Show Us Your Books Link-Up: April 2016

Y'all, I slacked off the first half of this month. I'm telling you, I read almost nothing one month and then do really well the next. But seeing as how the little one is due practically any day, I'm not super hopeful for next stories totally count towards these reads, right?

Anyway, on to the books!

Anyway. While I have never done this because I'm not sure rereads count (read all about that here), I spent most of the month reading Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

I had planned on going to see the last movie of the Divergent series...but decided I might not be able to comfortably sit in a theater for two hours at this point. Also...I cried like a little bitch at the end and didn't necessarily want to repeat that in public.

I can't remember if I cried this much the first time I read it...Tank doesn't think so (although, I cry at books a LOT so expecting him to keep track is unfair). Maybe it was the pregnancy hormones, or the fact that I knew what was going to happen...who knows.

But either way, it still gets me. I fucking love that series...and kind of want to go reread the whole thing now. 

But those books are huge.

I did feel so guilty about not reading anything for half the month, and then spending so much time on a 500+ page reread, that I then read 2 off of my TBR shelf.

I bought this at my used book store because I almost never read biographies or nonfiction, and every so often feel like that's a good change of pace. Reading this reminded me why!

My number 1 pet peeve with most bios? NOT TELLING A STORY IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER!!! 

We learn early on that Mia's mom has passed away, but the story of that doesn't come until the very end almost. Also her romantic relationships are so tough to follow- one chapter she has a boyfriend, the next she's married, then has a fiance, then is getting divorced...dude. Life is lived pretty much in a straight line- but it felt like this book was written and then someone took the timeline and purposefully put it out of order. The overall message of the book was good  (self-acceptance, personal strength through trials) but the order made me a little crazy.

You may remember me talking about the first book in this series last month. It was a surprise, and this one was also a surprise. I enjoyed it just as much, if not more, than the first one. It delves into ideas about family, faith, and fate in ways I really enjoyed. There was more direct Christianity involved but also more wavering and doubt.

 I've always enjoyed this contrast because I feel it's more authentic to real life- anyone who says a life of faith is easy is lying. 

It's tough, and reading that felt authentic. Apparently there are two more in this series- I don't have them, but may end up searching them out.

So, three books for the month...if you include the reread. Still unsure about this.

Hopefully next month will still be productive. I've started another already, and it's my month for Audible (hubs & I switch off) so that should be at least 2. Plus I already have the first book I'm going to read to excited!!

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Brittany has read 12 books toward her goal of 30 books.

 According to Goodreads, I am 40% done with my yearly reading goal. It has me as 4 books ahead of schedule for the year, which is awesome. Some months I feel like I didn't do enough, but this tracker helps me keep the overall year in perspective.

What have you been reading this month?
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  1. The only thing I know about that whole Veronica Roth series is that Miles Teller is in the movies. I've never read one.

    I like memoirs but when they go out of order, it is a bit annoying.

  2. I can't deal with memoirs that jump around too much.

  3. I haven't read Insurgent yet... I'm kind of embarrassed about it! I love Divergent, but just haven't gotten around to reading the 2nd book. I've GOT to get on that.

    The Midwest Darling

  4. oh man, i hated hated hated allegiant lol. i'm glad you liked it enough to re-read it though :) i am not a big fan of memoirs or bios either, especially if they don't go in order. that's weird.

  5. I have been to see a movie in a theater once since becoming pregnant, and I almost fell asleep haha. That was first trimester, so maybe I could do it now. But I'm still pretty sure I'd have to pee. Home movie watching for me. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm a fan of the series. Which movie is this? Number three? Are there more to go?

  6. I will wait for Allegiant to come to redbox before I see it. I think the books in that series are so much better than the movies!

  7. I like Divergent but didn't love it. Then I found out how the series ended and it pretty much killed my interest since I wasn't super hooked. But I'm glad you enjoyed it and I love rereading my favorite books. It's pure comfort food without the calories!

  8. I haven't seen Divergent but I am wondering if I should read the book before seeing the movie?

    1. I am almost always a fan of reading the book before seeing the movie. I wouldn't say it's necessary, but it makes the "details" so much juicier if you recognize the significance of them all.

  9. I really need to read the Divergent series! My husband read it and hated how it ended, so I was a little hesitant. Glad to hear you liked it!

  10. 4 books ahead is awesome! I read the Divergent series, but I felt like it was too similar to Hunger Games and I faded quickly. Maybe I'll give them another chance in the future :)

  11. I read Divergent. I can see why people like it so much, it's just not my cup of tea.

  12. I've been on the fence about Divergent for a long time. I wasn't a huge fan of the first movie, which pushed me in the direction of not reading it... Do you think the movie is pretty accurate to the book or is the book better? I like the world a lot, I just wasn't super impressed with Tris. And I've heard people criticize the books for Tris being more concerned with her boyfriend than the fact that they're at war.

  13. I have the first two books of the Divergent series sitting on my shelf (autographed to boot!) and I have yet to read them. Sometimes I worry too much about the number of books I can read in a month and deliberately choose shorter books. Which is really dumb, lol.