Tuesday, August 9, 2016

what I read in july

these monthly book linkups really make me notice how fast time is flying. I feel like I just wrote june's reading list! I will say that the real upside of work travel is the ability to read. for some reason, I just cannot find time to read as much as I would like at home. chalk it up to moving in to our new home less than two months ago, I guess. always so much to do. in july/early august, I had a couple work trips to charleston and chicago and that made for ample reading time.

all you overachievers reading 10+ books a month, kudos to you, but it seems I am lucky to read just one. it's a good thing that I finished me before you alone in my hotel room instead of on the plane because I was straight balling my eyes out. like completely and totally sobbing. please, someone, comment and tell me the same thing happened to you. I also started to read a second book this month, stuck out to page 100 and decided it was perfectly okay to abort the mission. anyone else totally okay with not finishing a book you're not feeling? I was tempted to leave it on the plane. said book shall remain nameless.



me before you by jojo moyes
they had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
louisa is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life, who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. she takes a badly needed job working for will traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. when she learns that will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, what do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? {amazon.com}

my take: A
I usually don't read majorly popular books like this one. it's just not my cup of tea. however, when my coworker and I were talking about some of our favorite books, she mentioned me before you. so I bought it, threw it in my bag on a work trip, and finished it in the span of two days.

I love that this book has a plot unlike any other plot I've read. I hate that it does not end the way I wanted. all in all, the main character grows exponentially throughout everything that she deals with, but I really can't imagine the pain if this were a true story. when she finally decides to take a leap of faith and is ready to commit to difficult yet passionate life - she's met with an unexpected reaction. I thought this was a beautiful book, with that being said, I'm not interested in reading the sequel. let me know if you've read after you and what you thought. evidently I'm easily persuaded!

Life According to Steph

15 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed Me Before You in much the same way you describe here. I enjoyed After You as well, but honestly I barely even felt like it was a sequel in some ways. It has a completely different feel but I still really enjoyed it as a book - so might be something to check out if you like her writing!!

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  2. That was definitely a book I was glad to finish alone, I was bawling like a loon too.

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  3. I used to be horrible at putting down books I wasn't enjoying, but I've gotten better. I have 2 "did not finish"s in my list!

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  4. Totally fine to abandon a book you don't like.

    I sobbed like a crazy person at the end of this book.

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  5. I think I'd rather read one really good book like Me Before You then a bunch of other so-so ones!

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    1. so true! if only you knew whether it was great ahead of time, so you don't waste any time like I did this month on the second book ;)

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  6. i loved me before you! i was at home with my husband when i finished it and he was like WTF IS WRONG lol
    i would love to travel for work just for the extra reading time!
    i suck at putting books down when i don't like them. i'm trying to get better but i am always so curious and hoping they get better. they never do.

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    1. haha, right, they never get better! I have a 100 page limit, then I can give a book up.

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  7. I used to travel for work and it did make for some excellent reading time. I really struggle with DNFing a book. I'm such an optimist and keep hoping and hoping and hoping it will get better. I've gotten a bit better but there are times I need to get better about just saying "nope" and moving on.

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  8. I re-read Me Before You and I think I bawled my eyes out more the second time, lol! Such a great book. I read After You this month and really did not like it. It seems most people like it though, but I was just not a fan!

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  9. You totally made the better choice than me by choosing not to read this book on the plane because I totally read it on the bus and was trying to tell myself to keep it together because there were so many people around! It was such a great book, but such a tough read!

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    1. I have no ability to hold it in, so yea, it would've been pretty embarrassing in public!

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  10. I still haven't read Me Before You-need to do it soon!

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  11. I cried during Me Before You, but my sobfest happened with The Nightingale. I posted a picture of me with mascara streaks running down my face after reading that one.

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