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Amber Can Read : January 2018

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Time to talk about books again!

Books read this month : 9

Book 1 : Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

I really enjoyed this one! There were a lot of parts that resonated with me, but of course since I didn’t take notes or write anything down, I can’t remember any of them right now! Recommended for fans of funny, Christian based nonfiction.

Book 2 : Before We Were Yours  by Lisa Wingate

I started reading this one the night that Will met some friends to see The Last Jedi. When he got home, I told him I would just read another couple of chapters, but then I stayed up until past 2 AM to finish it! Oops! Recommended for those who like mysteries and don’t mind a story going between past and present.

Book 3 : The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This one was not my favorite. Early in the book, the main female character described how the main male character could be ugly, and the author chose to use cleft lip as a descriptor of an ugly person. As a mother of a child who was born with a cleft lip, I may be oversensitive to things like this, but it immediately shut me down. I slogged through this one because one of my friends loves it, but I wouldn’t recommend this one at all.

Book 4 : Slider by Pete Hautman

A pretty quick read about a teenager who wants to be a competitive eating champion. Those who know me in real life know that I have a strange fascination with competitive eating. This story even mentioned some of the real eaters (Joey Chestnut!). It was fun, but I probably wouldn’t read it unless you have a bit of the same fascination and don’t mind some very…realistic…descriptions of what could happen during a contest.

Book 5 : The Wonder  by Emma Donoghue

I think this one is considered historical fiction, and it takes place in Ireland, so it may not be interesting to everyone, but I liked it! The premise of this involves what some may consider child abuse, so if that makes you uncomfortable, skip this one. Otherwise, I recommend it because it has a twist that I didn’t expect and enjoyed!

Book 6 : Cheap Girls Club  by Crystal Lacey Winslow

Will got this one for me for Christmas since we’re focusing on finances this year. I thought it was sweet of him to get it! There were a few times that I got a little lost – like when she detailed a business she used to have or still has…I’m not sure – but otherwise, it was full of practical and straightforward information. I recommend it if you like to read about personal finance without it being too detailed or boring.

Book 7 : A Life in Parts  by Bryan Cranston

The first of three Erin 8.0 challenge books I read! I am a sucker for celebrity biographies and autobiographies. I feel like I always learn something new about people, even when the books aren’t very well-written. Thankfully, this one was well-written and captured my attention, even as I started fighting sickness! Random Bryan Cranston fact – he had initially planned to be a police officer. Can you imagine Breaking Bad without him?? I recommend this for anyone who is a fan of his work or of celebrity books in general.

Book 8 : A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Okay, I know it’s only January 11, but I’m going to just go ahead and declare this my favorite book of the year!! I loved this one so, so much. If you read Beartown first, like I did, you are going to be in for a surprise when you read this one because it hardly seems like the same author! I can’t recommend this one enough! Stop reading this blog (okay, not really) and click that link and go buy it…or go borrow it from your local library! And if for some reason, you don’t like it, just don’t tell me, or I will judge you… 😉

Book 9 : Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Poor Bernadette. This book was perfectly fine – a little weird and draggy at parts – but perfectly fine. However, since I read it right after the best book of 2018, I knew that it probably would be a letdown. This one is okay. I don’t really recommend it or not recommend it.

Read anything good lately? Have you read A Man Called Ove? Don’t answer that unless you absolutely loved it too!

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