Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July Reads


Reading really took off for me this month, mostly thanks to the fabulous invention of audiobooks! And I ain't mad about it. I'm learning to incorporate reading into my daily/weekly routine and it's getting there. It's a work in progress, but it's progress nonetheless.

Torment by Lauren Kate
This is the second novel in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I read the first book in May, and thoroughly enjoyed it. My library had this second installment on audiobook as well, so I jumped all over that! I admit that this book took me a little by surprise and I didn't like it quite as much as the first. However, it's a glimpse into a life like none other, and that introduction was difficult for me to grasp for most of the novel. I won't give away spoilers, but this book definitely had its highs and lows. I really found myself sucked into parts of it, and others just left me lacking interest. Overall: 3 stars. I liked it.


Escorted by Claire Kent
Lori is a twenty-six year old virgin that had been in love with her best friend all through high school AND college. That love was one-sided, and she finally decided to do something about her lack of sexual experience. So, she hires a male escort to do the deed, and her world is turned upside down. In this erotic romance novel, Lori explores what life is like when things are simple, emotions aren't involved, and she's more confused than ever. This book was a quick, fun read that I really enjoyed! The best part, it was free on Apple iBooks. Overall: 4 stars. It was so good! 


Passion by Lauren Kate
This is the third book in the Fallen series (can you tell I'm a bit obsessed in continuing this story?!), and it really threw several huge twists at me! The beginning was a little difficult to get through and I wasn't all that interested in traveling through some of Lucinda's past lives. The "war" eras really didn't hold my attention, but luckily they didn't last too long. I soon was entranced in all the lives Luce was visiting, eagerly looking forward to what could be next. And the introduction of Lucifer was truly magnificent! I really loved this book and seriously can't wait to get my hands on the 4th one! I also found out that Lauren Kate is expected to release the 5th novel on November 10th of this year!! And knowing that, I may wait a month or so to grab the 4th book so it's not quite as much time in between books. I had no problem going from the first to second novel over two months. Overall: 4 stars. It was so good! 


Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo
This book is one that had been on my TBR (to be read) list for YEARS! It's sad, I know, but I finally picked it up this month and couldn't put it down! Hearing the story told from Colton's father's perspective really transformed this story. It's Colton's experience, yes, but it's told by his father and how it came about to him. I also really liked that the story came about in parts - they didn't just sit their son down and interrogate him for days on days. Instead, they asked open ended questions when he'd say something about his time in Heaven and then try to digest his answers. This happened over a period of several years, and I'm so glad it wasn't forced or rushed. This is a truly astounding book about a little boy's trip to Heaven and back, and it's a page-turner! I'd absolutely recommend it to anyone and everyone, as it's a truly amazing story. Overall: 4 stars. It was so good! 



How to Climb the Eiffel Tower by Elizabeth Hein
Lara Blaine lives a life of routine, isolation, and fear. Her past is something no one would wish upon their worst enemy, and to top it off, she receives devastating news: at only 29 years old, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. In the following weeks, she takes it all in stride, reacting in a completely normal way with completely normal and reasonable feelings. That's one of the major reasons why I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only is it a great story in general, but the main character is so relatable! She's a normal girl in her late twenties working a normal job with normal problems. She could be anyone you know, and she's also absolutely lovable. Her journey through her cancer diagnosis and treatment is one of pain, humility, heartbreak, fear, and passion. But mostly, it's one of growth. Lara learns more about herself in the year following her diagnosis than she had in any other time of her life. Her best friends are the least likely people she ever would have imagined, and she finds happiness. True happiness. And closure. This book is not for the faint of heart, but it's definitely a must read! Overall: 5 stars. Seriously amazing! 


What are you reading? Do you have any suggestions for me for next month? 


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