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February Book Love: Tell The Wolves I’m Home, Reconstructing Amelia and The Invention Of Wings

Book Love:  Tell The Wolves I'm Home, Reconstructing Amelia, The Invention of Wings

I’ve been reading some really great books lately, so much book love! Around the first of the year, one of my friends who is an avid reader started a Facebook group for a few of us who like to “Read Every Day”. As nerdy as this sounds, I am loving the interaction with others who are book worms like me. We share book lists and recommendations with each other and I have more books saved on my Goodreads list than ever. I even set a 2015 reading goal for myself – 30 books, but after a little thought I think 24 more (2 a month) might be a little more realistic. What is so cool about Goodreads is you can easily create a folder to keep track of the books you read in the year you read them, if you want to keep track of stuff like that.

In addition to my new FB group that is getting me all kinds of excited about reading, I’ve recently discovered a love of audiobooks thanks to my friend Kristen. I signed up for a free trial month on audible.com and have been listening to my my first audiobook (The Invention of Wings – also recommended by Kristen) non stop. My audiobook is filling in the quiet spots of my day – in the car, when I’m folding laundry, when I’m cooking, when I want to close my eyes for a second or when I’m taking stroller walks with my little one. Normally I would listen to music during these times, but I’m pretty engrossed in this story and look forward to any time I can plug in my headphones and listen along. It’s a whole different experience listening to a book being read to you as opposed to reading it yourself. I’m enjoying the character voices (there are two readers in this book) and I am amazed at how listening to a book challenges your imagination in a whole new way. Audiobooks – for the win. (I am trying to figure out what my next one will be – any suggestions?).

Tell The Wolves I'm Home

For the last couple of months, my library card was in library jail (lost children’s book), so while I couldn’t check out books from my beloved library I had to find books elsewhere. I stumbled across the book section in Goodwill and it was like hitting a jackpot. I came home with quite a few 49 cent and 99 cent books that day. This was one of them (it was one also recommended by Kristen – here’s her review).

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

This story was an interesting one to me, and I enjoyed reading it. It takes place in the 80s, (in a part of New York I grew up in which was a fun surprise) and involves a family who’s uncle dies of AIDS. AIDS was new and not really understood at this time. The story follows a young character and her family – their personal transformations as well as relationships with each other – as they deal with the aftermath of their loved ones death.

Buy the book on Amazon or download it to your Kindle.

Reconstructing Amelia

When my library card got released from jail it was a glorious day. It felt like Christmas to be able to check books out again (nerd alert, nerd alert). I was excited when I randomly came across this one. I don’t really recall where I had heard of this book before, but I recognized the name immediately and grabbed it. It was a very good read, though slightly disturbing and sad, especially if you have kids of your own who will eventually be old enough to deal with social pressures that we may not be able to protect them from.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

A young girl commits suicide at her prestigious private school after being suspended, literally right after she is suspended and before her mom gets to school to pick her up. The story breaks down the events in this girls life leading up to this tragic moment.

Buy the book on Amazon or download it to your Kindle (only $1.99!).

The Invention of Wings

This is the story that I am enjoying as an audio book. I love the narration of it, there are two main characters and they take turns with each chapter telling their story. I believe this is based on real events, in Charleston, which makes it even more interesting to me. If you liked The Help, then I do believe you would really enjoy this book.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Buy it here on Amazon, download it to your Kindle or listen to the audio version on Audible.

What I’m reading now:

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things
by Elizabeth Gilbert — Admittedly, I wasn’t sure I was going to continue reading this book after a slow start. My friend Carol mentioned her “50-page rule” in our FB group recently so I made myself read to 50 pages before I put it down for good. I’m glad I did. 🙂

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns
by John Green — I borrowed this one from my neighbor. John Green wrote The Fault in Our Stars so I’m looking forward to reading another one of his books.

 

Alright…your turn! Have you read any of these books? Tell me what you’re reading!


