Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Reading Roundup - February 2017

Book Day! It seems like a really long time since I read these books. As I was looking over my GoodReads I couldn't believe some of these were February books because they seem so long ago. And every month I say that I'm going to update this throughout the month as I finish books so that my impressions are fresh but yet again I have failed to do so... Ah well - You do the best you can!

As usual I'm linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books!


1) Faithful by Alice Hoffman. 3.5/5 stars. The first chapter of this book was so grim I didn't think I'd make it through, but things picked up and I liked it quite a bit overall. After a tragic accident in high school that destroys her best friend's future, Shelby is overcome by deep survivor's guilt that threatens to ruin her own life as well. This is the story of Shelby's search for redemption and meaning as she follows a wavering path back to herself.


2) The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood. 4.5/5 stars. I really liked this book. It is really sad but also funny at times and heartwarming. It's about a the friendships between a 104-year-old woman, an 11-year-old boy, and the boy's father. While I'm not sure it's entirely believable that anyone could be quite so spry and sharp at age 104 as Ona... Her character, along with that of the boy, are delightful.


3) The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. 4/5 stars. See HERE for more comments about this book and hygge in general. Overall this is a nice introduction to the Danish concept of hygge.


4) I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. 3/5 stars. I have many thoughts about this book but I don't want to spoil it for anyone else so... Please comment or email me to discuss! This genre of book - the thriller with a surprise twist - isn't my favorite at all but sometimes I just have to read the book everyone is talking about so that I'm not left out. I definitely recommend this book if you like the genre. The first big twist at the halfway point is very well done - I didn't see it coming at all! The second half... It's more gripping and fast-paced than the beginning, but I did guess the final whodunit, and I did not enjoy the chapters from the perspective of the husband at all.


5) Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein. 3.5 stars. As Swede gets older I've started to become more aware and more careful about the various potential pitfalls and difficulties inherent in growing up female in this day and age. I feel like the world is so different than when I was a child. This book is alternately fascinating and terrifying as the author explores Disney princesses, American Girl dolls, beauty pageants, the effect of various marketing schemes, and social media.


6) The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. 4/5 stars. I love a good rom-com now and then! This one is about the dueling personal assistants to the co-CEOs of a publishing company. Josh and Lucy hate each other, except... Maybe they don't. Yes - It's predictable and silly. But it's also cute and fun.

That's all! Please let me know what you think if you've read any of these books, and I am always open to suggestions!

40 comments:

  1. I totally know how you feel about I Let You Go. That book was totally and completely not what I was expecting. I'm reading The Girl Before right now and it is a bit more gripping and I can't figure it out so I think I'll be up late tonight finishing it. Haha.
    I'm reading that hygge book right now too! It is super cute and I really like the layout of it.
    Glad you enjoyed The Hating Game! It was a cute read. Sometimes books like that are just so much fun.
    The Cinderella book sounds really intriguing!! One in a Million Boy is somewhere on my list ;)

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    1. I heard I Let You Go described as a thriller but the first half was so slow! The second half was much more gripping but I couldn't stand reading the POV of the husband.
      Just started the new Sophie Kinsella - Apparently I'm in the mood for cute light fun reads lately. :-)

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  2. I really liked Cinderella At My Daughter! I read it years ago, but definitely plan on revisiting as my LO grew up. It was refreshing to see the topic discussed on so many points, with no clear cut answer- because it's definitely a gray area.

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    1. Before I started Cinderella I thought it might give me some clear cut answers or more how-to advice on raising a daughter but it's not that type of book at all. It was really fascinating and so much food for thought but definitely not cut-and-dry solutions.

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  3. i have to update my post as i go, otherwise i would absolutely forget everything haha. sometimes when i am finishing up a post to publish and i read things i wrote weeks ago i'm like.. i don't remember this. haha.
    faithful is on my list.. it's waiting for me at the library.
    i just read a not so great review about the one in a million boy lol so now i'm conflicted. it's in my library pile though so hopefully i'll get to it soon.
    i'll talk about i let you go! i really really liked it and still think about it. the twist totally made me gasp, i did not see it coming. the part about the husband was really hard for me to read.
    i adored the hating game. zero shame in my rom com loving game.

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    1. I really need to start doing my post as I go throughout the month but I can't seem to get in the habit.
      I Let You Go - The first twist was so good! I am so slow and at first when the cops came to her door I was like, Don't they recognize that she's the mom? Then - Ohhhh. I had to go back and skim through the first couple chapters to see how she did it. The chapters from the husband's POV were so awful to read. I knew that he did it right away, Didn't you? Obvi not Jenna. Seemed a little overboard that the boy was his son though.
      Just starting the new Sophie Kinsella - I do love a good rom com. :-)

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  4. I tried to read Cinderella Ate My Daughter a few years ago and wound up hating and DNF. I don't remember why, only that it didn't click for me.

    I've been using Litsy to track my reviews and then just copy them from there. It's helped A LOT.

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    1. I don't have the Litsy app - I will check it out!

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  5. Cinderella Ate My Daughter sounds crazy interesting... Hmm.
    I'm like Kristen- I have to update my post throughout the month as I go. Otherwise I'd totally forget.

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    1. Cinderella was really interesting... and scary. :-/
      I need to start updating this post throughout the month. I always have to go back to GoodReads to review the plot synopsis.

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  6. I'm currently reading I Let You Go, and I have to admit that it's been pretty slow for me so far. So many people seem to love it, but I'm just glad to know that it does pick up later on! I've wanted to read The Hating Game for so long! It just sounds so cute!

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    1. The first half is really slow but it definitely picks up! Looking forward to your review on it next month!

