Tuesday, February 13, 2018

books lately: 2018 so far

I've read a string of great books so I want to talk about them. I read at least one that was so-so but I don't even feel like talking about it.

What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen: Loved this book so much that it inspired its own post. I keep thinking about it. While there was so much I couldn't relate to, I loved the way the info was presented and the themes throughout.

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination: This was a college commencement speech that JK Rowling gave some time ago in book form. If you need a graduation gift, grab it. Really compact, uplifting book for someone standing on the edge of adulthood. You can read it in less than a half hour.

Sourdough: I've never read a Robin Sloan book before, so I had no idea that magical realism was waiting for me. It was realistic enough to keep me interested but the fantasy element made it kind of weird and fun. Basically, a woman who works in the technology industry gets a magical sourdough starter and baking bread takes over her life. It's a fun world with a smart, female character who had no romance that was completely unlike anything I've ever read. I want to read more by the author.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: I saw a preview for a movie called Love, Simon that just seemed like it stemmed from a book I would enjoy and here we are. It was a cute YA book whose characters I liked and a world I enjoyed spending time in - kind of the way I felt when I read Dumplin'. If you like young love and pen pals and teenagers worth rooting for, add this one to your list. I'll probably even watch the movie.

Little Fires Everywhere: Everyone seems to love this book and so did I. Everything I Never Told You (same author) was my first-ever audiobook, so this author holds a special place to me. I waited forever to get this from the library and it was worth it. I like reading books set in the recent past (1997) so that some things that technology would alleviate today aren't options. I like twisty family stories and the omniscient way that Celeste Ng's stories are written. I loved how people's intentions were examined, but I wanted more about Moody and all four kids' upbringing. It was also one of those stories where I would have loved more of an epilogue. But, overall, I loved the many directions it went, the writing, the setting, and the way it all unfolded. If you don't mind a book where there isn't a lot of action, it's a great one.

That's it. If you loved any of these, let's chat!

Linking up with Steph and Jana because these books are worth having a conversation about.

18 comments:

  1. I still need to pick up Everything I Never Told You! I waited forever for Little Fires Everywhere and I was so glad that I waited because it was so good!

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  2. I love Simon Vs. I really can't wait for the movie!

    I want to read Very Good Lives; I just like anything JK Rowling writes, so I'll take an inspiring commencement speech!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  3. Yes LFE was sooo amazing. I loved Very Good Lives too and agree it would make a lovely gift book! I have Sourdough on audio so I am looking forward to it sometime this year! Glad to hear it was good!!!

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  4. Little Fires Everywhere has been on my list seems like forever. I definitely want to check out What made Maddie Run

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  5. Loved LFE and added Everything I Never Told You immediately afterwards. I wanted to know why Moody's name was Moody, and wanted more of an epilogue as well. I've been on the fence with Sourdough because of the magical realism- I'm not really great with suspension of disbelief. Simon Vs. has been on my list for awhile, glad to see another positive review! I originally missed the post inspired by that book and will probably write a post soonish because my mom posed a similar question recently that's been on my mind for weeks and all of that is to say- I agree. I agree on being and sharing all the ordinary and mundane but I only accepted that idea in the last year or so.

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  6. glad you liked little fires everywhere! i haven't read her other book but it's on my list. i remember my first audiobook too so i get you on it being special. i have Sourdough at home so glad you liked it!

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  7. Maddie left me with a lot of thoughts too, but I couldn't glue them together on a separate post. I'm going to check out yours!

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  8. I loved Little Fires.

    I have picked up Sourdough at the library many times, but never actually checked it out.

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  9. I read Very Good Lives about a year ago. Very inspiring :)

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  10. I've heard a lot about Simon and know I should read it but I feel like it's one of those where I'll just see the movie and be done with it.

    Little Fires was excellent.

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  11. You had me at no romance with Sourdough, adding it to my TBR. I cannot believe I never read Very Good Lives. Will definitely pick that up!

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  12. i've found myself really enjoying books that take place in the 1990s...it's like "history" I can remember!

    I'm going to read What Made Maddy Run soon. It's on my challenge list for the year.

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  13. Just went to put a hold on Little Fires Everywhere and I'm 481st on the list!!

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  14. I have Little Fires Everywhere from BOTM and it's been sitting on my shelf since I received it - oops! I'll make a point to at least read it in 2018 :)

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  15. I need to read Little Fires Everywhere still! It's been out at the library forever! My sister is graduating college in May so I may need to pick up that J.K. Rowling speech for her.

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  16. Sourdough is on my list but I haven't decided if I want to get the book or the audio version yet. Gaaaahhh.

    And yes the recent past is something I love. Cable TV and events I remember but no cell phones.

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  17. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is on my night stand right now. I also have Maddy on hold at the library. I loved Little Fires Everywhere, too. Such similar tastes!

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