“When you don't know what to do for yourself, do something for somebody else.” I adored this book, both deep and complex, I smiled through the entirety. It’s rare that I give a book 5 stars, especially when it’s not a psychological thriller, but I loved the message of this book: We are not our circumstances. What a great feel-good novel about overcoming adversities. “I know better than to look backward. I know how to try, and how to fail, and how to try again. I know how to live from the inside out. I know to savor every snuggle, every morning swim, every tickle, every meal, every warm bath, every moment when somebody makes you laugh. More than anything, I know that you just have to choose to make the best of things. You get one life, and it only goes forward. And there really are all kinds of happy endings”.
“We don’t fix everything, but we sure do make things better. That’s really become my whole guiding philosophy. I would never tell you that the life you wanted couldn’t have been exactly as great as you planned. But you have to live the life you have. You have to find inspiration in the struggle, and pull joy out of hardship. That’s what we try to do – counterbalance the suffering with laughter, fuzzy blankets, hugs, sing-alongs, sunny-day picnics, chocolate chip cookies, and wildflowers. Because that’s all we can do: carry the sorrow when we have to, and absolutely savor the joy we can.” For fans of 'Me Before You'.
I just finished Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella.
“Love is finding one person infinitely fascinating. And so…not an achievement, my dear. Rather, a privilege.”
Witty, emotional, and extremely entertaining, I loved the message at the heart of this story: marriage is work, marriage is commitment, and marriage is putting your spouse before yourself. I laughed, I got emotional, and I smiled…a lot. This is the perfect Spring/Summer read, and as I’ve found, Kinsella never disappoints. Let me know what you think! Thank you @penguinrandomhouseand @netgalley for this ARC.
It's officially January, and I promised myself back in December when I started my two week break that I was going to get loads of blogging done, read my foot high TBR pile, and paint a piece of furniture...suffice to say, not one was accomplished. So rather than post separate book reviews, I have chosen to summarize two December reads in as few sentences as possible because...#lazy.
Roomies by Christina Lauren
I've been looking for a romantic comedy to fill the void that The Hating Game (Sally Thorne) left me in. It was my favourite RomCom of the past decade. Roomies has been splashed across the bookstagram community and I had to get my hands on it. I really enjoyed the first quarter of the book, but then it lost me. I am not a 'romance' fan (I actually despise reading steamy explicit content. I'll usually skim pages), and I felt that it went down that avenue and stayed there. This may be for you if you like romantic contemporary.
Wow! A solid 5 stars. I don't know why it took me so long to read Beartown. This is a book that has everything, covering many different facets, full of emotion and deeply insightful. The characters are diverse, beautifully detailed, and complex. I could literally write quote after quote because each one resonates, and makes you question and ponder this moral fiction. I actually felt transported to the town as Backman does an incredible job of describing the emotional and physical response the barren land has on this community and the people. Did I mention it's a sports story? I am not a hockey fan, and yet I quickly found myself rooting for the players, until the unspeakable act disrupts their dream. Beartown is the perfect Book Club selection because the discussion's would revolve around moral dilemmas, loyalty, race, and right vs. wrong,
"People round here don't always know the difference between right and wrong. But we know the difference between good and evil."
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