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Book Review: The Rosie Project + The Opposite Of Loneliness

July 7, 2014

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I can’t stop reading. Devoured two more books this week. They both made me laugh and pause and hide upstairs so I could finish the final pages.

A continuation of this (Five Books For Summer) list.

A big thank you to those of you who recommended these gems. More suggestions welcome.

Happy reading.

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1) The Rosie Project.

the rosie project

Rating: * * * * *

If You Like: Where’d You Go BernadetteWhat Alice ForgotBelong To Me

My Review: Charming, funny, heartwarming, and impossibly lovely. Don Tillman is someone you don’t want to forget. A “feel good” love story that isn’t nauseating or annoying. Very well written and timed. I couldn’t put this novel down.

Their Review: “It’s natural to be wary of a novel that’s been the target of such gushy praise. Publishers in at least thirty-eight countries have snapped up the rights to The Rosie Project, which has been touted as a ‘publishing phenomenon,’ an ‘international sensation’ and no less than ‘the feel-good hit of 2013.’ Well, squelch your inner cynic: the hype is justified. Australian Graeme Simsion has written a genuinely funny novel. . . . This is classic rom-com.” -The Washington Post

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2) The Opposite Of Loneliness.

the opposite of lonliness

Rating: * * * *

If You Like: I Was Told There’d Be Cake, Young Adult Memoirs

My Review: Marina writes with an impossibly young voice while maintaining literary dignity and humor. A quick read full of nostalgia for our early twenties. Marina would have been a household name if her life wouldn’t have been cut short. Her essays, particularly the first and last, are gems.

Their Review: “The writing Marina Keegan left behind offers a tantalizing taste of a literary voice still in development, yet already imbued with unusual insight, nuance, humor, and sensitivity.” -Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker

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All Five-Star Rated Books Here.

Five Books For Summer {2014} (Updated)

June 10, 2014

three books for spring 2014

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You know when you read a book and then you need EVERYONE ELSE TO READ IT.

That happened last month when I read the recently published We Were Liars after a friend said it was the first book she cried over since The Fault In Our Stars.

I read it in a few hours, devouring its honesty and sharp coming-of-age-ness with a lot of shushing and MOMMY. IS. READING.

I can’t say much about it without taking away from your experience, but I will say that I tossed and turned all night. It is jolting.

It is also the first book I’ve read in awhile. I wish I was the kind of person who read a little each day, but I’m not. I never have been. I treat books like I treat life; in binges and purges. Instead of reading for 20 minutes each day, I will go weeks without reading until I find a book I want to read, stop everything, and inhale it in one, fervid experience.

It is my way.

Five books to read this Summer below, including one I finished yesterday in one big bite.

Happy reading. Happy summer.

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1) What Alice Forgot.

what alice forgot

If You Like: Quality rom-coms, Belong To Me

My Review: Well paced, thought provoking, a truly interesting read on marriage and the subtle changes we experience in our relationships.

Their Review: “An often funny, sometimes heartrending, deeply personal portrait of a woman attempting to unravel her own mystery.” -Booklist

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2) Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

If You Like: Beach reads with fun and suspense.

My Review: I laughed out loud. A quirky and fun read.

Their Review: “Warm, dark, sad, funny-and a little bit screwball…. This is an inventive and very funny novel that gets bonus points for transcending form.” -Susan Coll, The Washington Post

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3) We Were Liars.

we were liars

If You Like: The Fault In Our Stars, Gone Girl, quality young adult fiction

My Review: Quick, feeling, chilling.

Their Review: “Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” - John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

10 Bucks (for the Hardback!)

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4) Birds Of America.

birds of america

If You Like: Margaret AtwoodAnne Tyler, independent films that go nowhere

My Review: Poetic and terrifying truths in the form of short stories that read like a sad indie movie.

Their Review: “Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial…. Stand[s] by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability.” —The New York Times Book Review 

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5) Wild.

wild by cheryl strayed

If You Like: The Rules Of Inheritance, The Glass Castle

My Review: Sweet, visceral, painfully real.

Their Review: “Best Book of the Year.” -NPR, The Boston GlobeEntertainment Weekly, Vogue, St. Louis Dispatch

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My Complete Books List

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