Books I Read This Week 2020 – 07

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Followers (3 stars): I kept putting off reading this book even after I started it. For some reason, I thought it was going to be terrible. I really didn’t want to read another book lecturing about how bad social media or internet is. I don’t disagree with the premise but I was just not in the mood. Alas, I started reading it anyway and I found myself enjoying it. The characters felt true to the story and the plot twisted and turned. I didn’t love it and I can’t say that there was much too surprising in it. But if dystopian is your genre, you might also enjoy this one.

Weather (4.5 stars): I am such a fan of Offill’s writing. It’s not the plot of her books or even the characters in her novels that get me. It’s the small, everyday moments and thoughts that Offill shares through her characters that are just magical. She manages to make her books touching, funny, sad and poignant all at the same time, packaged in a small but profound book. I loved this one.

Loveboat, Taipei (4 stars): I am delighted to have met this author as she’s a friend of one of my friends. I am always anxious to read books of people I know because what if I don’t like their books? I make a point to be honest in my reviews and I don’t believe in lying even for people whom I might know but I also know how much love and effort and soul and sweat goes into a book so I also don’t ever want to hurt someone’s feelings or undermine the enormity of the effort.

Not to mention I never read series books until all of the books in a series are out.

And so, I put off reading this book just in case it wasn’t going to be my cup of tea. Until I broke down and read it any way.

And it was! I enjoyed how the book mixed serious topics with funny and sweet moments. Each of the characters were complicated and both flawed and well-intentioned in their own ways. Their imperfections and their ability to forgive made this book much more enjoyable for me. (Though I will admit there were a handful of things in there that my teenage self would have never forgiven – or done.)

I loved the time I spent with this story and can’t wait to read the second one.

Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes (4 stars): Despite the ending which was a little too perfect, I loved my time with this book. Living where I do, this story could be from any of the schools in my area. The story, while entertaining in parts, didn’t even feel overdone to me. The plot and characters are both well done and tight in this book. It could have easily gone over the top but it didn’t feel like it did. Unlike The Gifted School which completely devolved in the end, I felt this one held it together even if the ending was a bit too optimistic for my taste. Really enjoyed my time with this one.

And there we go, another week of reading in 2020.

Books I Read this Week 2020 is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2020 here. I am also tracking my books in real time on Good Reads here. If you’re on Good Reads add me so I can follow you, too! I’ve also started an instagram account where I join my love of reading with my love of art.

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