How did revisiting (or beginning) the Harry Potter series go for you? I am honestly so sad that the series is over. I can’t wait until Jacob (my next door neighbor whom I’ve babysat since he was born) gets a smidge older so I can introduce him to the books. I have only watched the first five movies… so I have three more to go! I definitely prefer the books (hello, the details are incredible!), but the movies are pretty darn good!
January’s selection is good.
Ann Brashares has been one of my favorite authors. I have loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series for a long, long time. Her books are scattered around my house, my room, and my bookshelves. I haven’t read the full series in a while, but sometimes I’ll pull an installation off the shelf and read a chapter or two!
I was so happy to hear that Ann Brashares wrote another novel. I was on the wait list for it all summer long… apparently, it was quite popular!!! I removed myself from the wait list when I returned to DC, so I was extremely happy to see that The Last Summer (of You & Me) was available in my favorite library over break.
It was very different than the Traveling Pants series, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I definitely even teared up throughout. I think it’s a book that a lot of us can relate to, which is why I believe I enjoyed it so much. Alice has just graduated college and is about to go to law school… The whole novel is an interesting look at sisterhood, love, friendship, and growing up.
What did you think of The Mill River Recluse?
I just finished up the LAST Harry Potter book. Ugh. I can’t thank you guys enough for encouraging me to give the series another shot. Of course, the last book was definitely my favorite… but I really loved them all.
I grew incredibly close to each character. Don’t you feel like you can find something relatable from every single one of them?
So December’s book club book is going to be Harry Potter themed. If you haven’t read the series at all, I totally recommend that you do. (The first book is kind of childish, but it’s an easy read to get through and then they get SO SO SO good.) If you haven’t read the series in a while, pick up your favorite installment and read it over break!
I already plan on watching the movies over break… I haven’t seen the last four! Ahhhhhh!
PS I definitely cried (in public) multiple times when reading the last book. Amazing.
What did you guys think of Wildflower Hill??? I loved it. I kinda want to re-read it. Unfortunately, I have the final Harry Potter book, an unfinished book, five group projects, and finals looming over my head….
The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
Full disclosure: This reads just like a Lifetime Movie… I think that’s why I liked it 😉
While we’re hectically scrambling to finish last minute group projects and cramming to remember a few more definitions before an exam… this is the perfect book to give us a little ease of mind and relaxation.
In fact, I read every single morning and almost every single night to clear my mind. I wake up and want to start rushing into my to-do list, but that always ends up stressing me out! Sitting down to a small breakfast (and coffee, obviously), I read about 30 or 40 pages of a book. Very calming.
And the same for trying to fall asleep. If I’m on the computer (and let’s face it, I am always working on the computer), I need to give my eyes a break so I can fall asleep better. Reading is perfect.
Did you read last month’s selection, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth? I still can’t get over how much I loved it!! What did you think?
This month, I chose a light read. It’s fun and has all the elements of a fun book: ballet, love, and different time periods.
Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman
I read it super quickly, but I wish I had taken my time more. I didn’t want the story to end!!!
What did you guys think of Divergent??? I’ve been telling everyone to read it! First of all, I love Chicago. Wasn’t it weird how they were mentioning the buildings? I loved that they played capture the flag on Navy Pier.
I am a really big fan of the Hunger Game series, but I thought that Divergent definitely had a better love story. I LOVE FOUR. Just sayin’. The whole premise of Divergent kind of creeped me out, because I could totally see that happening. The division of the factions was brilliant. Can’t wait for the sequel.
Please share your own thoughts in a comment!
The Red Tent by Anita Diamont
I found a stack of books that I had been meaning to read, but forgot. The Red Tent was one of them…. AMAZING!!!!
Hope y’all love it as much as I did!!!
What did you think of Names My Sisters Call Me?
I thought that the book was a simple reminder that while there insecurities and jealousies in a lot of families, love should trump them!!! Sporty Sister and I are so different, it’s not even funny. We are polar opposites, but it’s interesting. She’s good at X and I’m good at Y. Sometimes I wish that I were good at X like her, but I know she wishes she were good at Y like me. We’ve already determined we would be able to work well together because she likes to do the things I don’t, and I like to do the things she doesn’t.
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Ready for the new book selection?!?
Divergent by Veronica Roth
After a recommendation from Tall Girl Tales on Tumblr, I decided to read it. It’s a smilar type of story to the Hunger Game series (which I loved).
Wow. This book is great!!! Can’t wait to hear what y’all think.
(By the way, the author has a blog: Veronica Roth Books)