Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy has a monthly "What I've Been Reading Lately" linkup that I'm going to jump in on for the first time!
My goal for this year is to read 36 books - 3 a month - after only finishing 24 last year (7 of them were the Harry Potter series though, so maybe some of those should have counted for more than one...). I'm right on track, with 8 books completed so far. Here's what I've finished in the last month.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This was definitely a break out of my usual reading. I honestly tend to stick pretty tightly to things like Christian fiction and juvenile/young adult. So to read a book that uses swear words and talks about sex was a stretch for me (though my husband and I do watch a handful of tv shows that are like that, I just rarely pick up those kind of books). I definitely enjoyed it. I read a review on Amazon before getting it from the library that basically said "if you enjoy Sheldon Cooper [The Big Bang Theory] and his quirky lack-of-social-skills and abundance-of-science-humor then you'll like this book." SO true. If Sheldon annoys you, you won't like this book as much.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
I had seen this one while skimming OverDrive for a juvenile ebook to read, and liked the sound of smart kids solving a mystery. What I didn't realize until after I got into it was that it's 500 pages long! I did like the concept, but some of the storyline seemed unnecessary - though maybe it gives background information for the other books in the series (which I don't plan on reading).
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Book 2 in the Legend Trilogy - I'm reading these as part of the Young Adult Book & Movie Club. I've been on a dystopian YA kick for about a year and a half now. Hunger Games, Divergent, City of Ember, Maze Runner, etc. I'm thinking if I had read this series a year ago I would have enjoyed it lots more than I am now. It took me awhile to get into both the first book and this one too, mostly because the storyline was so similar to other series I've read (Divergent most recently). I'll definitely stick with it, because I DO want to find out what happens to the main characters, but I'll honestly probably back off from dystopian YA for quite awhile after it.
Love & Respect in the Family: The Respect Parents Desire; The Love Children Need by Emerson Eggerichs
My Sunday School class has been having a discussion each week about a couple chapters from this book and we just finished. I really liked the Love & Respect concept from Eggerichs' first book about marriage, and the way the concept carries over into parenting makes total sense. He uses lots of examples from his own family and others who have shared their stories, which makes our family feel completely normal. It's fairly new, released in late 2013, so not many people have heard of it in the grand scheme of "best parenting books." I highly recommend it!
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