I haven’t written about books in awhile, so this post is long overdue (like my library books, which is why I just BUY the books, but that’s another story…). One of my goals for 2016 is to read 24 books. One month in, I’ve already finished six – and I had to make myself take a book break because I’ve been staying up so late at night reading that I’m not getting any sleep (and also, Season 6 of Parenthood is probably to blame, too).
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Here are my five favorite books from the last few months, in case you are trying to figure out what to read next!
The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey – My neighbor lent me this book so I could read it before the movie came out (because the only thing better than a good YA story is a good YA story with a movie – and because I’m not hip to the latest YA books, I always end up finding out about them right before the movies are released, which is awesome). I was pulled into this story from page one, where 16-year-old Cassie begins telling her story of life as a teen during an alien invasion.
Smart, compelling, and full of action, I wanted nothing more than to dive into the second book the minute I finished this one (luckily for my sleep that night, I don’t have the second book yet).
And we did go see the movie…think of it as a watered-down version of the real story, which is much more complex and believable than the screen version (which, honestly, gets kind of silly).
Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore – This book has been on my nightstand for more than a year. Recommended by my mom, my mother-in-law, and several friends, I just wasn’t that interested in reading it myself. It’s what I call a “serious” book, which is another word for will-probably-make-me-cry-and-think, and that’s not always on my agenda when I curl up with a good book these days. So, I put it off…and only picked it up so I could FINALLY read it and put it away.
Ohmygosh, you guys! Beautifully written, this true story of a Dallas art dealer and his unlikely relationship with a homeless ex-sharecropper living on the streets of Fort Worth spoke to me in all the right ways. It was, indeed, a serious book that covered serious matter. But it was also an engaging, fun-to-read tale of friendship, faith, and making a difference in your world. Ron and Denver share the story of their unexpected friendship through authentic and honest voices, and I promise you won’t be the same when you finish this book.
The Outlandish Companion Volume 2, by Diana Gabaldon – Confession: I’ve only just started this book, but I’m all in. Basically? If Diana Gabaldon wrote it, I’ll read it. I triple extra heart her and her impossible-to-put-down-anything-she’s-written storytelling skills (and you can read about the time I met her here).
This book is a companion to the last several books she’s written, and it goes into detail about each of the books – the characters, the back stories, her processes for writing them, etc. If you are a Gabaldon addict, you’ll want this in your collection. If you haven’t read all of her books yet, skip this for now. Start with Outlander instead.
The Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare – More YA, this book is the first in a trilogy that takes place in 19th century London. Centered around Tessa Gray and her unfortunate fall into the hands of evil sisters working for a dark force, this story brings magic, love, and angels into the lives of our prim and proper American heroine, Tessa, and her new magical caretakers.
I thought this book was smartly-written, full of fun witty dialogue and likable (and extremely unlikable, but in the best way possible) characters. The author does a fantastic job of reminding us that this is life in the “old days,” when women had a place and clearly defined roles. She acknowledges all of this and yet still manages to bring us strong women characters.
Right after I read this, I read the second one – The Clockwork Prince – and it was also fantastic.
The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others do in 12 Months, by Brian P. Moran – I like to switch up my genres, and I usually move back and forth between fiction, classics (also fiction, I suppose), something true, and something self or business-related. This is one of my favorite business-y books I’ve read, and I would recommend this to ANYONE with a business or a plan for anything, actually.
The principles in this book could be applied to anything – a small business, a current career path, a blog, losing weight, you name it. The tools and ideas and planning strategies in this book are ideas that anybody can implement. I don’t follow all of the things he recommends all of the time, but I do apply the main general ideas to my own business – and it’s been a game-changer. If anything, it just makes the Really Big Tasks feel more manageable, and that’s worth a lot to me.
So, there you go – five books you won’t want to put down! 🙂
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