reading lately 4.0

It’s my favorite time of the month! I was aiming to post this earlier in the month, but other more fun things came up to chat about. Anyhow, it’s time for me to share the books I’ve been reading lately, why I did (or didn’t) enjoy them and what I’m looking forward to reading next. {To catch up, here’s my last post.}

Windfallen – JoJo Moyes
I was on a Moyes reading kick after last month and this one didn’t disappoint. The storyline in this book is about two different women’s lives, in two different time periods. The setting is a small seaside village, named Merham and mostly revolves around a house called Arcadia. Both women in their respective lives have had to deal with love, heartbreak and loss. The author does a fantastic job of tying their stories together. This one got 5 stars.

The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks
Let’s go ahead and have a collective laugh at me. I know last month I mentioned my serious problem with not being able to bypass a Sparks novel, even though I know it’ll be a tearjerker but I just can’t help myself. The storyline is about a rodeo cowboy and sorority girl, and an old Jewish couple who are all tied together in a way that doesn’t come about until the last chapter. I was pretty impressed at the more complex writing style in this book, considering it’s a Sparks novel. Beautiful story (yes, someone does die) and well written. This one got 5 stars.

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Before even reading this book, I knew it was going to be hard to read. Not because of language or literary prose, simply because of the subject matter. (If you don’t know, it’s about teenagers living with cancer.) Boy meets girl, they fall in love, both have cancer. It’s an interesting story from the perspective of a teenager about living with cancer and choices they make because of that. I definitely cried a little (and I’m not a crier) so you’ve been warned. This one got 4.5 stars.

A quick note about the next 4 books: These are part of a series called ‘Cedar Cove’ and the reason I started reading them was simply because after watching the television series based on the books, I couldn’t wait to see what ended up happening with all the characters. Normally, I don’t read books like these but they were a nice respite from all the other heavy reading I’ve been doing lately. Instead of writing separately about each book, here’s a link to an explanation of the series if you’re interested.

{Easy-to-read romance novels, part of a series of 12 books}
311 Pelican Court – Debbie Macomber
44 Cranberry Point – Debbie Macomber
50 Harbor Street – Debbie Macomber
6 Rainier Drive – Debbie Macomber

Caleb’s Crossing – Geraldine Brooks
This book is part of 3 books I’m reading this month for my semi-annual online book retreat which I talked about earlier this year. Honestly, this book was really slow to start with and I had a hard time getting into it. It was a bit tougher because it’s written in Old/Middle English, so I’m going to guess that was part of the reason. I’m glad I didn’t give up, though. It’s a very interesting story (loosely based) on the true story of the first Native American male (Caleb) to attend and graduate from Harvard University, back in 1645. One surprising thing about the book was that it was told from the perspective of Caleb’s friend, Bethia. She narrates the story, all the way from their teen years (when they met) until she is practically on her deathbed. The storyline revolves mainly around the transformation and eventual formal education of Caleb, but also touches on Bethia and her education. This one got 3 stars.

The Hope Quotient – Ray Johnston
I actually wrote an in-depth post about this book recently, so instead of repeating myself here’s the link to that post if you’re interested.

Current and upcoming reading: March (pictured), The Meaning of Marriage, People of the Book, Generous Justice, 74 Seaside Avenue, and Unbroken

At the end of the year, I’m curious to tally up my books and see how many books I actually read. Some days, it seems like I’ve read a ton of books but in reality I’m sure it’s less than I think. My random guess is I will have read 27 books by December 31st.

Have you been reading anything fun lately? I love hearing your recommendations!

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