Here are the books I finished this month:
- The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, Katarina Bivald
Such a lovely book to start April with! Simple, unique, but somehow profound and resonating.
It does have a slower beginning, and by the time it picks up the book is ending and don't want it to stop! I love the jump from character perspectives, no matter how small their part. It truly adds weight to the whole story, and leaves you always wanting to know more!
It truly is a book for any book lover. Simple, but great underlying stories. Unique, as well. I can't recall another book about a young woman from Sweden who comes to Iowa, ends up opening a bookstore and falls in love against all resistance. Perhaps we can all relate to Sara and the rest of Broken Wheel. After all, who doesn't want to run away to a far away land to lose themselves in books?
I recommend reading this. Do be prepared for the slow beginning, but it's worth seeing till the end!
- Every Last Word, Tamara Ireland Stone
Oh my heart.
This is one of those books I read and whisper "I get this."
It's such a powerful story of mental illness and fighting your way through the trenches. Yes, it is YA, but full of so much more than just teen angst and anxiety. It's so much deeper.
- Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed, Glennon Doyle Melton
It's hard to give a review on a book of essays.
Glennon writes honestly and wonderfully, but not every essay is going to be for every person. But I do believe there is someone in here for everyone.
So whether you are a mom or not, a wife or not, recovering from something or not, a sister or not, a Christian or not, trying to adopt or not, or any if or not, grab the book and start reading. Start at the end or in the middle, pick an essay from the Table of Contents. I'm sure you will find something that will draw you in.
And you can read my commentary and favorite quotes on this Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/kehnsn/status/723...
"'I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you.' The follow-up to the international #1 bestselling collection of prose and photography, this is the third book in the I Wrote This For You series and gathers together the very best entries in the project from 2011 to 2015. Started in 2007, I Wrote This For You is an internationally acclaimed exploration of hauntingly beautiful words, photography and emotion that's unique to each person that reads it."
- Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira
Ugh, I hate how people bash the writing and chuck it up to be naive. Hello, we know that.
This book is good (another quick read). No, it probably won't change your life, but it will make you think.
We've all been young and though our circumstances may be different, we can understand the temptations and challenges Laurel faces in her young life. Shoot, we can understand them at any age - we're not perfect, we all hold our ghosts close, and we're afraid to open up.
Not to mention the uniqueness of this writing and story line.
It's good. Give it a try.
- Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon
I finished this book in less than a day, so yes, yes it is good.
It's so very different from any other YA or love story. Shoot, it's so much less of a love story and more of a coming to story. Coming to what exactly? You decide.
It's quirky, it's funny, it heartbreaking, it's intoxicating.
Yes, and cheesy. Yes, it makes you angry. Yes, the ending is happy. Yes, a lot of people don't like it. Psssh. Read it.
- I'll Give You The Sun, Jandy Nelson
I'm a sucker for metaphors, and this book never stops jumping off the page.
There's a beautiful, terrifying, joyful, heartbreaking story in here.
- It's Kind of a Funny Story, Ned Vizzini
"Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life - which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.
Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness."
- The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George
I'm gonna need some time to recover from this one.
I, unlike others, was not turned off by the storyline. Yes, it is ultimately the story of three men finding their way on the waterways with a book barge (Literary Apothecary). Maybe the back cover left out that line, but it is still the story it is intended to be. It is still the story of loss and love AND of the medicine of books.
This story is beautiful. I felt myself continually intrigued by Perdu and Manon's story. I gasped, I laughed, I cried. It's good.
And again, it's true beauty is in the picture it paints of literature. Books truly are more than words strung together to please the author. They are written for someone else, they are meant to destroy and to heal.
This story is not lacking.
- Black Butterfly, Robert M. Drake
"The Black Butterfly is a symbol of transformation and rebirth after death. Drake wrote this book for those who have lost someone in death and in life. This book is a collection of memories and experiences Drake lived after the death of one of his brothers. He promised he would write him a few words after he failed to complete the task while his brother was alive.
This book is everything… this book is for all who are breathing and for all who are no longer here.
This book is for you."
- Bright Dead Things: Poems, Ada Limon
- Bluets, Maggie Nelson
- The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, Lewis Hyde
- Wreck and Order, Hannah Tennant-Moore
- This Is Awkward: How Life's Uncomfortable Moments Open the Door to Intimacy and Connection, Sammy Rhodes
Here are the books I hope to read/finish for May:
- Eighteen Years, Madisen Kuhn
- I Wrote This For You
- After Alice, Gregory Maguire
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
- We All Looked Up, Tommy Wallach
- Brave New World, Aidous Huxley
- All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven
- Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
As always, I continue to update my Goodreads shelves:
I also wrote a post for The Odyssey Online about reading YA books more - check it out!