A Book a Week – 10:04

I read 10:04 because amazon said it was excellent. It was a weird and different book and I am still not sure if I liked it or not. I can tell you a lot of it didn’t stay with me and I guess maybe that says all I need to know.

A Book a Week – Bliss

I read Bliss  out loud to Nathaniel because a friend of ours had recommended it to David a few years ago and I had never read it. It was a sweet story which had some scary scenes and some funny scenes. I think Nathaniel liked it and I asked David if he did, too. He said it was ok but he didn’t really want to keep going and read the sequel.

My friend who has a daughter said her kid read all of them :)

A Book a Week – The Paying Guests

I read The Paying Guests for a book club. It wasn’t a book I would have ever picked up on my own but I am glad i read it. It was interesting and had several unexpected twists. I don’t read many books about that time period so that part was interesting to me, too.

I didn’t love it but I did enjoy it and this is one of the reasons I like having a book club. Especially one that doesn’t always choose books I would have naturally picked up on my own.

A Book a Week – The Age of Miracles

I read The Age of Miracles because it came up in my library queue. It was one of those books I’d added to my list but never got around to reading. So when it was available at the library, I grabbed it.

I enjoyed this unique story. How it’s dystopian but not like the other ones (Hunger Games or Maze Runner, etc.) A very different story from a very different perspective.

I recommend it if YA and quiet dystopia are your cup of tea.

A Book a Week – Bone Gap

I read Bone Gap because it was picked by my Young Adult book club. I was’t sure about it when I read the blurb on Amazon.

But I was totally wrong.

This is one of the best Young Adult novels I’ve read in the last few years. I loved the characters. I loved the magical realism. I loved everything about this book. If you’re like me and are sick of all the dystopian YA I would recommend you give this one a try. It’s unusual so it might not be your cup of tea but it’s beautiful.

Btw, I listened to the audio and it was fantastic.

A Book a Week – Feeling Good

I read Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy because my doctor recommended it to me when I said that I wasn’t feeling great lately and I was down more often than I was up.

She said she had heard good things about the book and wanted to see if I wanted to give it a try (she also recommended therapy of course.)

I read this book very quickly and really liked the ideas behind it and the methodology he uses. It works for someone like me.

A Book a Week – The Thirteenth Tale

I read The Thirteenth Tale because I’d been putting off reading it for like ever. It had been on my list for years and I kept running into it in different posts I read. So I decided it was finally time.

And in the end it was ok.

It was a quick, interesting read but I can’t say one of the best reads ever :)

A Book a Week – My Brilliant Friend

I read My Brilliant Friend because…well because everyone was talking about it and by the time I heard of this series the third book was out and no matter when I went, there was something about this book there. So I finally picked it up and decided to give it a try.

I really liked it. It’s one of the rare books that talks about the complicated nature of female relationships and does a really good job of it. The story is engrossing, but also long. After I finished this one, I needed a break. There are a lot of characters in the book and sometimes it’s a bit hard to keep track of them, especially in audio.

I recommend this book.

 

A Book a Week – Fates and Furies

I read Fates and Furies because amazon said it was the best book of 2015. This book was weird. I really didn’t like the first half much but I knew there was a big twist in the second half so I endured it. And indeed the second half was much more interesting.

But.

But it was a depressing book in the end because of what it said about humans. (At least those humans.) and I just don’t like books like that.

A lot of other people loved it though.

A Book a Week – A Pale View of Hills

I read A Pale View of Hills because it’s Ishiguro and I just knew I would love it. Cause I love him.

While this one wasn’t my favorite, I still loved it. I still this he’s an amazing writer. I loved the characters, the dialogue. The beautiful writing i’ve come to know him for.

I am off to read all of his others!

A Book a Week – The Nightingale

I read The Nightingale because amazon said it was the best book of 2015 so I had to read it. I’d read Hannah before and I knew it was going to be a tearjerker. And I don’t read about WW2 so I resisted it for a long time.

I finally caved in and read it and listened to it during a flight and I bawled and bawled and bawled.

Dude.  Not the best thing to do on a flight.

I don’t think I will read another Hannah for a while but I am not sad I read it.

A Book a Week – In a Dark, Dark Wood

I read In a Dark, Dark Wood because it was one of those “will be awesome!” books.

But this genre is not my thing apparently.

I read it. I read it fast. But I’ve had enough of books with only dislikable characters. I find that to be such a copout in writing. Most people have something we can like about them. Make your characters richer. Give me a reason to root for them. Or to at least make me want to read more.

Meh.