What I Read this Week(ish)

I apologize for the long break in posting! I got married in the beginning of February (!!) and then we went on our honeymoon. So, not a lot of posting… but I did read a lot of books on the honeymoon! And I finished one audio book in the days leading up to the wedding.

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

Mia is 25 and still madly in love with Michael Moscovitz, who finally pops the question. Only problem… the news of their engagement gets leaked, and Mia’s dad reveals a HUGE secret that will impact the rest of Mia’s life.

I listened to the audio version of this book and it took me so long to get used to the narrator. Even though the books are different than the movies, I still expected to hear Ann Hathaway’s voice as Mia. Also, as a bride-to-be, I really wanted to hear more about the wedding planning and wedding itself. While entertaining, the title of the book is very misleading.

 

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Graham is a teen heartthrob, Ellie is a small town girl with a big secret. They shouldn’t have met, but after an email address typo, the two start an email correspondence. When Graham stars in a movie set in a small town, he knows the perfect place for shooting…

I started this book way back in August and enjoyed it immensely for the first half. Then life got crazy and I put it down and kept forgetting about it. I finished the second half in an afternoon and still found it just as fun and enjoyable as before. I appreciated that the ending was not wrapped up in a big happy bow and the characters lives are basically decided at the age of 17.

 

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

I listened to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but apparently I forgot to blog about it.* Once I finished I knew I wanted to read the sequel and immediately put myself on the holds list.

P.S. I Still Love You follows Lara Jean and Peter as the reconnect, only for their new relationship to be rocked by the return of Gen and John, and a viral video of a certain provocative hot tub makeout that Lara Jean and Peter thought was private. Not only does Han skillfully navigate the confusion of teen relationships, she brings in modern issues like cyber bullying, without turning it into a soapbox issue.

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book was super popular when it came out in 2011 but I never got around to reading it then. When I saw that it was available as an e-book I knew it was a good option for me, in case I started reading and it got returned, I could still finish the book at home with the print copy.

The back flap claims, “Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters.” So I was expecting a lot more action and adventure. Aside from the terrible way Celia and Marco are treated as children, I didn’t see much danger or fierceness in their competition. Luckily, Morgenstern made up for this with her writing and imagery.

 

The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but the girl power was not it! I love it! However, I didn’t really like any of the characters or understand a lot of their motivations. Granted, this could be because it was my second day at the airport after the third leg of our honeymoon return flight got cancelled in Philadelphia and we had to spend the night in Philly and then hope our new flights from Philly to Charlotte, Charlotte to Minneapolis, don’t get cancelled. Suffice to say it was a long couple of days.

Anyway, back to the book. Miri and her family live on top of Mount Eskel, a territory in the country of Danland. They don’t have much to do with the lowlanders and are surprised when an emissary from the prince arrives telling them that the next princess will come from Mount Eskel. As such, a Princess Academy must be established to train the girls and make them worthy princesses. The girls learn about the world beyond their mountain and the importance of community.

 

*It’s one of my New Years Goals to post more frequently. That and go to bed earlier. So hopefully, this won’t be much of an issue in the future!

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