Book Report - March 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

I mentioned my love for the Hoopla app in this post, but it's worth restating since it was by far the best app I've downloaded this year (and becoming one of my most used)! If you're not familiar with it, Hoopla basically allows you to download ebooks and audiobooks from your library onto your phone. While I'm still a huge fan of holding an actual book and flipping pages, I'm able to read way more books when I have the option of listening while I take a walk or reading on my phone after Mark has gone to sleep. I used an app similar to this a few years ago before it was discontinued and was able to read so many more books. I'm not sure how many library systems use Hoopla, so do a check to see if yours is available!

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware — I've heard people talking about this book for ages, but only recently picked it up for a really random  reason. I needed a book to take to the beach with me and, in addition to a good story, I wanted a smaller sized paperback that I could easily tote in my beach bag. This one happened to be the only beach-sized read on Target's shelves. Luckily, it turned out to be a great option for the beach since it kept me in suspense and flipping pages to figure out the story line — always great when you're doing nothing but sitting in a beach chair all day. I even crawled into bed early some nights while on vacation just so I could figure out who the woman in cabin 10 was!

The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles — I packed this (hardcover, large-sized) library book in my suitcase as well, just in case I didn't enjoy The Woman In Cabin 10. That wasn't the case, but I was glad I brought it because I flew through my first read so quickly. I loved the historical setting of the book — 1940s Brazil. An orphaned servant on a sugar plantation becomes fast friends with the spunky, spoiled plantation daughter. They run away together to become famous singers and their lives are forever intertwined.

The Gown by Jennifer Robson — I listened to this as an audiobook on Hoopla. Honestly, I probably would have quit it if I was reading the actual book, but the ease of listening while walking and cooking helped me finish it. At one point, I thought I knew where the story was going and turned out to be way off the mark. Not to sound egotistical, but I liked the version I came up with better and grew bored from then on. If you like books about the British royal family, you may like this one, though. It's about two women who become friends while working as embroiders on the Queen's wedding gown in 1947.

Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath — This was another read on Hoopla, but a deviation from my streak of fiction reads. This book resonated with me way more than I expected. Rath provides so much down-to-earth, common sense advice for living healthy that it was a breath of fresh air from the normal exhaustive list of things we "need" to do in order to be healthy. I loved the way Rath wraps up each chapter with three practical, easy-to-implement takeaways. In fact, I jotted most of them down in the notes app on my phone.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid — There were so many things that I liked about this book, starting with the writing format. Reid writes the story as interview transcripts and it's almost like you're reading a documentary if that makes any sense. It was something new that I haven't seen done before and made for an extremely quick read. I also really enjoyed the story line and the characters. It wasn't at all what I was expecting after reading the synopsis on the back cover which made it sound like a bad boy meets bad girl and falls in love. I guess in a way that's kind of the gist but there's more to the story line than that. I purposely tried to read it slow because I honestly didn't want to finish it.

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