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26 Responses to “February Book Love: Tell The Wolves I’m Home, Reconstructing Amelia and The Invention Of Wings”

  1. janet posted February 20, 2015 at 5:50 am

    loved the signature of all things – currently on book #4 for the month – the whistling season. I may invoke the 50 page rule – haha. Try the silence of Bonaventure arrow. that was a surprise good book.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted February 20, 2015 at 9:08 am

      good to hear you loved that book! I’m so glad I stuck with it, I am enjoying it now. I will check the one you mentioned! Thanks for stopping by and sharing 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. Elaine posted February 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Here’s an oldie: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. A movie version is coming out in the spring, so I’m reading the book. I recommend it. I like the 50 page rule, by the way.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted February 20, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Oh I love when books become movies…it motivates me to read them (and sometimes I forget to watch the actual movie lol). Will check it out! And yes, the 50 page rule…it’s a good one. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!! Have a great weekend.

  3. sheila posted February 20, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Ive been on a reading frenzy lately. Its so cold outside you can’t do anything else! LOL and the hubby has been traveling a lot!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted February 23, 2015 at 9:09 am

      those are two great reasons why 🙂

  4. Jamie posted February 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Aggie, I’m reading The Secret Daughter which you lent to me. I’m loving it!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted February 23, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Oh that one was a good one, I loved it! I’m glad you are reading it.

  5. Gaby posted February 20, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I will be checking these out, great ideas!

  6. Carol posted February 20, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    How fun to read about our little group on your blog! Keep on reading! (15 minutes every day

    • Aggies Kitchen posted February 23, 2015 at 9:09 am

      keep on reading!

  7. Kristen posted February 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I love these books – and I haven’t read the two you are reading now. You’ll have to let me know how they are!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted February 23, 2015 at 9:09 am

      I will let you know! Thank you for always rec’ing great books 🙂

  8. Flavia posted February 20, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I always love your book posts, Aggie. I have already downloaded The Invention of Wings to my Kindle. I recently bought All The Light We Cannot See to read next and I’m currently reading Whistling Past The Graveyard. My Goodreads list keeps growing too, but I love that. I’m finally reading more this year and it feels great!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted February 23, 2015 at 9:08 am

      I really liked Whistling Past The Graveyard. I think you will enjoy The Invention of Wings…and All The Light We Cannot See has been on my list forever! I feel like I’m reading a lot more so far this year too. I love it 🙂

  9. peggy posted February 20, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Have a couple really good reads, All the Light We Can Not See and The Miniaturist.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted February 23, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Oh I don’t think I have heard of The Miniaturist, will check out! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. nanci Simmons posted February 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Just finished Girl on a Train. Great Book!!!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted February 23, 2015 at 9:07 am

      I keep hearing great things about this book!

  11. Maria posted February 24, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Currently listening to All the Light We Cannot See and enjoying it. I also listened and loved The Invention of Wings. Recently finished A Man Called Ove (sweet story), Boston Girl (very good), Big Little Lies (really liked it after reading The Husband’s Secret) highly recommend both of these by Liane Moriarty. Read the Elizabeth Gilbert and John Green books you mentioned. Waiting on some library books now: Boys in the Boat, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II. Thanks for the other options – always on the look out for good reads.

  12. Debbi posted February 24, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I am like # 35 on hold list for Girl on a Train for the kindle version with library they have 2 licenses. So maybe by the end of the year. LOL Currently reading Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted February 25, 2015 at 6:14 am

      I figured there would be a long wait for that one, lol. I actually just downloaded the audiobook on audible for it and started it yesterday. Thanks for letting me know about the Lake county card! I used to have one (I lived in Eustis for 3 years and spent a lot of time at Mt Dora library 🙂 ), I wonder if it’s still on file. I would love to start using the library more for audiobooks, I didn’t realize how pricey they were!

  13. Debbi posted February 24, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Aggie do you know that because we have a Seminole County library card you can get a Lake County one too. I think that Lake County has a better digital library than seminole more digital books and audible books. This may help with any library jail in the future. 🙂

  14. Debbi posted February 25, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Aggie… I had misplaced my Lake Co. card, I called the library I got my card at and they emailed me the library card number I am assigned to the email address I had on file. So they may do that for you if you still have access to that email account. Hope that helps! 🙂

  15. Carla Bornhoft posted June 14, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Is the FB group open? I’d love to join….I don’t have many reader friends 🙁 but I’m always dying to talk to people about books!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted June 15, 2015 at 6:14 am

      Hi Carla…it’s not an open group, a friend put it together for us. So sorry!

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