Monday, January 27, 2014

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

This was recommended to me, but I just couldn't get into it. At all. I didn't like the language, wasn't interested in the story.
Am I missing something?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Super interesting zombie read. Not too much given away, some mysteries intact. The protagonist is a young girl, a bit of a misfit. Her village falls to the Consecrated (zombies) and she and a few friends go down the forbidden path into the forest looking for safety.
Tons of people die in the book and it can be a bit sad.
The ending doesn't tie everything up neatly, some unanswered questions and some futures not certain.
I liked it.

The Death Cure (Maze Runner #3)

An interesting end to the series. At times it felt as though events weren't making sense (through the entire series) but it did come together in the end. Lately, I've been pretty disappointed in the conclusions of trilogies, but this one was pretty well done.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rooftops of Tehran

A really engaging read so far. I don't know a lot about the culture, but that is in no way hindering my understanding or enjoyment of it.
Set in the 70's, the novel is following a teenage boy as he explores love, friendship, and politics. It's much more interesting than I just made it sound.
Page 143/345

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


I'm on page 68 and so far this book is really boring. I keep feeling that something interesting is about to happen, and then it doesn't.
I'll give it one more chapter before giving up...

Monday, January 20, 2014


I saw the movie years ago and enjoyed it, but I don't really remember it anymore. I have the overall impression that the book is darker than the movie.
It has lively, well drawn characters, an interesting plot, and mouthwatering descriptions of food.
Page 181/306


Middle of the Matched trilogy. It had been a long time since I read Matched, but I picked the plot back up after the first two (short) chapters.
This book doesn't fall into the "kind of boring but important development because it's the middle book" trap. It stayed engaging and interesting.
I do have a couple questions about the end, but I guess that is what the last book is for...

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Not as sci-fi as the cover makes it look. Has little to do with the blurb on the jacket, which pretty much just describes the inciting incident for the main plot.
Set in London, which I was not expecting. A bit jarring, but the lingo wasn't totally unfamiliar to me.
Bittersweet ending.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Forever (Shiver, Linger, &...)

So this was the third book in the series. As endings of trilogies go, it was actually quite good. The characters remained true and believable... Well, as believable as werewolves can get...
It wasn't amazing, but I don't hate that I read them.
Interestingly, the copies I borrowed from the library at work were all signed by the author and this book in particular was dedicated to the students. That made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Plus, all the words are in burgundy. It makes it kind of fun to read just because it's different.
Hardback; 383 pages

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Allegiant (Divergent #3)

I don't enjoy the constant perspective shifting that the author had introduced in this book. However, the story itself is still pretty interesting.
Also, this passage about relationships really caught my attention.
Page 372/526

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Insurgent (Divergent Sequel)

Still interesting. The characters make a couple of stupid choices. The timeline seems a bit too compressed for believability. (Beatrice 2nd gen?)
I do want to read the next though, so that's promising...

Thursday, January 2, 2014


By Veronica Roth
487 pages
Dystopia. Compelling and interesting. Now I'm going to have to
1. Get the next book
2. See the movie

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Looking for Alaska

A strange book. It reminded me a lot of A Separate Peace.
A quick read.