I love to read. And I love to read almost anything. I read a lot of YA (young adult) and chicklit (AKA target best seller's section). I live about two blocks from the big central library in Milwaukee and visit it usually weekly/ This summer I scoured good reads and tumblr and created an ultimate list of books I wanted to read. Every few weeks I would request about ten of them and then pick them up when they were available (most convenient thing ever). I was reading about a book a day on a good week! I miss it so much. But, with the time I have had to read, I have read some great books this fall! So, here is my top 5.
1. Me Before You/After You (Jojo Moyes)
If you cry when you read, bring the tissues! These books capture an amazing love story. And when the movie comes out I think it'll be the next The Notebook.
2. Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee)
This is an extremely unpopular opinion. People who grew up loving Scout and Atticus don't like that you see a new side of Atticus that contradicts why we all fell in love with him in To Kill a Mockingbird.
I grew up with To Kill a Mockingbird and it means a lot to me. When I was in 6th grade, my dad had me read it out loud to him. It was and is his favorite book and I have always been an avid reader. It was such an important and special part of our relationship when I was growing up. He named our dog Scout! That's how big the TKAMb love is. It is also the first book I ever taught as an English teacher and one of Ryan's first dates was to see the play---so why did I read something that might ruin the love?
My dad bought it for me and told me that if I read it first and love it he would read it and if I hated it he wouldn't. So I got it the last time I was home and it was finished before my flight touched down in MKE.
Reasons why I loved it and you should read it:
- You get to find out what happened to Dill and Jem and all your favorites!!
- There are more flash backs to their childhood that weren't in TKAMb!
- Harper Lee wrote this FIRST so I like knowing that she didn't just haphazardly end their stories. It was all intentional.
- I felt the same warm feeling I did the first time I read TKAMb because Harper Lee is an amazing author and Scout as the narrator just gives you that cozy feeling while your reading.
- Atticus does disappoint you but her uncle doesn't. And Aunt Alexandria is finally not totally a brat. And Atticus kind of redeems himself in the end. When you are reading the book the racism isn't as shocking and out of character as I expected it to be---anyone agree or disagree?
The only reason I didn't like it was because it was so short!
3. Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)
I LOVED this book. This was my first Liane Moriarty book and I liked it so much I was reading the rest of her books immediately. I can't say anything more because when I go on about books I love I am known for giving away all the spoilers. But read it!
4. What Alice Forgot (Liane Moriarty)
I briefly talked about this book here. I am fairly sure that this book is becoming a movie. It is a semi often told story about memory loss and a husband you don't remember, etc. But, it definitely is a fresh new version of the typical story. It is a warm and fun read that keeps you on your toes! Liane is just such a fabulous writer. Her voice comes through fantastically and you really are 100% enthralled for the entire read.
5. The Last Letter From Your Lover (Jojo Moyes)
I had a hard time choosing my fifth one because all of her other books could fit in this spot! But this one wins because the ending was the most heart warming!