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Friday, November 15, 2013

What I’ve Been Reading #35

This week, I finished two books, plus I shopped the library book sale and added to my pile of books to read!

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline was even better than I expected it to be. “Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to ‘aging out’ out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.” There were a few things I loved about this book. I loved the parts that were  in Vivian’s point of view. Her story was riveting. I love that I’d never heard of orphan trains before, and yet they did exist. I also loved that Molly’s view points were written in 3rd person, as opposed to Vivian’s first person sections, so the sections were easily distinguishable. I loved the relationship that develops between Molly and Vivian, as well as the other relationships told about in Vivian’s sections. The ending very quite beautiful, and this is a book I would definitely recommend.

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald was very slow for me. In fact, I started reading it before I started Orphan Train, but had to put it aside because I knew I could renew it at the library, while Orphan Train had a waiting list so it could not be renewed. At first I thought I couldn’t get into this book because I’d just finished Before I Fall and was immersed in the world of that book. I soon discovered that this book just wasn’t that interesting to me. “Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly one-sided. The object of her obsession — ahem, affection — is her best friend, Garrett Delaney, who has been oblivious to Sadie’s feelings ever since he sauntered into her life and wowed her with his passion for Proust (not to mention his deep-blue eyes). For two long, painful years, Sadie has been Garrett’s constant companion, sharing his taste in everything from tragic Russian literature to art films to '80s indie rock — all to no avail. But when Garrett leaves for a summer literary retreat, Sadie is sure that the absence will make his heart grow fonder — until he calls to say he’s fallen in love. With some other girl! A heartbroken Sadie realizes that she’s finally had enough. It’s time for a total Garrett detox! Aided by a barista job, an eclectic crew of new friends (including the hunky chef, Josh), and a customized self-help guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.” The only redeeming part of this book for me was the friendships that Sadie develops with her co-workers at the café she works at. Other than that, the book was slow and whiny, with good plot ideas but not enough follow through to be worthwhile.


At the library book sale, paperback books cost $1. I bought 13 of them, and here they are:

Have you read any of these books? Which should I read first? Speaking of books, I have a guest post up today at A Time For Seasons and in it I’m hosting yet another giveaway – for a pile of kids’ books!

29 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

I read Perks of a Wallflower years back before it ever was popular or a movie and loved it. Totally recommend it. I also have read Kristin Hannah's Between Sisters and enjoyed that one thoroughly, as well. And last but not least The Help and seriously re-read it because it was that good and is probably now one of my all-time favorites!! :)

tamarsb said...

I loved the movie of Perks of a Wallflower - need to read the book!

Suzanne said...

Hi, I'm Suzanne. I just came over from Kelly's blog. I see you are in Overland Park, I am in Independence. Not too far. I also love to read. Just thought I would introduce myself. Hope you have a great day.

Tamara Bowman said...

I read the Elizabeth Berg one. I read The Help. I read Between Sisters. I WANT to read all of the rest. I'd read The Help first. Then you can decide if it's all it's cracked up to be and you can even watch the movie if you're curious.

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

When do you find time to read? Between three kids and all your other duties besides the four blog posts you do each day ... how do you find the time? I must be educated.

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Kyetra Belton said...

I loved The Orphan Train too! Molly and Vivian were great characters.

Dara said...

I can't believe I haven't read the help yet - that's why I was glad to find it at the sale!

Dara said...

I haven't seen the movie or read it but heard it's good!

Dara said...

nice to meet you!

Dara said...

I can't believe I haven't read it yet! I look forward to reading it!

Dara said...

LOL 4 blog posts a day! I read at night before bed and on Saturdays when I'm not online...and I just started reading on the treadmill!

Dara said...

definitely!

night owl said...

I love books. and I love going to goodreads and trying to win them. its fun to have those books appear on your door steps.
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Dara said...

I've won two books from goodreads. wish I'd win more!

night owl said...

girl I've won tonz. one day i got 7 books in one week.

Sara said...

Good one Lanaya!

Dara= Super blogger!!! Seriously when you were doing the 31 day prompts you had days with multiple posts in one day and I was in total awe. I'm lucky if I post 3 times a week.

Sara said...

Loved The Help! I can't wait until you do a review of The Perks of Being A Wallflower. That has been on my list to read forever and I just never got around to it yet.

Lucy said...

Stopping by from the Super Sunday Sync link party. Looks like you got some great books! Following on bloglovin and Pinterest.
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Dara said...

both have been on my list for a bit but I haven't gotten them in my hand until now!

Dara said...

thanks!

mail4rosey said...

We have all been through a Garrett detox of some sort in life, haven't we? :) Thanks for sharing the review.

Pamela said...

I love your books review. Makes me wish I had the time to read more. Or just read in general. How do you do it? 2 books in one week. It would have taken me 2+ months lol

Dara said...

so true!

Dara said...

some books just go faster for me than others!

Leslie said...

The Hell! It's fantastic.

Dara said...

lol. at first I didn't get this!

Leslie said...

Sigh. I must proofread. lol.

Anyways, read The Help. It's fantastic. I listened to Shanghai Girls on audio and that was good too.

Shoshanah G said...

I've been wanting to read The Orphan Train for a while now. I remember reading about them in Samantha's American Girl book, and ever since then I've been fascinated by learning more about them.


As for your new books, I've read Perks, Shanghai Girls, The Help, and Uglies. I enjoyed all of them (and think you will as well), but the 2 I'd recommend reading first are Perks and Shanghai Girls.

Dara said...

thanks for the recommendation!