Book Review: The Silence Between Moonbeams by Sarah Doughty

The Silence Between Moonbeams

44th – The Silence Between Moonbeams by Sarah Doughty

Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ (BEST, GREAT read!)

What is it about: The Silence Between Moonbeams is about life — not always romantic, and not always easy, but often beautiful.

Everything is a product of the universe, the one thing about life we all share. It binds us together not only on a cellular level, but it’s also quintessential to the human condition. Thoughts, feelings, triumphs, love, loss, and much more are covered throughout these pages.

Discover what it feels like to live.

What I Love: Raw. Honest. Brutal. Beautiful.

This poetry book shows how darkness can create something so beautiful. This is a living proof that writing can heal, and it can make one feel alive again.

Prepare for goosebumps, prepare for heartbreaking lines, prepare to be struck straight from the heart under the silence between moonbeams.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing!!!

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Book Review: Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

Inside the O'Briens

“Reality depends on perspective, on what is paid attention to.”

43rd – Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

 Rating: ❤❤❤❤ (Good read, definitely)

What is it about: Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

What I Love: How the story unfolds.

The explanatory prelude.

The suspense.

The rawness of the characters and their individuality.

The lovely picture of a family battling a hard disease with strength, love and hope.

What I Don’t Love Much: None. 4 stars rating is because I love Lisa Genova’s Love Anthony and Still Alice more. 🙂

Wise Words: “Once you can imagine these things, you can’t unimagine them.”

“Every breath is a risk. Love is why we breathe.” –Katie

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
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Book Review: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

P.S. I Love You

“Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you’ll land among the stars.”

42nd – P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

 Rating: ❤❤❤ (Good read)

What is it about: Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!

What I Love: If you are looking for one easy read, this is the book for you.

It deals with one hard life evet but it still managed to be entertaining. The hopeful end completes the easy read aura.

What I Don’t Love Much: The main character. Her being confused is a bit annoying sometimes.

Wise Words: “Memories were fine, but you couldn’t touch them, smell them or hold them.”

“Seeming and being are not one and the same.”

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Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

Room

“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”

41st – Room by Emma Donoghue

Rating: ❤❤❤❤ (Good read, definitely!)

What is it about: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

What I Love: With a unique theme, a unique storyteller, a unique set-up, this is indeed an epic read.

The characters will intrigue you and will make you root for them.

It is one heart hitting reads.

What I Don’t Love Much: The end becomes a bit confused.

Wise Words: “Everybody’s damaged by something.”

“People don’t always want to be with people. It gets tiring.” 

“Stories are a different kind of true.”

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Book Review: The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

The Way Back to You

“The beauty of being young is that you can change your mind a hundred times and life is still before you with all the options.”

40th – A book about a roadtrip – The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

 Rating: ❤❤❤ (Good read)

What is it about: Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.

Her best friend Cloudy is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.

Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore.

As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they’re barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.

With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way to back to her…and to each other.

What I Love: This book begins with a promising start. Its engrossing and intriguing.

But as it..

What I Don’t Love Much: …becomes confusing. The main characters are confuse themselves.

Wise Words: “The beauty of being young is that you can change your mind a hundred times and life is still before you with all the options.”

“Grief doesn’t seem to need much space at all; it’s more like it tightens and squeezes until there’s no more of you left.”

“More than anything, though, I’ve learned that, just like in cheer, life is all about support. Being capable on your own is important, but big or small, having the right team makes all the difference.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
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Book Review: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies

“Paradox of marriage: you can never know someone entirely; you do know someone entirely.”

39th – Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

   Rating: ❤❤ (Not for me, sorry.)

What is it about: Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.

At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed.

What I Love: This book is filled with beautifully poetic lines. I actually thought this will be as great as All the Light We Cannot See but…

What I Don’t Love Much: As you kept reading, the book somehow losses its glory. The length is too long, the twists are too much. There are parts that are a bit too dramatic.

Wise Words: “Grief is for the strong, who use it as fuel for burning.”

“Struggle forms character. No struggle, no character.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
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Tagged: The Bedtime Book Tag

TaggedI am having so much fun with the book tags that I am currently doing. For this The Booktime Book Tag, I would like to thank Shivalike of Whimsy Journals for tagging me!

As a bedtime reader, I am really excited to do this awesome tag!

So here we go.

SIMPLE NOTE: I have mentioned a lot of Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom in this blog, so this time, I would like to give you guys a sneak peak to the latest novels and authors that I discovered and loved.

A Book That Kept You Up All Night Reading

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

Every Day bDavid Levithan is just so unique that it is really hard to put down.

A Book That Made You Scared To Sleep

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer.

The Silkworm bRobert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling is creepiness at its best. The way the victim was killed was just so gross. It will really leave you haunted.

A Book That Made You Go To Sleep

Tenth of December

The title story is a moving account of the intersection, at a frozen lake in the woods, of a young misfit and a middle-aged cancer patient who goes there to commit suicide, only to end up saving the boy’s life.

Tenth of December by George Saunders is a bit ‘boring for me. I know it received a lot of good reviews but maybe this is just not for me.

A Book That Left You Tossing and Turning All Night in Anticipation of its Release

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel

That will be The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom and See Me by Nicholas Sparks.

I know I said I have mentioned a lot about these two scribblers already but, what can I do? Their upcoming books are just so drool-deserving!

A Book That Has Your Dream Boyfriend

Landline

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…

Landline by Rainbow Rowell is about a bit magical love story of Georgie and Neal. Neal understands, he forgives and he loves his kids and his wife. And I do think he is faithful. So yeah.

A Book That Would Be Your Worst Nightmare to Live In

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Shatter Me bTahereh Mafi is the latest dystopia trilogy that I have read. So I would pick this book for this question.

A Book That Reminds You of Night time

Paper Towns

After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him.

Paper Towns by John Green started with that epic night between Margo and Q. So I would say this book reminds me of night time.

A Book That Had a Nightmarish Cliffhanger

Never Never (Never Never, #1)

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher for me has nightmarish cliffhanger. It literally left me hanging and waiting for more! I have read the sequel of this book and it is still a helluva cliffhanger!

A Book That You Actually Dreamed About

You (You, #1)

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

You by Caroline Kepnes has somehow left me haunted that I dreamed about it nights after I finished reading it. My dream was about an obsessed man like Joe. The funny thing is that obsessed man is actually obsessed with me. (laughs) Okay. Laugh now, dear reader. 😀

A Book Monster that You Would Not Want to Find Under Your Bed

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold has no literal monsters like dragons, ogres or any kind of that typical monsters. But I consider Susie’s killer the monster that I would never ever want to find under my bed. A man who can rape and kill children is worst than any monster.

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So there! I am done and I am giddy to share this book tag to you guys:

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