new favorite books

Friday, August 9, 2013

I’ve been doing a ton of reading in the last year or two – back to the amount I used to do back in middle school almost. I think with as rough as work has been, reading has become my escape from all that – my process of shutting down that constant chatter in my brain of all that I need to do.
I read in two forms. For our anniversary Trung got me a Kindle, which you’ll find near me when I’m at home or lying on my bedside table. I also am an Audible subscriber so I listen to audiobooks while sitting in traffic. I don’t often read actual paper books anymore – I guess more out of convenience than anything. I’m in an instant gratification/download sort of gal. Earlier this year I shared some of my new favorites, so I thought it was time I updated that list.
The Sea of Tranquility
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
I listened to this audiobook and couldn’t get enough. This is one of those sit in your car an extra five minutes to listen before going inside audiobooks. Definitely in my top five all time favorites. Admittedly the narrator for Nastya seemed a bit overly melodic in the beginning, but after the first few chapters it mellowed out and worked perfectly! LOVE these characters!

Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2)
Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
In that earlier post, I shared my love for two of Colleen Hoover’s books – one of which was Hopeless. I’m typically anti-series on books. Or rather I buy the 2nd installment because I love the first, but then get disappointed very quickly particularly if it is a retelling of the same story from another perspective. Colleen knocked it out of the park with this 2nd installment though. The backstory and build up was perfect and as a result, this did not at all feel like a regurgitation of the story like many other POV sequels do!

Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
What is not to adore about a sweet love story between a comic book loving Asian boy and a midwestern redhead girl? (OK, so this midwestern redhead who is married to a comic book loving Asian boy might be a bit biased). So this book pretty much had me from the cover – I mean, seriously, cutest cover ever! This was another audiobook, and I may have loved the narrators even more than the story (so perfectly cast!). It was a touching, sweet story that made me laugh out loud AND cry.

I’d love to hear what you are reading!

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