Well, I thought I would read more books this month than I did. We were so exhausted on the plane that we were pretty much like zombies on both flights. Especially that first one though, I only had three hours of sleep and a sore back with a 4 hour layover in Chicago. So anyway, we didn’t read on either flight. I brought a lot of books though!
I need to up my game, I have to read ten more books by the end of the year to meet my goal! Ack!!
Here is what I read in October…
The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder – Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).
Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.
As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity, insouciance, karma, and even happiness.
An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of Miracles, The Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.
What I thought: Well, I don’t normally do this, but I went into Goodreads.com and checked a couple other reviews for this book. I didn’t feel the same way that a lot of them did, they were confused mostly. It was an interesting way to tell a story, sure, and not usually one that is told. I kind of enjoyed reading it. It moved quickly for the most part…
Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou – James Patterson introduces the best selling “illustrated fiction” format to teens! It’s “Middle School” for high schoolers!
In James Patterson’s first highly illustrated “diary fiction” story for teens, the mega-bestselling author’s most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.
Margaret “Cuckoo” Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her “Operation Happiness”. She’s determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters.
Cuckoo’s also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves “the Freakshow”) decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and “bring the Nations together”. Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling… until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.
What I thought: I actually loved the drawings in this book. There weren’t so many that I thought it was like a comic book, but the illustrations really added to it! The story was cute. There wasn’t a ton of substance although there were some definite issues mentioned. I think I was expecting something different since it was James Patterson and all…but it’s ok.
Intertwine by Nichole Van – Time is not a river. It is a vast cosmic sea. Where each life exists as rippling circles on its surface, past and future being eternally present. And occasionally, one expanding ring intertwines with that of another, weaving the lives of two people together…
In 2012, Emme Wilde can’t find the right guy. She wants to feel that swept-off-your-feet dizziness of true love. But so far, her dating life has come up short. Star Trek geek? Nice but too serious. Hippy artist? Cute but too vulnerable. Instead, Emme obsesses over the portrait of an unknown man in an old locket. Granted, a seriously dreamy guy with delicious, wind-swept hair she just itches to run her fingers through. But still. Dead men may be great listeners, but they are not exactly boyfriend material. Emme travels to England, determined to uncover his history and conquer the strong connection she feels.
In 1812, James Knight has given up finding the right woman. All he wants is someone to share his love of adventure. Instead, his life has become a Shakespearean drama. His brother languishes in a tragic star-crossed romance. His beloved sister clings to life, slowly dying of consumption. But then he finds a beautiful mystery woman, dripping wet and half-dead, beneath a tree on his estate. Now if he can uncover her history, perhaps adventure—and romance—will find him at last.
What I thought: Well, the main reason I bought this book was because it was written by someone in the photography industry that I am friends with on facebook. The storyline sounded cute too. And the cover… :swoon: Anyway, the beginning of the book was a little confusing for me, but after that I really got into it. I loved the time travel deal…fun. A very cute story…
A Lifelong Love by Gary Thomas – Gary Thomas believes couples often settle for too little when it comes to marriage. We fail to understand how deeply God cares about our spouse. We diminish our need to not only understand what biblical love really is, but also to become a people who excel at it. We let ourselves drift apart instead of making the daily choices to grow closer together.Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose,A Lifelong Love promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension. You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again. You will understand how living for that day will so radically transform the decisions you make this day. And Gary will guide you through the power shifts and seasonal mine fields that blow up so many marriages so that you can grow in your love instead of in your disappointment.Thirty years of study and two decades of working with couples has led Gary Thomas to his most significant book yet on the relationship between husband and wife. Find out for yourself what all the fuss is about—and why A Lifelong Love is sure to challenge the way the church talks about marriage.
What I thought: Wow…definitely a lot to think about with this one. I am going to be reviewing this book soon on my blog, so if this sounds interesting, keep an eye out for that blog post….
Anyway, let me know what you read recently and loved.. I have to squeeze in ten more books by the end of the year…think I can do it?