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Another month, another awesome stack of books! This wasn’t quite the month of greats that last month was, but I’m satisfied nevertheless!
Here’s what I read:
Wayward and The Last Town by Blake Crouch- I polished off the rest of the Wayward Pines trilogy in a matter of days. My take on it? Super entertaining. I didn’t love it like i loved Dark Matter, but it was super entertaining. Totally worth a read. I won’t ever watch the TV show b/c I tried, and it’s just not my thing, but I did love the books. Warning: parts of them are totally ridiculous and they totally require major suspension of disbelief.
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica- I really enjoy Kubica’s books. This one was a quick read with plenty of twists and turns. It was entertaining, and that’s what I was in the mood for- it kept me guessing! 4 stars
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne- I kept hearing all of these five star reviews for this one so I was so excited to read it. Prepare yourselves because for some reason I have a lot of feelings about this one.
From my Goodreads review:
Meh. I’m not sure of my feelings here. Let me start off by saying that I am in no way a literary snob. I love me a good chick lit, a semi smutty romance- I do. I think they are fabulous palate cleansers and I enjoy them greatly.
With that said – while there were several things I really enjoyed about this book, there were more things that bugged me in the end.
Likes: there was some clever and snarky dialogue and witty banter I really enjoyed. The two lead characters had amazing – AMAZING chemistry. Seriously. There was also a great scene at the end of the book where one character tells off another. It was immensely satisfying!
Dislikes: I got so tired of hearing about how little and tiny Lucy was. So tired. By the end of the book I was rolling my eyes every time I read something else about how tiny she was.
Also – I despised Josh’s family. His dad is a horrible person and his mom never stands up for him.
For some reason the author likes to repeat certain phrases over and over. “Gimlet eyed” and comparisons to lara croft. But for me the final straw is when Josh describes himself as “socially retarded “. Just NO.
Last comment – I found certain behaviors that Josh displayed to be controlling and abusive. Like when he would snatch the phone away from Lucy and demand that Danny never Call her again. I totally get that some people are into the whole Fifty Shades of Controlling thing… but I’m not one of those people.
Whew. Not sure why i typed so much but apparently I have a lot of opinions about this book. Ha!! 2.5 stars
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran- This is not a fast paced book. So if that’s what you enjoy, you won’t like this. This one is a bit slow and meandering. You have to stick with it because it’s worth it. Devastating and morally complicated and deep. And also very timely. It’s one of those books that’s interesting because it explores that gray area between right and wrong. 4 stars.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour- First off, best cover art award goes to this book. Haunting and sweet and sad and beautiful. And very short – I read it in one quick sitting. I also really appreciated the diversity in this book – it was done in a very authentic and organic way. 3.5 stars
The Night Circus byErin Morgenstern- Where do I start with this one? Absolute magic. The most stunning imagery I can remember in a novel. I was completely immersed in the circus world. I had a couple of problems with the ending and the fact that it stalled out pace-wise for me a couple of times and gave it 4.5 stars on Goodreads, but the more I think about it I think it’s closer to 4.75 stars. I’ve been thinking about this one a lot since I read it, which is the measure of a good book to me. It was quite beautiful and moving.
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum- I adored this YA read. I devoured it in one day and it put a big grin on my face. Yes… I totally figured it out by the end but that didn’t stop me from falling in love with it. Sweet, funny, and a little bit sad. Pretty much the perfect YA book. 4.5 stars.
I need your help here. I’m completely stuck between Startup and One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter. What do you think I should choose? HELLLLP!
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WOOHOO! Happy reading, sweet friends!
As always- please let me what what you are reading and what’s in your TBR pile!