LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell Book Review
Publication Date: July 8th 2014 by St. Martin’s Press
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations
Book Summary: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.
Maybe that was always besides the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Landline by Rainbow Rowell Book Review Overview:
- Not too plot heavy, but rich in character development
- Realistic romance
- Rainbow Rowell delivers another winner
Most Laugh Out Loud Read: Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang. I randomly picked up this audiobook just because I needed to mix up my audiobook reading list. I am a fan of the author’s restaurant so I thought I would give it a try. Surprisingly, it is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.
Best Reread: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. I first read this book probably 10 years ago. I’ve always thought of it as a favorite, but I’ve never reread it until now. The House of the Scorpion continues to be one of my science fiction favorites.
Most Disappointing Read: Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt. I absolutely loved Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-Way Street so I was excited when I found out that a spin-off novel was going to be released. Unfortunately, the book failed to live up to my expectations… So bad that I like to pretend that this book never happened.
Sexiest Read: The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst. Jennifer Probst continues to be one of my go-to authors when it comes to adult contemporary romance. The Marriage Trap is particularly memorable for me because on top of all the sexy fun times, it made me crave SO MUCH PASTA.
Best Book Read for School: Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen. I guess I’m not really a high fantasy person because I never would have picked this book up on my own. Yeah, I’ve also read The Lightning Thief and The Hunger Games for class this past year, but they don’t count because they are rereads. Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen was such a fun read because the majority of the characters are based on literary figures, real and fiction.
Book that Most Reminds Me of High School: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Okay, let’s face it: part of why I read YA is to remind me of what it feels like to be a teenager. In this case, Rainbow Rowell brought me back to my days of reading fan fiction endlessly in high school.
Most Anticipated Read: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Isla was supposed to release this year, but unfortunately publication had been delayed. I still have not had the pleasure of reading the second companion novel to one of my favorite books. Isla tops the list of my anticipated reads of 2014.
I guess it’s no surprise that I’ve been a lot less active in the book blogging community for the last year. This has partly a lot to do with personal changes, and also a lot to do with a change in my reading habits.
I spent half the year reviewing at PostScript’d, where I’ve written some of my favorite reviews to date. Notably, I love the reviews I’ve written for Easy by Tammara Webber and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
I’ve started working a new job over the summer which led to a newfound love of audiobooks. I spend approximately 20 hours at a desk job and I get through my day with audiobooks. I’ve probably read a third of the books this year through this format and I absolutely love it. The days where I forget to bring headphones are my least favorite ones at work.
Some of my favorite audiobooks from the year include:
I managed to surpass my reading goal of 100 books this year. I did not manage to read more than last year, but I’m surprised to even have read this much. I couldn’t have done it without the help of audiobooks.
So aside from listening to more audiobooks, I’ve also reduced the number of ARCs that I’ve been reading. I really started to read more books for pleasure – especially because I went through a reading slump when I started my fall semester.
We always have to remind ourselves that reading and blogging should both be fun. And for a while, I did feel wiped out about the constant need to update my blog. I think I’m ready to dive back into book blogging, but I doubt that I’ll ever reach the same level of commitment that I once have. This is a hobby and I want it to be stress-free.
Regardless, I still would love to know what my bookish friends are up to and all the books that you guys are reading. I’m definitely more active on Twitter, so follow me and send me a message so I know to reach out to you!