What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading {June 2017}

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Like several hundred people, I have read “One True Loves” and absolutely loved it. This book had me by the heart strings. Emma’s husband dies (or so she thinks), and finds love again and is engaged only to find out her husband is actually alive. This book was like “Castaway” in reverse. I love how we see Emma feeling all of her emotions and the struggle in letting go. This was a great book and I high suggest you add it to your summer reading list.

One True Loves: A Novel by [Reid, Taylor Jenkins]

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. *****

Here is Amazon’s description…

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

My favorite quote from the book was, “When you love someone, it seeps out of everything you do, it bleeds into everything you say, it becomes so ever-present, that eventually it become ordinary to hear, no matter how extraordinary it is to feel.”

The Hate U Give by [Thomas, Angie]

The Hate U Give was a book that I am still thinking about weeks after reading it. I have so many emotions about this book. I was angry, I was sad, I was angry again, and then my heart would break. This book left me praying for our angry world, praying for hate to stop, and praying for kindness and goodness to rise above. It was also a very tough read for me, knowing and respecting so many people involved in law enforcement. I cannot imagine having such a difficult job and have the upmost respect for Police. This book did not paint their job as being respected and that was difficult for me to read. “The Hate U Give” was a powerful book that has left me thinking about it every day since I finished it. I finished the book in a matter of days because I could not put it down.

Here is the Amazon synopsis…

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

I would give this book 5 out 5 stars. I liked getting a different perception and this book opened my eyes and touched my heart.

The third book I read was from my new favorite author, Brittainy Cherry. The Air He Breathes was a book I could not put down! I read The Gravity of Us last month and fell in love, and this book was just as good. 5 out of 5 stars GOOD!

The Air He Breathes by [Cherry, Brittainy]

Here is the synopsis from Amazon…

I was warned about Tristan Cole.

“Stay away from him,” people said.
“He’s cruel.”
“He’s cold.”
“He’s damaged.”

It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster.

But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me.

We were both empty.
We were both looking for something else. Something more.
We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays.

Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.

This book is a little racy and has some language (disclaimer if that makes you not want to read a book). I love Brittainy’s writing style and I love that there are twists and turns that I did not see coming. I was literally hanging on to every word and did not want this book to end. I fell in love with the setting (small town) and the characters. I read this book in 2 days. I could not put it down. This book left me wanting to read more of Brittainy’s books.

One of my favorite lines from this book was “that’s the thing with love-time doesn’t exist with it. The only thing love counts is the heartbeats. If you love him, don’t get in your own way. Just allow yourself to feel…” At this point I was almost yelling at the book! Hahaha! If you have not read a Brittainy Cherry book, do yourself a favor and pick one up. I love her writing. The best part, you can borrow most of her books for free on your kindle.

The kids have been reading a lot this summer.

Guy has loved reading his favorite book, “The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

Maddi has been cruising through some chapter books this summer. She is currently reading “Girls Best Friend” By Leslie Margolis.

If you would like, please join myself,  Johannah and  Heather for our fun link-up, the Kids Summer Reading Club on July 18th, if they would be interested in reading “Girls Best Friend” and answering these questions:

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I am loving the magazines that are out right now as well. This month I have been reading so many great ones…

Thank you for stopping by. What have you been reading this month?

-Jenna

 

22 thoughts on “What I’m Reading {June 2017}

    1. I have not read any other ones, I had just seen this one everywhere, in magazines, stores, blogs, so I thought I would jump aboard the train! 🙂 I do want to read another one of her books though because I have heard good things about them.

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  1. Why have I never heard of One True Loves?!?! I’m going to order it this afternoon =) I am such a sucker for a love story, and this one seems pretty interesting!!

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    1. Beth, do you have a kindle? I was able to borrow it using my Kindle for FREE! Most of her books are able to borrow for free or cost around $4. Hopefully the library has something by her though because I cannot wait to read another one of her books!

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    1. It was really good and thought invoking. It is not the happy, uplifting books I usually gravitate toward but it was good. It really makes a person think!

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