Sunday, February 28, 2016

ABC Reads: February 2016



Hi everyone! Welcome back to our second link up for ABC Reads. Andrea and I hope that you all have had a spectacular February, filled with reading and books and literary goodness! ;) 

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 link up last month - no worries at all. Feel free to jump in with us any time!

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 (February books in blue): 

A
B: Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin. Completed February 2016. 
C
D
E
F:  Finders Keepers, by Stephen King. Completed January 2016. 
G: (The) Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown. Completed January 2016. 
H
I
J
K
L: (The) Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks. Completed January 2016. 
M: (The) Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, by Mitch Albom. Completed February 2016.
N
O: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Completed January 2016. 
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W: Warm Bodies, by Isaac Marion. Completed February 2016. 
X
Y
Z



I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars. It was really decent, I just felt like it went on too long and was very repetitive at the end. It needed to be 50 pages or so shorter. But it was very interesting to learn about how people approach habits and what motivates them. I never really thought about it before. I'm definitely someone who does better with outside accountability in order to form and stick to my habits.

Favorite quote from the book: "It's a Secret of Adulthood: I can't make people change, but when I change, others may change; and when others change I may change." 




I absolutely love this book - 5 out of 5 stars. My lovely cohost Andrea chose this for our book club, and I'm so happy she did. It was a bit on the long side at 512 pages, but I couldn't put it down. It grabbed my attention from the beginning. The book is narrated by Music. Like, as a being. Which sounds weird, but it totally makes sense in the story. Frankie is a Spanish orphan who meets and is cared for by several wonderful people. He gets sent to America on a boat at a young age with nothing but a guitar and six guitar strings. He eventually rises to fame as a singer/guitar player. And you get to see him fall in love, go through heartbreak, fall on hard times, etc. But with all the ups and downs, you can't help but root for him. Also woven into the story are real music figures from history - Elvis Presley especially. It was really good, and I totally recommend it. 

My 2 favorite quotes from the book: 

-"You're never in love with anyone the way you are when you're eighteen."
-"Why humans kill each other is beyond my comprehension, but I can testify that you have been doing it since your inception. Only the weapons change."




I liked this book. 4 out of 5 stars. If you saw the movie, the book is very similar. The movie's ending is a little more dramatic, but otherwise, it's pretty much the same. It's about R, a zombie who lives in an abandoned airplace and who falls for a human girl. As their friendship develops, changes start happening to R - he stops eating people, he can put more than 2 words together, he starts having these complex thoughts about civilization, etc. It was very enjoyable - there's cute moments, there's funny moments, and there's creepy moments. I recommend it!

Favorite quote from the book: "In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses."


Woohoo, 3 more letters checked off the list! That's not too shabby. What did you read in February? Come link up with us below and share your ABC Reads progress. Please feel free to share the link up with your friends as well. And if you're on Goodreads, hit me up, I love seeing what other people are reading. :)







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