Books I Have Been Reading

Books I Have been Reading

 

It’s been a long time since I did a book check-in, quite honestly because I just haven’t been reading. A few weeks ago I jumped back on the reading train, so I’m excited to share some thoughts. I realized that I am now 6 books behind my reading goal of 50 books in 2016, so I hope to keep this up. I have been on a non-fiction kick and I’m loving it! If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

 

Room

Room: 3 out of 5

I went through this book pretty quickly because it wasn’t much to focus on. While the book was deep and the storyline was decent, there were often times several chapters in a row where things wouldn’t really happen. For the plot itself, it was pretty interesting and unique. I honestly expected the entire book to be about the room and was surprised when halfway through it was about something else. Once it reached that point, it seemed to drag on some.

 

 

 

Eleanor & Park

 

Eleanor & Park: 3 out of 5

I would consider myself a romantic but at times this was a little much. The ending wasn’t what I expected, although I am happy with it. It was about time somebody actually stood up for themselves throughout this book. The story is different though, which I liked. I can’t recall a book that has had a similar storyline.

 

 

 

 

Me Before You

 

Me Before You: 4 out of 5

I did expect this to be incredibly overdone and mushy, but it wasn’t at all. I loved how the storyline went and truly felt invested in the majority of the characters. I love the developments of the storyline, and I was glad to see that the author was able to show the darker times of Wills life, but then allow Lou to react in her own way. However, some people need to learn to have a backbone (ahem and stand up to their family)

 

 

 

Girl on the Train

 

The Girl On The Train: 4 out of 5

I went into this book thinking I wouldn’t enjoy it, because I was not a fan of Gone Girl, but I am happy to have been wrong. I shouldn’t have judged the book by the cover because it brought so much mystery and hints of romance. The writing style was very interesting and I felt invested in the book as a whole, as well as the various characters. I loved the twists and turns throughout.

 

 

 

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

 

Wildflower: 4 out of 5

The friendship that Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore have is amazing, they are that girls girl type of best friendship and I loved hearing their stories. Hearing her journey from wild and crazy to older and a respectful mother was really nice and interesting. People change and Drew has been a great sign of that, everyone has the ability to be what they want to be. For her daughters she wanted to be more modest and have less crazy stories, in came Ever After..one of my favorite movies ever! “Being free is about freeing yourself…in full clothes of course” Family just means so much to her and I LOVE it.

 

Bossy pants by Tina Fey

 

Bossy pants: 3.5 out of 5

I just love Tina Fey! I really enjoyed how she discusses these topics and how she was able to overcome some of the social standards that were presented to her. Tina Fey puts the girl power movement into perspective. She isn’t about women being the very best and overpowering any man, she is about women being themselves and being equal. Lets all be responsible, respectful, and successful together! I did expect something different from this book, so thats why the rating is a little lower, but overall I enjoyed it.

 

TroubleMaker

 

 

Troublemaker: 5 out of 5

WOW! I had no idea how this book was really going to go, but the background Leah described was incredible. She was a good writer, and you can tell that she poured her heart out in this book. My heart was slowly breaking for her, her family, and friends throughout the book, but then put back together by the love she received. I highly recommend reading for those interested in behind the scenes of a hollywood life, and also one that has dealt with Scientology.

 

The Flower Workshop: 5 out of 5

This book is full of inspiration and wonderful tutorials. After working in the wedding floral industry for many years, it’s refreshing to see a book that does the job justice and shows how beautiful and complex some florals can be. I love the inspiration and colorful photos throughout the book!

 

I am currently reading I Suck At Relationships So You Don’t Have To by Bethenny Frankel .

Do you have any book recommendations? What have you been reading?

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  • Megan

    Love these! I have Bossypants and haven’t started reading it yet and now I want to read Wildflower! I have Bethenny’s book and blew thru it. I’m glad you liked Girl on a Train, I think we talked about it this before and my issues with the book. Maybe I’ll give it another shot some day… I need to get going to reach my goals as well!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Wildflower was SO good! I actually crawled through Bethennys book, I think it would have been nicer to read it before we got married, but some of the stuff she was saying just made me realize I wasn’t the right audience for that specific book. Girl on the Train is something very different for me, but I heard so many things that I just had to read it. In the end I’m glad I did.

