I know I haven't posted in a few days...and that's because I've been frantically running around trying to get everything done before people start getting to town for the wedding weekend! I haven't been able to read many blogs and definitely no time for commenting...but I am still alive, just very busy! I'm excited to be linking up with Katie and Molly today for Bookworm Wednesday! Since completing the Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge I've read some great books!
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I devoured this book. I love a good young love story, and this one was sooo much more realistic, which was perfect. High school can be a confusing time and love at that age isn't supposed to be all grand gestures and Romeo & Juliet-esque. I could totally relate to Eleanor's insecurities. I'm much more confident now, and I don't wonder why Michael would ever want to marry me or anything like that, but I do still have insecurities. They were just much worse in high school. Kudos to Rainbow for creating a more realistic, awkward young love between two outcasts. This was my first Rainbow Rowell book but it most certainly will not be my last!
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
The character development in this book is great. The relationships between characters were also very developed. It made me care about all the characters, which is what made me not want to put this book down! I also like books with more unusual or quirky characters, and this book provided that. There was a twist that I figured out pretty early on, and I'm not sure if that was intentional, but it didn't bother me like it normally would. I still loved the book just as much, and even though I knew the twist was coming, I wanted to keep reading to see how it unfolded when the characters realized.
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
I loved Still Alice so much that I would've written anything else by Lisa Genova, regardless of what it was about. This book did not disappoint. I can't wait to read everything else she's written. Seriously. If you like obscure/mysterious medical conditions (I'm looking at you, Grey's Anatomy watchers), this book may interest you. I love some of the episodes of Grey's with the strange medical conditions, and this was just like a longer version of one of those. I loved it because you got a glimpse of her life before the condition, in the early stages, and as she began to adjust to it.
Room by Emma Donoghue
This book is heartbreaking, disturbing, uplifting...you feel so many things for the characters as you're reading. There are parts where you're curious, which makes you want to read on, and other parts where you're on the edge of your seat and just have to keep reading. Either way, it was hard to stop reading this for too long! It was also extremely detailed. Donoghue adds in so many things that as I read I realize I never would've thought of it on my own. You can tell a lot went into this book.
Four can't-put-it-down books in a row?! I hit the jackpot. I seriously can't believe I didn't get a library card until this summer. Also, my hold schedule was really working in my favor. The timing of all of these becoming available to me was perfect. Also, thank goodness for Kindle rentals. It's so much easier than having to get to the library to pick up and return. I also can't get any fines because it just gets removed from my Kindle automatically when my time is up (although I try to remember to return them myself so someone else on the hold list can read it!).
Have you read any great books lately? I currently have The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth on my shelf after winning it from a Goodreads giveaway! I also have The Book Thief by Markus Zusak that my mom gave me when she finished reading it. I'll probably read one of those next unless one of my
seven seventeen books on hold at the library come up first!