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  7. I read I Let You Go. Feel free to discuss in email. LOL

    I loved Faithful. It was really dire at the beginning though.

    I try to fill out my next SUYB post as I go along so it's easier for me to remember.

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    1. Yes - Dire is the perfect word for that first chapter of Faithful.
      I Let You Go - I had to go back and re-read the first couple chapters to see how she did the first twist, It was so clever! I did not see it coming at all. I was thinking it was Patrick. The first half was slow but I think I liked it better than the second half. I don't really mind slow books I guess as long as I like the characters. I don't even know why I read this book except to not feel left out when everyone was talking about it. The second half, which I think is more what people are looking for with this genre, wasn't my cup of tea. The chapter from the husband's POV were so awful. I knew he did it right away too. Although a bit overdo that the boy was his son, Don't you think?

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  8. I hated the fist bit of The Hating Game - but enjoyed it over all, once they stopped hating each other.

    I JUST finished I Let You Go - literally told Mr. Sass I needed some time alone so I could finish. I hit the mid-way plot twist yesterday during lunch & finished it all last night. I admit, the first plot twist was a surprise, I thought maybe I had missed part of the beginning of the book, but after that I thought the end was fairly predictable. Still enjoyable, but I knew where things were headed.

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    1. Yes! Haha - The first plot twist I didn't get it at first. Then had to go back and skim the first couple chapters to see how she did it. I agree that the rest of the book was predictable. Although - The Hating Game was obviously super predictable and I don't mind it in the that genre...

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  9. I used to write my book review post in one go but I couldn't remember the books I read or my feelings about them. So now I write the post as I finish a book, which helps tremendously. I really enjoyed I Let You Go. The big twist surprised the heck out of me, but the second twist (involving the husband) made me roll my eyes a bit. Everyone is talking about hygge. I need to check out that book!

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    1. I really need to start doing my reviews as I go throughout the month!
      Definitely agree that the boy was his son was too much.

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  10. I want to read The Hating Game, that sounds really good. I love the title of The One In A Million Boy and it sounds like an interesting plot. I'll have to add that to my Goodreads. And I am dying to read a book about hygge - I've just started hearing that term and I love the idea behind it!

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    1. The Hating Game was super cute.
      I hope you like One-in-a-Million Boy if you read it!

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  11. I need to pick up The Hating Game! I was really surprised by the first twist in I Let You Go, but didn't like the second one nearly as much.

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    1. Agree - The first twist really got me but the second was pretty easy to see coming.

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  12. I really couldn't get into Faithful, but everyone else seems to have loved it!

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    1. I almost gave up during the first chapter but I'm glad I stuck with it. I am a suck for redemption though.

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  13. I'm curious about all the books coming out that surround the Danish idea of Hygge - glad you enjoyed your read! I read Cinderella Ate My Daughter a few years ago maybe? I thought it was quite interesting! I'm glad to see you liked The Hating Game too. That's on my wish/to-read list!

    -Lauren

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    1. Almost as interesting to me as the actual hygge concept is how it's become so hugely popular in the U.S. lately. Obviously it's been around in Denmark but ages but what was the catalyst to bring into mainstream U.S. culture in the past year?

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  14. I read I Let You Go and the The Hating Game last month as well. I read Cinderella Ate My Daughter years ago when my now almost 11 year old was much younger. I'm curious about The Little Book of Hygge since that seems to be the new thing!

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    1. Cinderella wasn't written that long ago but some parts of it seemed out of date already! Things change so fast.
      Hygge is definitely the new thing! It's such a simple idea but anything that helps me to calm down and slow down is good.

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  15. I'm just about done with Faithful and it's not what I was expecting at all. I'm enjoying it, but I was expecting to LOVE it, which I'm not. We will see how it ends...

    I haven't been reading much at all lately. I can't even say it's a slump, I just haven't been making the time to do so (hence no post from me this month!).

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    1. Alice Hoffman can be hit or miss. Her books are all so different. I can't believe she's the same author as - Drawing a blank, what was it we both liked so much last year? Oh - Marriage of Opposites. I liked that one more.

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    2. Right?! I can't believe it either! I finally finished it...I'm not sure what I think of it? Doesn't help that it took me so long to read it (not because I didn't like it, just because I haven't been in the mood to do much reading).

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  16. I always enjoy reading about the books that you've read. You seem to mix up the genres and often throw in a book that I've never heard of, like The One-in-a-Million Boy that sounds endearing.

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    1. Thank you! That's such a nice compliment. I am trying to be a little more diverse lately actually.
      I don't remember how I heard of One-in-a-Million Boy but really glad I did. Definitely sad but the characters were endearing.

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  17. If it doesn't totally spoil anything, does I Let You Go, have a magical or fantasy element thrown in? I keep saying that I'm going to read Faithful but never prioritize it, and after reading your review I think I'll put it off for a little while until I'm in a different mood.

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    1. Nope - I'm not spoiling anything to say that I Let You Go does NOT have a magical/fantasy element. Does that make you more or less likely to read it?
      I think you definitely want to be in the right mood for Faithful.

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  18. I'm glad you enjoyed the Hating Game and Little book of hygge. I have Hygge in my purse, I need to dive in! One in a million boy sounds great, I don't think I knew the plot! I'm in a reading rut. :( XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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    1. Hygge is a good purse book. You don't want to just plow through it all at once. Since I'm trying to read more non-fiction this month I usually have two books going and I'll read one NF chapter every couple days and the fiction book the rest of the time.

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  19. I just picked up The Hating Game. I have one of the Hygge books on reserve at library. I look forward to both. Pam :)

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  20. Cinderella Ate My Daughter sounds suspiciously interesting to me. Also like it has potential to be dry, but mostly interesting.

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