  • http://apaperarrow.blogspot.com Kayla Whitter

    All of the above are currently on my reading list. My problem? I hate spending too much money on books and I never get a chance to go to the library because of their hours, so I don’t really get around to reading newer or trending books.

    I’ve discovered this year that I’m huge on non-fiction/memoirs, as well. I just finished It Was Me All Along, about a woman struggling with weight loss.

    I also love anything James Frey, but his books are considered memoir/fiction (there’s a lot of controversy there), but the books are still freaking amazing.

    I have a full list of what I’ve read so far this year under the 2016 Reading Challenge link at the top of my blog.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I need to check out your list because I am running out of books right now! I absolutely know what you mean about spending money on the books. My local library actually has ebook/kindle books and audiobooks available through their website, which has been super helpful with not paying for books.

      • http://apaperarrow.blogspot.com Kayla Whitter

        That’s really helpful! I am kind of weird about e-books. In short, I refuse to read electronically. I don’t just love the smell and the weight of an actual book, but I just stare at screens all day every day as it is. I like to get away from that when I read!

  • Ashley Chase

    Some of these are on my list as well!! The Girl on the Train and Me Before you!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Me Before You was such a great story! Gave me a lot to think about too

  • http://www.rowhouse14.com Heidi

    I still need to read The Girl on the Train. I actually checked it out of the library and then our dog munched on the cover of it. Soooo… yeah. I had to pay for it obviously, so they let me keep it. Just haven’t read it yet..hahaha. Currently reading All the Light We Cannot See. It’s a long one, but I’ve been enjoying it.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Ahhh good ol pups 😉 At least you get to keep it now! At first it took me a bit to get into it, but then it got really good. All The Light We Cannot See is on my list!

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Welp, now I’ve GOT to add Leah Remini’s book to my To-Read List! I’m reading “Wildflower” right now, and I can’t believe that I forgot to include Ever After in my favorite romantic movies! I just started “Room” last night too, and I like it so far but I hope that it won’t ruin the movie for me. You should read “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” by Mindy Kaling–actually, listen on audiobook because she’s hilarious.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Her book is SO good!! I’m so glad you’re reading Wildflower. I’m back and forth on how I feel about Mindy Kaling, so I haven’t added her books to my list. I think I might have to now though!

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    I haven’t heard of Wildflower, but that sounds like a good one! I read Girl On The Train in one day, I just love it so much and seeing what was going to happen yet! Thanks for sharing your reviews.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Wildflower was really good, Drew Barrymore is SO good at telling stories and she is very relatable. I hope to find books like Girl on the Train soon!

  • Lindsay

    Okay, so first you should join the Bookly Club… its a monthly bookclub blog by four college friends, all named Katherine (each spelled differently, of course). They bring different points of view to the blog on the same book each month. I love it. http://thebooklyclub.com/
    Second, one of the best non-fictions I’ve read this year is Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan. Amazing coming of age non-fiction story.
    My 2016 book list is on lindseasnow.com/books

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I hadn’t heard of that- I will check it out!! Your list is awesome- Sara Barellis’ book is on my list to read next!

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    So I started reading Room like 6 months ago and stopped because of reading challenges, and I stopped right when they got out of the room. It’ll be interesting to pick it back up and then see the movie. I loved Girl On The Train too! It was such a great thriller!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I’m excited to see the movie because I feel like it was written like one. I can’t put my finger one what exactly bothered me besides it being so drawn out, but I heard the movie was amazing.

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    So, I’m not a huge reader at all, but I love reading any books written by celebs. I read Bossy Pants and didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It just never drew me in. But I need to read Drew Barrymore’s book. I adore her! (: Thanks for the suggestion!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I felt the same way about Bossy Pants in the way that it wasn’t what I expected. You would love Drew Barrymores book, she is an amazing story teller and so cute!

  • http://lildesiqua.blogspot.com/ LilDesiqua

    I’ve been meaning to read Troublemaker since watching the Scientology and Leah Remini’s specials on TV. I have The Girl on the Train and Me Before You on my list too. Very happy to hear the positive reviews!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I haven’t watched the special with Leah Remini yet, but I really want to. Her book was fascinating.

  • Nicole F

    I’ve read all but one of these books. I don’t usually come across book lists that match my reads so closely. I did enjoy Room more that 3 stars but was pretty much in agreement with everything else. I also thought Troublemaker was surprisingly good and revealing. The girl on the train is still on my reading list.

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