Ten Books I’m Glad I Picked on a Whim

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I am good in planning,
except when I’m reading,
sometimes I follow
where my mood is swinging,
and here are the books
I’m glad I picked on a whim.

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Before I Go to Sleep

About: Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word

About: Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

About: EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred Spirits

About: If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  (Good read!)

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Love Anthony

About: Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.
Olivia is a young mother whose eight-year-old severely autistic son has recently died. Her marriage badly frayed by years of stress, she comes to the island in a trial separation to try and make sense of the tragedy of her Anthony’s short life.
Beth, a stay-at-home mother of three, is also recently separated after discovering her husband’s long-term infidelity. In an attempt to recapture a sense of her pre-married life, she rekindles her passion for writing, determined to find her own voice again. But surprisingly, as she does so, Beth also find herself channeling the voice of an unknown boy, exuberant in his perceptions of the world around him if autistic in his expression—a voice she can share with Olivia—(is it Anthony?)—that brings comfort and meaning to them both.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

About: A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One Plus One

About: Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages… maybe ever.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

About: In a war-torn village in Eastern Europe, an American photographer captures a heart-stopping image: a young girl flying toward the lens, fleeing a fiery explosion that has engulfed her home and family. The image wins acclaim and prizes, becoming an icon for millions—and a subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer’s best friend, who has suffered a devastating tragedy of her own.

As the writer plunges into a suicidal depression, her filmmaker husband enlists several friends, including a fearless bisexual poet and an ingenuous performance artist, to save her by rescuing the unknown girl and bringing her to the United States. And yet, as their plot unfolds, everything we know about the story comes into question: What does the writer really want? Who is controlling the action? And what will happen when these two worlds—east and west, real and virtual—collide?

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  (Good read!)

We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride

We Are Called to Rise

About: An immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker at home in the darker corners of Las Vegas. A wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can’t remember getting. By the time we realize how these voices will connect, the impossible and perhaps the unbearable has already happened. We Are Called to Rise is a boomtown tale, in which the lives of people from different backgrounds and experiences collide in a stunning coincidence. When presented the opportunity to sink into despair, these characters rise. Through acts of remarkable charity and bravery, they rescue themselves. Emotionally powerful yet tender and intimate, We Are Called to Rise is a novel of redemption and unexpected love.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  (Good read!)

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

About: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

Summary and Photo credit: Goodreads


In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

May 17: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

P.S. What one book would you add on this list?

Share it to me! 😀

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Ten Books for Awesome-Short-Read Mood

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“People who say they don’t have time to read simply don’t want to.” ― Julie Rugg, A Book Addict’s Treasury


What’s your mood for today?

Moods is the theme of The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today.

March 1: Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For…

SHORT READS! 😀

Most of my followers are busy professionals plus great writers so for them, here are TEN AWESOME SHORT READS  (less than 300 pages) that they may want to read to have a break!

1. Love & Misadventure and Lullabies by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

3. The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

4. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

5. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, Colton Burpo

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

6. Stupid is Forever by Miriam Defensor Santiago

Stupid is Forever

7. Never Never (Never Never, #1) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never (Never Never, #1)

8. Stargirl (Stargirl, #1) by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)

9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

10. The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

Photo and link credit: Goodreads


That will be it for this week!

Have you read some of this books?

What are your most-loved short reads?

Let’s dicuss!

 

Out-of-comfort-zone Books I Loved

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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


Surprises!

That is the main theme of  The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today.

February 23:  Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone)

So here are the out-of-comfort-zone books that I truly enjoyed recently. 🙂

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

I am not into classics. But this one’s surely worth reading.

2. Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

This is my first read poetry book. I read it as I am getting addicted to writing my own poems. To say that I am crazy about this book and Lang Leav would be an understatement! 😀

3. The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

A book I just read because I can’t sleep, I am surprised that I actually liked the brutality and the explicit language used in this book.

4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

Historical fiction, though I enjoyed some, is not actually my to-read genre. But this one is, for me, one of the best.

5. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

I am a certified Albom fan, so why the hell this book is here?

It’s because magic and fantasy isn’t my comfort zone. And to tell you honestly, I am quite anxious that I will not like this novel as much as I loved Tuesdays with Morrie and his other books. BUT! I am wrong! 😀

6. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

The Pelican Brief

Mystery and thrillers is my fave genre. But this came as a surprising hit for me as it is my first try for John Grisham. 🙂

7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

With its intimidating length and historical depth, I thought this book will bore me. But I was, again, wrong! This is insanely a great read!

8. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

Medical drama is a genre I haven’t tried until this novel. And with the courageous and eloquent storytelling of Lisa Genova, I may read some more medical drama. 🙂

Photo and link credit: Goodreads


That will be it for this week!

Have you read some of this books?

If not, what are the books that surprised you?

Let’s dicuss!

