Amber Can Read : March 2018

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Books read this month : 2 

You can generally tell how my life is going by the number of books I’ve read in a month and how often I post on here. Since I only read 2 books last month and this is just my second post in March, I’ll let you be the judge of how everything is right now!

Book 1 : Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Ugh. I should’ve just read the first one in this trilogy and called it a day. Books two (reviewed in February) and this one were both terrible! I feel like Kwan tried to pack too much into both of the books and got away from the snarky humor that I loved so much in the first one. Plus, this one felt like it ended on a little bit of a cliffhanger. Cliffhanger may not be the right word, but something was revealed that just seemed thrown in and could’ve been more fully explored. I don’t recommend this one at all.

Book 2 : The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

On a recent quiet afternoon at work, my friend showed me the movie trailer for this and then insisted that I needed to read it. I checked it out with the intention to get to it after my huge stack of things that I’ve had checked out since December (for the Erin 8.0 challenge). Instead, I read this one in two days, staying up ridiculously late one night to finish it! Oops! It took me a little bit to get into because it’s written as letters, and I got a little confused about who the characters were (#toddlermombrain), but once things clicked for me, I didn’t want to put it down! I really enjoyed this one and recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction (World War II era…which is my favorite historical fiction era!) or anyone who likes a twist on a love story. She and I are planning to see the movie and hope it lives up to the book.

Here’s hoping to things calming a down a bit so I can read and write more often! Have you read anything good lately? Be sure to share your recent favorites with me so I can read them…eventually! 🙂

Linking up with Steph and Jana!

Amber Can Read : November 2017

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Hello! I broke my writing streak on Monday because I felt awful. I don’t know what the problem was, but I think I’m (mostly) on the mend now!

Time to talk about books!

Books read this month : 10!!

This is like the pre-marriage, pre-motherhood Amber level of reading! And none of these were children’s books or picture books. I don’t know how I managed this total!

Book 1 : Beauty and the Beast : Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly

This was one of my two Beauty and the Beast themed books for the Erin 7.0 Reading Challenge. I really liked this one! It is a retelling of the classic tale, but there are some familiar elements in it.

Book 2 : Dogs and Their People by BarkPost

This was a book from the people who created BarkBox. It was another Erin 7.0 challenge book. I thought it was really cute!

Book 3 : How I Got My Wiggle Back by Anthony Field

I’ve mentioned a few times here and in real life that Charlotte really loves The Wiggles right now. So, when I saw this in the public library’s eBook collection, I was pretty intrigued. The first half of the book is really interesting. It talks about how the group was formed and some of their earlier days, including Anthony’s struggles with chronic pain and depression. The second half of the book is pretty much all about his treatment regiment and was kind of boring honestly. I think it should by my life’s mission to write a good biography of the past and current Wiggles…

Book 4 : Heavier Than Heaven by Charles Cross

I’ve seen this one pop up in a couple of these linkups, and it has usually had good reviews. This was a really extensive biography of Kurt Cobain (lead singer of Nirvana). Nirvana was one of junior high/high school bands of choice, and this book really gave a lot of background about his life, how the band was formed, and the struggles they faced even after they were famous. I’m glad I saw this one mentioned!

Book 5 : Wonder by RJ Palacio

Oh man. I picked this one up because I was going to participate in another book-related linkup, but I missed the deadline on it. However, I absolutely LOVED this book! I can’t wait to see the movie and see how some of the scenes were interpreted!

Book 6 : Slow Down by Nichole Nordeman

I liked the cover and description of this one, so I checked it out. There were a few things about embracing the season of motherhood that you’re in that made me cry, especially since it’s been a bit of a roller coaster lately around here! (#toddlerlife). 

Book 7 : The Underneath by Kate Appelt

This was my final Erin 7.0 challenge book, and it was just weird. It was not at all what I expected. I read it in a night because it had short chapters and because I didn’t want to waste more precious reading time than I needed to on it!

Book 8 : The Recovering Spender by Lauren Greutman

I used to read Lauren’s blog pretty regularly but stopped for some reason. I enjoyed this book, especially because it kind of goes along with the budgeting class I’m in right now. Some of her insights really hit me in the face because I could see myself and my behaviors in them!

Book 9 : Dot Journaling by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

I’m obsessed with planners and ways to make myself look a lot more organized than I actually am. Of course, now I’m obsessed with a new way of tracking. Thanks a lot, book.

Book 10 : Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan

I was really excited to read this one, and it (mostly) did not disappoint! I thought the ending was a little disappointing, but otherwise, it had me laughing out loud! She left it open for a potential sequel, so I’ll be curious to see if she does anything with it.

Linking up with Steph and Jana (their new logo for this linkup is fantastic too!). They’re going to have two linkups in December! This one will be on the 12th, and then they’re also planning to talk about their favorite books of the year on the 26th. I’ve got to start my list right now!

Read any good books lately? Let me know in the comments!

Amber Can Read : October 2017

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Amber note – The last few times I’ve done this linkup, the pictures haven’t shown up for the email subscribers. I think I’ve figured out what the problem is and should have it fixed in next month’s linkup. Thanks to everyone who’s let me know about the issue!

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! 😉

Amber Can Read : September 2017

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Books read this month : 4

Book 1 : The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod

I’ve heard a few people talk about The Miracle Morning, so I finally decided to read it and see what the hype was about. It was interesting, and I can see this being something that I’ll get into when Charlotte is a little older and we have better routines.

Book 2 : The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran

This is another book that I’ve heard mentioned pretty frequently. I liked some of the concepts in this one, but I was a little confused by the rest of it. It may be one to reread and see if I understand it better the second time around.

Book 3 : Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff

I wrote an entire post about this one, so I don’t think I need to recap it yet again!

Book 4 : The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

I heard an NPR interview with her and thought she was hilarious, so when I saw this book at work and realized that it could count for my  book with a mostly yellow cover Erin 7.0 book, I had to check it out! This was one of those books that I stopped and started a few times, so I don’t think I liked it as much as I would have if I had read the whole thing over a couple of days.

I read all nonfiction this month! I need to throw some more fiction in there!

Read anything good lately?

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Amber Can Read : August 2017

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It’s National Book Lovers Day! I was supposed to publish this last night, but now I’m going to pretend like I waited until today for the sake of the day…

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Before I dive into what I’ve read since July, I’ve got to share the one book I managed to read from my June post to the day that I should’ve posted for July.

I finally read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and it was really, really, really good. It was extremely challenging to read at times but very eye-opening. I highly recommend it!

Books read this month : 3

Book 1 : Love Story by Karen Kingsbury – Karen Kingsbury books are my guilty pleasure and literary crack. I can’t turn them down, even if they’re usually incredibly cheesy and semi-predictable. This one was pretty good though! Or maybe I’m just brainwashed…

Book 2 : Where is Baby’s Belly Button by Karen Katz – My month of books by women named Karen continues. This was another Imagination Library book. Charlotte was indifferent about it. I was fascinated. Where is baby’s belly button? Where is his hat? What is behind this flap? Mystery upon mystery upon mystery.

Book 3 : I Will Take A Nap! by Mo Willems – And my non-Karen book of the month rounds out my three reads. Ha! I think the Elephant and Piggie books are adorable, so when Charlotte received this from one of my friends, I was really excited. Char has started pulling books down from her bookshelf when she plays, so I will read a couple of them to her while she’s playing. I got really into this one, doing voices and everything. I think she appreciated my performance because she stopped playing for 2.5 seconds to look at me. I’m winning at life.

Have you read anything good lately? Let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page!

Linking up with Steph and Jana.