April 7, 2017

I finished a total of 8 books in February and 2 books in March. The only bad thing is that only one of them is on my 2017 reading challenge list. I’m going to try to read 5 books from the reading challenge in April to make up some of the difference. I’ve noticed other bloggers adding the plot to each book, so I thought I’d give that a shot so you could actually see a little more of what each book is about.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Stars: 4/5

Plot: When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods. (from Amazon)

What I thought: I read The Woman in Cabin 10  by Ruth Ware in December and enjoyed it so much that I grabbed this one at the library. Although I liked The Woman in Cabin 10 better, I still really enjoyed this one and couldn’t put it down. I felt like I was reading a movie and it turns out Reese Whitherspoon is developing a movie based on the book. If you like a good thriller, you would probably like this one.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Stars: 3/5

Plot: Tom Sawyer, his best friend Huck Finn, his would-be girlfriend Becky Thatcher, and his aunt Polly teach and learn about life, death, race and painting fences in a “typical” 19th century Midwestern town that bears a striking resemblance to Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. (from Amazon)

What I thought: This was my first time ever reading this and I had a difficult time getting into it. I’m kind of ashamed to admit this since I consider myself a reader, but I haven’t read many classics. I’m really trying to read more of them this year. I did finally get more invested in the story and ended up liking it enough to give it three stars, however I don’t see myself ever putting this on a favorites list.

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

Stars: 4/5

What it’s about: September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?
September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life? ( from Amazon)

What I thought: This was another book that I had trouble getting into when I first started it, but it really picked up as the book continued. I liked that it went back and forth between two characters and two time periods. I’ve heard great things about her book Secrets of a Charmed Life so I’ll probably give that one a try eventually.

Is Everyone Hanging Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Stars: 4/5

What it’s about: Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?” Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly! (from Amazon)

What I thought: I thought this was a fun, easy read. I LOVE The Office and have enjoyed parts of the Mindy Project, so I think that made me enjoy the book more than if I didn’t like those shows. The whole time I was reading it, I could hear Mindy’s voice in my head. It was definitely funny and interesting at times, but I would only recommend this if you are already familiar with her.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Stars: 4/5

What it’s about: In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you. (from Amazon)

What I thought: I basically felt the exact same way about this book as her other book. Funny and interesting, but maybe only if you already like Mindy from something else.

Books 8-12 of the Sierra Jensen series
Time Will Tell
Now Picture This
Hold on Tight
Closer Than Ever
Take My Hand

Stars: I gave all of these 4/5

What they’re about: Volume Three: An exciting trip to Europe challenges Sierra to Open Your Heart to loving others without expectations. At the start of her senior year, only Time Will Tell the truth about Sierra’s friendships. And in Now Picture This, she wonders if her relationship with Paul is as picture perfect as she thinks!
Volume Four: Sierra’s life becomes a roller coaster of decisions as she strives to Hold on Tight through choices about friendship, honesty, and college. Then, with high school graduation Closer Than Ever , she eagerly plans for Paul’s visit and can’t wait to know where everyone will be going to college. Finally, in Take My Hand , a misunderstanding with Paul means Sierra must start college hurt and confused. Is the damage to their relationship as final as it feels? (from Amazon)

What I thought: I finally finished this series! In the last year and a half, I have read all twelve books of the Christy Miller series and now all twelve books of the Sierra Jensen series. I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading these books from my early teen years. There are actually still more books with these characters that I want to read, some I have read before and some I haven’t. Like I say every time I talk about these books, they are definitely corny and I wouldn’t recommend them to other adults unless they hold a sense of nostalgia for you like they do for me.





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