August 11, 2015

On the Bookshelf Vol. 3


It's been a few months since I did my last On the Bookshelf round up, so I figured I'd give you a glimpse into what I've been reading this summer. Getting rid of cable has been the number one reason that my reading has increased this year and I'm so happy about it.


Skip it:

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

I saw a comparison to Gone Girl written all over the internet. I was looking for another book that instantly had a grip on me. This wasn't really it. The story was OK and I read the whole book, but not really one I would recommend to others. I will probably see the movie though, so I guess that says something.

Good Books:

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill

Ever since I had my first real life meeting with a Scientologist (full story here), I've been interested in the craziness behind this Sci-Fi religion. I haven't seen the Going Clear documentary, but it's on my list. This was the real life story of the niece of the current leader of the religion. It is a horribly sad story. The writing isn't great, but knowing that the ending was happier than the rest of the story made it a little easier to get through. If you have any interest in learning more about this group of people. it's a good read.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Samson

This is a sequel to a book that I absolutely loved when reading it last year. I was so excited to see what was next for Don & Rosie. I was not disappointed. If you are a fan of Big Bang Theory, I really feel like Don has a lot in common with Sheldon (although a little more lovable because of Rosie.)

MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche

The reviews on this one are mixed, but I loved it. If you've ever found yourself in your twenties or thirties in a new city looking for friends, I think you'll be nodding along just like I did. It was so helpful to know that I'm not crazy or alone. It was a good, easy read.

My Favorites:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I loved this book. I loved the different characters. The book jumps back and forth between the characters pretty quickly, which I thought might be confusing, but it helps keep you very engaged with everyone. It moves quite slowly, but in a way that makes you feel like you are experiencing the story in a more realistic way. This was originally from the library, but I couldn't finish it before the due date so I ended up buying it. I just couldn't wait to see what happens, plus I wanted to be able to share it.

The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Meyes

Another war story with two central characters, but very different from All The Light We Cannot See. JoJo Meyes might be one of my new favorite authors. This story pulls together two different time periods and two different woman by one similar possession. I loved it. Lots of people liked one story much more than the other, but I think they needed each other to make this book great.

**Up Next: The Outlander and Good American

Tell me what you've been reading lately or better yet, go link up with Steph like me and share with everyone. Happy Tuesday!

25 comments:

  1. I just started the Outlander, my best friend is hooked on it so I am hoping it will be a good one.

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  2. All The Light You Cannot See and The Girl You Left Behind are on my list to read soon! Glad to hear you liked them!

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  3. I really want to read The Girl You Left Behind. I've heard so many great things about it and I love Jojo Moyes!

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  4. I had the exact opposite reaction to The Rosie Effect. I hated it and it was a DNF, even though I loved its precursor. I did enjoy The Girl You Left Behind.

    Thanks for linking up!

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  5. Ooo I need to read MWF Seeking BFF, I can SO identify with it being harder to make friends in your 20's and 30's!

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  7. goddammit, the rosie project is STILL at my library and hasn't gotten to me yet and i put that thing on hold at the beginning of the year. another blogger said that the 2nd book sucked so now i'm torn!

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  8. MWF was on my to-read list for a LOOONG time. Took it off because I just never got around to it. Still want to read it though. I've heard all good things about All the Light so I need to start working that to the top of the pile.

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  9. I go back and forth on reading The Rosie Effect. I loved The Rosie Project.

    I didn't like Luckiest Girl Alive at all.

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  10. Hmm MWF Seeking BFF sounds interesting. I totally wish there was online dating for friends, lol. Must read The Rosie Project, it's been talked about so much!

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  11. I so loved Me Before You and can't wait to read more Jojo Moyes. I might have to check out the Scientology book. I've watched part of the documentary and I'm kind of obsessed with Leah Remini's show on TLC and she talks about it a decent amount. All the Light We Cannot See is also high on my list.

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  12. I hated Luckiest Girl Alive so, so much! I also wasn't a fan of The Rosie Effect, though I did like The Rosie Project. LOVED MWF Seeking BFF so much! Beyond Belief is on my to-read list, too.

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  13. It seems like everyone has read Luckiest Girl Alive- I will definitely skip it!

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  14. beyond belief sounds SO interesting! My boyfriend and I were just talking about Going Clear, I need to watch it.

    Makes me so happy you read MWF too. I am about to be in that boat when I move this fall. It was fun to hear someone else going through the stages of making friends as an adult too!

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  15. You're the third person who didn't like Rosie Effect as much as Rosie Project. Interesting! I also loved the writing of All the Light We Cannot See but I didn't read it in one sitting so it felt a big long for me. I have yet to read Jojo Moyes. I must reconcile that.

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  16. first off that picture of the color coordinated books made me so happy. haha

    I've been waiting for Luckiest Girl Alive from the library but so many people said it wasn't great I'm kinda bummed!

    I bought MWF seeking BFF years ago and never got around to reading it, I think I need to! Beyond Belief is on my to read list too.

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  17. I had to return All The Light to the library too and was going to just give up, but you convinced me to get back on the list. I'm adding MWF Seeking BFF for sure!

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  18. I'm glad you had a positive experience with The Rosie Effect. I was disappointed. I thought Rosie was almost lost in this book.

    I've heard mixed reviews for Luckiest Girl Alive. I think I'll end up reading it, but I won't rush to do so.

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  19. Love new book suggestions--adding some of these to my never ending list!

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  20. I've read all of these books except Beyond Belief. The Luckiest Girl Alive is actually my next book to read and I've only read bad reviews!

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  21. I really need to read All the Light You Cannot See!! Have heard nothing but good things about that one. I didn't *mind* the Rosie Effect, but it wasn't as good as the Rosie Project for me.

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  22. I felt the same way about The Luckiest Girl Alive. I don't get why it was compared to Gone Girl!

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  23. Ooo I loved The Girl You Left Behind... after I finally got into it. I felt like it started out slow, but once she got going, wiiiiinnn.
    I moved to Charleston almost a year ago and still am in the depths of the struggles to make new friends, so I totally added MWF seeking BFF to my TBR list!

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  24. I'm reading Outlander next too. I've been putting it off because I know/hope I'm going to love it and I don't have the other books in the series yet.

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  25. MWF Seeking BFF is on my list to read. I liked The Girl You Left Behind but mostly for the first half of the book.

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