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May 2, 2012

Books 11-15


Work Less, Make More: Stop Working So Hard and Create the Life You Really Want!Work Less, Make More: Stop Working So Hard and Create the Life You Really Want! by Jennifer White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn't even really want to read this book, but I needed an audiobook and my options were limited, so I impulsively added it to my overdrive cart and I am so glad I did. You know those books that you will remember reading for the rest of your life? This will be one of them for me. While a lot of the book focuses on people who are entrepreneurs, there are so many amazing tips and lessons for the everyday working individual. I found it so empowering, so much so, that I looked up the author to find out what else she had written and found out that she tragically passed away in the early 2000's. It is so sad because she had so much to offer.

I loved this book so much I ordered a hard copy and am anxiously awaiting its delivery because I plan on reading it again and again.

*****

Before I FallBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We read this book for my book club and when I started it I had no clue what it was going to be about - and I ended up really enjoying it! It was very well written and creative. The subject matter is definitely young adult, which I didn't mind, but you know how some YA books everybody can enjoy (i.e. Hunger Games)? Well that isn't true for this book. It takes place in a high school and is about teen subject matter, but it dealt with really important subjects and if you know a teenager or have a teenager you should have them read this book. This book was a page turner and I think that the author could have taken the easy way out at the end and she didn't, which I always respect. A good read!

******

The Paris WifeThe Paris Wife by Paula McLain

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was equally dull and engaging (also, another book club pick). I don't know much about the 1920's "Lost Generation," and I loved taking breaks from my book to google the characters whose names I knew but stories I did not. That being said, there were big chunks of the book that I found boring and inconsequential, but I think if I knew more about Hemingway and his life I would have enjoyed the book more. My heart tore to pieces for Hadley at the end, and I kept waiting for some knock down drag out fight that never came. Overall, this book was pleasant but not a page turner. If you are a Hemingway fan, its a must read. If not, you might want to do some research before starting in order to really enjoy the book.

*****

Crossed (Matched, #2)Crossed by Ally Condie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Meh, this book was just okay. More than last book, I found Cassia to be really annoying and needy and I wonder if all books have to make the girl fall to pieces when confronted with a boy. Also, what is going on with Xander? Does Cassia like Xander? Do we as the reader like Xander? I don’t understand that dynamic. I did like the epic nature of their adventure in the outlying communities and I definitely enjoy where the story is going. I also appreciated Ky’s perspective, which surprised me. I am excited to read the next book to find out what happens, but this series is certainly no Hunger Games (or Divergent).

*****

Knit Two: A Friday Night Knitting Club NovelKnit Two: A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel by Kate Jacobs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My audiobook subscription ran out right at the end of this book, so during my lunch break I scuttled over to the nearest book store to read the ending while standing among the rack of books. When I read the Friday Night Knitting Club, I was so utterly surprised at how much I liked the book. The second book was good, primarily because I loved the characters so much, but it did feel a little like a book that was never supposed to have a sequel. The storylines were a bit strained, and most importantly, I felt like Jacobs had all the characters doing things that did not fit in with their personalities. I still enjoyed it, but it was not as good as the first (but are they ever?)

2012 Books
-Books 1-5 
-Books 5-10 

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1 comment:

Linda said...

I have Knit Two on my shelf. I read the first one and liked it a lot more than I thought I would. My aunt is reading The Paris Wife and is going to loan me her copy once she's done.

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