2015 Reading Challenge: Part 1

books11This year i didn’t really sit down and write my resolutions, mostly because i’m lazy but probably because i just didn’t really feel the need to write them down. One of the things i’m wanting to do this year is read. It was one of my resolutions last year and after reading the whole Harry Potter series i kind of stopped, granted it’s hard to find good books here and shipping is such a hassle but hopefully i’ll commit more this time around. I’ve decided to take on this Popsugar Reading Challenge I found on Pinterest (follow me!). Follow along, Part 2 –Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5

I picked up the first two books at the base bookstore and the third i already had in my possession and decided to re-read.
  • A book based entirely on it’s cover – The Here and Now by: Ann Brashares
  • A book set during Christmas – Let it Snow by: John Gree, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
  • A book based on a true story – Eat, Pray, Love by: Elizabeth Gilbert

The Here and Now is the latest book by Ann Brashares (author of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series). To be honest i chose this book because it had a really interesting cover (lol) and when i read the back i realized it was about time travel, so of course i had to purchase it. The book tells the story of a community who time traveled from the 2090s back to 2010 because of a blood plague that wiped out most of the population. It has such an interesting and well written storyline, so much that when i was reading the details of the mosquito plague it actually found myself worrying because our future could totally end this way. Oh and also super easy read, which i love!

Let it Snow is a new kind of book. One story line, three character perspectives written by three different authors. A huge storm hits on Christmas and leaves a train stranded in the town of Gracetown. Over the next three days a girl venture out in the storm and is given shelter at a strangers house, a group of friends race to the Waffle House in search of hasbrowns and cheerleaders, and a lovesick barista is given a simple task but everything spirals when she can’t find the teacup pig. This book was another fun read!

Eat, Pray, Love is one of my all time favorite books (i’ve blogged about it before – here).  I was in the reading groove so i thought it was time to re-read it. You’ve all probably seen the movie but if you haven’t read the book i recommend it so much. Elizabeth Gilbert writes the true-story of her year of travels through Italy, India and Indonesia in search for pleasure, spirituality and balance. It’s such a great book that every woman should read at least once. I also absolutely love her narrative, she’s so funny and great with metaphors! 😛

Q: Have you read any of these book? If so, did you like them? Also do you have any books you’d recommend me?

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • Eat Pray Love is just one of those that you can read over and over again! Especially someone with a travellers heart 🙂 Are you on goodreads? I will have to add you….I'm always looking for my next book!

  • I agree!! I haven't used goodreads in ages but maybe i should get back into it!! Follow me 🙂 -> https://www.goodreads.com/inspirationsparks

  • I still haven't read Eat Pray Love and even though I have seen the movie a ton of times I still want to read the book!

  • Whaaaaaat. Man that let it snow book looks rad!
    I love two of the three authors – and it sounds so unique.

    AND i don't know how you feel about thrillers – but Gone girl is amazing if you haven't already read / seen the movie.

  • I've read Let It Snow & Eat, Pray, Love a few years ago! I especially liked Let It Snow! I've never heard of The Here and Now, but I may have to check it out. I'm also trying to read more, so I'm always looking for recommendations 🙂

  • Let It Snow seems like fun, just got a copy sent to the kindle 🙂

    Eat Pray Love is a great one to reread. By far my favourite part is Italy, I recently went to Rome partly to eat pasta the way GIlbert does.

  • Omg i seriously need to find that pizza from Naples!! Her description just made my mouth water and gave me pizza cravings for the longest time! I hope you enjoy Let it Snow 🙂

  • Let it Snow has such an interesting dinamic and i really really enjoyed it! I didn't understand that it was the same story until i started the second part!! I read the Here and Now in two days, haha it was pretty good! 🙂 I'm always looking for recommendations as well if you have any they are truly welcomed.

  • Yes it is!! I totally didn't understand it was the same story until i started the second part. I thought it was just different stories centered around christmas, lol! It was truly a fun read. Gone Girl is definitely on my wishlist!! It's just hard to find books here.. i'm actually thinking of getting a Kindle and maybe it'll make my reading journey easier.

  • It's really a must read!! 🙂

  • The here and now looks good. I'm going to add that to my list!

  • Stephanie

    One of my all time favorite books is Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. It's an amazing book!