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June 2016 Reads

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Today I'm reviewing the books I read in June!  (To see the books I've read previously this year, click on the Books link on the sidebar.)  I was able to read three books, and I would have read another book except.....Netflix.
Anyone else feel this way when they read a book?  Sometimes I have to take a break from reading because I'm still grieving the end of the last book!


So, here's what I read this month:
(I'll include the short summary from Amazon and then my own opinion.)

the last star rick yancey
(3rd book in The 5th Wave trilogy)

    The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.
     But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.
     In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves . . . or saving what makes us human.


I received this book from a sweet student at the end of May.  She got me started reading this trilogy, and her mom brought each of us a copy to school on the day it was released--isn't that the sweetest!  With that being said, I did not enjoy this book!  If I'm looking at this as a teacher, I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending this book to my students because of the excessive (and unnecessary) amount of language.  The first two books didn't have this much language in them combined, so I'm not sure what possessed the author to include so much.  I did not like how the plot was all tied up at the end, and if you want to read any of this trilogy, I would recommend reading The 5th Wave only!

room by emma donoghue
    
 To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.      Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.     Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.

I read this book for my book club this month and really enjoyed it!  First, I had no idea it was an award-winning movie from last year.  I loved the narration of this book--from the point of view of a 5 year old.  And I really believe that reading this book makes you look at the world a little differently--and also causes you to become more aware of your surroundings!  I highly recommend reading this book!


one true loves by taylor jenkins reid
       
 From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.           In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.      On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.      Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.     That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.   Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?   Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

Because I've read Maybe in Another Life and enjoyed it, I thought I may enjoy this book too--and I was right!  I was hooked from the first page and didn't want to put this book down.  Like I was so ready to get back to our room on the cruise so I could read a few more pages haha!  It really was my favorite book that I read this month.  I was rooting for Emma to pick a certain character from the very beginning, and I even cried at one point.  I loved this book so much, and I will definitely be reading another book by this author since I've like the two I've already read by her!  Go buy this book right now!

Have you read any good books lately that I should pick up?

11 comments:

  1. Sarah Room is my favourite book!!!! I'm so glad you read it! I loved how it was narrated by a young boy and you're right, it definitely makes you see the world a little differently. I want to watch the movie soon to see how it compares!
    Xo, Evelina @ Fortunate House

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  2. That last book, One True Loves, sounds like a great book to pick up and take to the beach! Might have to check it out soon!

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  3. That book 'room' really caught my attention-gonna have to pick it up!

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  4. Room was a fav of mine too, I read it a couple years before the movie and glad I did. Great reads!!

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  5. Oh my gosh, One True Loves sounds so good! Definitely need to read that one!

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  6. I just recently added One True Lovers to my To Read list, so maybe I'll download it for our trip! Sorry you didn't like the 5th Wave book--you already know my thoughts on the first one haha. Room sounds interesting, and I'd be curious to read it before I watched the movie

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  7. I have heard GREAT things about Room, definitely will add you last book to my list.

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  8. That last book sounds like the perfect summer read!

    Lisa
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  9. Oh gosh, I want to read Room so bad, but I'm worried it's going to be too heavy and I'm going to be a wreck afterward. I have it in my Amazon wishlist, but I just can't bring myself to get it. I head that the movie was excellent, too, but I'm afraid to watch that too. I just hate heavy stuff like that these days... especially when it involves kids.

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  10. I just read Maybe in Another Life in June and LOVED it. Just put myself on the list for Forever, Interrupted. My library's e-library didn't have One True Loves but I really want to read it too. I read Room 3 years ago for my book club and enjoyed it. I saw the movie too before the Oscars and liked it a lot too. The author wrote the screenplay which I think helped. I have my June Reads post ready to go for next week! I read 7 books in June - I was a reading fool!

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  11. I just read Maybe in Another Life in June and LOVED it. Just put myself on the list for Forever, Interrupted. My library's e-library didn't have One True Loves but I really want to read it too. I read Room 3 years ago for my book club and enjoyed it. I saw the movie too before the Oscars and liked it a lot too. The author wrote the screenplay which I think helped. I have my June Reads post ready to go for next week! I read 7 books in June - I was a reading fool!

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