July 12, 2016

The Bookshelf: Vol 7


Another version of things I've recently read is here. I'm behind on my yearly reading goal which is disappointing, but I'm determined to make a come back. I'm sharing five books with you today. None are 5 stars, but none are less than 3, so I guess that's good.


3 Stars:

Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure by Sarah Macdonald - (Goodreads or Amazon) This book is about a woman who traveled to India in her twenties and didn't enjoy it at all. She returned for love years later and had a different experience. I enjoy reading travel books, but it seems as though most of them are a little slow. This one was no different. I picked it up randomly over a month until I finished it. Hearing about living in different countries is always interesting, but isn't a gripping read.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink - (Goodreads or Amazon) I always try and read a few books that will help me with my job. This book was interesting because it talked about the evolution of motivation. This talks about new ways to motivate teams of people - to allow creativity and have less formal rules and processes. Obviously, this doesn't work for all occupations, but it was interesting and I took lots of good bits & pieces from it.

The Invention of Wings by Susan Monk Kidd - (Goodreads or Amazon) This book followed two young girls living in Charleston. One was a slave and one was a white girl in the family that owned the slaves. It follows them as they grow up and rebel. I liked it, but I didn't love it. The story telling just didn't work for me to get really invested.


4 Stars:

Between Shades of Gray by Rupa Sepetys - (Goodreads or Amazon) I've read quite a few books about World War II. This was the first I've read that talked about the Soviet Officers. Hearing the story of a young girl having to go to multiple work camps and end up in a place I didn't even know they had sent people was eye opening. This was a quick read and I would recommend it.

Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop - (Goodreads or Amazon) This is a great summer beach read. It's about two girls that spend a year aboard in France and meet some locals and get tied up into a love triangle. I read through this really quickly and was impressed that her very first novel was so well written. I think I would have given it 3 stars if I didn't read it in the sunshine with a glass of wine, so definitely read it while poolside.

And that wraps up this recap. I can't wait to read through the other book reviews over at Steph's link up. This is the best place to stop by if you are searching for your next book. Happy hunting.

12 comments:

  1. I read Between Shades of Gray this month as well and really liked it! I added Losing the Light to my to read list.

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  2. Losing the Light sounds like a good beach book.

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  3. Invention of wings...I couldn't get into that book! i also couldn't get into her first one (secret life of bees) despite how much everyone loved it :(

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  4. The Invention of Wings and Between Shades of Gray are on my list. Losing the light sounds interesting, i might add that one as well.

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  5. Drive and Between Shades of Gray sound right up my alley and are being added to my TBR.

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  6. I loved Losing the Light but am still a little bit annoyed over the ending (or the parts that weren't flashed back, I guess) because it just didn't seem realistic that you wouldn't recognize someone that you were so close to for a period of time, but maybe?

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  7. Losing the Light and Between Shades of Gray look promising. I'm behind on my reading list, too, but I'm doing better than I ever have before so I'll take that as a win!

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  8. I really enjoyed Losing the Light! Between Shades of Gray has been on my TBR for so long. I need to read it soon!

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  9. Between Shades of Gray was one of my favorite books that I read last year. I regularly recommend it to lovers of historical fiction.

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  10. Adding Losing the Light to my list...and most definitely plan on reading it by the pool with a glass of wine!

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  11. If you liked Drive, you might like Creativity, Inc. It was a really interesting read about motivating creative workers, specifically Pixar and Disney employees. I haven't read Drive, but it sounds interesting and a similar read. Haha I still remember the books I read while I was on vacation in Jamaica being way better than they might have been otherwise - they get extra points for being read on a beach with the waves in the background.

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  12. Everybody keeps on raving about Losing The Light and Between Shades of Gray, so I guess that means that I need to read them soon! Losing The Light has such a beautiful cover, and I'm a huge WWII historical fiction fan, so Between Shades Of Grey sounds right up my alley!

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