A Book a Week – all the light we cannot see

I read All the Light We Cannot See because amazon recommended it and it was definitely one of my favorite reads of 2014. (yes i read this back in 2014.)

Even though it takes place during World War II and I never read books about the second world war, I somehow made an exception for this because I thought it wouldn’t really be about the war.

And i was right. It’s not really about the war. It’s really wonderful. Great storytelling, really good character development and beautiful writing.

Highly recommended.

A Book a Week – the magicians

I read The Magicians after it sat on my list for years. I always thought I’d like it but apparently I had no idea what the plot really was. This story is sort of like Harry Potter for grown ups. But I think it’s not as good.

It’s longer than it needs to be and gets tedious at parts. There are a lot of characters and it’s hard to keep track of all the plot points. Maybe it didn’t help that I listened to it and didn’t read, but I’ve listened to a lot of books this year and didn’t have this problem before.

I’m on the fence about reading the other two. Especially since I hear number two is not that great.

A Book a Week – colorless tsukuru tazaki and his years of Pilgrimage

I read Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage because it’s Murakami and i’ve been waiting for this book to come out in English ever since I heard it was out in Japan. I waited and waited and got it the day it came out.

And it didn’t disappoint. Because Murakami doesn’t disappoint.

For me, it wasn’t as wonderful as some of his earlier works I love, but i still found it intriguing and it has all the characteristic Murakami touches. If you’re a big Murakami fan like I am, I’m sure you’ve already read this. If you haven’t read him before, start with something like Kafka on the Shore or The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

A Book a Week – ready player one

I listened to Ready Player One because I’d heard the audiobook was awesome. And it was. It was awesome.

As someone who’s been in computer-land for a long time, but not a huge gamer, I still really enjoyed this nerdy, awesome story. I liked how it all came together. I liked all the little nerdy bits. I liked Will Wheaton’s reading.

If you’re into computers, computer games, at all, you will love this one.

A Book a Week – we are all completely besides ourselves

I read We are all Completely Besides Ourselves because it was long listed for the Man Booker and I’d already shelved it to be read. And I really wanted to like this one. It was a different story, had an interesting surprise element and felt like it would be good.

But I didn’t love it.

The twist here, too, felt a bit gimmicky to me. The books is so much more than its gimmick that she could have just started with it and I feel like it would have made the book so much better because you wouldn’t be hung up on the gimmicky part.

Maybe I just don’t like any weird twists in books :)

A Book a Week – the testing series

I read The Testing Series just for fun when I was on vacation. I read all of them in a row and was interested the whole time. It was, of course, similar to other novels I read but I still found it interesting and fun. I can’t remember much of it now, which speaks to how durable the story is but I didn’t feel like it was a waste of time, at the time.

It’s sort of sad when that’s the best I can say about a book. But don’t let me deter you if this is your type of book. Clearly I liked it well enough to read all three.

A Book a Week – The apple orchard

I read When I Found You because amazon recommended it and I’d read Pay it Forward many years ago and loved it.

This story, too, was very endearing. Depressing and outright sad at times but also wonderful at other times. I like how her characters feel real to me. I won’t read another one soon but I did like this one.

A Book a Week – slated series

I read Slated Trilogy in one sitting. I can’t remember if Evelyn recommended it or I just randomly picked it up. I can’t even remember that much about it but I remember that I liked it.

it was like other stories i read and there wasn’t anything that stood out exceptionally. but it didn’t feel terrible or badly written. at least at the time.

so if you want a fun, quick young adult read. this isn’t bad.

A Book a Week – the unwinding

I read Unwinding for book club. It’s nonfiction and a book I would have never ever picked up on my own. Ever.

But it was interesting. Too long, but interesting in parts. I feel that, like most nonfiction, it could have been 50% less writing, and I would have found it more interesting, more readable, and more worth my time.

If you’re a fan of nonfiction and history, this is one for you.

A Book a Week – sweet tooth

I read Sweet Tooth after letting it sit for a long time. I am a big Ian McEwan fan and I wanted to read it as soon as it came out, but I just couldn’t get into it.

So I finally picked it up again and decided to listen to it.

It was a good choice because this time I finished the whole thing. And I really liked it. I loved the storytelling. He has a way with stories and characters. And he just doesn’t disappoint me.

Not his best but I still liked it a lot.

A Book a Week – we were liars

I read We Were Liars because amazon recommended it and praised it so much. And you know what?

You ready for it?

I HATED IT!

I might be the only one. I know everyone else loved it. But I hated it.

Up until the end, I was loving it. But then, there was a huge twist at the end that completely ruined the book for me. I was like WHAT!!!?! and just never got over it. I didn’t like the twist. It felt gimmicky and just wrong.

So there you are.

A Book a Week – Astonish Me

I read Astonish Me for book club, too. And here’s what I thought of it: Meh.

Meh.

The other Maggie Shipstead book I read was also Meh. I am apparently not a huge fan of hers. I like her books okay but they don’t impress me all that much. I’ve read so many better authors and books. In my opinion, of course. My friend Lauren loves her.

So your mileage might vary. And if you’re into ballet, this is one for you.