What I've Been Reading - February 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Welcome to What I've Been Reading, where I share my (quick and personal) thoughts on what I've been reading this past month. For specifics (plot summary, etc.) about each book, click on the provided links.

Lonesome Dove: A Novelby Larry McMurtry (5 stars)

What an intense ride. At times I found myself laughing out loud. At other times I found myself crying uncontrollably . Most often I found my heart absolutely racing. Such an incredible book. Do I recommend it? Yes, but with caveats. It's rough in places. Really rough. With that said, I personally gained such respect for those that lived in the west in the 1800's. I also gained such respect for Larry McMurtry. Such an amazing writer. I never thought I'd enjoy a Western, but he made me do so. (2017 MMD Reading Challenge - Reading for Growth - a book that's more than 600 pages)

The Magnolia Storyby Chip and Joanna Gaines (4 stars)
I didn't think I could love Chip and Joanna Gaines any more, but I was proven wrong. If you love Fixer Upper, you'll love their biography. Definitely recommend. (2017 MMD Reading Challenge - Reading for Fun - a juicy memoir)

A Man Called Ove: A Novelby Fredrik Backman (4.5 stars)
I laughed. I cried. I loved it. Highly recommend. (2017 MMD Reading Challenge - Reading for Growth - a book in translation)

This Is How It Always Is: A Novelby Laurie Frankel (4 stars)
I am grateful for book club picks that push me out of my reading comfort zone. I would have never picked this book on my own, but I'm so glad my book club did. This book has great writing and great storytelling and gave me a new perspective and a new empathy for those facing different circumstances than my own. Isn't that what reading is often all about? I was encouraged to dive in without reading the jacket cover. I would encourage you to do the same. (MMD Book Club pick)

This was that book that was being talked about everywhere and I needed to know why. I'm glad I read it. It was eye opening. Highly recommend it, but with one caveat. J.D.'s grandmother had a mouth on her. Course language in general is really hard for me to digest. The course language specifically in this book was quite jarring, however, I feel that if the language had been removed we wouldn't have the proper sense of who his grandmother was. So, despite the language, I recommend everyone find out for themselves why everyone is talking about this book. (2017 MMD Reading Challenge - Reading for Growth - a book of any genre that addresses current events)

Easy and fun read. Looking forward to the next in the series.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome, I will probably read "lonesome dove ". this summer.