March started out with less than stellar reads for me. My first two books of the month were one star reads. 😒 Honestly, I’m surprised I didn’t DNF at least one of them.
I picked this book up on a whim at Barnes and Noble. I have read two other books by this author and loved them both. We Were Liars is probably in my top 50 books of all time. Hmmmm…that would be an interesting list to curate. Anyway, I digress. Because of this, I picked up this book. It’s a story centered around a young girl and her teenage angst. I’m all in for a teenage angst book every once in awhile. They are usually fast reads with a lighthearted tale. Two things that made this book a one star read for me…1. I didn’t like the main character. 2. Throughout the book, there are conversations or situations that are printed in a different font. It took me a few of these to figure out that these were other options of how a conversation or situation would take place that the lead character was thinking in her head. It was just bizarre and made the story confusing. After I figured out this premise, I actually skipped reading these.
Another book I picked up because I read a previous book be the author that I loved. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane was spectacular. This book was BORING! I literally can’t tell you any more than that. It was so boring that I actually skipped some of the chapters and still no problem following the story. I should have DNF’d this book but reasons I don’t even know, I kept reading.
Thankfully the rest of the month was full of great stories. Next up was Ground Zero by Alan Gratz. I read this book in a day. It was amazing! This story follows Brandon on September 11, 2001, who is trapped in the World Trade Center and Reshmina on September 11, 2019 who is a young Afghanistan girl trying to help an injured United States soldier. This is a middle grade book but if you, like me, can remember where you were and what you were doing when 9/11 happened…read this book. The perspectives are so well stated.
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle was the love story I wasn’t expecting. This book was so beautifully written! Dannie is a by the numbers gal living her life by doing all the right things to get to the next milestone she has scheduled for her life. Bella is her whimsical, art loving best friend going through life one adventure seeking, go with the flow moment to moment girl. No matter their differences in personalities they have been life long friends and this friendship is the true love story of this book. Again, I read this book in a day. I simply couldn’t put it down. It had two traits that especially make me love a book. It made me cry and once I read the last page, I still wanted the story to continue.
I think everyone has heard or watched the commencement speech by Admiral McRaven at the University of Texas at Austin by now. If you haven’t, look it up on YouTube. You will not be disappointed. This book elaborates on the stories he briefly told in that speech. First, I’d like to take this chance to thank all service members for their service. Thank you!! You are appreciated! Secondly, it takes a special person to become a Navy SEAL. The training these men go through in just one day is almost too hard to believe. These men are certainly the bravest of the brave. These stories told and lived by Admiral McRaven are inspiring! If you need a get up, make your bed, and never, ever quit kick in the arse, read this book! You will be motivated to become the best version of you. I promise!
The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner is the story of Sophie, an Irish immigrant, who becomes a mail order bride to Martin Hocking in San Francisco. This story has a sinister background to it that kept me turning the pages. There’s an interesting twist at the end that was shocking! I love a good twist at the end of a book.
Lastly, I read The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I really liked this book. The story follows Nora Seed as she has the chance to experience the many different ways her life could have been lived had she made different choices at different times throughout her life. Each book in The Midnight Library is a different life. Have you ever wondered what would have been if? I know I have, and this book makes you consider those options as well as recognize everything good in your life. That’s a win for me! There are some trigger warnings (suicide, depression, alcoholism) in this book you should be aware of. With that said, this book is stellar!
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