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October 7, 2016

Stacks on stacks.

Of books.

I have stacks on stacks of books that I am hoping to get through prior to my 26th year beginning. The goal is to have 26 books read by my 26th bday and I am at 21. However, I also have only a month left to read 5 books.

The list of recently read is growing (which is good). Here are some books that I recently picked up from the local library.

  1. Emma Cline The Girls 
  2. Liane Moriarty: Truly, Madly, Guiltily
  3. Fredrik Backman: A Man Called Ove
  4. Emma Donoghue: The Wonder

Here is a little takeaway from each.

  1. The Girls covered the life of Evie, a young girl growing up in the late 1960’s. Evie meets a group of girls that appeal to her and she is drawn into a cult group. It was certainly an interesting read but unsettling. The unsettling nature made it almost a form of art or something however.
  2. Truly, Madly, Guiltily, I just think Liane Moriarty does a wonderful job emphasizing the truth behind words and actions. She is able to convey the deepest of feelings while not taking you too far the rabbit hole of despair. I really enjoy her books.
  3. A Man Called Ove. You all, I can not even explain how beautiful this book is. It takes grief, which is very very dark, and turns it into a practical spin on living a life full of value. I can’t fully explain this book, but I can tell you at the end I was bawling like a baby (on a Friday night no less).
  4. The Wonder had a slower start but was intriguing nonetheless. I read Room earlier this summer and would say that this author’s writing is consistently good. I wanted to come back to this story and read the ending.

What are your recently reads? Any authors that I should keep on my radar?

26 x 26 Recently Read

Recently Read: Room

July 28, 2016


Reviews Here

I haven’t mentioned this yet, but one of my overarching goals this year is to complete a 26 x 26 list. This list is compiled of 26 things I would like to achieve prior to turning 26.

One of the items is to read 26 non-school books. Easy enough right? Ehhhh….harder when in school and in a world filled with Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

Currently I am at 16 books. Not too shabby considering some of these books are monsters.

One of the 16 books I have read is Room by Emma Donoghue.

I could hardly put this book down.

It was just so interesting and was told from such an interesting perspective.

The story is about a mom and son duo, Ma and Jack, who live in “Room”. Room is a small space where Jack learns things from a handful of books, a TV, and Ma. However, Jack has never experienced the world. Ma and Jack’s experience in Room and after are not only profoundly interesting but heartwarming as well.

I would highly recommend this book.

What books have you read recently that you’d recommend to a friend?