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A Book a Week – Allegiant

I cannot tell you how excited I was about Allegiant’s release. I’ve been a huge fan of the Divergent series and I couldn’t wait for the final book. I waited and waited and waited.

But then when the book came out, I wouldn’t read it.

I read a few pages and I kept putting it down. I am not sure what was going on but I just couldn’t get into it. The reviews were bad, too, which made me sad. I think it was that I didn’t want my favorite story to be ruined.

When I finally sat down to really read it, I ended up leaving it with mixed emotions. I won’t say I hated it because I really still love this story. I love Veronica Roth’s writing, characters and plot. Even though it wasn’t my favorite of the three, I still love this whole series.

A Book a Week – Ender's Shadow

Ender’s Shadow was also for book club. (Alas, I have three different book clubs so I do a lot of book club reading.) This is another one of those novels I had meant to read for years and years and years but never did.

So this book club was a perfect excuse to finally sit and read it.

I thought it would be long and hard to read. And it was not at all. I read through the whole thing in a weekend. It was fun and interesting and quite enjoyable.

If you’re like me and this has been on your list for a while, I recommend you pick it up.

A Book a Week – The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence was also for book club. (Alas, I have three different book clubs so I do a lot of book club reading.) This is another one of those novels I had meant to read for years and years and years but never did.

So this book club was a perfect excuse to finally sit and read it.

I thought it would be long and hard to read. And it was not at all. I read through the whole thing in a weekend. It was fun and interesting and quite enjoyable.

If you’re like me and this has been on your list for a while, I recommend you pick it up.

A Book a Week – The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

I had never heard of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats until it was picked for book club. I sort of dreaded reading it but, as it turned out, it was a fast and lovely read.

I actually really liked it.

I can’t even put my finger on exactly what I liked but I enjoyed the sweet story and found myself wanting to keep reading just to see how it was going to end. I wasn’t disappointed in any part of this book and not at the end, either.

If you’re looking for a sweet book, this is a good choice, in my opinion.

A Book a Week – The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale was also a book club pick and a great excuse to finally read some Margaret Atwood. This book was well written and must be right there with some of the original masters of dystopian literature.

but it was so depressing.

So, so freakily depressing.

So much so that I felt disturbed for some time after I finished the novel. I am not sure I can recommend it knowing how much it disturbed me. But, of course, she’s a classic and so is this book. So there we are.

And I am glad I finally did manage to read it.

A Book a Week – And the Mountains Echoed

The name Khaled Hosseini is equal to painful but deep reading in my book after having experienced The Kite Runner. So I was in no hurry to read And the Mountains Echoed because I knew it would be painful.

But then the book club picked it.

So I buckled down and read it. And I am grateful to say that it wasn’t as painful as The Kite Runner. But it also wasn’t as good. The writing is beautiful. The story carries you. That’s his magic, he’s amazing at putting stories together. But they are always full of deep, deep sorrow and this one is no exception.

A Book a Week – Quiet

Quiet was another book club pick. Even though I’d seen and liked her TED talk, I wasn’t dying to read this book. I felt like I already knew her point and didn’t want to take all the time to go through this book.

But, it turned out I was wrong.

If you liked the TED talk, the book has so much more. If you’re introverted and/or aren’t but are married to one, or mother to one, or best-friend to one, this is a good book for you.

Glad I read it.

A Book a Week – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I know it’s weird but The Ocean at the End of the Lane was my first Neil Gaiman. And it was such a lovely one.

I read American Gods years and years ago.

Well tried to read it. And didn’t like it. And with that, I wrote off Neil Gaiman.

Until I listened to his graduation speech and then fell in love with him all over again.

So when I saw this short novel, I decided I would give him another chance. And I am so glad I did.

It’s a truly lovely lovely lovely story. Highly recommended.

A Book a Week – Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park was another Amazon recommendation. I don’t know what made me put off reading it. Maybe the cover looked too childish. Or I thought I should read more serious books.

Whatever it was, I was so so so wrong to wait.

This is an awesome book. One of the best best best I’ve read in a long time.

It was just sweet, heart-wrenching, and lovely all at once.

I can’t recommend it enough, I read this book in one breath and did not want to put it down.

A Book a Week – The Round House

The Round House was a book club pick. It was a book I’d read about but postponed reading because I thought it might be really sad. And I’ll admit it was hard to read at parts.

But not as much as I feared.

In the end, it was more interesting than sad and definitely a worthwhile read.

Though I will also say the author’s choice of not using quotation marks in dialogue drove me absolutely insane.

A Book a Week – The Last Summer of the Camperdowns

The Last Summer of the Camperdowns was another Amazon recommendation. I pondered it for a while but then finally decided to just read it.

It was okay. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t anything amazing either. It was a relatively easy read, though a bit longer than necessary.

I can’t say it left me with any kind of lasting impression.

Some of these recommendations from Amazon leave me confused. Was this really one of the best books to come out that month?

A Book a Week – The Orphan Master’s Son

I was recommended The Orphan Master’s Son almost two years ago.

But I never read it until now.

It was finally over book club that I decided to buckle down and take this long, long novel on.

And long, it is. It’s also hard to read. It’s harrowing and painful and has really really difficult to get through.

I am glad I did it but I will admit that I could have easily done without it.

Read this one at your own risk.