murder mysteries. In recent years I've sort of forgotten how much I enjoyed them even though my favorite television shows are of the CSI/Criminal Minds variety. This was a another great book, with lots of well-developed characters. I enjoyed it so much that I'm going to have to look for similar ones to read.

Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger
After two "heavier" books, I wanted to break it up with chick-lit. I thoroughly enjoy ridiculous stories of single twenty-somethings in the city [these are almost always in LA, New York, or London, aren't they?]. This was your typical and predictable chick-lit --- girl loses everything then somehow ends up with the dream job and the man. I don't even care how cliché it all is. I still love 'em. #sorrynotsorry

A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
Over the years I've been given/loaned several Nicholas Sparks books to read. I don't know what it is, but I'm always super reluctant to read them and yet I always enjoy them. Maybe I'm just too jaded to be too into romance. Ha!

What is the What by Dave Eggers
READ THIS BOOK. Stop what you're doing right now and add it to your Goodreads, or better yet, go straight to your library website and put in the request. I was sitting on the floor of our office [trying to upload photos faster by being plugged into our modem] when I saw a book that I recognized as my own in my husband's bookcase. It turns out he had a copy of a book my mom had loaned me that I had never read (sorry, Mom!). I asked if I could read it and he said yes but that he hadn't read it yet either. He saw this book on the shelf and said that I should read this. Now, Ben doesn't really read fiction for pleasure. Most of his bookshelf consists of scholastic, theological, and philosophical literature. Needless to say, I was more than skeptical. THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC. It's a true, heart-wrenching, and eye-opening story and you have to read. Go. Now. 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
So, now you're going to be like, "What the heck, Joleen?" 3.5 stars for one of the most popular books in current pop culture? Gah. This book. It IS well written and entertaining. I really did enjoy it. It's hard for me to explain why I can't give this book more acclaim. This is what I've got. You know how your own life experiences color every situation you find yourself in? Let's just say that I related entirely too much to the characters of this book [in my past life] and didn't like what I saw. YouknowwhatI'msayin'? It's good. You'd like it. But it freaked me out. And the funny thing is, other people I know who have read it were like... this wasn't realistic AT ALL! So, now you're just going to have to read it for yourself to see what you think.
Are you reading anything good right now? How are you doing on your summer reading list? I still have 4.5 of my 10 to go!

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