Twitterature {March 2014}

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Every month, Anne over at Modern Mrs. Darcy hosts a Twitterature Link-up, “a place to share short, casual reviews of books…” Here are my thoughts on what I read and head on over to gather up some great recommendations!

Here’s What I’ve Been Reading:

the rosie project

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I saw this one flying around lots of Twitterature posts with good reviews and thought I’d give it a shot for $1.99 on Kindle. It was great! The reader follows our 39 year old male protagonist (science professor) on his “Wife Project” as he tries to find a “suitable life partner.” He is unknowingly on the Autism spectrum and his observations are both too blunt and hilarious. There is talk of s*x (but little actual description of it) and some foul language, but all in all it was a #funread!


Desperate: Hope for the Weary Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson

I have read portions of this book on and off, over and over, and reread it since it came out. I adore Sally Clarkson and loved the perspective that each woman gave – Sarah Mae speaking from the young, desperate mother’s perspective and Sally responding with Biblical encouragement, mentorship, & practical applications! This would be ideal for a Christian mother’s book discussion and offers a ton of “oh, my goodness, I feel the exact same way” moments. #forthewearyornotsowearymom #encouragement #mentorship

war brides

War Brides by Helen Bryan

This one I grabbed with my Free Amazon Prime read for the month of March. I love war fiction and non-fiction; I find the lives these people lived, trials they endured, and hardships they overcame to be inspiring and completely fascinating. War Brides shares the story of 5 women and how their lives and marriages intersect during the war. It starts and ends with a reunion in their old age reflecting over the years and trying to put some of the pieces together. It is not quite as graphic, but reminded me of Sarah’s Key.


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I absolutely loved it and am kicking myself for not reading it earlier. Really. Santiago is on a journey to find his Personal Legend and the reader learns his lessons with him along the way. It definitely interweaves a general spirituality with Islam, Judaism, Christianity, but it is beautifully done and ultimately leaves the reader pondering his or her faith and life more deeply. It reminded me a lot of The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. Quick but brilliant read.  #modernclassic

What have you been reading? 

~ Becca

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26 Responses to Twitterature {March 2014}
  1. Marilyn
    March 15, 2014 | 3:41 pm

    War Brides sounds good, and I always love recommendations or of the Amazon lending library. :)

    • Becca V
      March 15, 2014 | 9:49 pm

      Yeah, it was good. I read it at night and wasn’t a book that I couldn’t put down, but looking back – I really liked the characters and enjoyed the story line.

  2. Ginger - Just One of the Boys
    March 15, 2014 | 4:55 pm

    The Alchemist and War Brides have been on my radar, so I’ll have to add them to my GoodReads list pronto! I’m in the middle of The Rosie Project. Such a cute book! Desperate was a fabulous, encouraging book!

    • Becca V
      March 15, 2014 | 9:49 pm

      ALCHEMIST!! Between the two it was definitely my favorite – I read it in two short sittings and gave me lots to chew on!

  3. Emily C. Gardner
    March 15, 2014 | 5:33 pm

    I also loved The Alchemist! I’m guessing Desperate should be on my list not that I’m a mom…

    • Becca V
      March 15, 2014 | 9:50 pm

      Desperate is an awesome book – very, VERY uplifting – if you’re not a mom it will offer keen insight to how the stay-at-home-mom feels in those young years of motherhood :)

  4. MJ
    March 15, 2014 | 5:37 pm

    I just finished The Rosie Project and I thought it was so cute! War Brides has been on my to read list for a while – it sounds wonderful.

    • Becca V
      March 15, 2014 | 9:51 pm

      Rosie Project was just a good, light-hearted, fast read! Those are fun now and again :)

  5. Alison
    March 15, 2014 | 9:04 pm

    I have been wanting to read War Brides! So glad to hear your thoughts before borrowing it.:)

    • Becca V
      March 15, 2014 | 9:52 pm

      Let me know what you think!

  6. Beth
    March 15, 2014 | 10:58 pm

    I love this I’ll defiantly check these out. The Rosie Project is so good.
    Beth x

    • Becca V
      March 16, 2014 | 1:14 am

      Agreed :)

  7. Jeannie
    March 16, 2014 | 1:24 am

    We did the Alchemist in my book club many years ago; I remember it was really good. I have the Rosie Project on hold at the library (I think I’m about 25th in line — good thing I have lots to read in the meantime!). I have a daughter with Aspergers so I think I am going to find the Rosie Project very interesting.

    • Becca V
      March 16, 2014 | 1:35 am

      Oh, I’d love to hear what you think about The Rosie Project, Jeannie!

  8. Shana Norris
    March 16, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    I’m kind of wishing I’d grabbed The Rosie Project when it was a deal of the month after reading all the raving reviews! I really liked The Alchemist. I’ve heard so many people say they didn’t, so I’m glad to see you did :) I think it’s a magical read.

    • Becca V
      March 16, 2014 | 6:00 pm

      Exactly, magical is a great description. Sometimes reading things that deal so ‘spiritually’ with Christianity are hard for me to real because I think it is a little skewed, but his journey was so profound and it is intended to make us all think a little more deeply about Faith and the purpose of life.

  9. Allie Rasmussen
    March 16, 2014 | 6:18 pm

    I loved the Rosie Project, and the rest of your recommendations look great! I especially love historical fiction, so I may have to check out War Brides.

    • Becca V
      March 16, 2014 | 6:31 pm

      War Brides, Sarah’s Key, or my absolute favorite (non-fiction that reads like fiction) Unbroken!

  10. Cassie
    March 17, 2014 | 1:08 am

    I am definitely going to have to pick War Brides up. Thanks for the tip!

  11. Jen E @ things momma loves
    March 17, 2014 | 7:13 pm

    I seriously need to read The Alchemist, it sounds great!

    • Becca V
      March 17, 2014 | 8:38 pm

      It is a fantastic, super fast read!

  12. Marissa D
    March 25, 2014 | 11:21 pm

    Wonderful list! I’m with you on Desperate, it’s great.


    • Becca V
      March 26, 2014 | 4:31 pm

      Yeah, I loved it – Sally is amazing!

      • Marissa D
        March 26, 2014 | 8:33 pm

        She really is! Such wisdom. I also wanted to stop by and let you know this post will be featured on tomorrow’s link up, in case you want to check it out! Thanks again for being part of the CRS

        • Becca V
          March 27, 2014 | 12:45 pm

          Thank you, Marissa! I will certainly stop on over :)

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