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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Let It Be through a Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway.
"LET IT BE is a touching tale of loss, longing, and forgiveness that chronicles the breakup of a marriage, the destruction of a family, and the struggle to come together in the aftermath of what remains."
Let It Be by Chad Gayle chronicles the story of a woman trying to help her family recover from the separation of an abusive husband and father. The story is gripping and emotional and it is really easy to fall in love with all of the characters for their individual struggles and hopes. One of the elements of this novel that makes it unique is that each chapter highlights a different characters perspective. I thought this was a really nice touch and made the story more interesting. Let It Be is named after the famous Beatles album and each chapter within the story is named for a track on the album. There are quite a few references to the album, which I liked but I thought overall did not add much to the story. Overall, I thought this was a well written novel and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick gripping read.
As a big fan of Greek and Roman mythology, when I first saw this book on tumblr I immediately decided that I needed it. I absolutely do not regret this purchase! O’Brien uses what I would call “internet speech” to describe some of the most important myths of various cultures. The result is humorous but also educational and informative? It’s weird how these things work out sometimes… Also I now have a new favorite website- check out bettermyths.com (click the photo!)
Allegiant, the third book of the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth follows the story of Tris Prior as she fights to bring peace and justice into a harsh and cruel world. I really enjoyed the other two novels of this trilogy, but I think I can safely say Allegiant was my favorite.
While I found the story a little slow starting off (I had forgotten a lot of minor characters names and back stories and the first half includes a lot of explanations of how the society came to be), I was pretty gripped about halfway through. I love how honest the story came across. I also really enjoyed seeing Tobias’ perspective on everything that happened. This was a really poet way to conclude this series, which made the story not only relatable but also inspiring.
You can see my full review (including spoilers!) on Goodreads.
Emma (by RonjaNilsson)
Because I loved Pride and Prejudice so much I was really eager to read more of Austen’s works and because Emma Approved was set to start, I decided to jump into Emma. I was immediately in love with this story. I found Emma to be charming and clever but simultaneously immature and silly. It made the novel really enjoyable, relatable, and exciting. I think I liked this even more than Pride and Prejudice, to be honest. Also, does anyone know if the movie Clueless is loosely based on this story? They seemed eerily similar!
I don’t really know what to say about Losing It by Cora Carmack…
This was my first attempt at reading a “new adult” book and I was pretty disappointed. I should have figured by the title and premise of the book, but “love scenes” made up about 80% of the text. I want to say the story was lacking, but there basically was no story- just a series of physical attractions. I’m all for some good make outs in books, but I prefer more character development.
I have heard some musings on the internet about Eleanor & Park before I started reading it, and I’m so glad I did. Rainbow Rowell captured such a beautiful and moving story, this book instantly became a favorite for me. Not only do I adore the title characters of this book, but I think most people will find them very relatable. I wanted this book to continue forever; I will certainly be reading more of Rowell’s books! (Also look at that nail art! So adorable! Check out the source for more photos of this lady’s talent!)
Wedding Night is the latest “chick lit” by Sophie Kinsella. Since I had really liked the direction I’ve Got Your Number was headed, I thought I would check this out (despite warnings from a friend). Unfortunately I was disappointed. The storyline was predictable, the protagonists were forgettable, and the whole story just seemed a little ridiculous. I should stop giving into Sophie Kinsella books, because I always wind up disappointed, but at least it was a short read!
The description of The New Normal caught my eye on the library’s website and I decided to borrow it on a whim. I was instantly absorbed in the story, which starts when the main character Tamar begins to unexpectedly lose all her hair. I only finished this book last night (in a slight wine induced haze) and I’m still processing it today. Although I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was about this book that I loved so much, I really enjoyed it!
The story it pretty brief considering all the character development and dramatic circumstances that the novel covers, but I think that kind of adds to the beauty of it. Some points in our life, that seem so stressful and difficult may seem like they last forever, but in reality we are forced to pull ourselves together and keep the course despite the circumstances. I don’t think Tamar is trying to become normal in an attempt to fit in with the crowd- she explicitly states she would rather avoid other people all together. “The New Normal” is about finding normality in our everyday life- despite most days being the opposite of normal.
Hey fellow readers!
You guys are so awesome and I can’t believe you are still hanging around and listening to me ramble on about books I read. I have had some very busy work weeks lately so my blogging and reading has slowed down a bit but I still have a lot to share with you!
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend- my posts will be queued so keep checking in! See you soon :)
P.S. ONLY 8 BOOKS AWAY FROM 50!!!!
Incognito (by Nick Iluzada)
Having recently graduated college, I have developed this “thirst for knowledge” to sustain my lack of scholarly pursuits. This was the first book in that attempt and it did not disappoint. Eagleman makes difficult biological concepts not only easy to understand but also relatable and interesting. I really enjoyed this book