 

2016 Reading Challenge Update: January Part 2

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Surprise surprise! I actually read six (06) books last month?! 😀

Here are the two additional books that I’ve read on the night of January 31st. (Yes, I am not kidding! :D)

5th – A book from the (my) library – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

What is it about: Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

What I Love: The way the story was told. From shifting perspectives with additional snippets of more perspectives after each chapter. It kept me glued thinking, wait… so what happened? Who did this? Who will…?

The diversity of life mess each women are in also gave the story a unique texture that make it more unforgettable.

Lastly, it gave me the ‘Oh!’ moment. I loved it when an author was able to surprise me, and Moriarty surely did!

What I Don’t Love Much: I cannot name what I don’t love about this book. Maybe, it’s just that my first try of Liane Moriarty, which is The Husband’s Secret, is better.

Wise Words: 

“Parents do tend to judge each other. I don’ know why. Maybe because none of us really know what we’re doing?”

“I mean a fat, ugly man can still be funny and lovable and successful… But it’s like it’s the most shameful thing for a woman to be.”

“How every relationship had its own ‘love account’. Doing something kind for your partner was like a deposit. A negative comment was a withdrawal.”

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

 6th – A book with a protagonist that has who your occupation – The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

What is it about: With the flash of a camera, one girl’s life is shattered, and a host of others altered forever. . .

In a war-torn village in Eastern Europe, an American photographer captures a heart-stopping image: a young girl flying toward the lens, fleeing a fiery explosion that has engulfed her home and family. The image wins acclaim and prizes, becoming an icon for millions—and a subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer’s best friend, who has suffered a devastating tragedy of her own.

As the writer plunges into a suicidal depression, her filmmaker husband enlists several friends, including a fearless bisexual poet and an ingenuous performance artist, to save her by rescuing the unknown girl and bringing her to the United States. And yet, as their plot unfolds, everything we know about the story comes into question: What does the writer really want? Who is controlling the action? And what will happen when these two worlds—east and west, real and virtual—collide?

What I Love: The brutal honesty, the cringe-inducing words that vivid descriptions of abuse, sex and even art.

It took me less than an hour to finish this book, maybe because it was short, but definitely because of the way it was written.

The language is intense, the description will hit you hard. Like what I said, brutally honest.

What I Don’t Love Much: The last few chapters were a bit off for me. It’s as if a train derailed, or a car which has lost its GPS connection. It’s just… off, for me.

Wise Words:  

“Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.”

“We are who we imagine we are. Every self is a novel in progress. Every novel a lie that hides the self.”

“Photographs replace memory. Photographs replace lived experience. History.”

“Do we secretly long for death to remind us we are alive?”

“There are so many kinds of love, but never a love, or a life, withour pain.”

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 (Good read!)

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Pop Sugar and Goodreads

Story Summary: Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Dying to Read

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You’ll be counting every second of the day once your favorite author announces the release of his new book. – rosemawrites

The Broke and the Bookish said today’s Top Ten Tuesday is FREE! So I browse their previous list and here’s what I’ll be doing today:

September 15: Books I’m Dying to Read

You all know that I am really really excited for the last quarter of 2015 as my two favorite authors Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom will be releasing their new books in the coming months!

So before I get too giddy… here’s the 10 books that I am dying to read!

1. Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4) by by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4)

This is the fourth novel of Lis and April’s Triple Threat Series!

2. Another Day (Every Day, #2) by David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I have said for so many times how much I loved Every Day (Every Day, #1) so I am super excited to know what happened to ‘him’ and to Rhiannon.

3. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

Now on its third novel, Robert Galbraith or should I say J.K. Rowling have engrossed me big time with Cormoran Strike’s story! So please come soon, October 20, 2015!

4. Never Never: Part Three (Never Never, #3) by by Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher

This book has no cover photo yet and the expected release is on 2016! After 2 books, Colleen and Tarryn just left us reader with more questions about Silas and Charlie!!!

5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

As a debut YA novel, I am quite intrigued on what this book is all about. 🙂

6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews  

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I have watched the trailer of this book’s movie version so I am quite interested on this book. I have read a lot of great reviews about this novel as well! 😀

7. The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

This book has its own fair share of great raves and too negative feedbacks. That’s what makes it more intriguing.

8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

This book caught my attention after I have read reviews from my fellow book bloggers Jenna and Arianna. After reading their thoughts, I think I would want to try this new YA! 

And of course! You all know the last two slots are for Nicholas and Mitch. (Fangirling, yes oh yes!)

9. See Me by Nicholas Sparks

See Me

I voted for the cover of this book and I just can’t wait anymore! This will be released on October 13!

10. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel

I have signed in an exclusive email for Mitch Albom books called Shelved with a hope of winning an advance signed copy of this super great novel! This will be This will be out on November 15!

This photo explains what I am feeling now! Right now! 😀


Share your most anticipated book releases with me too! 😀

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