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Just One Year

Just One Year - Gayle Forman Filler book is a filler book. I'm not even going to bother rating it since after the 20% mark I just skimmed it until the last few pages. I don't care about Willem's family history and bla bla bla. We already know what he did for that year-nothing of interest. Missed connections are missed connections and there are only so many times I can read about him retelling his Paris story. Disappointed that what I wanted to read at the very end was just that, two paragraphs worth of no new information. It's as if this book is here just for the sake of the series to be a trilogy.
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Just One Day

Just One Day  - Gayle Forman I am so glad that this book got better. I was really worried though, and confused after reading all the great reviews. I thought, maybe I'm too old for this book.

The depression is what saved her. Prior to that she was unbearable. I kept thinking back to when I was eighteen and granted I had two younger siblings for my parents to dote on I wanted to cut the cords so bad. Perhaps I was more of a Melanie.

My favorite parts were when Allyson became depressed, grew some balls and started living the life she wanted. When she was snippy with her mom gave me life. The saving point for me was that Allyson found herself. She stopped giving a f about what other people (i.e. her mom) thought of her and began thinking for herself. We need more of that in books I feel. Especially YA.

Not sold on the idea of reading the other two books. I'm trying to find some in depth summaries to read on Wiki or something. Because I don't know if I can handle the gay best friend switching teams out of nowhere and have this love triangle go on for two more books. All because of a communication issue that got way out of hand.

Uganda Be Kidding Me

Uganda Be Kidding Me - Chelsea Handler Chelsea Handler's books are always a light-hearted romp that breaks up the mood after reading heavier, more serious novels. I'm never quite sure what people expect from her books when I scan through the reviews but I appreciate that I hear her voice in her writing which is a nice change from other celebrity 'tell alls'.

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt I read this via ebook from my library. Usually, what I do is read a book and then skim through all the Goodread reviews and feedback but for some reason I broke my own rule this time. And after seeing such hit and miss marks I was a bit dismayed. Should I even continue on? It was a hard pick-up, the beginning didn't grab me. However, I found myself sans internet during a move for five days and ended up binge reading all 775 pages. The story for the most part drew me in. But I tend to be drawn to life stories like that. During the last ten percent of the book, however, I was back to skimming again. And then the book ended and I sat there, unsatisfied. That's it? That's what I spent these last few days reading? I stayed up into all hours of the night for that? Oye. I don't know. I'd still watch the movie/miniseries.

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell I liked this a whole lot more than TFIOS. I was able to relate to the characters, they were both flawed in the way that typical highschoolers are. As I read I remembered being in high school when I first thought I fell in love in that all consuming sort of way. How that other person was your whole world and you didn't think you would make it through the night without hearing from them. It was nice to be reminded of that again.

It's funny though, when I think of these two characters falling in love I am reminded of the quote: "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once" which is from TFIOS. Only when I read it in context to that book, the line fell flat. Now I know what JG had meant. Whoops.

We Were Liars

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart I ended up liking this more than I thought I would.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple I started this book as an audiobook, one of my three selections from World Book Night 2014 and played it over the weekend on a long drive. When I got back home the first thing I did was search my local library to see if I could borrow it. It was and I did and I spent the rest of the weekend reading it.

At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. With the audiobook, the narrator narrates the main character, Bee (a teenager) to make her sound like a child. And for the rest of the book I just couldn't picture a 15 year old but more of a 12 year old. So much happened in the book, I think that's what kept me interested. It wasn't the characters. Each character was grating in their own way, though I think by the end I liked Bernadette herself.

It was afterwards I found out the author was a writer for Arrested Development. This makes complete sense with the storyline of the book.

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story - Dan   Harris See my review on my website.

Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church - Lauren Drain, Lisa Pulitzer The book focuses a lot on her time in the WBC community rather than her recovery from it. The last twenty pages (if that) are devoted to Drain's life after she has been banished. I wish there was more of that than of the inner scandals of the Phelps family. While I did find it interesting (yet not surprising) about the hypocrisy, favoritism and other inner workings of the church there were times I skipped pages, either not caring about how they treated one another or not having the stomach to read about it. Such a hateful group, even towards one another. I wish more people would simply ignore them in public.

Anyway, I wish the author went into more detail about her transition to life after the WBC and what that was like. I liked how she brought up how she questioned their practices and thoughts while she was in the WBC but I wish she went more in depth with that. Also, how her ideas and views changed, what it took for them to change, ect. When did she realize that she had been more or less brainwashed into their system?

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn I unintentionally read Gillian Flynn's books in order from most recently published to first published. While I wasn't aware of that until today it became clear to me while I read. Gone Girl was nothing short of amazing. I loved the whole bit and am looking forward to the movie in October. Dark Places was good. A bit weird but still kept my attention. But this, this is a first book. As you read you can tell the author is trying to find her footing. She has a voice but it's not yet trained and defined. It's still young.

Now the ending however, that did pull me in. The last twenty pages or so-I was tricked and I liked it. If only the last twenty pages were like the rest of the book.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green First book I've read in a long time that 1. I read in two day and 2. made me cry. Both nights I sat up in bed reading and had to force myself to put the book down and go to sleep. It's been too long since that's happened. Which is weird because while I liked the book (obviously) the characters at times and the dialog sometimes got on my nerves. Seemed too unrealistic to how teenagers think and act. There's some pretentious teen crap lines. The cigarette metaphor? No thank you.

Wifey

Wifey - Judy Blume The first Judy Blume book I read in too many years and it was just as beautiful and wonderful as I had remembered her books to be.

The Wolf Of Wall Street

The Wolf Of Wall Street - Jordan Belfort I feel like this book was really strong around when I got 3/4 of the way into it. As if that's where either the author hit his stride or he had actually started out with that story and wrote to then end and then went back around and wrote the beginning. The first three-fourths of the book was really hard to get into. Just a complete s show, really. There were a lot of areas that I felt were glanced over and should have been, could have been given more detail and then there were other parts that were given great descriptions that I glanced over. Either way, I look forward to the movie.

The Circle

The Circle - Dave Eggers I'm really disappointed.
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Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns - Lauren Weisberger I feel as if the story happened during the last, what, four chapters? Lots of filler and chapters about babies that seemed unnecessary. I was pleased that Andy divorced Max and grew a backbone. It's so hard to watch her flounder and not stand up for herself, or be apart of that toxic relationship with Emily.

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife - Eben Alexander I'm just not sure. Not that it was not a good book but I think I was expecting something else. More of the actual "proof of Heaven" part and less of the "this is how our brain works" part. But then again I'm not in the medical field and I don't need as much convincing about defying logic.

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