Monthly wrap ups

January Wrap Up!

mr terupt

January was a pretty good reading month for me. I read three things…a novella, a short story and one novel.

My first book of the year was Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover. Here is an excerpt from Goodreads:

Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not.
When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.
Or maybe not.
Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.
Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?
Maybe…Maybe not.

This book fulfilled my Popsugar reading challenge, read a book that is under 150 pages. I have never read a Colleen Hoover book before and decided to start small. I really did enjoy this book. I enjoyed the plot line and all of the characters. I like the relationship and banter between Warren and Bridgette. I have never read a new adult book before, but I was surprised at how steamy some of the scenes were. However, I have read the 50 Shades series, so it was nothing compered to that. 🙂 I also found myself interested in Warren’s roommate, Ridge. When I looked up Maybe Someday, which is the novel this novella is built from, I was happy to see that it follows Ridge. I definitely want to check that book out.

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

The next thing I read was a short story called The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. Here is the expert from Goodreads:

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

This fulfilled the challenge of reading a book you can finish in a day. Again, I have never read anything by Gillian Flynn. This short story was ok. It was only about 30 pages. The story was unique and overall had a good resolution. I just wished the final ending, was a little different. It wasn’t bad, but not my favorite thing that I read.

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn 🙂 🙂

The final, and my absolute favorite, novel I read this month was Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea.

Features seven narrators, each with a unique story, and each with a different perspective on what makes their teacher so special.

It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.

Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything—and everyone.

This book fulfilled the challenge of reading a book where the protagonist has the same profession as you. Mr. Terupt is a 5th grade teacher and I teach 4th grade. Oh man!!!! This book was amazing! It is hard to put into words, but I will try here. The story is told from the perspective of seven different students and their relationship with one truly amazing teacher. Mr. Terupt has a difficult class for his first year of teaching. His approach to teaching is unique and really impacts the students in his classroom. Through his lessons, they learn a lot and have fun. But they also learn many life lessons and how to be kind and good people. As you read, you are waiting for the accident and when it happens, it is heartbreaking. But it is equally heartwarming to see how the students react after the accident. This book shows a really special relationship between an exceptional teacher and his students. This is a three book series and I can’t wait to read the sequel Mr. Terupt Falls Again.

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

What was your favorite book that you read this month? Let’s chat in the comments below!

~Ashley

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