I. am. so. excited.
Halloween night is ALWAYS a favorite for me, so today, I’m pumped! I hope you have a frightfully fun night friends!
Okay, today is book day over here. I’m reviewing the five books I read in October. Some of you non-readers are all like…
…ugh, another book review? While others of you who love to read are all like…
…yay! Another book review!
If you’re a non-reader, might I suggest one of the romantic comedies I’ve been watching lately? You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally or The Mirror Has Two Faces. They’re all winners :). For those of you excited about my books this month, let’s get to it…
Last month, I read Diary of a Mad Bride and so I kicked off this month with the sequel, Diary of a Mad Mom to Be and it was equally as funny! These little fictional tales are about the same woman as she navigates being engaged in the first book and being pregnant in the second. What’s funny about these books is that the things she feels/thinks/does/cries over are the same things that we probably do too. It’s her first pregnancy, so you know…she thinks she has it all figured out before she’s pregnant but then once she’s pregnant, she realizes it’s a whole new ball game. These books are very light, funny, super easy to read and perfect if you need a little mindless humor in your life. I enjoyed both books!
Thanks to you ladies, I finally read A Man Called Ove. When I’ve asked for book suggestions lately, I would say that this one was probably the most suggested. Okay, here are my thoughts about this fictional tale of a slightly cranky older gentleman and the relationship he has with a family on his street: I’m glad I read it, it was interesting, I loved the ending but I don’t think I would ever need to read it again. It took me a minute to get the hang of the writing. It’s written in a very quirky kind of off-beat way (it reminded me a lot of Where’d You Go Bernadette) and that rhythm always catches me off guard. I really loved the neighbors in this book (Ove was my least favorite character) and thought the whole thing wrapped up nicely at the end (you know how much I hate endings that leave me hanging!), so I enjoyed it…but I don’t see myself picking it back up again to re-read. Thoughts? I know people are passionate about this one!
Woohoo! Another suggestion by you girls and it was PERFECT! Okay, you know how much I adore Elin Hilderbrand books (I feel like I should be president of her fan club…), well so many of you suggested I read a book by Nancy Thayer, so I picked up The Island House and LOVED it! It reads exactly like a Hilderbrand book: fictional story set in Nantucket. The book totally felt the same to me and when it was over, I wanted more. Get ready…I’m about to read a lot of Nancy Thayer books.
Whoa. This one was intense. It’s also my favorite from the month. I love all of Bill O’Reilly’s Killing books (Jesus, Kennedy, Lincoln, Reagan, Patton), but this one was hands down the most intense. There was one day when I consciously had to tell myself to breathe because I was holding my breath as I went through the pages. Killing the Rising Sun is about the United States ending WWII by dropping the bombs on Japan. It is just so detailed, graphic, horrifying, sad, depressing, fascinating, awful, and patriotic all at the same time. These books are just so interesting to me. The info is delivered in such great detail and everything is so thought out and explained well. I loved this one.
And last but not least…my most random book this month, Seinfeldia. So, in my family, you almost never have a conversation about anything without a Seinfeld quote inserted. I mean…even the most serious of conversations between my parents and me will almost always include a Seinfeld line (and if my mom can, and she almost always can, a Modern Family line too). We are those fools that talk too much Seinfeld in mainstream conversation…and thus, my brother read this book this month and immediately told me to read it too. #birdsofafeather This is just a behind the scenes look at how Seinfeld happened, what happened while it was happening and how a show about nothing can still mean so much so many years later. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you will find this book utterly fascinating. If you’ve never watched Seinfeld, skip this book because it will make no sense to you. I had a whole new appreciation for the show when I finished the book.
Those are my October books! Okay, what should I read in November? I’m starting off with a book by Beatriz Williams because my friend Melanie told me to…and I listen well :). What else should I read? You guys are hot with suggestions right now!
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Happy Halloween!! So much love from me to YOU!