But I can positively say that I enjoyed reading all of these books, I read absolute gems in 2016! So I’ll try my best to explain why these are firm recommendations on my end.
- After I Do: 3/5
- Speak: 4/5
- Wild: 5/5
- The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die: 4/5
After I Do, Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid has a way of writing such witty chick-lit and hell do I love a good chick flick from time to time. After starting out with Forever, Interrupted, I followed it up with After I Do, a novel about marriage and the hard times that can come with it after several years. It may be the fact that I cannot relate at all to the story but I found that it wasn’t as good as her first novel. I wasn’t that psyched at the beginning of the book when the author tells us about how the main couple met and what was their life before tension made its way between the two of them, but as the story picked up I came to really enjoy what I was reading and how the story evolved.
Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
I know this one is pretty old as the movie came out long ago but I had it on my Kindle and felt like it was time to give it a go. While being tagged as a young adult book because the story takes place in high school, this book addresses a serious and heavy issue and how a girl, Melinda, shut herself up in an impregnable silence. It was well-written and you could really empathize with Melinda while wanting to punch some characters in the face for being so stupid and nasty!
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
Wild is a book I had heard was a bit like Into the Wild but slightly different nonetheless. I didn’t particularly enjoy the Into the Wild movie but I really wanted to watch Wild, that’s why I decided to pick up the book first. It also was a good companion during my trip to Italy this Summer. So I absolutely loved Wild and the intensity of it. It’s about how Cheryl went on this big hike by herself along the Pacific Crest Trail after a series of events and acts that drove her to be confused about who she was and her purpose in life. It felt very authentic and raw at the same time.
Picked this one up on the shelves of my brother’s bedroom one night and I must say I quite enjoyed this. I believed it would be a bit preachy and tell you how you must be to be happy in life but there was actually some good advice thrown in there with numerous tips to shift your mindset to something much more positive. Although quite repetitive at times, John interviewed more than a hundred of people that had led a long life to ask them how they felt after all those years, what did they regret and what advice they would give to younger generations; which was really varied and interesting.
I need new books for 2017! What have you been reading lately?