4 Books I’ve Thoroughly Enjoyed Lately

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Writing book reviews doesn’t really come naturally to me. I generally am able to tell if I liked a book or not and what I liked or didn’t like about it. But explaining why is something I clearly have to work on. It’s even harder to remember the things that drove me to have a general feeling when you’ve read a book months ago and went on to other things.

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.

ratings

  • 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.

The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, John Izzo

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?

  • Thanks for the recommendations, the Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die sounds interesting, I might give it a read.
    – Emily from http://www.emilyunderworld.co.uk

    • You’re welcome Emily, hope you like it if you decide to read it :)

  • Wild is one of my favorite books ever. Love. And I must give these others a read soon! Currently reading If I Stay (LOVE this book SO much) in French (Si Je Reste). I feel so much more productive reading in French lately because it allows me to highlight phrases I don’t understand and I feel like I’m learning while being lazy? But over the holidays I should treat myself to some easy reads in English. I’m just such a workaholic, oof.

    • Oh yeah I liked this one too! Totally get where you’re coming from. That’s why I read everything in English and also watch movies/shows with English subtitles too. Every little thing helps to master a language ;-)

  • Diana Maria

    The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die sounds like a very intriguing book! I have Wild although I haven’t been able to finish it for months. I love the story, and her bravery so hopefully I finish. This list is great, and you’re book reviews are wonderful even if it doesn’t come naturally to you- it seems like it does! Thank you for the review :)

    My Lovelier Days

    • Oh yes you have to finish Wild, I loved the ending!
      That’s so lovely to hear, thank you so much Diana :)

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