I've been an absolute book monster lately! I read ravenously and quickly, and just can't get enough. I think writing my own book has left me with such an appreciation for how much work goes into a well crafted sentence, and I just want to read all of the things.
Harold was our March book club selection, and it was one of those books which is a little bit tedious, but something about it keeps pushing you forward to finish it. It's the story of a British man on a mission to walk from one end of England to the other in order for his unfinished life's business and what he discovers about life along the way. It's a bit like a slow motion Forrest Gump, but it was also one of those books which was great to talk about in book club, because the more we talked about it, the more meaning we found in it, and it grew on us.
It really is a very endearing, thought provoking story about life and loss and what shapes us and our relationships. It's about getting out of our mundane lives and wandering lost for a bit to find our way back to our truest selves.
This is our April book club selection, and messages are already flying back and forth about how much we all love it. This book is amazing and makes me want to read everything John Green has ever written. It's the story of 16 year old, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV–cancer survivor, and Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, who she falls in love with. The story is so compelling, and the writing just hits you in the gut, with it's observations on life told through the eyes of a brilliant 16 year old with a perspective only terminal illness can give you. I finished this in about two days and cannot recommend it enough.
It's also been made into a movie coming out this June. I dare you to watch this trailer and not tear up...
I just finished Wild this week, and I loved it also. I'm realizing now that I've read two stories lately about individuals who head off on some sort of walking/hiking pilgrimage to find themselves. Sensing a theme. This is the true story of Cheryl Strayed, who heads out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone after her life has fallen apart. It's a great read about finding yourself and what you're capable of on an adventure, and will make you want to go to REI every time you read it.
Currently On My Nightstand
Savoring one chapter at a time of Packing Light. Knowing Ally personally, and having heard so much of her story, it's awesome to see it come to life in her lovely book.
I had to pick up Allegiant and know how the Divergent Series ends. Easy Y.A. read.
Check out my Nightstand Reviews - Best of 2013 Edition for more book recommendations.