After reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I was really excited to read her other YA contemporary. I have been hearing buzz about this book for years, so earlier this week I finally sat down and read it. Honestly, this book just didn’t do it for me. I’m really disappointed that I didn’t see what everyone else sees in this book. Continue reading “Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell”
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week I decided to wing it a bit on the topic. I’ve chosen to talk about books that were hyped/buzzed about, but fell short for me.
- The original let down: Twilight. Did this series deserve all the hate it got over the years? Nah. Was it worth the hype it received? Hell no. To me it seems like a bit of a fluke that this was the mediocre-at-best YA book that really started a phenomenon. I definitely won’t be rereading this one.
- Eleanor & Park. Before you come at me with pitchforks and torches, hear me out. I didn’t not like this book, I just didn’t really get the hype. I loved Rainbow Rowell’s book Fangirl (I related and have reread it many times), but this one I didn’t really relate to. I didn’t feel the chemistry between the two characters and the plot just felt kinda meh to me. Can’t wait to read Carry On though!
- The Goddess Test. Lots of you might not have heard of this one, but it was a highly buzzed about book around 2011 (the time when I first started book blogging). There weren’t a ton of popular mythology based books out at the time and I was fresh off of the Lightening Thief, looking for more. I genuinely still get mad thinking about the plot. The main love interest promises to save the leading lady’s mother if she marries him. Bleh.
- House of Night. Don’t get me started on how much I dislike these books. They’re bad writing combined with flat characters trying too hard to be edgy. It’s lazy and I can’t believe I read more than one of them.
- Pretty Little Liars. I didn’t dislike these books, but they really paled in comparison to the uber-successful TV show adaptation. It’s not common for me to like the adaptation more than the source material, but there’s a first time for everything.
- The Selection. Again, another series that I didn’t dislike, but I really didn’t love. It’s an interesting concept, but it got old pretty quickly for me.
- Shiver. I’ve never been a big werewolf fan, and this series really just sealed that for me. Also the editions I had had colored fonts. Like blue, red and green. It was hard on the eyes.
This week, I explored a new area of my city. During that exploration I found what might possibly be my new favorite bookstore. It’s a massive converted bowling alley that they’ve stuffed to the gills with books. I love old buildings that get refitted for something totally different than their original purpose. Like the firehouse that became Mia’s apartment in Princess Diaries. Or the
Since I have zero self control, I went a little wild in the store’s bargain section and came out with these gems. I got Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Darkest Minds, Caraval, and Everything, Everything. I’ve been dying to read Simon and Everything, Everything for a long time now, and it seems like Caraval is a pretty hyped book in the book review world. The Darkest Minds was an impulse buy because of the movie (but given the Rotten Tomatoes score, I will probably not be seeing it). I can’t wait to dive into these books and let you know what I think!
I was going through the list of books I’ve read this year deciding what I should review next when I realized that I’ve never reviewed The Martian. This book is possibly my favorite book of all time. The year I read it, I bought six copies and gave them to my friends and family because a novel like this is one that demands to be shared (but no one can have my copy). It’s also a novel I find incredibly hard to review. I love every aspect of it; I find it nearly impossible to be objective with the few flaws it does have. I’ve probably read this book at least ten times, and I’ve enjoyed it more and more each time. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Martian by Andy Weir”
I absolutely devoured this book. I brought it with me on vacation to Mexico, and it didn’t last nearly long enough. I picked this book up without really knowing anything about the plot. I thought it was a typical suburban-middle-age-lady drama book. You know the type: most of the drama is centered around affairs you see coming a mile away or a house party that was socially disastrous. The only reason I got it was because I had heard about the HBO miniseries they were making (who can resist Reese Witherspoon?). While that’s probably a bad reason to buy a book, it definitely paid off. Continue reading “REVIEW: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty”
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is: Books You’d Mash Together. This one was tough for me, I’ve never really thought about combining books before, so I’ve decided to only list out five mashups.
- Shatter Me and Cinder – Can you just imagine the badassery that would happen if these two worlds collided? Strong female leads teaming up against oppressive regimes, sounds like my kind of book.
- One Day in December by Josie Silver and Love, Rosie – I think that if Laurie and Rosie knew each other they would be the best of friends. I’d like to think they’d lean on each other for support.
- I’ve Got Your Number and Can You Keep A Secret – I didn’t really care for either of these books, but I think the two main characters would maybe help each other see how flawed they are. Or they would create the perfect storm.
- Fangirl and Anna and the French Kiss – I’m not sure why I want these two paired together. The main characters aren’t very similar, but I guess I would just want to see if the sum of two very cute stories is greater than their parts.
- Big Little Lies and Looking For Alaska – this would make for a very dark mashup, but man would it be twisty and dishy.
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