Romance

A house with the front porch light on at night.

Our souls At Night

Kent Haruf
4
Rated by
Melody M.K.
Friday, Aug 10, 2018

I just loved Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.

Set in a small town in Colorado during a current time period, this book kept me think about the situation that Addie Moore, a lonely widow, and Louis Waters, a widower have found themselves in. Being old and living alone can be very lonely.

The cover of Hate to Want You

Hate to Want You

Alisha Rai
5
Rated by
Hebah A.H.
Friday, Jun 29, 2018

I think I would have come around to romance novels years earlier if I had only realized how much angst could precede the genre's requisite happy endings. Hate To Want You nailed both angst and satisfaction.

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1383641036_proof_of_forever

Proof of Forever

Lexa Hillyer
3
Thursday, Jun 21, 2018

Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe were once inseparable at Camp Okahatchee. But now two years later, they have grown apart and their bond has faded. That is until the flash of a photo booth camera transports them back in time, to the summer when they were 15, the summer when everything changed. Now, the girls have to recreate the past so they can return to the future. But as they relive their summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels and a dark secret threatens to tear them apart all over again.

This was a contemporary time-travel/ do-over story, with an unexpected ending. I...

A Northern Light

Jennifer Donnelly
3
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016

Mattie Gokey has big dreams of one day going to college, but little chance of realizing them. She has to stay behind and protect her sisters and entire family from financial ruin. Desperate for money, she takes at the Glenmore, a hotel for high class people vacationing nearby. There, hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with a packet of letters to burn for her. But when Grace’s drowned body is discovered in the lake, Mattie realizes the letters could reveal the dark truth behind a murder.

This book was confusing. It switched between the backstory to the present which made it hard to...

Cover art of The Light We Lost

The Light We Lost

Santopolo, Jill
4
Rated by
Kari E.
Monday, Mar 19, 2018

Lucy Clark meets Gabe Samson in a Shakespeare class on September 11th. The pair spend the day together anxiously watching the news and later viewing the holes in the skyline where the Twin Towers once stood. This day shapes their lives. After a turbulent year apart, the couple reunites and begins dating. Their idyllic love is passionate, deep, and all consuming. But their careers pull them apart. Lucy wants to stay in New York working on a children's television show.

Cover art of The Light We Lost

The Light We Lost

Santopolo, Jill
4
Rated by
Kari E.
Sunday, Mar 11, 2018

Lucy Clark meets Gabe Samson in a Shakespeare class on September 11th. The pair spend the day together anxiously watching the news and later viewing the holes in the skyline where the Twin Towers once stood. This day shapes their lives. After a turbulent year apart, the couple reunites and begins dating. Their idyllic love is passionate, deep, and all consuming. But their careers pull them apart. Lucy wants to stay in New York working on a children's television show.

Defy

Sarah B. Larson
4
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016

Alex has been forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the kings’ army. Her quick wit and fierce sword fighting skills have landed her a revered spot on the prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the castle, she can’t stop him from kidnapping her, another guard, and the prince, taking them deep into the jungle and hostile enemy territory.

This book had a very slow start, picked up 150 pages in and was interesting but predictable. Alexa literally blushed every 2 pages so that was a bit annoying. I wish she had been a stronger heroine. The constant love...

https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1440514036_the_great_hunt

The Great Hunt

Wendy Higgins
4
Thursday, May 25, 2017

When a dangerous beast begins to terrorize the kingdom, fear panics the citizens. But soon a proclamation is sent out: kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of the king’s hand in marriage. Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom, but she can not bear to marry a complete stranger, until a mysterious young hunter catches her eye. She can’t deny her attraction to him, or his strange resentment against her. As they both continue to surprise each other, Paxton’s perilous secrets he has so meticulously buried begin to surface.

Fast paced with beautiful...

If I Stay

Gayle Forman
4
Monday, Jun 27, 2016

On one February morning, Mia goes out for a drive with her family and everything changes. Her parents are dead and she is in a coma. She must make a choice whether to stay in the land of the living or give up. But what is the point of being alive if there is nothing to live for?

There is a kind of book that will touch your heart, or awaken a lingering memory or a potential fear that will haunt your mind so that even long after you’ve fallen asleep, your unconscious self is still wading through the details. Your dreams will be fitful and when you finally awaken, you will find...

Cover for Song to Song

Song to Song (DVD)

Terrence Malick
4
Rated by
Zachary C
Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017

The term "visual poem" gets thrown around a lot when describing Terrence Malick's most recent work, starting with 2011's Tree of Life. Even before then his films relied heavily on visuals to help tell the story, but his work increasingly favors beautiful imagery and strives towards creating feelings and moods more so than a continuous narrative thread. Thus, dialogue is intermittent and often jumps around. I can certainly see why this might not appeal to people.

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