I spent the better part of my high school & college years reading novels for tests or essays, but rarely for pleasure. I missed out on so many good books and decided that my post-grad life would be full of reading books of my choosing. While on the Race last year I did a bit of that, but not enough. This year I’ve decided to read 50 books before ringing in the 2015 year with a bang. I’ll post my personal reviews after every five I’ve completed.
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
This was a light read from the shelves of my dear friend, Ashley. I’ve never read any of Giffin’s books, but enjoyed this one. Halfway through I realized I’d seen the movie, but it did not disappoint. There are several shocking moments and several where I ended up in complete laughter. Perfect summer read, to be sure.
Something Blue by Emiliy Giffin
Sequel to #16, this one took a turn I wasn’t expecting. I wasn’t as impressed with it as with the first, but still enjoyed Giffin’s writing style and how she handled a single pregnant woman in a world of married people. Can I pick up and move to London, too?!
‘Tis by Frank McCourt
I’ve been chewing on this – the last of three by McCourt – since finding it tucked away in a little bookstore in Jaco last July. A sophomore in college, I cried big sloppy tears when McCourt died, even going as far as to email my English teacher from high school that introduced me to Angela’s Ashes as a summer read years before. ‘Tis lived up to the legacy of McCourt down to the very last sentence. His life was beautifully written in these three memoirs and I’m sad I never had the opportunity to meet him. His influence is endless, whether in his legacy as a teacher or as an author. He is my favorite, there is no doubt.
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
It happened, after a million years of being out of the loop on every Harry Potter joke in the world, I’m not anymore. While this wasn’t my favorite, I was so eager to actually get in on all the goodness it held that I was enraptured. I finished this in record time, mere days, and loved every minute. It didn’t help that I’d watched A Very Potter Musical on YouTube before beginning this.
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Gilderoy Lockhart is in no way my favorite DADA professor and I’m not a terribly huge fan of snakes, but I felt like this plot had much more depth than the first novel. I’m a fan of writing, so I suppose I have a soft spot for the very fact that ol’ Voldy made this horcrux of a journal.
Any book suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated! I would love to know what you’re reading and what you recommend.