Book Review Part 1

September 19, 2016

If you know me, you know I looovvveee to read. During the summer, I go through books so quickly! This summer I read eleven! I laughed, I cried, I fell in love, and in some of them I yawned haha. Today, I'm going to review the books I read so one of you can find a book to read and fall in love with! 

Here they are!

A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers - This book is by the author of my most favorite book, Redeeming Love. If you don't really know about Francine Rivers, she writes Christian women's fiction, and most of her stories come from books of the Bible! So this book is made up of five different novellas, and each one is about one of the women in Jesus's lineage. Of course she adds in some fiction to the stories, but a lot of the fiction comes from subjects she's researched. I learned A LOT reading this book, but some of the novellas were boring to me. I struggled to stay motivated to finish them. I would suggest this book only if you love Christian fiction or Francine in general. I definitely recommend the Tamar novella, Unveiled.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidds - This was so. good. I couldn't put it down and it just filled my heart. This is a pretty light read, perfect if you have a weekend you don't know what to do with; a lazy, rainy day; or a vacation. It's about a 14 year old girl that does some soul searching and finds it in the middle of black women during a time where whites and blacks did not get along. I fell in love with all of the characters, even the bees! I had never seen the movie before reading this book, but I watched it when I finished. It was not as good as the book, by a long shot! If you do love the movie, you will love the book even more!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - Of course I had to read this book this summer since the movie came out in June! The book was great, the movie was terrible (if you read the book, you probably agree). This is another good one for vacation or a weekend! It was very funny and not as lovey-dovey as I thought it would be, which was refreshing for a romance novel. All the love, none of the goo. Also, there will be tears, of course.

Obviously I went on a classical kick with this set!

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - Nope. I wasn't into this at all. Basically boy meets girl, they fall in love, then boy sees childhood playmate and falls in love again. It's a back and forth between should we commit adultery and should we not commit adultery. There is no real climax in this book which just makes you feel like you wasted your time. It is short though, and if you're into that stuff, go for it!

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - I really loved this one! I have only read one other Jane Austen book, Pride and Prejudice, and I liked this one better! It's such a girly book. Three sisters and their mom, growing up, and falling in and out of love. One of the sisters is sense and one of the sisters is sensibility (the other one is too young to be either). It has twists and turns until the end, so it keeps you on your toes!

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - This was my first Charles Dickens novel and it was perfect. The way he writes is so different from all the classical writers. Classical books can be hard to read sometimes, but this one was so easy! You grow up with the main character, Pip, and watch how fortune changes him for the worse and the better. There are very interesting characters and the book ends up being pretty tender. This is a longer book, so make sure you're ready to commit before you start! Loved it!

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan - If I had to pick a favorite book this summer, it would be between this one and The Secret Life of Bees. This book is kind of like Prince William and Kate Middleton's story, but different names, and different nationalities. Bex is from America, doing a study abroad program at Oxford, and finds herself living next to (and falling in love in with) Prince Nick. He has a wild brother, Prince Freddie, and she has a sister, Lacey. Pretty much every character seems to mock those involved with the real-life Royal Couple. One of the reviews on the back says that this book reads like a tabloid and keeps you turning the pages until the end. I completely agree! This is a must read!

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - Ummm this book was freaky. Took me awhile to get into because I could not understand how the character could exist in two places at once. But, once I wrapped my mind around that one, it was an easy read. There were also inappropriate parts and I just don't like that. Super interesting and a creative plot line, it just wasn't for me.

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks - This was so great. I had seen the movie at least five times before I read this, but the plot still kept me captivated. The movie and the book match up pretty well, but there are just enough differences in the book to keep you reading. This was a super quick read and it made my heart full!

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger - Ok, this was on the list of 50 Books Women Should read (I found it on Pinterest), and I don't know if I agree. If you're into New York City, the fashion industry, or you have had a terrible boss before, this is the book for you. Andrea wants to pursue a career in writing and ends up working as an assistant to one of the most influential, fashion magazine editors. This editor is so. mean. *spoiler alert* I thought she would change by the end of the book, but she doesn't :( I felt like a lot of the parts of the plot didn't come together at the end, and this book just didn't make me happy. It has a lot of humor in it and I found myself actually laughing out loud, so that's good. However, I can think of 50 other books women should read that I would have put on that list.

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks - Not terrible, but not my favorite Nicholas Sparks book. It kind of seemed like he had to write this one. Maybe his publisher told him he needed to have a book out for a 2015 movie? I don't know. If you want to read a Nicholas Sparks book that has some doggy love in it, read The Guardian.


That's all for my Summer 2016 books! I don't really have time to go through this many books during the school year, but I am already looking forward to Christmas break so I can get back to reading!

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