The Grisha Trilogy

grishaThe Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.
This series was recommended to me by my sister-in-law, an avid reader who often has two or three books going at a time. It is a young adult fantasy series that has a tint towards a Russian theme rather than the world of Faerie.
It was fantastic! I enjoyed reading these three books so much, and am planning on finding anything else she writes in this universe.
I don’t like to give away plots or endings, so I won’t say much. If you enjoy magic and different worlds you will enjoy these books. I was pleasantly surprised with the writing as well! With young adult I’m never expecting Shakespeare, but this series is delightful.
I hope, dear reader, that you at least check it out. If you enjoy The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, you will most likely enjoy this!

Real Marriage

Iimage recently finished ‘Real Marriage: The Truth about┬áSex, Friendship, and Life Together’ by Mark and Grace Driscoll. I really enjoyed it! I like their writing style, and a lot of it was very relatable. They have some great stories.
It helped me take a look at how I treat my husband and my marriage. Of course, there are some things I can definitely work on, and it is nice to know that I am not alone with these struggles.
I definitely recommend for young couples, Christian or non, it brings up a lot of issues that can be skirted around in similar books.

Go Set A Watchman

9-2-15 (1)Finally! I was finally able to read Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee a couple of weeks ago. It seems a bit hasty, but I have been eager to read this story since I first heard about it being published. I read a review of the book on Modern Mrs Darcy before reading it, and was determined not to read it as a sequel. However, while it may not have been written as a sequel, I couldn’t read it as anything else. MMD said that the image of Atticus is shattered by GSAW and to read it as a sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird was not a good idea. I do not agree, I think his image is still intact if not a bit more clear. He accepts the reality of the situation and acts accordingly. He sees that he can do more good by being a part of what is happening in the town than standing outside of it and fighting.
Anyway, I don’t want to give anything away. But if your want my opinion, read it as a sequel. Scout is just as feisty and interesting, if not more so. I definitely recommend!

The Narnian

DSC02544About a week ago I finished a book called “The Narnian” by Alan Jacobs. It is a biography of C.S. Lewis written with a tint towards how “The Chronicles of Narnia” had an impact on his life. I really enjoyed learning about one of my favorite authors of all time. All throughout my childhood I read “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and it was nice to know how important it was to him as well.

He had an interesting life. I enjoyed reading about him, but I also learned some things that surprised me. It made me realize exactly how human he was. Have you ever had your perceptions shattered about a hero of yours? Since he is such a favorite of mine, I always pictured him in a pub or cafe sharing witticisms and drinking pints. I never pictured him as a human being. I would not say that my view of him has worsened… In fact, it might even be better now. It is not a good idea to have a man on a pedestal, he is bound to fall.

However, it is an interesting narrative, and I would recommend it to anyone who had a similar experience with C.S. Lewis. I still love him as an author, and now maybe understand more why he wrote what he did!

Atlas Shrugged

Well, that was an accomplishment…
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Wonderful story. Engaging characters. Interesting subject.
I was personally looking for more relatable situations. Whenever I heard someone talk about this book, they said how much it predicted present day. I saw certain elements being true currently, but it is to such an extreme. Which, maybe that’s the point. Maybe this is where we’re headed. In the book it was made clear that this had taken a while to all line up.
What makes a good book to me are the characters… Atlas Shrugged had so many to choose from, and all fascinating. Even if they disgusted me, they were interesting. One of the most profound moments for me was when I found myself crying over the death of a side character who had reviled me when I first met him.
At times I felt conflicted. I think that there must be a happy medium between these ideals. Which might be the point. The only problem is that one was allowed to completely take over.
Anyway, I may have more questions about it now than answers, but unfortunately don’t mind. It was a wonderful read and incredibly thought-provoking. I recommend this book to anyone willing to take it on. I might even try Ayn Rand’s other works…after a break.

Diary of Anne Frank

So, I feel like this another one I skipped reading. It seems as though everyone has read this at one point in their life, and I can see why.
At times it seems a little off-putting… watching a young girl go through puberty while hiding from people who want to murder her and her family. Most of it seems like any self-assured young girl’s diary, punctuated with the fear of being discovered and the awkwardness of living so close with another family.
I really felt for her at the beginning, she had such a hard time learning to fit in with this new group and not cause distress. What angered me a bit is that her parents didn’t seem too helpful. I understand they are in a horrible situation (which I don’t fully understand and never will, I will not downplay that), but their daughter is constantly being shut down, and it could have major implications later in life. As a mom,I would want to help ease my children into their roles as much as I could. Again, I have no idea what was going through their heads. She could have been an angsty teenager and not admitted what they did do to help. Who knows…
It is an enlightening read, and coming from her point of view was so relatable to me. I really enjoyed it, and Scout and Jem will definitely be reading this when they’re older!

The Martian

Well… this was quite a book! Such a well-told story. Even though I have no idea about living conditions on Mars… I could see everything in my head! Andy Weir is a genius at explaining super science-y stuff (I know very official) without going too in depth that I lose my train of thought. It was a brilliant story of human survival and resourcefulness against all odds. I know if I had been in that situation, I would never have survived… Of course if I was in that situation I would be smart enough to be on the mission, and I probably would have had a better chance!
Anyway… I love the monologue Mark has the whole time. His complete apathy for anything that doesn’t immediately keep him alive. He is hilarious, and it is probably that dark humor that keeps him sane the whole time!
I hear they will be making a movie about it! I am really excited to see how that comes along… Except it sounds like they’re thinking of Matt Damon for the part… I don’t know how I feel about that. I can’t really see him being that sarcastic… but I doubted Heath Ledger as The Joker. So, what do I know?
I totally recommend this book to everyone! It is fantastic (a little language), well-written, and inspiring.
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