January Book Club

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I started to write this post last October but then life (aka giving birth to my son) got in the way and I never got around to finishing.  My last book post was in September and I actually did a lot of reading before my son’s birth because I was determined to get as much in as I could.  As I anticipated, my reading slowed down a lot after his birth but I’m starting to get into a groove with reading while breastfeeding so I’m hoping to keep up the reading.  I’ve tasked myself with reading 40 books in the new year although a lot of my books are very lengthy (Anna Karenina, the Outlander series, etc) so I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to achieve. Since my last post, here is what I’ve read:

  • Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  • Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
  • Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
  • Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
  • Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card
  • Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  • Not Fade Away by Rebecca Alexander
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Giver by Lois Lowery
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler

The books by Card feel a little bit like a blur.  I read those before giving birth and I think my pregnancy brain has made me forget about the details.  I do remember that I liked the Shadow series a lot better than Ender’s series.  The story was more developed and made more sense.  The only exception was the last book in the Shadow series, Shadows in Flight.  I really disliked that book and I think it could have been condensed down a lot and been included in the Shadow of the Giant book.  Ender in Flight was the most recent book by Card from the Ender’s series and I liked this book a lot better than some of the other books in the series.  There was more meat to the book and was back to the original story, not more of the out there story line that the last few books of the series focused on.

I was happy to finish up the Ender’s and Shadow series and move on to a different genre.  I read This is Where I Leave You and in the middle of the book, I saw the movie.  I was enjoying the book but wasn’t able to finish it up before I made plans to see the movie but I think they complemented each other well.   I missed a few things in the book that the movie touched on and the book went into a little more detail than the movie so the movie made a little more sense.  The book is a story of a family who is dealing with the loss of their patriarch.  After the dad’s death, the family spends seven days together in the same house and it is the story of those seven days.  While the description of the story had me reluctant to read, I actually really enjoyed it.  It was a good story which I thought it was a funny, enjoyable read and I also liked the movie and the casting for the movie.

Not Fade Away was a book for my book club and I also enjoyed this story.  It is about a girl born with a rare genetic mutation that causes her to slowly lose her hearing and eye sight.  It was one of those books that really makes you appreciate what you have in life.  I thought the story was engaging but I will say that the author sort of jumped around in time and I didn’t care for the the chronology.

The Fault in Our Stars was another book that I read so that I could watch the movie.  I admit I knew how the story ended before it began and I still sobbed like crazy at the end.  I enjoyed both the movie and the book but I did think some aspects of the story were a little unbelievable.  I read this book after Not Fade Away and I was pregnant at the time so both books really made me appreciate what I have in my life, diabetes and all.

After I read The Fault in Our Stars, I picked ANOTHER book so that I could watch the movie.  I need to expand my horizons a little bit I think but I read The Giver.  I’m pretty sure The Giver is one of those books I was supposed to read in middle or high school but I never did.  I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I also liked this book.  It was more thought provoking and action packed than the previous two books I read, so it was a nice change in pace. The book actually reminded me a lot of Divergent and since this came out first, I’m wondering how much inspiration for Divergent came from The Giver.  The only negative about the story to me was the ending.  I didn’t care for how the book ended at all.  I probably preferred the movie slightly because of the way the movie ended.  I don’t know if everyone disliked the ending to the book as much as I did but the movie seemed to try to make it better, at least a little bit.  However, I did prefer the book to the movie in every aspect except for the ending.

Finally, I read Amy Poehler’s Yes Please.  This was a quick, easy, entertaining read.  It is basically a bunch of random stories from Amy about her life growing up and her rise to fame.  I thought her stories were funny although, at times she sort of rambled on (the beginning was the worst at ramblings which made me a little skeptical about the read).

Overall, I read some pretty good books the last few months.  Also, I think I’m done with Science Fiction books for a while.  The Ender’s series was so-so, some good books but also some bad books in the mix.  Over the last few months, I also read quite a few books on raising a baby (like Babywise, Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child, and What to Expect the First Year) but I am really just using those as a resource, although the sleep books are stressing me out. My book club started back up in October so I have a few books to read for that over the next few months.  I’m also going to try and read Anna Karenina by Tolstoy because that’s been on my reading bucket list for a while.  What good books have you read recently?

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