Happy Tuesday everyone! I can honestly say I really enjoyed every book I read this month. They all were welcome distractions from all the craziness that COVID-19 has caused.
Linking up with one of my favorite monthly link-ups – Show Us Your Books with Stephanie and Jana!
I started my month off with two books from the Virgin River series. Back in January when I was sick I got hooked on the Virgin River series on Netflix and when I saw they were based upon a book series I knew I wanted to read them. They did not disappoint. They are nice easy reads that were very enjoyable to read. Hoping I am able to find the rest of the books through my library digital resources because I am looking forward to reading more of this series.
So I had heard this book mentioned before on different blogs/podcasts and just added to my to-be-read list to be read in the future sometime. But then my friend/coworker told me about it and said she couldn’t put it down and wanted to talk about it with me once I read it. So I decided to go ahead and read it and boy it was not what I was expecting. I am still questioning the ending and trying to figure out my thoughts about it. It was a book that I didn’t want to put down because I wanted to see how it ended.
I’m a little slow to read this one, even though so many people have raved about it, the description held me back from reading it. I decided I wanted to start watching the series on Hulu and I’m weird in that I have to read things before watching it, so I went ahead and requested it from my library’s Libby/Overdrive. Now that I’ve read it, I’m sorry it took me so long to read it…I really enjoyed it! I’ve also started the series on Hulu and I’m only a couple of episodes in, but I’m liking it so far.
Here is a quote that really got me and put into words something I had been thinking about recently before reading the book and didn’t know how to express. “To a parent, your child wasn’t just a person: your child was a place, a kind of Narnia, a vast eternal place where the present you were living and the past you remembered and the future you longed for all existed at once.”
So this book took me quite awhile to get into (I don’t think it was the book, but me just being in some kind of reading slump for a bit), but I’m glad I stuck it out and continued reading it. I ended up staying up late one night just to finish it. I might have teared up towards the end and it made me feel all the feels (in a good way!).
I really enjoyed this line in it – “You forget what it is to rely on someone, to trust someone, to feel so full of happiness just because one person—your person—has chosen you.” It made me stop and be thankful for Robert and that he is my person and that he chose me.
I wasn’t sure how a book written by three different authors would work. I was afraid it would be choppy and confusing to follow, but no it wasn’t like that at all. I admit it took me a few chapters in to remember all the people and which storyline they belonged to, but once I got that down…it drew me in. I loved how all the storylines intersected in some way. They were pretty predictable and I figured out how they intersected long before they were revealed, but I still enjoyed it a lot! I have a couple of books on my TBR lists by these authors and am looking forward to reading them even more now!
Here is a quote from this book to leave on. I think this is pretty relevant to the “new normal” we all are trying to live with right now. “Just because your life will be different, that doesn’t mean it can’t still be beautiful.”
Until next time…keep it simple.