7.13.2015

5 Books I've Read This Summer + Announcement

5 Books I've Read This Summer
I absolutely love summer because it gives me a little bit of a break and allows me more time to read for pleasure. I have also gotten into audiobooks lately and I can't tear myself away! Although I have only read a few books of my spring book list, I'm still slowly working my way through it as well as participating in a book club with some friends!


1. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. FOUR out of FIVE stars.
I didn't LOVE this book like many other people did. However, I found the whole plot line unique given the whole kidnapping for ransom thing has been done before.

2. My Story by Elizabeth Smart. THREE out of FIVE stars.
I hate to say anything negative about this, but I just found the writing juvenile and Elizabeth's extremely conservative attitude annoying. It's such a tragic story and I really admire her bravery, but she's not a writer. However, I don't think she wrote the book to be a writer, and I understand she was writing it from her perspective as a 14 year old. I think she wrote it to share her horrible experience, and that she did.

3. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. FIVE out of FIVE stars.
I mean, I'm a little biased because I LOVE Jodi. This was one of my favorite Jodi books. She always does such great research on each and every one of her books and I NEVER see the endings coming. I loved that this book had to do with elephants, because I'm definitely an elephant lover

4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. THREE out of FIVE stars.
UGH. I was told I was either going to love or hate this book. I did like 2 out of the 3 parts, but I mostly found her annoying. She sounded like a martyr and something about that drove me insane. It kind of had the same undertones as "Wild," which I liked better, but still didn't love. I'm torn on this one.

5. Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler. FIVE out of FIVE stars.
OH MY GOSH. I stumbled across this book thanks to Amber and it was absolutely amazing. It was a little slow at first but I ended up in tears by the end. It tackled the long-standing issue of racial prejudice in our nation in such a tasteful, yet not politically correct (thankfully) way. 

Have you read any of these? Are we friends on Goodreads? Let's connect!

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53 comments :

  1. I am definitely going to have to check out Calling Me Home! Sounds like a great read!

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  2. I haven't read any of those, but Calling Me Home sounds good! Also, just submitted an ad for your blog! :)

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  3. I'll have to read the 5 star books - I haven't read any of these yet!

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  4. I need to read some of these. I wanted to read Elizabeth Smart's book, but now I might hold off. It isn't good if the writing isn't there for me - it takes me forever to read the book and sometimes I can't actually finish it.

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  5. I loved Leaving Time. I haven't ready any of the others...I'll have to check them out.

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  6. I read the Elizabeth Smart book. The story is riveting, but I agree... the book really wasn't.

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  7. I'll be reviewing Leaving Time for Steph's link up tomorrow but spoiler alert, I LOVED it. Her last couple have been duds for me so it was so refreshing to breeze right through this one like some of her older ones. I love elephants too and I was blown away by the ending. Did not see that one coming.

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  8. Adding Calling Me Home to my list!!

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  9. I agree with you on Eat Pray Love -- and the movie! I couldn't even finish it.

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  10. I've heard such great things about Jodi Picoult I'm going to have to pick up some of her books

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  11. That Jodi Picoult book is on my to read shelf. I agree with you about Eat Pray Love- there were parts I enjoyed but she really started to bother me after awhile.

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  12. I need to check these out! I tried reading Eat Pray Love a few years ago and it honestly bored me to tears :/

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  13. Any book that can make me cry is so worth the read because I'm a hardass hahaha

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  14. Definitely add that one to your list!!! YAY!!!! I'll get back to you with all the info soon :)

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  15. Yes you will! I'm pretty generous with 5 stars, but I thought each of those really deserved all 5!

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  16. I think you can definitely hold off on her book, it's worth hearing her story but a little hard. I liked doing it over audiobook because I could tune out the nonsense.

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  17. ME TOO! I just love Jodi though.

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  18. So glad I'm not alone. I feel like a jerk saying anything negative about it.

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  19. Me neither! I'm a big fan of the majority of her books and I was also glad to see this one after the last few!

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  20. I haven't tried to watch the movie because I really wanted to read the book first. Now, I could care less hahaha

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  21. She drove me INSANE!!!!! And yay- you'll have to let me know when you read Jodi's book so we can talk about it!

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  22. I was really into a few of the parts, but not so much the others. And I found her annoying.

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  23. It's so funny- Eat Pray Love really is love/hate. The first time I read it- HATED it. I didn't like that the whole book was about "finding herself" and then it seemed like she just found herself a man. However, the second time I read it was after I'd met my husband and I had a new appreciation for the strength and courage it takes to open yourself up to love and I viewed the entire book with a whole new perspective. Now, I love it and Liz Gilbert is one of my favorite authors ever!

