What I read in February

Looks like I only read four books last month..I am about half way through a book that I am reading now, so that will count for March I suppose..

I had someone suggest writing a little opinion about each book that I read. I have hesitated on doing that because I don’t want to put a feeling in someone’s mind about the book. There have been so many that I have seen get great reviews by people I know and I am just like…”huh???” after finishing it. Or the other way around! I may read a book that I loved and see that nobody else liked it, lol. But I will write a short snippet on what I thought of each book from now on! 🙂

What I read in February!

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio – August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

What I thought: I loved this book. This book got great reviews from all of my friends that read it. I am normally not a fan of books that switch around character viewpoints throughout the book like this does, but in this one it just works. It doesn’t happen very often and there is a good part of the story told per character. I think this is a book that most people should read, both kids and adults. People are people, no matter what they look like…

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All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg – A tender and wonderfully insightful story of friendship, love, heartbreak, and renewal, played out in the lives of three unforgettable women, from an extraordinary and unexpected debut novelist—the host of the #1 sports talk show in America, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg

All You Could Ask For
Mike Greenberg

Three women are about to find their lives intertwined in ways none of them could ever have imagined…

Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for fifteen years. Even after the C-section, the dog poop, the stomach viruses, and the coffee breath, Scott still always winks at her at just the right moments. That is why, for her beloved, romantic, successful husband’s fortieth birthday, she is giving him pictures. Of her. Naked.

Samantha’s newlywed bliss is steamrolled when she finds shocking evidence of infidelity on her husband’s computer. She has been married for two days. She won’t be for much longer.

Katherine works eighteen hours a day for the man who irreparably shattered her heart fifteen years ago. She has a duplex on Park Avenue, a driver, a chef, and a stunning house in Southampton, and she bought it all herself. So what if she has to see Phillip every single workday for the rest of her natural life? Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don’t know one another, but all three are about to discover the conquering power of friendship—and that they have all they could ask for, as long as they have one another.

What I thought: Well, this is another one of those books that switches characters around…lol. For me, it did it way too often and I had a hard time keeping it straight on who was who. Luckily it broke it down on the inside flap so I could keep referencing that little section. I did enjoy the stories of each woman, and I was a little surprised at how they all got together towards the end. I liked the book!

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Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller – Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

What I thought: I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was something that could have happened but not something you hear much about. The writing really made you get into the main character, which I love. I wanted the story to keep going, which to me, is a sign of a great book. 🙂

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Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson – At twenty-one, Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who willingly steps between the armed robber and her son.

Shandi doesn’t know that her blond god Thor has his own complications. When he looked down the barrel of that gun he believed it was destiny: It’s been one year to the day since a tragic act of physics shattered his universe. But William doesn’t define destiny the way other people do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in science and numbers, destiny to him is about choice.

Now, he and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head on, in a funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness,; about a virgin birth, a sacrifice, and a resurrection; about falling in love, and learning that things aren’t always what they seem—or what we hope they will be. It’s a novel about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need.

What I thought: This was another book I really liked. It kind of got off to an interesting start, to the point that I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get into it or not. But as it went on, it got more interesting. Some parts got a little slow, but they picked back up again. You kind of know where the story is going to go, but the wait isn’t frustrating like how some books are…

Let me know if you have read any of these! Or, if you have any suggestions on what I should read in upcoming months! 🙂

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