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A Book a Week – Beautiful Creatures

Another one on the list of books I must read before the movie comes was Beautiful Creatures. This book wasn’t super-tiny so it took me a few days to read it.

But I did like it.

I am not sure I loved it. I thought it was interesting, I liked the characters okay and the story was interesting. However, it went on a bit longer than it needed to. When I finished it, I felt no desire to move on to the next one even though it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.

I guess that means it goes in the so-so pile.

A Book a Week – City of Bones

I read City of Bones cause it’s also coming to the big screen and I knew I didn’t want to see it without having read it.

I read the whole thing pretty quickly and didn’t hate it but I also didn’t really feel compelled to pick up the sequels and read them. I am not sure what that says about the book but I also can’t say it was super-terrible.

so if the genre is up your alley, maybe it’s worth a try. (then again, if this genre is your cup of tea, you’ve prolly already read this one.)

A Book a Week – The Silver Linings Playbook

I read The Silver Linings Playbook because I wanted to see the movie and I won’t see a movie without reading the book first.

In this case, it was super-easy cause the book is really short and I read the whole thing in one sitting. And I loved it.

In case you have seen the movie, it’s got some significant differences (as always) but I still liked both the book and the movie individually and think that this little book is creative, unusual, thought-provoking, well-written and has interesting characters.

For me, that’s a win-win!

A Book a Week – The Field Guide to Now

I genuinely can’t remember where I heard of A Field Guide to Now but I am so glad I did because it’s magnificent.

It’s real, raw, subtle, quietly beautiful, deep, moving and just truly wonderful.

I enjoyed it so much. I read it slowly, savored every page and then felt like starting all over again. I really really recommend this one.

I absolutely love this book.

A Book a Week – Days of Blood and Starlight

I knew I was going to read Days of Blood and Starlight the minute it came out. I loved the first one so very much and couldn’t wait for this one.

But this was much much different.

Heavier, bloodier, harder to swallow.

I stuck with it and I am glad I did. The last third of the book is great and as far as I am concerned she redeemed herself and I can’t wait for #3 now. I loved it.

Now only if she could write faster.

A Book a Week – The Raven Boys

Since the Shiver trilogy was one of my favorite books of the year, I knew I was going to tackle The Raven Boys as soon as it came out. And I could not stop reading it.

There’s something magical in the way she creates characters that speaks to me. I love love love her novels. And I cannot wait to get to the second one (and I have no idea when it’s coming out!)

In the meantime, I’ll have to read the Scorpio Races which has been sitting in my reader for a while.

Loved this one.

A Book a Week – The Eden Trilogy

I read The Eden Trilogy pretty much in one sitting. I read the first book and since the other two were out, too, I got to just continue. I read them while on vacation so I had the excuse to keep at it.

I really enjoyed it even if it’s not the most intellectual thing I’ve ever read.

Again, if this is your type of genre, it’s recommended.

A Book a Week – Swamplandia!

I read Swamplandia! for book club. And if it weren’t for book club I would have never slogged through it. I understand that many people like this book.

But I hated it.

I don’t want to give away anything, but I’ll warn that there are sensitive subjects in the book. It’s disturbing in many parts (at least for me) and neither the plot, nor the storytelling were interesting/wonderful enough to compensate for it.

If you read this and liked it, I’d love to know why. If you haven’t, it’s skippable in my opinion.

A Book a Week – Pushing the Limits, Easy, Twenty Boy Summer, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden and Perfect Chemistry


I went through a period where I just read a bunch of teen romance stories that included: Pushing the Limits, Easy, and Perfect Chemistry, Cross My Heart, The Coincidence of Callie and Hayden. They were all quite similar to each other. Boy and girl are an unlikely couple. They first hate each other but what they don’t know is that they’re actually more similar than they think. They are each suffering in their own way. And then they are put together for some reason and they have super-strong chemistry and, against all odds, end up together and end up being the very best thing for each other. The Callie one was disturbing for me so I wouldn’t recommend it as much. And then I also read Twenty Boy Summer which is similar but not the same as others. Light reading, though.

If you’re into that genre, all three of these books are great. I sometimes find myself in the mood to read these kinds and enjoy them.

So here we go.

A Book a Week - Pyxis

I have no idea why I picked up Pyxis. I didn’t know what it was about but I was looking for something light and quick to read.

It was light and quick.

But also kind of stupid. Not sure it was worth the time. Not sure what I wanted. Not sure what I got.

I almost didn’t write about it, but then again, I did read it. So here were are.

Bleh.

Gone Girl

I read Gone Girl cause it kept popping up everywhere. I felt the first half was super-boring. I didn’t get into the story. I didn’t like either character.

And then there’s a big twist.

But then I still didn’t like either character. I kept reading just to see how it would turn out. and I hated the ending. HATEd. I mean really, really despised it.

So in the end, for me, it was a terrible waste of time.

I am sad I read it.

Haven and Mirage

I read Haven and Mirage when I was looking for something fun to read. I had no idea what the topic was. And I don’t want to ruin it just in case you want to read.

But I will say I wouldn’t have read it if I knew. In the end it was a fun read and I don’t regret it. (Clearly since I read the second book, too.) but I can’t say it’s an excellent book. If you’re looking for a fun, easy read, go for it.

If not, there are many other better books.

But when the third comes out, I will likely read that, too.

Says a lot about me, I guess :)