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National Book Day

National Book Day |Thoughts&Daisies National Book Day, a day that should come around more than once a year. It would be every day if I had my way. In honor of this momentous day, I thought I would tell you a little about the books I’ve read lately.

National Book Day, a day that should come around more than once a year. It would be every day if I had my way. In honor of this momentous day, I thought I would tell you a little about the books I’ve read lately.

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Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen

This book took me much longer than I would have liked to finish. It was a bit lackluster next to Pride and Prejudice.

The book centers around sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they navigate love and their changing circumstances.

The middle part of this novel felt excruciatingly long, and the books in total are about 400 pages. It was a long middle of very little action. I felt myself just working to get to the end to find what happens. Though by that time I was unenthused with either girl’s potential marriage choices and wished they would have something else to focus on. Elinor, I liked well enough, but oh Marianne I just wanted to stick a sock in her mouth and stop her woes.

I will say there were some lovely written sentences.

“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!”

“Eleanor went to her room “where she was free to think and be wretched.”

“I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness.”

But overall Sense and Sensibility reads like a first novel, which it is, and fell short for me.

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean By Jenny Han

The third and final installment of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” series. The story follows Lara Jean as she navigates her final semester of High School and what graduating and growing up brings with it. As Lara Jean finds her way through love, college acceptances, and new additions to her family dynamic you can’t help but be right there in the passenger seat with her.

I will say that this book did in the end due to its job. I am pleased with how Lara Jean’s story wrapped up, but there are some side character’s stories that I am not ready to let go and don’t believe were finished. *cough*John Ambrose McClaren*cough*

While not everything I wanted to be wrapped up was wrapped, the series did end with a neat little bow on top and I can rest, mostly, easy knowing this is the end.

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Out of my Mind By Sharon M. Draper

Out of my Mind follows the story of Melody an almost eleven-year-old born with Cerebral Palsy. Melody has a photographic memory and can remember every detail of everything she has experienced, but has never spoken a word. Despite her challenges, she refuses to be defined by them and is determined to let everyone know how smart and capable she really is -somehow.  

I had it on my list for quite some time and am very glad I finally had a chance to read it.

It had a great message and I really loved a lot of the side characters. There were a few plot points that I don’t think were necessary to the story as a whole. It was a very pleasant read. I read it in one sitting and that is how I know I was invested.

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National Book Day |Thoughts&Daisies National Book Day, a day that should come around more than once a year. It would be every day if I had my way. In honor of this momentous day, I thought I would tell you a little about the books I’ve read lately.
National Book Day |Thoughts&Daisies National Book Day, a day that should come around more than once a year. It would be every day if I had my way. In honor of this momentous day, I thought I would tell you a little about the books I’ve read lately.

 

National Book Day |Thoughts&Daisies National Book Day, a day that should come around more than once a year. It would be every day if I had my way. In honor of this momentous day, I thought I would tell you a little about the books I’ve read lately.

7 Books I Want to Read in 2019

A new year means a new list of books to read. This year one of my goals is to expand my horizons on the type of books I read. Last year I incorporated more classic novels into my reading, something I want to continue this year, and with many of my series already having ended I am at a loss for reading content. I read a lot of fantasy novels and have ventured more into the YA reading section for romance and adventure. For 2019 I am thinking of venturing into historical based novels. Though I have yet to look into that genre.

Now being a few weeks into January I have compiled a list of 7 books I for sure want to read this year!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before Series #3)

Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han (Final Installment of the Trilogy)

With the release of the Netflix original adaption of book 1 “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” last year, I finally got around to reading the first two books over winter break. I had wanted to see the movie but refused to watch it until I had read the first book. The books are always better but I will say they did a good job with the movie and I enjoyed it. After reading the second one I know I have to finish the series and see if book 3 can top my love for the sequel.

Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

This is a book I read sometime in middle school as one of our required reading. I clearly remember talking to one of my friends after we finished it about how we cried a lot once we finished it. I listened to the musical soundtrack sometime last year and fell in love. It has been over 6 years since then and because I can’t clearly recite everything that happened in this book I want to reread it.

The Wind in the Willows (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Wind in the Willows by Madeline Miller

One of my teacher’s brought up this book last semester and it intrigued me because I had heard about it but never looked into it. So now it is on my list.

