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Recent Reads #22

Monday, November 28, 2022

In an attempt to get these posts up more often, this Recent Reads post isn't as long. However, maybe that's easier for you to consume anyway. Enjoy and leave a comment below with what you've been reading lately! 

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The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

Basically: This is a WWII novel told in dual perspectives, past and present. In the past you have Alina, a young women living in Nazi occupied Poland. And then in the present, you have Alice, a mom who is struggling with her day to day life when her grandmother is dying in the hospital. You'll find out how their stories are connected by various secrets. 

My Thoughts: Historical fiction is my favorite, but I really have to space out my WWII novels because they get me in such an emotional state. This book is fairly straightforward. It's also done in that overdone dual women, dual timeline format. But, it's so well done and engrossing that I really enjoyed it despite that. I liked Alice's point of view the most, especially her relationship with her son who is on the spectrum. 

Rating: 5 Stars from me! I kinda wished for more twists, but I can get over that for the character development! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Basically: This is a story about 2 friends spanning 30 years - from playing video games together as children to designing games together professionally. 

My Thoughts: I feel that my expectations were very high for this one because it's been universally loved. It's taken some time for me to process how I feel about it! I did like the overall story and the journey of Sadie and Sam. Lots of character development! There were pages that I was glued to, and then sections I was bored in. But as soon as I would get bored, another section would pop up that I was completely engrossed in. Gaming is a huge theme obviously, and while I don't think you have to be a gamer to enjoy the story, it definitely helps. I'm sure dozens of references went over my head. 
Warnings for language and abuse. Both of these things were turn offs for me. 

Rating: 4 Stars. Maybe 3.75. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Basically: Fallon and Ben meet right before she is set to move to New York and they have an instant connection. After a great day together, they agree to meet again every year on November 9th. 

My Thoughts: Ugh. This woman knows how to get you to turn a page! I read this in one evening! So, loved the idea of two people meeting up every year and checking in with each other's lives. The twist was absolutely shocking to me. But after I read it the whole book was ruined and I thought it was creepy and weird and couldn't get past it.

Rating: 3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Basically: Just like people speak different languages and dialects, this doctor has narrowed it down to 5 different ways people speak and hear love. Once you know your love language and the language of your significant other you can show and feel love most effectively. The languages are words of affirmation, physical touch, quality time, acts of service, and gifts. 

My Thoughts: I found this really interesting, and it made for a fun conversation with Blake. We just  had to laugh at our quiz results. I think we knew what each other's results would be, but there were still some surprises! My love language is by far words of affirmation. Knowing yourself a little better is always a good thing in my opinion. Overall, I think there is some valuable information here. The author definitely likes to toot his own horn, and most of this advice is already found in the Bible. 

Rating: 4 Stars  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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