Saturday, October 6, 2018

Books I Read in September

I did not get the chance to read one book in August.  I started a few, but I went on vacation and then school started soon afterward so I just didn't have the time.  September didn't give me a whole lot of time to read either because I'm currently working on my senior thesis, but I did get a couple books for fun in that I wanted to share with you.  

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
This book wasn't exactly a book I read for fun, but I ended up really enjoying it so I wanted to share.  This year I am a writing assistant at my school, so the director asked us to read it since we would be dealing with student papers.  I don't usually like nonfiction books, but since this one was written by Stephen King it didn't feel like a typical memoir.  The book is broken into three parts: King's life, Writing Tips, and then King's Life again.  It was really interesting to read about how an author as accomplished as Stephen King comes up with ideas for his novels and the tips he has learned along the way.

From Here to You by Jamie McGuire
I love returning to the Beautiful world, as many of you know if you've been here for a little while.  This was the first of that world that didn't have to do directly with one of the Maddox brothers, but the twins and even Thomas made a few cameos.  This story is one where love isn't always convenient, but it's always worth it.  Darby just left an awful relationship and had no intentions of jumping into another, especially since she's pregnant.  Meanwhile, Trex has had an image of the perfect woman in his head and that woman is Darby, except for the fact that she has vowed off any man with a career close to his.  The two of them certainly face their challenges and doubts, but they are able to fight through all of the issues thrown their way.
Two things that didn't make sense to me in this story: 1) There's a moment when Tyler is talking about going to pick up Ellie from the airport and propose to her since she's back from rehab.  Right after that Jojo comes in as a new photographer, but shouldn't that Jojo scene happened a few months ago when Ellie is sent home?  2) When Trex leaves to make sure his little sister is okay from her car accident I find it very unlikely he would have left Darby alone right after seeing her abusive ex-boyfriend come into the hotel with two other men.  What do you guys think about either of these?

Sadie by Courtney Summers
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book, so I wrote a longer post about it, which you can read here!

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Jamie McGuire and Christina Lauren book releases in the same month?!  You know I was thriving with this.  This book was so funny.  I really loved the dynamic between Josh and Hazel and how they kept setting each other up on dates but really they just wanted to hang out with each other.  They reminded me of Jenson and Pippa or Niall and Ruby: the seeming opposites, but exactly what each other need.  I also loved how the shocker at the end wasn't a huge issue, they both just went with it.  I thought it was nice because it would have been so easy for that to a complicated situation, but the two of them didn't allow it to be.


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