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Books I have Read: 2013

on May 10, 2013

As one of my New Year Goals, I challenged myself to read at least one book per month. I’ve actually surpassed that, and hope to continue the trend. I love to read, but found life was getting in the way (or rather, I didn’t make it as high as a priority in my life as I should). So, here they are, in the order of being read (as 2013 is not over yet, there will of course be ongoing edits to include all the books)

1. The Time-Keeper ~ Mitch Albom

Words cannot express how much I love Mitch Albom’s books. Although his previous book, “Have a Little Faith”, really didn’t do much for me, all other ones have been fantastic. I find his fiction much more enjoyable than his non-fiction (other than Tuesdays with Morrie, which, as his first book, got me hooked to his writing). The Time-Keeper is about Father Time, and his story. A nice, short read, but quite profound as well.

2. Secret Daughter ~ Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Warning: You will cry. But it’s a good cry. This book the kind that’s told by three different viewpoints, which is something I enjoy. The first is by a woman in India, who gives birth to a girl in 1984 and gives her up for adoption and later goes on to have a son, The second is by a woman in North America who happens to adopt said baby girl. And the 3rd is told by the girl as she is older, and going back to India to find her roots. As someone who has struggled with infertility and who happens to be adopted, it really hit some chords within me which probably heightened my reading experience. But it is eye-opening as well, as the truths of gender selection in countries like India are addressed as well. It’s worth a read!

3. The Book of Mormon Girl ~ Joanna Brooks

I was interested in reading this book mainly because I’m a convert to the Church and am always intrigued by each individual take on this ‘culture’. Especially the viewpoint of those who grew up within the Church and really don’t know much else. Also, as this was about a girl growing up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in California, I knew this was going to be even more different than someone growing up in Utah. At times it was hard to read, these truths and understandings of a different era that don’t always mix with my own understanding of the doctrine. But it was respectfully written, and I enjoyed it.

4. Sloppy Firsts ~ Megan McCafferty

This is a re-read of a series I got into a few years ago. I forgot how much I loved it and how I totally get sucked into the story! Maybe it has something to do with the main character the same age I am and so the timelines are exact for both of us (ages, graduated at the same time, etc). It could also be the fact that it’s written in the style of a journal, so you feel privy to only the deepest secrets of the character. Whatever it is, I love it and it’s about the third time I’ve read the series.

5. Second Helpings ~ Megan McCafferty

(see above)

6. Charmed Thirds ~ Megan McCafferty

(see above)

7. Fourth Comings ~ Megan McCafferty

(see above)

8. Perfect Fifths ~ Megan McCafferty

(see above)

9. Wedding Night ~ Sophie Kinsella

I’m a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella (although I’m not really into the Shopaholic Series), and this is the latest book that’s come out by her. It really only takes place in the course of a few weeks with the main chunk of book being about the Wedding Night itself. This is really Chicklit at it’s finest. I laughed, gasped and couldn’t wait to get to the end of the book to find out what happened. Okay, I may have actually read the end while I was still in the middle of the book (I really needed to know what was going to happen!), and then re-read the end five times. It was great!

10. The Story of a Marriage ~ Andrew Sean Greer

This is the second time I’ve read this book and still just as enjoyable. I found myself shocked at the exact same places in the book as I was reading it the first time. It’s the story of Pearl and her marriage to the love of her life. It takes place in San Fransisco during the fifties and sixties and is really phenomenal. I don’t want to give too much away because it really is such a good book. I see myself reading it a third time, for sure.

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