Thursday, March 31, 2016

ABC Reads: March 2016

Hello, lovely book friends. Welcome back to ABC Reads from Andrea and me. We can't wait to see what books you've read for March! 

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 (March books in blue): 

A: (The) Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. Completed March 2016. 
B: Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin. Completed February 2016. 
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. 
M: (The) Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, by Mitch Albom. Completed February 2016.
O: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Completed January 2016. 
R: (The) Revenant, by Michael Punke. Completed March 2016. 
W: Warm Bodies, by Isaac Marion. Completed February 2016. 

I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. I was so disappointed because it is literally on every single "this book will change your life - YOU MUST READ IT" list. And I just could not wait for it to be over. I guess it just helps to remind me that not every book is for every person. It wasn't terrible, it just didn't really resonate with me at all. The basic gist of it is Santiago is a young shepherd from Spain and he goes on this journey to Egypt and he meets various people along the way who teach him something. But if that type of book interests you, then I suggest reading something from Mitch Albom instead! 

Favorite quote: "If you can concentrate always on the present, you'll be a happy man." 

I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I've been on a "books that were adapted for the movie screen that were nominated for Oscars" kick lately, because I also read "Room" by Emma Donoghue for my book club. But anyway, from the little that I've read or seen in the previews, this book has some big differences from the movie. But honestly, that kind of thing happens all the time, right? It's a historical fiction, so the author took editorial liberties with a lot of events surrounding Hugh Glass' life anyway because nobody knows exactly what happened at certain points of his life. Shew, that was as vague as I could make it, as I don't want to spoil the book for any one. Just go read it, I think it will keep you intrigued.

No favorite quotes for this one, it was more of an action-based book.

OK, now it's YOUR turn! Come link up and share what you've read, Andrea and I can't wait to hear all about it. Happy reading!

(P.S. I'm participating in VEDA (Vlog Every Day in April) starting tomorrow, and if you'd like to follow along, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here. You rock!)

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