The Tyrants Tomb by Rick Riordan (Fourth Installment of Trials of Apollo)

I discussed the third book in my last book post and I am ready for this one. Even though the release date isn’t until Fall 2019… After the last book’s ending and a million videos sent to my friend of me freaking out, I need to know what happens next. I also need the Haiku chapter titles that never fail to disappoint.

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

After reading Pride and Prejudice I want to make my way through the rest of Austen’s novels, and this seemed like the perfect one to read next.

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library

Summer Hours at the Robber’s Library by Sue Halpern

I stumbled across this book during one of my Barnes and Noble browsing days and immediately added the title to my list of books to read. I haven’t had a chance to read it so I am determined to do so this year.

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I have loved the movie since the first time my mom showed it to me. Back then I didn’t actually know there was a book. After never getting around to meeting it I have deemed 2019 the year it happens.

Leave some book recommendations in the comments below I am always in need of new reading material and tell me what you are reading in 2019!

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7 Books I want to Read in 2019 |Thoughts&Daisies. A new year means a new reading list! Here are the 7 books I am most looking forward to reading this year.
7 Books I want to Read in 2019 |Thoughts&Daisies. A new year means a new reading list! Here are the 7 books I am most looking forward to reading this year.
7 Books I want to Read in 2019 |Thoughts&Daisies. A new year means a new reading list! Here are the 7 books I am most looking forward to reading this year.

 

7 Books I want to Read in 2019 |Thoughts&Daisies. A new year means a new reading list! Here are the 7 books I am most looking forward to reading this year.

Summer Reads

IMG_9857.JPGThe leaves are starting to turn. The air is getting crisper. Fall is here and Summer has come to a close. Which means so has summer reading! Surprisingly I was so busy this summer that I read a good deal less than I have in past years, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot to talk about! If you didn’t know, I am an avid book reader… aka an insane bookworm. Instead of talking about every book I read this summer I have chosen FIVE to talk about today.

A complete list of what I read will be provided at the end of this post!

The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

This is the 3rd (and most recent) book in the Trials of Apollo series, by the same author who wrote the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This five book adventure is centered around the god Apollo being sentenced to spend time as a mortal by his father Zeus. In his mortal state he is Lester Papadopoulos, and he will do anything to get his godly form back. The only way to do so is for Apollo to restore the five oracles who have vanished. In this installment he and his companions must travel into the Labyrinth to find the third emperor who has taken control of an oracle and is threatening to attack the Roman camp -Camp Jupiter-. Continue reading

‘One Beautiful Dream’ Not just for Moms

My mom bought “One Beautiful Dream” by Jennifer Fulwiler for herself and about half way through insisted that I read it when she was done. I love Jennifer Fulwiler and had no doubt that her book was really good, but I did doubt that I would find anything to resonate with because I am not a mom. Oh how wrong I was.

“At least we have queso.”

This book is anything but only for moms. While the book is about her life as a mom, there is so much more this book offers to anyone who reads it. Jennifer Fulwiler tells a story about family, life, passions, faith, and how amid all the crazy, all of these things can come together to create, just as the title says, One Beautiful Dream.

“For the love of the Blob.”

You can feel the authenticity and wittiness flowing from the pages. There was never a moment that I couldn’t hear her voice in my head telling me her story. While there were many moments of laughter I also found myself being sucked in so deeply that when she spoke of more difficult times I genuinely started crying. I was glad to not be in public so I was only given a weird look by my little brother who likes to make fun of me for my emotional attachments to books. She discusses how following her passions (her blue flame) helped her in all aspects of her life. Making her a better mother, wife, friend, and person.

“It occured to me now that when we let Resistance hold us back, we’re not the 
only ones who suffer. Other people lose out too.”  

The book has something to relate to for every reader. Whether it be the telling how she handles a family and a career, or learning to accept help from friends and family, Jennifer Fulwiler does a fantastic job of explaining the parts of a real life that people can be nervous to share aloud. “One Beautiful Dream” reminds us that having it all isn’t impossible, you just have to be willing to work for it no matter the barriers that may seem to be in the way, because if it is meant to be it will be.

Do you have a favorite book you’ve read lately? Any suggestions of other books I could review? Comment down below.

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