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Amber Can Read : October 2017

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Books Read This Month : 5

Book 1 : Beastly by Alex Flinn

This was one of the four books I read this month for a reading challenge that ends at the end of October. I’m determined to finish it! I have three more books left, so those will be in next month’s linkup! I enjoyed this one! I read it while I was sick, and I kept falling asleep while I was reading it (thanks cold medicine!), but it was a pretty quick read and a good retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Book 2 : Little Sleepyhead by Elizabeth McPike

One of Charlotte’s recent Imagination Library books. Nothing great or awful about this one!

Book 3 : The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Oh man. If you haven’t read this before, then you should. Some parts were a little over my head, but it was a great read. There’s a reason why people say this could happen in today’s society. Sigh.

Book 4 : Heisman’s First Trophy: The Game that Launched Football in the South by Sam Hatcher

This was a departure after my last book! This is about my undergraduate alma mater, and it was really interesting. If you’re a fan of college football or history, you’ll enjoy this one, even if you don’t have any connection to the two schools in it. Fun fact – my alma mater once beat Alabama in a football game. Sure it was in like 1904, but we can still brag abut it, right? 😉

Book 5 : Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

This book was terrible. I usually like her books because she tackles heavy issues in a realistic way, but this one was just awful. The only reason I finished it was because it was a reading challenge selection. Definitely don’t recommend this one!

Read anything good (or terrible) lately?

Linking up with Steph and Jana. It’s the third anniversary of this linkup, so they’re hosting an anniversary giveaway! Be sure to check it out…but don’t enter because i want better chances to win! 😉

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32 thoughts on “Amber Can Read : October 2017

    1. I didn’t realize she wrote adult books! I’ll have to look for them. I usually really like her books, but this one felt like she tried to cram too much into it. I was so disappointed!

  1. i read the handmaid’s tale a year or so ago and really liked it, i’ve been meaning to watch the tv series but haven’t gotten to it yet. i haven’t read beastly, it’s on my tbr i think. i saw the movie before i knew it was a book and it wasn’t amazing lol.

    1. That makes me want to watch the movie just to see how they portrayed certain elements. There were a couple of cheesy parts, so I bet the movie made them really cheesy! I want to watch the series too. I’m so behind on my TV shows!

    1. It does feel too close to becoming reality. In the book, the changes happened slowly and so gradually that people just accepted them. That scares the heck out of me!

  2. Hahah, I appreciate your honesty on Impulse! Can’t win them all! I could totally see how A Handmaid’s Tale could happen today, which is really scary. Have you watched the show? Good luck finishing those final 3 on the challenge- we got this!

    1. Thank you! Hopefully the final three are better than Impulse!! The Handmaid’s Tale premise is so scary because it happens so slowly that people don’t realize what’s going on. I haven’t watched the show yet, but I’ve got to add it to my list!

    1. I probably still wouldn’t have read it if I hadn’t chosen it for the challenge. There are so many good books to read that it’s hard to choose between them!

    1. I usually like her too because she tackles tough things so realistically, but this book felt like things were just crammed in there. So disappointing!

      It really is disturbing. It’s so hard to see the parallels between it and real life.

    1. I usually like her too, but something about Impulse just felt too jam packed and a little stilted! I wanted to wait to watch the show until I read the book, so now I’ve got to add it to my watchlist!

  3. The Handmaid’s Tale was definitely interesting. Subtly disturbing but I’m so glad I read it!
    I read Crank by Hopkins and it was just waaay too heavy for me.

    1. I’m glad I read it too! Even if it did bother the heck out of me!

      I think Crank was the first one of hers that I read, and it was pretty heavy!

  4. I recently read The Handmaids Tale for the second time. The first was in college and I didn’t remember anything about it and I know now that I definitely wasn’t mature enough then to understand so much of what it represented. It was a very good book!!

    1. You know, I think that’s a good point about the maturity. I probably wouldn’t have grasped a lot of it in college and would’ve complained the whole time I read it!

    1. I didn’t realize that two of my Erin 7.0 challenge books were fairy tale re-tellings. Evidently I’m a sucker for them too!

    1. I’m down to one more now too! Good luck finishing your last one! I want to watch the mini series too. I’ve heard such good things about it, and maybe it will help clear up some of the parts of the book that confused me!

  5. I read The Handmaid’s Tale years ago and it’s one of those books that is really good, but I’m not sure I could handle reading it again. Not sure I want to watch the TV show, either…

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