Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January Book Review {Books I Loved, Liked, and Abandoned}

One of my NYE resolutions this year was to read more. Part of my motivation is being accountable and setting the goal to do a post at the end of every month to share with you all! My to-be-read list is really starting to pile up on Goodreads (follow me here!)  so I've been trying to plow through it. I'm also participating in Modern Mrs. Darcy's Reading Challenge (highly recommend). This month I read a total of 5 books and abandoned 2 (I strongly believe in abandoning books that don't do it for you--nobody has time for that!)

Books I Loved
1. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton 
Kate Morton may be my soul mate author. Her books are so eloquent yet keep me turning the pages wanting more. I loved The Forgotten Garden and was so pleased that I also loved The Distant Hours. She has several more books that I can't wait to read!

Goodreads description: 
A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WWII. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiance jilted her in 1941. 

Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in ‘the distant hours’ of the past has been waiting a long time for someone to find it. 

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I read this book as the first prompt in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge--A Book I've Been Meaning to Read. I've seen so many good reviews of this book over the past year or so but for some reason didn't get around to it. This one is a tear jerker for sure but in a good way!
Goodreads description:
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.  What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Books I Liked
1. The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
I may get stoned for this one because I know it has a huge following but it was just ok for me. It's a very easy and short read that is also funny but I just couldn't get really invested in the characters. But it provides a perspective of those on the autism spectrum that is comical without being offensive which I think is hard to execute.

Goodreads description: An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

2. It Was Me All Along: A Memoir by Andie Mitchell
I really wanted to love this book because I adore reading Andie's food blog. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it but it fell a little flat for me. I don't want to use the word cliche because this deals with a very serious topic but it was all very expected and didn't seem like she added anything new to the discussion.  However, it is a great source of support for those who are dealing with issues of weight and emotional eating. 

Goodreads description: A young food blogger shares her inspiring story of incredible weight loss-a journey from nearly 300 pounds to losing more than half her size-and establishing a healthy and confident relationship with food.

Books I Abandoned
I truly believe that continuing to read a book that you do not enjoy, connect with, or struggle through is just a waste of time. There are so many books out there and so little time you shouldn't waste your time.

1. A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable
This book has so much potential to be good--Paris, history, an antique dealer. But it was just not developed enough for me. The sentences were very choppy and just poorly written in my opinion. There are lots of other books that you can read to satisfy your Parisian dreams that are much better than this one. Again, this is my opinion. This book has very high reviews on Goodreads and Amazon so it may just be me.

2. Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

This book is probably one that I will eventually return to and read. I loved Rosamunde Pilcher's The Shell Seekers so when this book went on a Kindle deal I snagged it. I think this book was just a bit too slow for my attention span currently for me to invest in it. The story was pretty good though so I may return to it later when I have a large chunk of time to devote to it.

Ok, now it's your turn! What books have you read recently that you loved, liked, or abandoned?


  1. These seem great! I think too often those of us who love reading are afraid of abandoning books and get stuck in a rut, but it's such a good thing to do sometimes! Good for you!

    I would love if you joined my reading roundup linkup that Tayler and I just started hosting every last Tuesday of the month!

  2. What a great idea! All of these books sound so interesting!


  3. Thanks for the book review! Helps me decide what I should (and shouldn't) pick up!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  4. I really need to start reading again! Maybe once I get all of these baby books read I can go back to pleasure reading!

  5. I loooove reading, but always find something else to occupy my time. This is a goal of mine too- to read more. I'm excited about Lindsay and Llinos' monthly book chat. I also need to check out Goodreads.

  6. The Rosie project is on my list to read and I loved the Jojo Moyes book. I'm trying to get into In an Unlikely Event right now.

  7. I just started reading A Paris Apartment but I'm not very far in. I think Marte's diary is what keeps me interested though! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  8. Thanks for the reviews! I couldn't get into The Rosie Project but I may need to pick that one up again. Just finished Fates and Furies, so good!

  9. I adore Kate Morton as well - just added The Distant Hours to my never ending list :) Thanks for sharing!

  10. The Distant Hours sounds like a great read! I admit I haven't read much for pleasure lately--I've been sticking to baby books but I'm ready to get back into the world of fiction!

  11. I LOVED Me Before You! I received the sequel for my birthday and am going to start it soon!

  12. I try to finish most books but sometimes I agree it's just better to admit it's not for you and move on to reading something else!

  13. I love lists like this! I'm with you on the Kate Morton love. I'm really trying to force myself to abandon books I don't like this year. I have never done it before, but life is too short to read something I don't like!

  14. The Distant Hours sounds great - My goal next month is two books, ha! I have a growing stack and haven't even read one.

  15. Ahh I'm so happy I read this post before I started reading A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable! It's been on my reading list for a while, but for some reasons I've never picked it up... there must have been a reason. Based on your review it's officially off my reading list :) Thanks for the warning!

  16. I loved Me Before You and I will have to add the Distant Hours to my to-read list on Goodreads! Jess at Just Jess

  17. I still haven't read Me Before You! I need to!

  18. Me Before You is on my list to read soon! I've heard so many great things about it!

  19. While reading Me Before You, it took me nearly 3/4 of the book to actually care about the characters. I found it a bit frustrating to read, up until the end. Yes, ended up being a tear jerker, for sure!


  20. I really enjoy reading and your review of books novelties I really liked. I added several books to my list for reading.


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