CaseyLand: Off the Shelf pt. 2

Friday, September 14, 2018

Off the Shelf pt. 2

I just want to interrupt the life updates to share that I am still keeping up with my reading goal for the year which was to read one book a month! That might seem like nothing, but I was literally reading like two books a year, and that is just sad to me. I used to inhale books, so I wanted to rekindle my love of reading, and it turns out this goal has really helped! Here are the books I read in May, June, July, and August. I really stepped up my game in August because I downloaded the kindle app to my phone, and it was a GAME CHANGER. Instead of surfing the interwebs while nursing Mia, I started reading! Hello! Genius.

My little sister told me to snag this book on Amazon because it was on sale for two dollars so that we could do a little book club. It's a quick read and pretty thought provoking actually. It's about an old woman who is living in a retirement community after her husband has passed away and she gets told that he won an Alaskan cruise and she only has one more chance to cash in on the cruise before she loses it. So she decides to go! The chapters bounce around to different time periods in her life, it's like her life is flashing before her eyes, so you get to see how she became who she is. It's kind of depressing honestly, because you see all these chances she had that she didn't take... anyway, it was a fun read!

I always enjoy Liane Moriarty's novels. They are a little formulaic in that she follows the same pattern in each book, but the characters are usually fun, and the story is always intriguing. The Last Anniversary was actually the only book of hers I hadn't read, so I was excited! It follows a few people who are all connected through a mystery that happened years and years ago. As usual it was lighthearted and humorous, while also tackling more serious issues. I enjoyed it!

I had heard a ton about this book, so I was really excited to pick it up! (Figuratively. I read on my kindle.) Memoirs are my favorite genre. I absolutely love learning about people and their lives. It's just fascinating to me! This book was no exception. Tara Westover's experiences were honestly mind blowing. I still cannot comprehend the way she grew up. Tara grew up in a survivalist family in Idaho, and the book is about her experiences in her childhood and how she got "educated" and was able to start her own life away from it all. It was so hard to put it down! Definitely a must read.

I've had this book on my kindle for a while and finally I got around to reading it! This story is about an Asian American family whose favorite daughter goes missing and is found dead at the bottom of a lake. That sounds really morbid, but all of that happens in the first chapter. It follows the aftermath, and also delves back in to everything that happened before the incident. The writing was really interesting because the author would switch narrators quickly and so smoothly you didn't even realize it had happened, but you always knew who was talking! Basically each family member leaves a lot of things unsaid, so you find yourself getting annoyed wishing they would just talk to each other already! But isn't that life? I must admit I found the book a little strange and slow in the beginning, but a little ways in I truly enjoyed it and couldn't put it down.

I honestly feel like crying just thinking about this book. This was another book I've had on my list for a really long time and finally got around to reading. I thought it might not interest me, I'm not sure why? Just because it's an older book, I guess? But honestly, this book hooked me from the first page and has completely sunk in to my soul. I don't know how to explain it except that it is everything you could want in a book! It follows several mothers who came to America from China and their daughters. You get a look at the past and the present, and there was just something truly truly special about the whole story. 10/10 would recommend to everyone. Definitely on my list of favorite books of all time!

So there you have it! You can see I picked up speed near the end once I downloaded the kindle app on my phone haha, because I read five books instead of four. That was two books in August! (I actually kind of read three, but I finished on like the first day of September, so I'll save it for the next post!)

You can check out what I read for the first four months of the year in this post. What books should I add to my list? Please leave recommendations! Have you read any of the books in my post? What did you think?
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