January 2017 Reads

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I was a little slow reading this month, so I don't have much to review.  But what I did read was GOOD!!!

Yep, definitely me in school...and me now as an English teacher ha!  I get really excited when students tell me how much they love reading or found a book that they love.  That's the best part of my job.

I hate staying up late, but I will stay up late to finish reading a good book if I have to.  I remember staying up until 1 AM to finish Me Before You because I was that addicted.  And then I was really glad I was the only one awake because I was downstairs crying my eyes out 😂😂

So now that I've explained my love of reading, allow me to share the 2 books I read (plus the new one I started) this month.

 Amazon says....Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…

The first book I ever read by Liane Moriarty was The Husband's Secret and I LOVED IT!  I loved it because I never would have guessed the "secret."  So since then I've read a few of her books.  I'm keeping The Husband's Secret at my #1 by her, but What Alice Forgot is definitely #2.  You have to love the fact that Alice wakes up and thinks she's 29.  The younger Alice is so likable and you'll find yourself rooting for her.  This book is a little thick, but it's good!

Amazon says...Hannah is tired of holiday gatherings−all her family ever talks about is the past. In fact, it seems to her that's what they do every Jewish holiday. But this year's Passover Seder will be different−Hannah will be mysteriously transported into the past . . . and only she knows the unspeakable horrors that await.

We are reading this book currently with my 7th grade English class, but I highly recommend it for all adults if you haven't read it.  Hannah is transported back into the Holocaust and only she knows what will happen in history.  We're to the point now in the book that some of my students beg me to continue reading because they don't want to quit--I think that's a sign of a good book!  And this book is thin, so it'll take no time to read at all.

And now I'm currently reading Killing Kennedy and I can't wait to finish it next month!


  1. Im glad that you liked What Alice Forgot. It's one of my favorites of her books because it made me think--what if that happened to me?
    The second book sounds good too, especially if 7th graders are antsy to keep reading it!

  2. I wish I had time to read.. I guess I should say. I wish I made time to read! By the time I can sit down and open a book I'm too tired to focus and would rather watch tv. Womp womp! These all look like great suggestions!

  3. I loved Killing Kennedy and The Devil's Arithmetic (I have it on my shelf at school). Also, really enjoyed What Alice Forgot. Good picks!

  4. Both of these sound good! I've never read any of Liane Moriarty's books but I need to give them a try.

  5. I'm on Chapter 16 of What Alice Forgot! It's killing me to stop reading! :)

  6. Ahh! So surprised to see Devil's Arithmetic! We just finished literature circles with my 8th graders and Devil's Arithmetic was one of the three books, along with Daniel's Story and Night. My kids got really confused at first when she transports back in time, but eventually they grew to like it. Curious to hear your thoughts!

  7. I loved What Alice Forgot! The first book I read by Moriarty was Big Little Lies (amazing, but more of an edge). Truly Madly Guilty (her newest) was good, but not my fave.

    And The Devil's Arithematic sounds great. What ages would you say it's good for? I would love to read it aloud with my kids (ages 12, 10, and 8) but not sure if it's too much.

  8. I just added What Alice Forgot to my Amazon wishlist. I had never heard of it before, but it sounds so good!

  9. Totally stay up late to finish reading books. That holocaust one sounds really good - if they kids are asking for more then you know it's a win!

  10. Loved "The Husbands Secret", but haven't read this one yet!

  11. I remember reading The Devil's Arithmetic when I was in school and as a (now) history teacher I really want to be able to share it with my class, I wish our library had a class set! I'm going to have to go hunt down my old copy because I need to reread it now!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style


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