Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Winter Reading Challenge #2

Reading Challenge

Here we are... in the 2nd post of the Winter Reading Challenge.

I loved so much seeing what some of you were reading & seeing posts on Instagram on the books you are reading.

This has just been a fun way to spread the love of books... good books... with a little fun giveaway at the end.  A $20 Target card, a knitted goodie made by me, a book related item.. & who knows what else I'll throw in... you can never tell what I'll do.

All you have to do is link up, with getting extra entries for every Instagram or Twitter shout out or picture you include with the #winterreadingchallenge & tag me @RebeccaJoKnits ... easy peasy...

So here's the last few books I have read...

  Winter Reading 1

Winter REading Challenge 2

1. Neil Patrick Harris / Choose your Own Autobiography // THUMBS UP!
I have always loved this guy. Something about him makes him on my list of stars that I know would be my best friend if we knew each other in real life.  I was excited to read his book & it didn't disappoint.  It is the story of his life as a child actor all the way up to his journey as a Back to Broadway dad of twins.  It really is an adventure book, but I was too much of a wimp to do it that way... I didn't want to miss a page... &  you will actually miss a few funny pages if you do the adventure style choosing.  The coolest thing, it has magic tricks in it. When you run across it - take the time. Get a deck of cards & do it... you'll feel like a magician yourself.  I was so sad when this book was over... & the ending?  I totally cried... I am a sap, don't forget... but I want to read it again, adventure style & see what happens :)

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes // Thumbs Up
I kept seeing this book everywhere & had to try it out myself. I knew from seeing comments that it was going to be a heart breaker... yep.... didn't disappoint there.  The story of a young lady that becomes a caretaker for a man who once had the world at his fingertips, now confined to a wheelchair. It takes on some issues about end of life ideas, values & laws. Heavy stuff.  Not to mention the emotional side of that topic.  I did like it.  I got a little messed up in the way it was written for an English family, but it didn't take anything away from the story.  Just made me have to look up what certain phrases mean.  My heart was definitely aching at the end of the this book but I really enjoyed every page.

3. The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans // Thumbs up
I love Richard Paul Evans.  I have quite a few of his books, & quite a few of his holiday books.  They are just easy reads & fun & light... my kind of reading.  This one was a cute little Christmas story of 2 people that did not have any one special in their lives so they make up a contract called The Mistletoe Promise to share the days between Thanksgiving - Christmas Day.  Nothing else required after that... well, you know its not going to go that simple.  Add in the pasts that they both are not proud of, & the truth of the reveal of those pasts, & we have a cute, romantic, tragic story.  The only downfall in this was the ex-husband, which I thought was just a dumb character that didn't fit... but whatever... still a cute fun Christmas read.

4. The 13th Gift by Joanna Smith // Thumbs Down
I  felt so bad giving this a bad review because it was based on a real story of a family that lost their husband/spouse & they weren't in the mood for Christmas.  Until surprises were showing up on their door for the 12 days before Christmas.  I don't know what it was about the book, but I just was cringing the whole time. It felt like it was just so depressing, I couldn't get anything more out of it. Even at the end when the spirit of Christmas is back, I still just felt drained & exhausted from all the sadness.  Needless to say, I was a Scrooge on this one.

5. Yes Please by Amy Poehler // THUMBS UP!!!
If you saw the Golden Globes, you already know how awesome Amy is.  Her book also did not disappoint.  It was funny, it was personal, it had her personality come right through it, it was sad at times, it was real.  I think more then anything, I'm coming out of this book realizing that she is a real mom who has gone through a divorce, loves her family, loves her friends & appreciates her privacy.  I literally sat in Subway reading one day at lunch & laughed so hard, I got looks.  That right there says a lot about the book.

So let me know what books you've been
reading during this winter!
Have you read any of these?


  1. i listened to yes please on audiobook...it was hilarious.

  2. Such great reviews! Years ago I read a book from Richard Paul Evens and really enjoyed it- I didn't get around to reading this one, but it's definitely on my list for next year around the holidays.

  3. i havent heard of richard paul evans, i'll have to keep him in mind for next holiday season (not that i even want to think about next holiday season already!). i loved yes please and me before you as well!

  4. I can't believe how many books I read this month. Check out my list http://tracywordswisdom.blogspot.com/2015/01/month-two-winter-reading-challenge.html

  5. I love NPH so his book is definitely a must read for me! Also going to check out Me Before You - I'm a sucker for a tear jerker!

  6. I am definitely going to have to check out that Amy Poehler book. I love her! :)

  7. Everyone has been raving about Yes Please - on my list for sure!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  8. I want to read Me Before You but I just don't know if I could handle all the sad that I've heard about. Yes Please is on my list for the library when it becomes available!

  9. I haven't read very many, but I did make a post.

    It's been a long time since I've read a biography, but reading what you've written about the ones you've read makes me want to try one again. I used to read them all the time.

  10. Sadly I haven't read a dang thing recently. I really need to get back on the bandwagon.

  11. i want to read more!! resolution 2015! i am into historical fiction but i want to branch out of my comfort zone for sure.

  12. i want to read more!! resolution 2015! i am into historical fiction but i want to branch out of my comfort zone for sure.

  13. I want to read NPH's book! And Amy Poehler's. I saw hers in Barnes & Noble and almost got the paper copy, because it has so many pictures and notes in it.

  14. I tried to link up tonight, hope it worked! I wish I knew about your challenge earlier, how fun! Are you going to do another one for spring? You gave some great suggestions so thank you!


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