March | Coffee Table Thursday

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Welcome to Coffee Table Thursday! I wanted to install this new segment for the last Thursday of each month to share with you what I was reading or what I am currently reading. These will replace Friday's posts for the week, happening only once a month.

I am a huge book fanatic. I've found that in college, it's become increasingly harder to read for pleasure with ever changing schedules and work, but I like to read at least every single day before bed or in between classes. In my planner, I keep track of what books I've read, and I like to read at least four a month. 

1. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Last month I hopped onto the Game of Thrones bandwagon and finished the four seasons in a very little amount of time (The show is super addicting). I was so obsessed that I decided that I had to read the books as well and immediately rushed ordered them from Amazon so that I could sink my little claws into them in between homework assignments, classes, and work. I normally try to read books before I watch the movie but I wanted to be all caught up in time to see the fifth season this April. I've only gotten half way through this book so far, but I will say that if you love the show, you won't be disappointed in the book. You could watch the first episode with the book in hand and almost everything is said word for word. I love books/films like this! I love Martin's writing. He writes as if he's lived through the ancient time itself and has the same elegance that English writers usually have, and he's from New Jersey! 
Verdict: I am addicted to this book. Read it. 

2. No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

I'm reading this for my Literature and Film class. While I think McCarthy is somewhat of a pretentious writer, this story is very intriguing. If you like crime and fast-paced novels, this is for you. I suggest you read it carefully and never while distracted, or else you can miss a lot. Warning: If you like structure and balance, this is definitely not the book for you. McCarthy doesn't use punctuations or quotations, and that gets very frustrating. 
Verdict: Give it a shot. Half of you will like it, half of you won't. I'm in the middle. 

3. If I Break by Portia Moore

Confession: My guilty pleasure books are cheesy romance novels. You'll see what I mean when I mention the next couple of books. I got this for free off of my Kindle. Basically, it's about this young college girl/waitress who meets this mysterious, rich man at the club she works at. They fall in love. They get married. Yada, yada. Each chapter switches from present to past, all dated so you can see the timeline unfold. I liked this book until the end, at which point I was so mad that I couldn't even finish it. I kind of felt like that Moore just grew tired of her own story at the end of this book and just threw together an ending that kind of explained the plot. 
Verdict: While I detested this book, there's something to say about an author that can evoke such strong emotions out of a person just with their words. 

4. Caught Up In Us by Lauren Blakely 

Like I said, cheesy romance novels are kind of my thing - so, sue me. Anyway, this was another freebie from Kindle. This was a very short story, but I liked it nonetheless. This is one of those good filler books you read in between some other heavy stuff you're reading or watching. It breaks the tension. It's one of those cheesy stories about a couple reuniting after spending time away from each other. Funnily enough, the names of the characters are the same names of a story that I've been writing, except my Brian is spelled with an 'i' instead of a 'y'. 
Verdict: It will take you less than three days to read, and it does get entertaining. 

5. Blushing Pink by Jill Winters 

Yet another romance novel, with another male character named Brian. It's a popular name, yes? This was such a funny read. The character is witty and sarcastic, two of my favorite characteristics, and has an overbearing mother, a history-loving father, one overly cheery bride-to-be younger sister, and an older sister who's having some troubles in her marriage. And to top it off, an old flame is the best man at her sister's wedding, and she's got to spend time with him. 
Verdict: I really enjoyed this, and would recommend any girl who wants a little romance in her life to read this and have a good laugh.

So what books have you read this month? Leave me your recommendations! 

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