2019 Reading Challenge: February

I’ve been meaning to post these for the past month. I had to wait until I was on vacation to get some time to write this! Overall, this was an excellent group of books. I had some that surprised me with a 5 star rating. My next post may be a long time coming. I am listening to Atlas Shrugged which is likely going to be a 5 star rating, but it is 63 hours long. I am about 20 hours into it. It has definitely slowed my pace of 1.5 books per week!

The Color Purple (free from Prime Reading on Kindle): 4.5 ⭐️

I’ve seen this movie and it was absolutely incredible. I was worried that I would not enjoy this book since I had seen the movie, but I was very wrong. It was excellent. Alice Walker’s ability to write dialect is incredible. I was drawn in from the get go and this powerfully tragic story was compelling the entire way through. Definitely worth a read. A classic for sure. But absolutely not for young readers. This has a lot of hard topics within.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (audiobook): 5 ⭐️

This book was a very pleasant surprise. It kept me on my toes. The characters were likable. I was amused the entire way through. If you need a fun lighter read, please consider this book! I also believe there is a movie coming out this year (I may be wrong).

The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning: 4 ⭐️

This book was an excellent reminder that God is crazy about me.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (audiobook free with Prime Reading): 3 ⭐️

I listened to this with Coy. This story is bizarre. Very trippy.

The Glass Castle (audiobook): 5 ⭐️

This was an incredible memoir of a woman who grew up with parents who chose to live in poverty. This read like a fiction book. It was so unbelievably crazy how they lived. Absolutely worth a read.

Karma Patrol: 5 ⭐️

I’ve had this book on my shelf for about 9 months. I don’t know why I was putting off picking it up, but things just seemed to always jump to the top of the pile. I am kicking myself for putting this off. The concept for this book is brilliant. People who have the ability to see karma, destiny, fate, and soulmates and are responsible for keeping everything in balance. It was an entertaining read. A great vacation book for sure. Or in my case, a great break from heavier topics (WWII historical fiction).

Throne of Glass (kindle book): 5 ⭐️

This book was a Christmas gift from my sister. She knows me well! I couldn’t put this one down. I am a big Sarah Maas fan. I can’t wait to read the other 6 books in this series.

Everything I Never Told You (audiobook): 3 ⭐️

This book was haunting. I guess objectively that this was a wonderfully written book, but subjectively, I just can’t enjoy books like this. I felt like I was watching a horrible accident happen and couldn’t do anything to stop it. This bothered me to the core and I imagine that this type of family dynamic happens everywhere. I also had never thought about people of Asian ethnicity feeling out of place in America. This book made me consider this side of racism that I had been totally ignorant of until now. I would tell you to consider reading this, but don’t put it at the top of your TBR pile.

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