Recently Read: January 2015

Collage-1I’m really excited about this new monthly feature I’m starting, where I’ll be talking about the books I’ve read each month. I LOVE finding new books to add to my “to read” list through other blogs, so I hope that these posts will help you find some new books to read!

January was a good month of reading for me – I think 5 books in a month is a personal record. Now I just need to keep it up – I’m only about a quarter of a way through my second book for this month, so I need to step up my game!

The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today by Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Sweet Dee, and Frank
If you’re a fan of the show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, then you need to read this book. It’s a silly, wannabe self-help book written by “the gang” that reads like an extended episode of the show. There’s also numerous references to past episodes, which the fangirl in me adored. If you’ve never watched the show, then give this book a skip.

The Affair by Colette Freedman
I loved this book so much. It’s the same story told from three perspectives: a wife, her husband, and his mistress. The story takes place over the course of a few days, and it was so interesting to hear the same conversations take place from the perspective of different characters. I would sympathize with the wife and and hate the husband, and then when reading from his perspective, I’d feel like I could understand some of his decisions. It was such an interesting read, and I finished it in just a couple of days. This one is a can’t miss.

The Consequences by Colette Freedman
This is the sequel to The Affair, and it picks up right where the first book leaves off, in the same kind of shared perspective format. I really loved this book too, and by the end of it, I was so invested in these characters that I was desperately hoping the author had written a third book (no such luck). Again, this one was a quick read and is another can’t miss in my opinion.

Tease by Amanda Maciel
I mentioned in my year end 2014 book review that I enjoyed the two YA books that I read last year, and that I might look into reading more this year. Tease falls into that category, and again, it helped me to realize that I’ve been missing out by dismissing YA books in the past. This book is about bullying, but instead of being about the child being bullied, it focuses on the person doing the bullying – during and after the girl she’s bullying commits suicide. It was an uncomfortable read, and the main character is far from likable, but it was still a great book.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I remember seeing the trailer for the movie based on this book last year, and I put it on my “to read” list, but then I kind of forgot about it. When I noticed that the library had it available in ebook form, I downloaded it and then read about half of it in a couple of hours. If I wouldn’t have been fighting sleep, I’m sure I could have finished it in one sitting, because the story was gripping. The main character is in an accident and forced to decide if she wants to stay alive or die. Another YA hit! Also, I ended up renting the movie, and it was pretty good too, but as always, the book was better.

What have you read recently? Have you read any of the books on my list?

PS – I’ll be responding to the questions from my Ask Me Anything post tomorrow, so feel free to ask any last minute questions!

  • Deborah
    February 11, 2015

    I haven’t read “If I Stay” but I watched the movie and cried like a baby!!! I still want to read the book tho. lol Thanks for sharing!

    • ashleynevis
      February 18, 2015

      If you liked the movie, you’ll definitely love the book! Hopefully you get to read it soon!

  • Erin Gray
    February 11, 2015

    I enjoyed If I Stay and the follow-up Where She Went. If the second book, it occurs a few years later and picks up from Adam’s point of view. I liked that twist. I participate in a monthly link-up about books that you’ve read. Let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll give you the details. I found new books that interested me on almost every participants’ list.

    • ashleynevis
      February 18, 2015

      Where She Went is the first book I read in February, and I liked it a lot too! I thought Adam’s perspective was really cool and I liked that it was a few years after everything happened. I would LOVE to know about the monthly link-up, so yes, please send the details when you get a chance! 🙂

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