Wednesday, June 03, 2015

spring book report.


My friends (and most people who know me) know I love to read. Because of that, a lot of people ask me for book recommendations and I am happy to give them! If I know you also love to read, I'll sometimes give recommendations without being asked. Book lovers unite! 

I've had a few people ask for recommendations in the past couple of weeks, so I thought I'd share what books I've read recently-ish and some quick thoughts/reviews. Maybe it's something I could do regularly. 

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion / I really liked this book. It's a love story, but not your typical love story. I remember I was excited each time I had a chance to read it because it was fun, made me smile, and I wanted to know how Don's project would work out.

Someone Is Watching by Joy Fielding / I've loved Joy Fielding's books since high school. This one wasn't my favourite, and I thought it was a little boring at times, but it kept me guessing, as any good thriller should. (I remember staying up all night years ago to read Charley's Web.)

Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale / I think any twenty-something woman who isn't sure what she wants to do with her life would like this memoir. I especially liked it because one of the authors lived in Beijing and I found myself highlighting entire paragraphs that she wrote, thinking, "Yes! Exactly! Beijing is like that!" I also found myself wishing I was friends with Jessica and Rachel. Beijing aside, I felt like we had a lot of things in common. 

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty / I'd been seeing this book all over the internet so I figured it was about time I read it. It was good! It was the first book I'd read by this author and I had a feeling I'd want to read all her books, like I do with Sophie Kinsella or Jennifer Weiner. I think part of why I liked this book so much is because I work with little kids at a school with rich parents. I think I read a review somewhere that said the characters and plot aren't realistic and I mean, it is a novel, but I don't think it's too far-fetched. 

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion / Yup, this is the sequel to The Rosie Project, above. I didn't like it as much as I did the first, but I had to know what happened to Don and Rosie. 

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes / This is the second book I've read by Moyes, and I liked it better than Me Before You. For some reason, I felt so connected to the characters. The ending is predictable, but I think it's worth the read. 

I just started reading What Alice Forgot and I have a feeling I'll be done pretty soon. I was reading The Emperor's Children but I gave up. I wanted to like it but I just couldn't get into it; I'd fall asleep after a few pages no matter when I read it—morning, afternoon, or night. 

Tip: I've always been a big fan of libraries, and even now that I'm living in China, I borrow books from New Brunswick's electronic library. Having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card ;)

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

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