Sunday, January 31, 2016

ABC Reads: January

Hi everyone! Welcome to our very first link up for ABC Reads. Andrea and I hope that you all have had a spectacular January, filled with reading of course! ;) 

Let's have a little refresher on what the ABC Reads Challenge is all about:  

What does the challenge entail? Well, I'm glad you asked. There are 26 letters of the alphabet and we challenge you, during the course of 2016, to read a book that starts with each letter. For example, Atonement (A), The Bell Jar (B), Catching Fire (C), and so on. Makes sense, right? You don't need to go in order - if you want to start with S, go for it. We're easy to please around these parts. On the last day of each month, we'll host a link-up for you to share your ABC Reads.  We will award one point for each letter you review AND a bonus point for linking up with us!  
At the end of the year (or when the first participant reviews a book beginning with each of the 26 letters), the winner will be awarded a $30 Amazon gift card. 

Pretty easy, right? And if you didn't get a chance to read anything for January, there are still 11 lovely months left in the year. Feel free to jump in with us!

OK, so let's get to it. What did you guys read this month? How many letters did you check off? Here's my progress: 

F: Finders Keepers, by Stephen King. Completed January 2016. 
G: (The) Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown. Completed January 2016. 
L: (The) Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks. Completed January 2016. 
O: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Completed January 2016. 

Loved it. Really resonated with me. 5 out of 5 stars. Favorite quote from the book: "People may call what happens at midlife 'a crisis,' but it's not. It's an unraveling - a time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live, not the one you're 'supposed' to live. The unraveling is a time when you are challenged by the universe to let go of who you think you are supposed to be and to embrace who you are."  Go read this book!!! 


I really enjoyed this one as well. I'm a daddy's girl, so this story really hit me in the feels. To me, this is one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books because it wasn't as predictable to me as the others. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars because it really affected me and I bawled like a baby when I read it. Favorite quote from the book: “Love is fragile. And we're not always its best caretakers. We just muddle through and do the best we can. And hope this fragile thing survives against all odds.” 


I'm a huge fan of historical fiction and this book drew me in from the beginning because it was a part of history that I had no idea existed. I can't imagine how awful it was to be one of the orphans on the train, with no control over your destiny, and no family or anyone to watch over you. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, but only because there were 1 or 2 things that were a little fuzzy for me, and I felt like the author could have elaborated a little more. But otherwise, it was really good. Favorite quote from the book: “So I am learning to pretend, to smile and nod, to display empathy I do not feel. I am learning to pass, to look like everyone else, even though I feel broken inside.” 

I mean, you guys already know that I'm a King-ian, right? Haha, I don't even know if that's a thing, just go with it. 5 out of 5 stars. This book the 2nd book in a trilogy, it's the sequel to Mr. Mercedes. I honestly liked this one better. The storyline was a little more developed, I felt like the suspense was a little more intense and I couldn't put it down. I like the creepy ending. It's not a King book if there isn't a little something to give you chills at the end. Can't wait to read the 3rd book! Favorite quote from the book: "Books were escape. Books were freedom." 

Link up your posts below. We can't wait to see what you've read! Next month's link up will be on Monday, February 29th. 


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