Since the year is more than halfway over (yikes! that flew by!), I wanted to share little reviews of all the books I have read so far! I love to read so much! I get very into books, and I will usually cry at the end of any one even if it's not supposed to be sad just because I never want them to end haha! So, below I have some winners and some losers. I have everything from a memoir to self-help to romance.
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
If you were here last year for my Summer 2016 Book Review, you may be wondering why I read this again? I did not like this book the first time! It was annoying to me. But, a fellow reader friend told me she loved it and to give it another chance. I did and I loved it! It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I could not put it down. I really appreciate how this one had an ethical conflict in it. It made the book more complex than most romance novels!
Tuesday's with Morrie by Mitch Albom
This book was a requirement for one of my classes in the spring semester, and it was so good and sweet! It took me less than a week to read! This book is memoir a student wrote about his professor. The professor has ALS (Lou Gherig's disease) and he talks about learning how to die well. As he discusses this, he ends up teaching you how to live well! I will turn back to this book multiple times throughout my life for sure!
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
I loved this book, but at the same time, I didn't love it. The back of the book says it's for those that are tired of being tired. When I read this, I was in the middle of a tough semester and that saying definitely applied to me. This book is a collection of essays about leaving behind busy and being who you were made, and want, to be! I expected this book to take some weight off of my shoulders, and it did! But, it was very repetitive! Next time I read this, it may be over the course of the year so I don't get tired of it.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This was one of the best selling books of 2016 and 2017 (so far), so I had to get it. I did not like it at first. It was dark to me and Ove was a grumpy old man that I could not relate to at all. But about 100 pages in, I was in love with all of the characters and the plot! Ove is a grumpy, recent widow who has a bit (a lot) of OCD. He is obsessed with his neighborhood and his neighbors are obsessed with him, but in different ways. You just have to read it to see what I am talking about! It is definitely a tear jerker!
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
If you read my summer favorites post from last week, then you remember this one! I devoured this book! It is about a girl and the relationships she has between a lifelong friend, her parents, a sister, and a couple of boyfriends. Each chapter also changes between the main character's college years and her current life without being confusing and without having two different plots! The ending surprised me! A must read!
Wait and See by Wendy Pope
This is a self-help/Christian book about waiting through a season of life you don't necessarily feel called to/don't want to be in. It has an accompanying Bible study that focuses on the psalms of David. Usually, I don't like the Bible studies that go with books like this, but this one was really good! The book also asks you reflective questions that I enjoyed answering. This book not only taught me about the plans the Lord has for us, but also about myself in general!
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I love reading classics! My friend Amelia, who also likes to read classics, said she enjoyed this one, so I decided to read it too. I think this is a great classic for a young reader. The plot was a little immature for me, but this book has some very dark motifs and themes spread throughout that a young reader may not understand. I'm glad I read it because it is a classic, but it was not my favorite.
That is all of the books I have read so far in 2017! Please comment your favorite books or fun ones you have read this summer! I am always looking for books to add to my list!