Book Report

I have been on one of those on and off reading kicks since January.  I always think that when I’m on a reading kick it’ll stay that way, but then life happens and I finish a book and don’t pick up another for a month or so.  Does the same happen to you as well or are you always a reader or never/rarely a reader?

I’m happy to have pulled out my library card and put it to good use by checking out several of these books.  Not all of them, because sometimes reading on my kindle is just so easy and convenient.  Anyhow,  here’s what I’ve read over the last six months or so:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Unless you live under a rock you’ve heard of this Pulitzer Prize winning novel. I finished it this past week after a slow start, to becoming deeply engrossed, and then finishing the last half in record time. This book is long, dark, and pretty sad but I didn’t find it exactly depressing. Mostly I felt dumbfounded by all the things the main character endured in his young life. It was good and I would definitely recommend this book.

Me Before You by Jojo Mayes. Now this book is definitely sad. It’s the story of a girl who takes on the job as a companion to a handsome young man who survived an accident.  The injuries he sustained resulted in paralyzation from the neck down. The two have a rocky beginning and the story is somewhat predictable, but still entertaining. I found myself rooting for the two main characters and thinking about the ethical issues presented and how the lines can appear blurry between right and wrong.

Wonder by RJ Palacio This is a Young Adult book that was recommended to me by a friend. It has a great message that encourages the reader to remember that true beauty lies beyond outer physical appearances and is found within a person’s character.  This would be a great book to read with your older elementary aged child.

The Nell Sweeney Historical Mysteries This a series of six books and I’m currently on the fifth.  These are historical novels set in Boston and the main character, Nell Sweeney, is smart and likable.  The stories follow her and her boss’s son as they go around Boston solving various murder mysteries.  There’s obviously a hint of romance for added interest.  I came upon these when I was needing a new read and a friend recommended I download the first novel of the series, which was actually free at the time.  Unfortunately it’s no longer free but priced at $2.99 it won’t break the bank.  In fact, all six books are affordably priced under $5 as kindle downloads.


What have you been reading lately?  Also, if you want, let’s be total Book Nerd friends on Goodreads!

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  • Julie | June 19, 2014 | Reply

    I’ve been wanting to read Wonder, but keep forgetting to add it to my library request list! And that mystery series sounds so fun – will check it out.

    • Melissa | June 19, 2014 | Reply

      Oh you should! Both are great!

  • Amber | June 19, 2014 | Reply

    That’s great you find plenty of time to read! I need to be better about making time for books (as opposed to just articles, etc). I’ve been curious about The Goldfinch having heard about it so much!

    • Melissa | June 19, 2014 | Reply

      It’s definitely hard to find time the time to read, especially with a little one around!

      I would definitely recommend that you check out The Goldfinch. It’s pretty good.

  • Kathleen | June 20, 2014 | Reply

    I go through reading phases too. I am almost always reading something, but sometimes it’s my #1 hobby and I can’t get enough. Since having Liam though, it has taken a back seat and I’ve been more into crafts and such. No idea why, but I know my reading mojo will come back one day!

  • Holly | June 20, 2014 | Reply

    I read “Me Before You” – I wasn’t a big fan of the ending (I’m too much of a sap, I think!), but other than that it was really good! I’m adding you to my Goodreads 🙂

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