Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Five Feet Apart
 by Rachael Lippincott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had seen this movie about a year ago. It popped up as available from the library, so I decided to read it, since I knew it was going to be a short read. It followed the movie almost exactly.

It was very good, and it happened to be timely because of all the mask wearing and hand cleaning that’s going on right now. It explained why 6 feet apart is a good thing, but the book was actually about cystic fibrosis patients.

I would recommend the book, but it does get heavy in some parts. I do think the ending was a little far fetched, but it did the same in the movie.

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Five Feet Apart

Becoming by Michelle Obama


 by Michelle Obama

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had read some very heavy books before I picked this one up. I knew how it was going to end, so I didn’t worry about stressing myself out.

The author told her story very well. It was powerful. I am glad that she wrote the story in her own words and didn’t have a ghost writer.

She told the story of a woman who worked hard for everything she got. She told the story of a woman struggling with infertility. She told the story of a mom struggling between work and family.

I would recommend this book highly. It was definitely worth reading.

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Can you please review my book?

I am used to authors asking me to review their books. I am usually honored to be asked. Lately, I have been warning the authors and publishers that I am behind and while I’m willing to read the books, I’m probably not getting to it for a while. Most of the time, they send me a copy of the book anyway. I am honest. It’s really going to be a while before I get them read and reviewed. A few I’ve read and rated but haven’t reviewed yet. Full disclosure up front.

Today I got a message from an author, asking for a review. I gave her my usual response. Sure. I’ll read it, but I have several months of books to finish before I can get to it. She said ok and sent me a link to her book. “It’s on Kindle Unlimited.” Well, that’s new. No problem, though, since I have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, but they are usually emailed or mailed to me.

The funny part, though, is the book’s topic – Procrastination. Yea yea. I’ll get to it.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book after the first few chapters. I had heard a lot about the book from multiple sources so when it popped up for bookclub, I jumped at the chance to read it.

I enjoyed the characters and the story. The author put a lot of herself into the book. 

I would definitely recommend the book. Parts of it were funny but it gave me a lot to think about between the laughs. 

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Best Books to Read from Ages 1-100

PBS The Great American Read

AmericanahAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Because this book showed up on the PBS Great American Read list, I wanted to read it for a while. It popped up for bookclub, so I made an effort to read it. I didn’t manage to get it read in time for bookclub, but I had read enough to know that I wanted to finish it.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was just longer than I thought it was. The book never dragged. It was a great story and brought up some difficult topics that made me think.

I recommend the book, but it’s not a book that is meant to be read in one sitting. It requires time to digest the thoughts in the book. Read a little, put it down, and think about what its meaning is.

The book also showed up on the 100 books to read by ages list. I do think that the age of 26 was a little young for the recommended age of this book. There’s quite a bit that might be missed by a younger person who hasn’t been through some of the situations yet.

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The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

The Home for Unwanted Girls

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book. I knew going in that it was going to be a difficult subject, but I had no idea! I am very unfamiliar with Canadian history, so I found myself looking things up as I went along. One of the benefits of historical fiction is that the facts are researchable. 

I didn’t know, up until the very end, where the story was taking the reader. It was torture, but it got me to the point where I couldn’t put the book down. It was definitely worth reading. 

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Idiot by Laura Clery

Idiot by Laura Clery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I recently discovered the author of this book by her videos on Facebook. She is funny and I truly enjoy watching her. When I discovered that she’d written a book, I just had to read it!

The book was humorous, but touched on some rather difficult parts in her life. I am very glad that she wrote the book. I know several people who would be helped by hearing her story. It stopped abruptly with the birth of her son. I hope she writes a second book about parenthood. Her videos about it are funny, and I can only imagine that the stuff that comes with raising children would be just as humorous.

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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Lost Children Archive

Lost Children Archive
 by Valeria Luiselli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was kind of a heavy story. I wasn’t going to read it since the bookclub meeting for it was cancelled. It arrived from the library when I didn’t have other holds coming in, so I decided to read it anyway.

The first half of the story was on the slow side, but was enjoyable. Halfway through the book, the entire feeling of the book changed. It became an adventure that I wasn’t expecting. Many parts of it were stressful, but I needed to know what happened, so I finished it. I am glad I did.

I wasn’t thrilled with the way it ended, but I was kind of expecting it to end that way.

I don’t know that I would pick up other books by this author, although she wrote beautifully. It just wasn’t my usual genre.

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