Another month, another bunch of great books.
I would definitely recommend checking all of these out (reviews from Goodreads) but I put them in order starting with my favorite.
Mad About You by Sinead Moriarty: Sinéad Moriarty’s riveting new novel, Mad About You, will make every reader stop and think about the importance of trust in relationships – how fragile it can be, how easily damaged, how hard to repair. Sinéad combines the storytelling genius of Jodi Picoult, and the compassion and humour of Marian Keyes, in a gripping story of contemporary marriage. Emma and James Hamilton have weathered lots of storms in their ten-year marriage. From the heartbreak of infertility, to the craziness of then becoming parents to two babies in one year, to coping with James losing his job, somehow they have always worked as a team. However, the pressure of moving from Dublin to London for James’s new job – away from familiar surroundings and the family Emma loves – puts them under stress like never before. So when James starts getting texts from a stranger – texts that show startling insights into their lives – Emma is not sure what to think. She is far from home, isolated and before long finds herself questioning everything about their relationship. Maybe those texts are telling her the truth and the life she believed to be solid and secure is just a mirage. Somehow she has to get a grip, but how can she do that when a stranger is set on driving Emma out of her home and her marriage?
Then And Always by Dani Atkins: Rachel Wiltshire has everything she’s ever wanted: a close group of friends, a handsome boyfriend, and acceptance to the journalism program at her top-choice college. But one fateful evening, tragedy tears her world apart. Five years later, Rachel is still coping with her grief, and can’t stop thinking about the bright future she almost had. But when a sudden fall lands her in the hospital, Rachel wakes to find that her life has completely changed. Now she has her dream job as a writer, and a stylish apartment, but the people she loves most are not the way she remembers them. Unable to trust her own recollections, Rachel tries to piece together what really happened, and not even she can predict the astonishing truth.
The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry: All they have in common is that they’re less than perfect. And all they’re looking for is the perfect distraction. Kate’s dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she’s still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he’s a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?
One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker: Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents’ tragic death and Kacey’s self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would…and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action. Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton? As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.
As for this month’s Literary Junkies questions:
1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it!
I just started reading Unlikely Family
by Lee Adams today at lunch. I got to sit outside and enjoy the nicer weather!
2. Divergent, Hunger Games, or Twilight. Which do you prefer and why? (If you’ve never read them which do you think you’d prefer?)
It’s a tough choice between Divergent
and Hunger Games
is not in the running for me although I did devour all the books in that series too. Books that are completely unrealistic don’t do it for me as much as ones that maybe, sorta, kinda someday could happen.
3. TV Series Based on Books: they start out very close to the book to draw in the fans but then will start to separate themselves by changing things and adding characters. What are you thoughts on this? Some of my favorite TV shows are based on books- Pretty Little Liars for one. I think it would be too confusing for me to read the series while watching the show though. I’d mix up which is which!
4. You’ve just been recruited to help a movie studio bring your favorite book to the big screen. What’s the movie and who are you choosing to play the main characters? I recently found out that Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is being made into a movie. I can totally see Zooey Deschanel playing the role of Lou. If you haven’t read this book, definitely do so before it comes to theaters.
5. Going back to the above question, do you keep it word for word the same or do you use this chance to change little things you thought would make the book better? I’d keep it as close to the book as possible allowing for some changes to fit the presentation versus written word.
6. After you finish a physical copy of a book do you keep it for a reread, put it on a shelf to collect dust, donate it to Goodwill, or do you just not purchase physical copies of books? I’m completely mabsoot that my mom got me a Kindle to replace the one I broke a few months ago. That said, I have been trying to buy physical copies of books I think I will want to have on a shelf. It’s tough to tell ahead of time though!
For more of my Literary Junkies posts, go here.
Today was the thirteenth day of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. My word of the day was mabsoot, happy.