Friday, February 24, 2017

five on friday | book report

I read a grand total of 15 books last year. (It beats 0 from a couple years ago!) Reading books for 15 min. a day has been one of the greatest habits I've established. This is my third year sticking to this project. I shared a couple of the books I read last year in my last book report. Today I'll be sharing the rest of what I read.

1. The Mountain Between Us
book club :: the mountain between us | discussion questions (chapters 1 - 13)
A couple of us read The Mountain Between Us for the book club I hosted last year. The book is about two strangers Ben and Ashley whose plane crash requires them to depend on each other for survival. I couldn't put this book down. I was really into the whole survival story. There are beautiful settings in the novel, and I thought Charles Martin did well describing the the High Uintas Wilderness, where most of the novel is set. My complaint is that I wanted more depth to the characters. (This is my typical complaint so you know). I found Ben and Ashley to be a little flat. I would still recommend it though. I invite you to watch the movie with the rest of us who read it in October. :)

2. The Rosie Effect
the rosie effect
I picked up The Rosie Effect after reading its prequel The Rosie Project (which I loved and highly recommend). The Rosie Effect is also a contemporary romance novel following the marriage of quirky, genetics professor Don and graduate student Rosie. Rosie is pregnant and Don makes a series of mistakes throughout her pregnancy creating various conflicts between them. Though I enjoyed portions of it, and thought it was funny, I wasn't as smitten by the sequel as I was the prequel.

3. Fangirl
I am a fan of Rainbow Rowell's books. She writes young adult novels. I read Eleanor & Park from Rainbow Rowell after having read that it was going to be made into a movie. (It's not being made into a movie as of right now). I gave a short review of E&P in my last book report. Fangirl is about Cath, a college-aged introvert, who writes fanfiction (hence the title). Cath doesn't cope well with starting college and being separated from her too independent twin sister and her overly dependent dad. I really liked this book. I appreciate the complexity and depth of Rainbow Rowell's characters. I'm thinking I need to pick up another book from her soon.

4. All the Bright Places
This book is about Theodore, a depressed teen with a troubled home life, who meets Violet, who comes from a good home, but is also depressed following the death of her sister. They are both high school students and follow very different crowds. I didn't love this book. I didn't think Theodore was realistic. He was depressed, but also life-giving and inspiring? I found that hard to buy.

5. I read several nonfiction books last year because I'm all for personal growth. I read Boundaries in Marriage by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend after having read their book Boundaries. I can't recommend this book enough to married couples and those looking to get married. I also read their book Safe People last year. I am currently reading their book Boundaries with Teens. It's safe to say I'm a fan of their books. I've learned so much. At the end of last year, I read The 5 Love Languages, which I've read in the past, but decided to reread. If you're not familiar, this book is about learning to speak your spouse's love language in order to communicate that you love them effectively. It's simple and straightforward. I think it's a good resource for committed relationships.

Have you read any good books lately? 

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