As promised in my last Books & Coffee post, I will be sharing the books I’ve finished in the first two months of 2018 with you today. I actually read 4 books, which I am very proud of, because it means I am doing quite well on my Goodreads Reading Challenge I set for myself this year. I decided to try and read 15 books this year. In the last two years I set it at 25. I reached the goal in 2016, and failed miserably in 2017, so this year I set the bar a bit (a lot) lower, also because my life has gotten a lot busier with school and my internship this year. Both of which I will finish this year (well, hopefully). I actually can’t believe I only had 3,5 months left of my current internship, it’s crazy!!
But enough about life, let’s talk about books!
Memory Man – David Baldacci
“When Amos Decker returned home eighteen months ago to find the bodies of his wife and only daughter, he didn’t think he could carry on living. Overwhelmed with grief, he saw his life spiral out of control, losing his job as a detective, his house and his self-respect. But when his former partner in the police, Mary Lancaster, visits to tell him that someone has confessed to the murder of his family, he knows he owes it to his wife and child to seek justice for them.
As Decker comes to terms with the news, tragedy strikes at the local school. Thirteen teenagers are gunned down, and the killer is at large. Following the serious brain injury Amos suffered as a professional footballer, he gained a remarkable gift – and the police believe that this unusual skill will assist in the hunt for the killer.
Amos must endure the memories he would rather forget, and when new evidence links the murders, he is left with only one option.”
I got this book from my boyfriend in December 2016 and it had been on my to read shelf for about a year before I picked it up. And boy, am I glad I did. It was kind of hard for me to get into the story at first, but when I finally did I just couldn’t put it down. I think the story is really good and interesting, and I will definitely be reading more books in this Amos Decker series!
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
“This is the magical story of Santiago, a shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world to seek the most wonderful treasures known to man. From his home in Spain, he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and, from there, into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him.”
This is a book I had been wanting to read for a few years because I feel like it’s such a classic, but I never picked it up until a few months ago. Now, I definitely kind of understand why so many people seem to love it. It is a good story and I liked the writing style. It also had some lovely quotes and I do feel like it was inspiring and a reminder that sometimes you just have to trust that things will turn out the way they are supposed to, and that there’s always a way to turn a bad situation into something good. However. I also felt like it was kind of religion focused sometimes, and I’m not really about that. So I liked it, but didn’t love it. What I did/do love is the beautiful cover and the handbag-friendly size 🙂
The Way She Wears It – Dallas Shaw
“It’s time to do some soul-searching – in your closet!
Coveted fashion illustrator and industry insider Dallas Shaw spends her days consulting with everyone from creative directors to iconic designers, in showrooms and backstage at fashion shows from coast to coast, diving into the secrets of true personal style.
In this arresting, illustrated lookbook-meets-workbook, this go-to girl for clients ranging from Chanel, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, Kate Spade, Christian Louboutin, and Ralph Lauren shares her insider tricks – expert layering hacks, the secret to print pairing, bold colour choices – and something you won’t find in stores: confidence. Dallas busts fashion myths, serves up insider industry tricks and expert picks, and most important, inspires you to live beautifully. She teaches every woman how to banish the predictable by mixing breathtaking creative visuals and offering seasonal style challenges, hundreds of photo’s and drawings, and a little bit of girl talk to guide you through your fashion journey. It’s all about the way you wear it!”
Some books you buy to read, and some books you buy because they are hella pretty. This books falls into the latter category. The pictures and illustrations are so beautiful and amazing to look at, and those aspects about the book alone made me feel inspired to play around with my wardrobe. I also did like how she divided the book up in seasons, so whenever I don’t know what to wear I can search according to the weather :). I do think this book is one I will open up up every once in a while whenever I feel uninspired with my clothes. Also, it looks beautiful in (Instagram) flatlays!!
The High Mountains Of Portugal – Yann Martel
“In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that—if he can find it—would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure.
Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás’s quest.
Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.
The High Mountains of Portugal—part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable—offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century—and through the human soul.”
I have been reading this book since April 2016. And on February 27 2018 I finally finished it. Although I liked the three stories told in the book, none of them felt quite finished which left me with some questions at the end of the book, and I’m not really about that. Still, when I finally did pick it up earlier this year and decided to try and finish it, I did enjoy the story and writing style. Overall glad I read it, but I wouldn’t read it again.
And that’s all I’ve read these first two months of 2018. I feel like I’ve been stepping out of my YA comfort zone a bit with some of these books and I like it a lot! However, there are definitely still some Young Adult books on my TBR list (I finally figured out what that means by the way😂 it’s “to be read”) (I think…) that I can’t wait to read.
Thanks for stopping by ❤