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  24. I LOVED Leaving Time. Definitely one of my favorite Jodi books. This was one that I really didn't see the ending coming and it was fantastic. I tried reaing Eat Pray Love and didn't get very far before giving up. I felt the same way as you, She drove me insane.

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  25. So glad we are on the same page haha

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  26. That's funny, I feel like I could definitely relate to her on the relationship front but found her martyr type approach really painful.

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  27. I can completely relate about My Story. Growing up in Utah, I was about 12 or 13 when she went missing, and I remember all the media coverage about it, and when she came back, and then again with the trial. So that said, I had a lot of knowledge about the story and case since I read the court transcripts. I was hoping for something more with this book... But the writing style was not very good and so detached that I had a hard time. (I've heard from others that this is more of Chris Stewart's writing style? But I don't know that for sure.)

    I also really enjoyed Leaving Time. I'm a fan of Jodi Picoult in general, and this was definitely one of her better ones, although with a crazy twist! My two most favorites are The Pact and Nineteen MInutes, so good!

    And as a whole, I didn't love Eat, Pray, Love, but I thought there were little nuggets of wisdom tucked throughout the book that made it worth it to me.

    I'll have to read the other two!

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  28. I never read Eat Pray Love, but I also hated it the second I heard the title!

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  29. HAHAHA DITTO. I kept hearing different things and HAD to know for myself

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  30. YES! her book was definitely detached. I know nothing about Stewart, so that's definitely possible. At the end when she sent the message that she "did this without therapy" I was completely turned off, but maybe that's just the clinician in me.


    My fav Picoult books are Change of Heart and Nineteen minutes too!


    And yes, I agree with you about eat, pray, love! Not all bad, but overall just not for me.

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  31. I just finished Jodi Piccoult's book "The Storyteller" and for the FIRST time I figured out the ending pretty early on. I loved that I finally was on the same wavelength as her... Maybe it's just because I've read so many of her books. ;-)

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  32. I love reading your book reviews- always so honest. I never read Eat Pray Love but did see the movie and I liked it. (Didn't LOVE it.) (This is what happens when you have a blogger who hasn't made time to read actual books... they have to bring up the movies.)

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  33. The ending of Leaving Time? Rocked my world...never saw it coming!!! I agree, Jodi's research is top notch. That's another reason I love reading her. I always learn something new about a topic I had no clue about before. And ok...am I the only one that can't see your new ad options when I click on that link? It takes me to your page but there's no options there? Great minds think alike on options....I switched mine unto...announcing it tomorrow!

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  34. I DIDN'T SEE IT COMING EITHER!!!!

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  35. Haha thanks Emily, I feel like I couldn't be dishonest if I tried. It gets me into trouble often. And I'm dying over your movie reference. I really only read for fun 3 months out of the year so I can relate.

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  36. I didn't love that one, but I've never disliked any of her books and I have only seen the endings coming a handful of times!

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  37. I didn't see the ending either! That's why I love Jodi's books... so so good.

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  38. Yeah, I am with you there -- my husband is a counselor and I studied Human Development and thing that counseling benefits everyone, for sure :)

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  39. Awesome! What kind of counselor is he? i'm getting my PhD in clinical psych!

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  40. It's really interesting to hear you say that about Elizabeth Smart's book. I listened to the audiobook, but it was the first audiobook I've ever listened to and her narration made it painfully obvious (even to a newbie) that she isn't a professional, so I thought I just didn't like the format. I had the same thoughts as you, though so maybe it was just the writing itself!

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  41. I did the audiobook too, and yes her narration was rough.

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  42. It was SO bad. At first I thought it might be good that she was reading it instead of someone random (like I said, it was my first audiobook so I didn't know the difference either way), but it honestly sounded like she was reading a school textbook :/

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  43. love getting new ideas for books. Thanks for sharing!

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  44. You're welcome! Follow along with me on Goodreads for even more!

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  45. Oh yes, I feel you. Have you tried audiobooks?! I'm able to find much more time for those compared to regular books

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  46. Yes, but I have to be in the right mood and SUPER focused for audiobooks...I get a little ADD with them! BUT Claire and I have been listening to the Chronicles of Narnia in the car and we're both LOVING it. I read them as a kid and then right after college, so it's been fun listening to them with her.

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