Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Laurealism Library: Volume 2

I received a lot of great feedback (and so many messages!) from those of you who enjoyed Laurealism Library: Volume 1. So here I am with a second dose for you. And like last time, you'll find the below list in order from least enjoyed to most enjoyed.



Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnavon
Pick this up if: You like detailed, historical non-fiction. You like books others tend to think are a bit boring.
You'd also enjoy: I have no suggestions here because I hardly read non-fiction!
Rating: 2/5

Notes: This was just a little dry for me. I was looking for a little more gossip, a little more juice. Non-fiction that reads like fiction. And this book just wasn't that for me. I'd rather watch Downton Abbey!

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus
Pick this up if: You want an easy to read, historical fiction.
Rating: 3/5

Notes: This was an entertaining idea, and I got through it very quickly. Definitely pick this up if all you read is historical fiction. But if you're looking for something to change your life, this probably isn't it. Though it did inspire me to do a little more research on the history of Indians in North America. 

The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Pick this up if: You're overdue for a classic or want something you can finish in an afternoon.
You'd also enjoy: Of Mice and Men and The Sun Also Rises
Rating: 3/5

Notes: This is a simple book. It's a simple story about a simple man. But it resonates and is worth reading. Maybe even while fishing!

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Pick this up if: You're curious about all the hype.
You'd also enjoy: The Hunger Games
Rating: 3/5

Notes: I like a good dystopian novel, and Divergent didn't disappoint.

The Vacationers: A Novel by Emma Straub
Pick this up if: You need something to read by the pool. Or on the beach. Or in the sun (take me with you?)
You'd also enjoy: What Alice Forgot
Rating: 3.5/5

Notes: It was easy to like The Vacationers. Straub does and excellent job of making the relationships in this novel very real. And she ties everything up in the end into a nice, happy, little bow. Which is definitely a quality you want in a summer read.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Pick this up if: You want a little adventure, a little imagination and a good message.
Rating: 4/5

Notes: If you've seen the movie, you may want to skip the book. But if you haven't seen the film yet... go for it, so worth it.

Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline
Pick this up if: You don't mind a few tears.
You'd also enjoy: The Book Thief and The Other Boleyn Girl
Rating: 4/5

Notes: This book got better and better as I read it. And even though I just finished it last night, I miss it already.

A Trip to the Stars: A Novel by Nicholas Christopher
Pick this up if: You want a solid novel, filled with great writing and characters to really fall in love with.
You'd also enjoy: And the Mountains Echoed
Rating: 5/5

Notes: I just really, really loved this one. I often highlight all of my favorite passages in books, and this one had so many. There's a touch of heartache, magic and mystery. But it is a story to fall in love in with. It also inspired me to do a little more research on constellations, which is fun!

Rating Scale:
1- Um, there are grammar errors.
2- Skip it. I likely didn't finish it.
3- A solidly good book.
4- Must-read list
5- My All-time Favorites

Disclaimer: The above links will likely send you to Amazon, for which I am an affiliate (and where I purchased all of these books.) All opinions are my own.

That should keep you occupied for awhile! What are you reading? What book is next on your list?

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