Sunday, December 29, 2013

30 Before 30: #16 Read 300 Books UPDATED 12/29/2013

Here is a list of all the books that I've read so far, with a short blurb about each one. I've also included the completion date. The link will take you an amazon affiliate link if you want to purchase the book.


Official Count: 8 of 300

1.Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home

Rhoda Janzen did a wonderful job with her first memoir. So much detail went into describing her deeply religious parents and her gay ex-husband--I couldn't put the book down. When I googled her and found that she wrote a second memoir, I got all excited. Now I just need to find my nook to download it.

Completed 11.5.2013

2Mennonite Meets Mr. Right: A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love

After reading Rhoda Janzen's first memoir, I knew I had to download the second one onto my nook. This book details her path to her second trip down the aisle and finding her faith again after a long absence from the church. While the first book focused more on her Mennonite history, this book focuses more on her change and renewal in faith.

Completed 11.2013

3. White Girl Problems

White Girl Problems is a "memoir" written by Babe Walker. Babe is a hilariously, self centered, maniac who chronicles her life in L.A. The stories are outrageous, and her attitude is 100% egocentric. You can follow Babe on twitter (@whitegirlproblem) or visit her blog. This is another book that has a sequel that I can't wait to read.

As a side note, after reading the book I began following Babe Walker on twitter and I read her blog. I couldn't believe that anybody would be this self-absorbent and mean (truth). After doing a little web searching, Babe Walker is a character that was created by Tanner Cohen, David Cohen, and Lara Schoenhals. It's worth the read.

Completed 11.2013

4. Divergent

This is the first of three books written in this series written by Veronica Roth. This book introduces you to Beatrice Prior, a 16 year old Abnegation girl who lives with her family in one of the five factions in what is future Chicago.Beatrice betrays her family and chooses to go to another faction. And then war breaks out.

I read this is about 12 hours. Basically thats what I did on Christmas Eve eve. Even when I was cooking. Let's all be glad that I have all of my digits.

Completed 12.23.2013

5. Insurgent

This is the second of three books written in this series by Veronica Roth. This book picks up right after the initial attacks on Abnegation. Tris and Four lead a group of individuals from the attacks in Abnegation to Amity. Throughout this entire book, they continue to fight for the rights of the people in factions. There are lots of surprises, twists, and serums used.

This book had a lot of fighting in it. When the book is made into a movie, boys will want to go. This will be an action flick. I devoured this one and was done by the end of Christmas Eve.

Completed 12.24.2013

6. Alligent

This is the third of three books written in this series by Veronica Roth. This is the slowest of the three books, and it takes a long time for it to pick up the pace. Tris and Four are still at it, trying to fight the good fight. We learn about how and why the faction came into existence. Then we find out the fate of the factions. And then you need kleenex.

After reading and crying throughout this book, I had to put my nook into timeout. I was mad. I was mad at the book for making me feel sad. And I was mad at Veronica Roth. However, the unpredictability of the book is why it is so good. And again, my nook was in timeout for a long while. I'm still going through the stages of grief for this one. When I manage to make it through, I get ice cream.

This was the one book of the series that I was able to put down. I didn't feel like I had to read it when I was cooking like I did with Divergent.

Completed 12. 26. 2013

7. Relative Insanity

This is a work of fiction written by Shauna Glenn. This book follows a Kate, mom of 3 during what I would call a life crisis. Shaken up by being a stay at home mom, a husband who wants to change his career path, and a blast from the past, Kate struggles to make decisions that will change the course of her life.

This had been on my wishlist for a long time. I discovered Shauna Glenn from reading Brittany.Herself and fell in love. After Sandy Hook, I submitted a rambling piece that I wrote to her blog. And she posted it, which made me fall in love even more.

Completed 12.28.2013

8. Heaping Spoonful

This is Shauna Glenn's first novel. This book follows Claire, a widow, mother of 2, and business owner. You get an inside glimpse at the difficult life that follows the death of a spouse. Claire tries her hardest to move on from her loss, and is comforted by her children and unexpected friends that come into her life.

This book caused me to cry. The situations that Claire found herself in were real, and could happen to anybody. I found one of the situations to be a little too close to home, and I bawled. And I had to wake up Michael so that he could hide my nook from me because it made me sad. I was able to return to the story, and I was glad that I did.

Completed 12.29.2013

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