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30.1.16

Books You Need to Take a Look At

Hey there,

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to read more books, and even though I didn't read a ton of new books, I did learn to enjoy reading a book in the train again. So far, I'm pretty proud of myself since I managed to stick to my New Year's Resolution, which is, I must say, quite a record worth to celebrate. Don't you think? 

Anyway, it took some time, at least 10 or 20 pages, to get me really back into the whole reading spree. I guess, I haven't read in so long that my brain didn't remember what it was like to fully focus on one thing for a certain amount of time. But I did it! I got stuck reading the same pages for awhile because I couldn't actually realized what I was reading (know the feeling?) but I did it, I've finished my first book of the year 2016! Yeah!

To celebrate me sticking to at least one of my New Year's Resolution, that's not true actually, because I managed to stick to some other resolutions as well, but let's keep that for another post. I thought I'll talk to you about some books that I've read in the past and that I've loved so much they deserve a shout out. So let's get into it, shall we? 


* The Fault in our Stars - John Green 
I'm sure you all heard about this one before, and maybe already read it. This one is THE book you need to read. It's an amazing story and one of the rare books that made me cry. I didn't think it was possible to feel such emotions while reading a book, but it is! And this is the only argument I'll use to tell you that you have to read this books! I know it's more of a young adult novel but it just has real and meaningful life lessons in it such as "enjoy every little moment of your life because you'll never know what could happen". 

* This is Where I Leave You - Jonathan Tropper
You know it's a good book when they make a movie out of it. This is definitely not a young adult novel, and I'll say it is more for men, but I read it, and I enjoyed it, and it made me buy every single books written by Jonathan Tropper. I've read one of his book before I read this one, and when you read two books you absolutely love, you know you need to see the rest of the collection. This books gathers every details you want to find in a book: laugh, sadness, surprise, hanger... you name it! When I was reading this book, I felt like I was watching a movie, I could picture every single details, and I could every single emotions. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me think about how family is important. 

* The Potential Hazards of Hester Day - Mercedes Helnwein 
More of a young adult novel I would say, but this one was so funny and good, I think I finished it in 3 days. I was so captured by the story and it reminds me of John Green's story. So if you're a fan of John Green's work, or you're just into funny, cute story full of ups and downs, you need to read this! 

* Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer 
That's the kind of book I didn't fall in love with, not at first sights. I heard about the movie, I heard about the story behind the movie, and then I heard about the book. I really wanted to watch the movie, but as always I'd rather read the book before I've watched the movie. So I did, and I'm not going to lie, it was hard to read, just because there are so many different stories in it, so many things you need to read and know before you get into the full story. Again, this is an amazing and meaningful story, it makes you feel so much emotions, and learn so much about life. Even though it was difficult to get into it at first, just because it's complicated, I still recommended it to my best friend, he had a hard time reading it at first, but he still loved it. 

* The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
The first thriller story I've ever read! I read it in like 2 days I think, I was just so much into it. Once you start it, you're just caught in it, you need to know the end, you need to find out everything. You can't stop reading once you start! I thought it was going to be scary, because I heard some things about it, but it's really not, it's surprising, and again, it feels like you're watching a movie when you read it because you really get into the story. 

* I Still Dream About You - Fannie Flag 
I must admit, I'm not proud of myself, because I got this book because I liked the cover... I know, I know... you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I can't help it. I was not disappointed by this one. It's just a relatable, funny, sweet and surprising story, and I was so sad when I read the last page. Definitely worth a read! And I'm pretty sure I'm going to look at more books from Fannie Flag.

* The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch 
I know I talked about this one before, so I'm not going to get into much details. That's the kind of books that changes your life. I know it sounds cheesy, but it makes you think about how you're living your life, and how you should be living your life. It's full of lessons, and the fact that it's not a novel and that it's an actual book kind of a biography makes it even more concrete. It feels like Randy Pausch is actually talking to you and sharing his advices and life lessons with you. I cried when I was done reading it because Randy Pausch had such a wonderful life, and the fact that he wanted to share it in a lecture and in a book, is just amazing. 

That's it for the books I think you need to read! Have you read any before? Let me know what you think. 

Until next time, you can follow me on Blog Lovin so you'll know exactly when my next posts are coming!

See you soon.

Love,

Elsa. 

PS: Again no relation between the pictures and the post, but the picture still relates to art, and books are art!

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