November 10, 2015

Booked Vol. 4

Do you remember being in grade school, when the Scholastic book fair would come in and set up? Your teacher would send you home with the book list of all the different books your parents could order for you. To me, that was one of the best school days of the year. This link up is as exciting as that day.

The Scale:     A {love}     B {enjoyed it}   C {ehh}    D {let down}      DNF  
* Received free for review from NetGalley
+ Received free for review from Blogging for Books

The Cricket on the Hearth / Charles Dickens  C
This is part of Dickens' five "Christmas books". I listened to it one day while at work because it was a short 3 hours. I didn't love it, that's for sure, but I didn't hate it either. I enjoyed the way Dickens gave full character to the kettle because you felt it was a real person through his descriptions. On the whole, this just wasn't for me. I wish I could get into the classics but I really struggle with them. If you're into the classics, sure. 

Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose / Gabrielle Bernstein  B
Bernstein knows that most of us don’t have time for an hour of yoga or 30 minutes of meditation, so she has hand-picked 108 techniques to combat our most common problems—from addiction and anxiety to burnout and resentment. Inspired by some of the greatest spiritual teachings, Bernstein offers up spirit-based principles, meditations, and practical, do-them-in-the-moment tools to help readers bust through blocks to live with more ease.

Gabrielle has a huge spirit junkie following, which includes me. I love the way she puts things in simple terms without making it come across as though she's preaching or talking down to you. I've put some of these tools in practice and for me, they work. Recommended for those who are on a spiritual walk or just want some clarity. 

The Two-Family House / Lynda Cohen Loigman A*
I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. At first the cover art caught my eye. Then I was pulled in by the synopsis: 

Brooklyn, 1947: in the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women. They are sisters by marriage with an impenetrable bond forged before and during that dramatic night; but as the years progress, small cracks start to appear and their once deep friendship begins to unravel. No one knows why, and no one can stop it. One misguided choice; one moment of tragedy. Heartbreak wars with happiness and almost but not quite wins.

I actually really enjoyed this story of Helen, Rose and their two families. I easily found myself getting attached to some characters while I immediately despised others. I'd recommend it. 

Carrie / Stephen King  A
This was my second King novel and if I wasn't hooked before, I certainly am now. His books are so well written it's beyond words. I remember seeing parts of this movie when I was 11/12. I had no idea what was going on other than some girl had blood dumped all over her at a prom and freaked out. Obviously I only witnessed the last 30 minutes or so. The book? So in depth. I was able to read/see the full story on my own, and I really enjoyed the "excerpts" within the narrative. They added another layer to the story. Now to go watch the movie again. Highly recommended.

Thinner / Stephen King  DNF
I just could not get into this book, which was kind of disappointing. Maybe because I was listening to the audio book? I'm not sure. I just couldn't get sucked in like I was hoping. A few weeks ago I realized we had the movie so I watched that instead. The movie was much better and easier to keep up with and, in my opinion, pretty good.

The Liar, the Bitch, and the Wardrobe / Allie Kingsley  B
Have you seen The Devil Wears Prada? Then you've read this book. To me, this book was basically just a copy of TDWP. Crazy boss who you break your back to impress and then by the stroke of luck become the new favorite; stuck-up coworkers who eventually grow to accept you; best friends who you disappoint repeatedly in an attempt to move up in your job.... it's all here. The only difference I can see between the two is that this one takes place in the photography industry. But really, isn't it the same thing? It gets a B because it was a quick read and an okay story. It held my attention and I finished it in a few days. It's a good in-between book. 

Why Not Me? / Mindy Kaling  B/C
I listened to this while at work one day. I had listened to her first book and was amused enough. I find her funny and interesting though so I wanted to read this one as well. Like her first book, Mindy herself reads the audio version. This book was like the first - enjoyable enough. It had it's moments where it was funny but I didn't LOVE it, you know? I did love the chapter where she discussed being a bridesmaid.

Now it's time to go read all of the linked up posts and add to my never ending to-be-read list!

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