Books I Read in May and Whether or Not You Should Read Them.

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  1. Kathleen

    May 19th, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I just watched the movie based on This Is Where I Leave You. It has Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. I really enjoyed it but it wasn't so much sad as it was funny. So it'd be interesting to read the book and see the differences.

  2. Kate

    May 19th, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Ok, I'm completely with you on Saint Anything and This Is Where I Leave You. Dessen can do no wrong in my book, and This Is Where I Leave You left me sad.

    But I absolutely, 100% love The Impossibly Knife of Memory. It's my favorite Laurie Halse Anderson book. BUT I think part of what I loved about it is knowing how many students I have like Hayley – the ones who have horrible home lives but tried to hide it from everyone. I think this book has helped to open the eyes of some students who didn't ever think about what might be going in the homes of classmates.

  3. Emily S (Em Busy Living)

    May 19th, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I watched the movie "This is Where I Leave You" and really enjoyed it. It was a lot deeper than I was expecting it to be, but it had its funny moments. It was sad, too, and I don't think it's one I'd watch again. I was wondering how the book matched up.

    I think I would really enjoy "The Mountain Between Us."

  4. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    May 19th, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Big Sarah dessen fan so that is on my list. You made me want to try the first one. As for this is where I leave you, I started it but I was too close to grief myself. I need to try it again

  5. SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph

    May 19th, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I love Jonathan Tropper. He doesn't make things easy but he's real.

    I haven't read Sarah Dessen so she's on my list.

  6. Claire @ thegrassisdancing

    May 19th, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    As if my to-read wasn't heaving enough! Love the sound of the first two – they're being added and if I drown under the weight of it I know who to blame 😉

  7. Fairy Princess Jord

    May 19th, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing your book recommendations! I always love your taste. Keep being an avid reader and sharing your reviews!!!

  8. Rebecca Chapman

    May 19th, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I felt the same about This Is Where I Leave You. I loved his writing and the story felt so believable but I was just down when it was over.

  9. Caitlin B.

    May 20th, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I loved the movie for "This is Where I Leave You" – Bateman is at his best in that one.

    I look forward to these posts every time so I can add things to my list to read! So please, please keep doing them 🙂

  10. Carly Blogs Here

    May 20th, 2015 at 1:50 am

    I always love your reviews! I read This is Where I Leave You a few years ago and didn't love it for some reason, but I can definitely relate to what you said about it being real.

  11. Allie

    May 20th, 2015 at 3:55 am

    I have a huuuuge pile of books waiting to be read right now, and I think it just got bigger because now I want to read allnofnthese, too! Do you think This Is Where I Leave You is worth it, even though it's really sad?

  12. Allie

    May 20th, 2015 at 3:55 am

    I have a huuuuge pile of books waiting to be read right now, and I think it just got bigger because now I want to read allnofnthese, too! Do you think This Is Where I Leave You is worth it, even though it's really sad?

  13. Kati Rose @ Constantly Seeking Wonder

    May 20th, 2015 at 4:01 am

    I'm excited to read Saint Anything. I mentioned before that I love and have read all of Dessen's books. I'm happy to hear she doesn't disappoint. Even better I'm curious about the darker direction as that's a new element to her normal plot lines.

  14. Krysten Quiles

    May 20th, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Its been awhile since I've read a Sarah Dessen novel, I'll have to check out Saint Anything!

  15. María Alba Negrón

    May 23rd, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Hi,

    I saw the movie and read the book This Is Where I Leave You, I enjoyed both but I treasure the book. I did not find it that sad with the exception of the passage about what he says of his father not knowing when, etc. because I lost my AWESOME Father a long time ago and I still miss him. I loved the book more than the movie because it delved more into the dysfunctional relationship of families and the fact that all the disfunction can be if not resolved at least dealt and sustained with humor and a lot of LOVE. I am waiting anxiously his next book.
    I am an avid reader and of the books that I have read recently I would recommend:
    1. All The Light We Cannot See—MESMERIZING!!!!
    2. ANYTHING by Liane Moriarty, Tara French, Jodi Picoult & Carl Hoben
    3. In Spanish Anything by Carlos Ruíz Zafón, Isabel Allende, Mayra Montero and Almudena Grande, and Pequeñas Infamias by Carmen Posadas
    4. The Girl On The Train–waiting also for more books from her
    5. Although I don't like Stephen king on account of the genre I enjoyed immensely 11/22/63
    6. The Goldfinch
    7. The Miniaturist
    8. The Curios Incident Of The Dog In The Night -Time—-MESMERIZING
    9. Eleanor & Park
    10. The 2 books by Allison Pataki

    I am currently reading Boy, Snow, Bird and I am enjoying it.
    From the ones that you suggest I think I will give a try to The Mountain Between Us.
    Thanks and take care!

    Cariños,
    María Alba

  16. Amber Thomas

    May 27th, 2015 at 4:00 am

    SARAH DESSEN. Wait, I love her and sort of blasphemously forgot about her and CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH I NEED TO READ HER STUFF IMMEDIATELY?

  17. Crystal

    May 28th, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I have Saint Anything sitting at home and need to read it soon! I… sort of feel the same way about Laurie Halse Anderson. I really appreciated Speak, but since reading that have read two others and… I didn't really care for either of them. One of them was about a pastor's family, so I thought that was what turned me away. I tend to hate stories that involve a pastor's family because, while in some cases I'm sure they are realistic, I find that they tend to lean in the direction of stereotypes and there are so many families of pastors (and daughters of pastors) that don't fit the stereotype, so that always bothers me. So that was my biggest issue with one of her books, but that took any enjoyment or appreciation out of it for me. The other book that I read just didn't grab my attention at all.

    I just checked out the first book that you mentioned from the library! It sounds so good, that quote is beautiful, and you really seemed to enjoy it!

  18. Megan

    May 31st, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Um, I totally agree with your assessment of The Impossible Knife of Memory. It was just blah for me. Although, I have liked her other books that I've read much better!!

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