In the last few years I’ve found myself falling out of my love of reading. The combined text study at High School and University, left me feeling a sense of dread associated with picking up a book. But now after graduating from University, my passion for reading has been re-ignited.
This year I’ve sent myself a goal to read as many books as I can. I haven’t set a specific total of books I’d like to read, as I am aiming to just go with the flow and read when time permits. But I’ll be keeping track of them through multiple blog posts across the year, so I can not only share my thoughts with you, but reflect on the books as well.
‘The Apartment’ by Danielle Steele
A spacious loft apartment in New York City. Four roommates trying to build their careers and manage the obstacles that life throws at them. Claire an aspiring shoe designer, Abby a writer trying to make it on her own, Morgan with a serious finance job on Wall Street and Sasha a medical student. Their shared life in the apartment turns them into a family of beloved friends. But as unexpected opportunities and challenges arise, will their friendship stay strong, or move them away from the place where their dreams began?
I both fell in and out of love with this book as I read through its 323 pages. As much as I really enjoyed the storyline of the four roommates, I was left feeling disappointed that there was no big climax. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing ever did.
In saying that though, it was an easy read and I found myself not being able to put it down. The story didn’t contain completely happy endings, and the ups and downs of the roommates lives kept me on my toes. When I finished reading I almost felt like I’d lost some friends, and that in my opinion is how I know when I’ve enjoyed a book.
Rating – 4/5
‘If There’s No Tomorrow’ by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A single choice can change everything. Lena Wise is looking forward to tomorrow, especially considering that it’s her senior year. She’s ready to finish college applications, maybe let Sebastian know how she truly feels and pack in all the friend time. She’s excited for everything, until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.
This book. I need it to be made into a movie. Please can someone make this happen. This is the second time I’ve read it and I’ve fallen in love both times. It’s so simply written, yet so effective and emotional. Each time I’m left feeling like I’ve just lived their lives alongside them. I can see why Jennifer is a Number 1 selling author.
Books like these always see me reflecting on my own life and the paths I choose to take. They often get me inspired, even though they’re completely fiction stories.
‘Someday’ by David Levithan
Everyday a new body. Everyday a new life. Everyday a new choice. For as along as A can remember life meant waking up in a different person’s body everyday. He always thought he was alone. But A was wrong. There are others. A is now on a journey along with Rhiannon, Nathan and Reverend Poole to explore the questions from the core of Everyday.
I loved the first book in this series titled ‘Everyday’. But unfortunately this book just didn’t give me the same feeling. As much as I loved being able to continue on with the characters, I just found that when I finished the book I was left wanting more. With so many different perspectives and narrators in it’s 390 pages, I was left wanting to just follow along with one person and delve more in depth. If you decide to read it, you will understand where I’m coming from.
It actually took me multiple times over a few months to finish this book. For some reason I couldn’t get into it the same way that I got into ‘Everyday’. I feel like this didn’t hit the mark and I so wanted it too. It had amazing potential.
I will say one thing though. David Levithan knows how to tell a story. He really knows how to encapsulate the characters and leave us with a feeling that we really knew their emotions and them.
‘The Ride of a Lifetime’ by Robert Iger
Sit down with the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, as he shares his ideas and values used to reinvent one of the worlds most beloved companies. While also sharing the people who inspired him along the way, to help bring the magic to life.
This book was an absolute masterpiece. It made me want to cry, laugh, cry again and then hop straight onto a plane to Disney. But it was also a book full of magic in every possible way.
It followed Bob Iger’s journey from weather reporter at ABC, all the way through becoming CEO and coping with making changes and big deals within the business. It also explored ideas of friendship, struggle and how to be a successful leader. It was brilliantly written and have a deeper and more personalinsight into things that I already knew or wasn’t aware or. I already respected him as a CEO, but I now have a completely new respect for him. Bob worked his way through the chain and got to where he is by pure determination. He led The Walt Disney Company with love for his job, colleagues and most importantly the legacy of Disney. He has forever left his legacy within this company and it’s clearly seen through this book.
Rating – 5/5
That’s all for this months book roundup! In all honesty I’ve had this post saved in my drafts for a few weeks, but completely forgot to schedule it to go live. But here it is finally! I’m hoping to make these more regular.
You might have also noticed that I haven’t written anything on ‘The Notebook’ even though it’s pictured. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, as I’ve been reading some other books that peaked my interest a little more.
What books have you currently been reading? I always love hearing new suggestions!