January 24, 2015

Good Reads

I'm not the type of person who gets excited about books too often. In fact, I've always thought that I hated reading and would much prefer a good movie or television show (i.e. Netflix). However, when I find a good book that really grabs my attention, I can't put it down. In two days or less I'm done and ready for a sequel. So since we're right in the midst of the winter lull (after the holidays and before February break), I figured we could all use a little something to occupy ourselves, and starting a new book or series could be the perfect fit. Also, am I a complete nerd for having a Goodreads account? Call me crazy, but I kind of like to read all the reviews and compare my opinions with those who have already rated the novel I'm reading.
Books I've Read
In the Time of the Butterflies- Julia Alvarez
This book was actually a part of my summer reading list, and from beginning to end I absolutely loved it. The story is told from the perspectives of four sisters as they grow up and involve themselves in a rebellion against the brutal dictator in their home country, the Dominican Republic. Based on a true story, this book is beautifully written and reduced me to tears by the end.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?- Mindy Kaling
Catherine and I read this book about a year ago and we still talk about how funny is was. I flew through this book in just a few days and loved Kaling's hysterical and relatable writing style as she describes her personal experiences and opinions. I personally never followed The Office, but of the episodes I've seen, Mindy Kaling is incredibly funny and that sense of humor is present throughout her story.

+ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time- Mark Haddon
I read this book last summer and consider it to be one of my favorites. I think what I loved most about it was the writing quality; the author does an incredible job of expressing the autistic main character's [Christopher] emotions and reactions as he intends to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor's dog. For a much better synopsis than what I just said, look here.

Books I'm Currently Reading
I Am Malala- Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
I received this book for my birthday and began reading it over Christmas break. I'm about a third of the way through and am captivated by Malala's story of perseverance and dedication to the cause of equal education opportunity for girls. Although I've yet to finish, I'd recommend this book to anyone

Books I Want to Read
+ Divergent Series- Veronica Roth
I know people always say it's best to read the book before seeing the movie, but in this case seeing Divergent on the big screen has inspired me to want to read the series. I really enjoyed the Hunger Games books as I like alternate universe/science fiction type genre. Also, the fact that there are 3 books in this series is a major plus for I hate reaching the bittersweet conclusion of a good story.

Have you guys read any good books lately?


Preppy by the Sea


  1. I read all three Divergent books in one week after seeing the movie and they were SO good. I liked the series even better than the Hunger Games!

    Renee // gimmeglamour.blogspot.com

  2. I'll definitely check out some of these books! I've read the Divergent series and really enjoyed it! You should really check them out!
    Alyson | itsapreppything.blogspot.com

  3. Ahh, great list! I love the Divergent series, it's definitely one of my favorites! I have also been meaning to buy Mindy Kaling's book, but I just haven't had the time.
    xx, Mikkaela

  4. The Divergent series was amazing and I definitely recommend! I have been wanting to read Malala's book for such a long time!

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner