A Book a Week – The Wrath and the Dawn

I read The Wrath and the Dawn for my young adult book club. I would never ever have picked this book up in a million years and I will say that I absolutely, truly loved it. I loved the writing, the characters, the take on 1001 Arabian nights. It was all lush and beautiful and well told. I really enjoyed it so much. (In fact, I was lucky enough to just read the ARC of the sequel and I enjoyed it just as much which is rare and amazing.)

Loved this little gem.

A Book a Week – Mindspeak

I read Mindspeak due to a random whim of buying it on amazon. It looked like a fun plot and I was looking for something easy to read. And it’s been a while since I read it. Like a long while. So it’s time for a confession:

I don’t remember anything about this book.

I even read the blurb on amazon and while it stirred some tiny thoughts in my memory, I still can’t remember a thing. Literally.

Which I guess is all you need to know.

A Book a Week – First Frost

I read First Frost because it looked sweet. I was on a long flight and this was on my kindle. Once I started it I read it all the way through. I had never read this author before and I didn’t realize this was actually a sequel to a story she published before but it didn’t bother me one bit.

If sweet, a bit magical family stories are your thing and you’re looking for a relatively quick read, this one is recommended.

A Book a Week – The Last Time We Say Goodbye

I read The Last Time We Say Goodbye on a long flight. I wanted something simple, quick to read and this was it. Amazon kept recommending it and I knew it was going to be kind of a tear jerker. But I read it anyway. I don’t remember enough of it to tell you how great it was but I do remember it wasn’t bad. Nothing amazing either.

A good book for a long flight.

A Book a Week – Mosquitoland

I read Mosquitoland because it looked really interesting. I didn’t know the premise as well as I should have and it’s indeed a heavy subjectmatter (as much of YA lately) but I still read it all in one sitting. I found myself hooked into the story, attached to the main character and even though there is a lot of disturbing content, I didn’t want to put it down.

There were a few books that came out around this time that I read in a row and each of them left an impression on me. Mosquitoland was definitely one of them.

A Book a Week – A Separate Peace

I read A Separate Peace because most people read it in high school but I never had and I decided it was time that I fill up this whole in my education. I read this little book in a few sittings. I enjoyed reading it so much that I often found myself wanting to put it down and think about it. I found myself wanting to slow down to enjoy the writing.

I found the story interesting, sad, poignant and I am glad that I read it after having been here this many years because there is a lot about being at an all-boys prep school that I would not have understood when I was in high school in Turkey. I kept wanting to ask Jake questions as I was reading it. Even though he didn’t go to an all boys school, he did have a somewhat relatable experience so I was curious how on point it was. But Jake didn’t really remember much of the book from his high school years.

I was very happy to read this one.

A Book a Week – A Reunion of Ghosts

I read A Reunion of Ghosts because amazon said it was the best book of the month. I liked the premise of the three sisters in Manhattan. I thought it would be good story. Even though I didn’t like the book, I kept reading it. (Actually, I listened to it on audible.) I kept going and going even though I can’t remember a moment when I actually enjoyed it.

Not even in the end.

Even though I wanted to like this one, I just did not.

A Book a Week – When

I read When because I loved the premise. I remember years ago, there was one episode of the TV Show Medium where she could see numbers above everyone’s heads and the number was how many more days they had to live. The premise was so fascinating to me that it stuck with me even after all these years.

So when I read that this book had the same premise, I decided I wanted to read it.

And I read this whole book in one sitting. It was an easy-to-read story and I enjoyed it. I don’t think it’s a life-changing book and I’ve read many better ones but I still enjoyed reading this one and it has stuck with me even though I read it a while back.

If it’s your type of thing, recommended.

A Book a Week – Excellent Sheep

I read Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life because of a book club. It is not a book I would have picked up on my own. Partially because I don’t like reading non-fiction nearly as much as I enjoy fiction. Partly because I’ve read so many books on education. Partly because my kids are pretty far away from college still.

But alas, my group picked it.

And it was an interesting read. I don’t think I agree with the author on all his points, and I don’t know enough about some of his points to know how I feel, or what my own thoughts are. But I do think this is all fodder for thought. Even though David’s closer to going to college (only 7 years) than I am from my college years (20 years!) at this point, as I read this I connected more with my own college story. (Since we don’t have a David story yet.) so it was hard for me to really read this book the way I think it was meant to read.

If it’s your type of thing, you might want to pick it up. Otherwise, there are plenty other books to read.

A Book a Week – Aquarium

I read Aquarium because I saw it on a friend’s goodreads feed and I had already seen it in two places so I decided it must be time for me to pick it up.

I read the whole thing in one sitting. It was one of those books I loved while I was reading (or not even loved but would not put down) but then I wasn’t crazy about it in retrospect. So I am on the fence about it now that I look back and think about it.

In the end I am not sorry I read it. If any of you have read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

A Book a Week – Find Me

I read Find Me because amazon said it was great. I heard about it again and again so I decided I should read it. It’s a dystopian adult novel which is becoming a thing now. I wanted to like this novel. I even liked parts of it.

But I didn’t like the whole of it.

Especially the second part. The first part takes place in a hospital and then she leaves and the second part is when she’s outside. This part felt off to me, I didn’t believe a lot of what happened and how she felt. So by the end, I was almost completely disconnected from the main character and the story.

In the end, it was a skippable one for me.

A Book a Week – Belzhar

I am not sure why I read Belzhar. One night I just felt like picking it up so I did. I had liked but wasn’t crazy about Meg’s adult book The Interstings but I read this book in one sitting. It really spoke to me and I kept finding myself wanting more of it. I am not a huge Sylvia Plath fan one way or another and maybe because of that my expectations were low.

So, for me, it was enjoyable all the way.

And this book, too, had a bit of twist but in this case it didn’t bother me at all for some reason. It wasn’t as extreme, maybe that’s why.