December 12, 2017

The Bookshelf: Vol 15

I've been trying to catch up on my reading goal for the year. At this point, I have to finish another 9 books by the end of the year. I'm going to try my best. Hopefully, I'll finish another book before this even posts (since I'm writing it before I leave town.) Here is a round up of the books I've read since my last update.

Night by Elie Wiesel (Goodreads/Amazon) - I read this book in high school and possibly again in college, but it had been over 10 years. It's intense and raw. It is definitely something everyone should read, but you need to be prepared.

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger (Goodreads/Amazon) - This would have been a perfect read next to a pool somewhere in the Bahamas. It's a little cheesy and you can see where it's heading, but like a good romantic comedy, it is an easy read and it's entertaining. Plus, I have a new love of the tennis world after attending the US Open so that made the story a little more fun for me.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (Goodreads/Amazon) - I liked this book. It wasn't my favorite, but it kept my attention and I liked the characters, but I just didn't love the book. I was OK.

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino (Goodreads/Amazon) - This isn't a book I normally would have picked up, but I started with a cup of coffee last Saturday and three hours later, I had finished it. I just kept turning pages. Looking back, I can't figure out what it was that drew me in, but I really liked it and needed to just finish it and now how it ended. I would recommend this for a plane ride or a cozy winter night. It's a quick read and I thought it was good. I'm thinking about checking out more books by her.

For the Love by Jen Hatmaker (Goodreads/Amazon) - My wonderful sister in law recommended this book to me. I follow Jen Hatmaker on Twitter and I usually find myself laughing or nodding when she tweets. Picking up this book, I felt the same way about 70% of the time. I'm not a religious person at all, so some of the church stuff she talked about was a little much for me. That said, she had a chapter about Poverty Tourism. I found myself agreeing to all of it, but especially her comment about "the world is so done being painted by the American Church." She spends time talking about mission trips and how lots of people want to do good, but end up just painting a school that doesn't need painting. Her belief is that anytime the rich and poor are combined, we should listen to whoever has the least power. I 100% agree with that. I'd read more of her stuff and just maybe skim over the Jesus stuff.

And my favorite of this bunch:

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco (Goodreads/Amazon) - Any friend of Barack Obama is a friend of mine. Well, maybe not, but I loved this book. I felt like I got to be an insider in the White House during his presidency. Even more than that, I felt like some of my experiences in the workplace are normal. She gives some good advice and shares the most important lessons she's learned. I would definitely recommend this - I will be purchasing it for a few people for the holidays.

So, let's hope that I've finished at least one more book by the time you're reading this or I'll have no shot in meeting my goal for the year. Any quick reads that you loved? Are you going to hit your yearly goal?

Go check out Steph and Jana's link up for more awesome book recaps.

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  1. Adding Night and Who Thought This Was a Good Idea asap!! Thanks for the recs!

  2. Samuel Hawley is one of my favorite books of the year. But it seems to get mixed reviews.

    I still have not read Night even though I own it. I'm like the worst Jew ever.

  3. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley is on my TBR. I even had it but ran out of time before the library insisted I return it. :D I need to put it back on hold again.

  4. Samuel Hawley was just okay for me.I liked the beginning better than the rest of the book.

  5. I'm so intrigued by that book about the White House so I'm sure I will get to it sometime!

  6. oh, good to know about Wish You Were Here! it's on my kindle, keep meaning to get to it. i have read 2 of her other books, loved one, meh on the other. i felt the same about samuel hawley. just okay. definitely checking out who thought this was a good idea.

  7. Night has been on my list forever, but I keep pushing it back because I know it's going to be hard. I really loved Mastromonaco's book too!

  8. Night is a gut punch.

    I feel like that about both Renee Carlino books I've read. Not normally something I'd pick up, but I get sucked right in.


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