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Back again with some more recent reads for me. Yes, I have been happily reading more this year towards my Goodreads challenge. Have already read 11 books towards my goal of 60.
That said even though, I actually found one recent read a major disappointment. Also, been reading more YA novels in recent times.
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To find out which book didn’t quite cut it for me, as well as the YA books I have been feasting on, you will have to read on now…
This one was on my list for quite some time. Especially after having enjoyed, The Fault In Our Stars.
I finally got my hands on an available copy through Overdrive and the library with an ebook copy.
This time out, John Green gave us a story about Miles Halter (nicknamed Pudge).
The story begins with Miles leaving home for the first time to attend Culver Creek Boarding School in his junior year of high school.
Since Miles was a nobody in public school, he hopes for all sorts of adventures in boarding school.
He finds this with his new roommate, Chip and other dorm friends in the way of smoking, drinking and pranking. He even finds quasi-love with fellow classmate, Lara. But Miles actually falls hard for Alaska Young (thus the title inclusion of her name).
Finally one night, Alaska gives hope to those feelings. But then something tragic happens leaving Miles life to never quite be the same again.
The second section of the book deals with the fallout of this one dramatic evening.
While I did overall enjoy, I felt parts of this book were slow, dull and even predictable. Definitely would classify the ending this way, as I saw it coming a mile away.
But would I recommend?
Yes, because John Green’s writing makes this one worth giving a try to it. But if you did read The Fault in the Stars, then make no mistake this one won’t hold a candle to that novel.
This was a free book for me as the January BOTM included it for those who selected a book for the month from them.
Because I enjoyed Gone Girl and this book was relatively short at only 60 pages or so, I happily read it in about 30 minutes on a wintry, Saturday afternoon.
What I liked about?
The setup, the beginning and even the middle of this short story were highly enjoyable. Plus, I loved the young con artist, who gets sucked into the world of Susan Burke, who thinks her house is possibly haunted.
All is not as it seems with a few twists and turns even in this brief novella.
What I didn’t enjoy?
The twists, however, seemed a bit over the top and times and the ending truly just left me wanting more.
But would I recommend?
Yes! Because it is a quick read for a rainy spring day.
I also had two free book credits to use after the holidays with BOTM and I used one of them on my January selection with Swimming Lessons from the December BOTM, as it is still not available yet to purchase anywhere else and kept reading great things about this one.
That said the story of Ingrid Coleman, the wife to Gil Coleman, who spends the duration of the novel writing letters to her husband was fraught with all sorts of emotions and revelations.
See her letters are her way of communicating how she felt over the years from the time they met through in their early years through the birth of their children and so much more.
Both of these main characters spent a good portion of their married lives never truly being honest with one another. So, it is through these letters that, Claire sheds light on exactly how she felt for most of the more important parts of there joint lives together.
The letters help the reader find out if Claire perished on that fateful day in 1992 when the letters ceased to exist anymore or if she merely moved on and left her husband and two young girls.
Without giving away the conclusion to this novel, I found myself needing to finish it and find out what indeed happened to Claire. I read this book in less than two days time.
However, more was left unsaid with the ending.
Still, what a book and probably up there right now as one of my favorites of this year.
However, the year is definitely young though!
This was my January BOTM selection and was pretty excited to read after seeing the description for it there.
However after reading Swimming Lessons and throughly enjoying it, this one just fell flat for me.
Essentially this is a story that alternates between the three main characters of Ellie, Rachel and Chloe about their 20 something lives. See they each had their own set of issues at this critical time in their lives. However, as the novel went into further detail, I truly didn’t feel all that invested in any of them. While the writing was OK, something was missing for me.
Plus, this is the first book in awhile that I actually contemplated not even seeing through to the end. While I did end up finishing it, I must admit that I am almost sorry I did.
Because in the end didn’t enjoy any of these women’s storylines as more than I initially did. Also, Chloe’s story kind of ends abruptly. But the other two women share a bit more about her in their own right. However, not enough to conclude her part of the story. But still would have hoped for some more closure to her part of the story.
So, I would say skip this one and move on to the next one on your list.
So I was on a John Green binge, I suppose. But I couldn’t resist reading this one so soon after having read Looking for Alaska.
Once again after The Fault in Our Stars, I truly hold this author in high esteem for writing and more.
So how did it fair compared to The Fault in Our Stars or Looking for Alaska?
The story of Quentin “Q” Jacobsen, his adventures with the illustrious, Margo Roth Spiegelman, as well as the aftermath of their fun and crazy night together, was a fun and entertaining read.
This was just what I needed after being left jaded and hanging by Erika Carter’s, Lucky YouWhile it wasn’t as grand and memorable, as The Fault in Our Stars, it was definitely a better and more entertaining novel than Looking for Alaska. Don’t get me wrong, Looking for Alaska, was worth reading. However, I enjoyed Paper Towns much more as the story unfolded versus Looking for Alaska.
Therefore, would once again recommend for fans of John Green and also YA readers alike.
So, that’s it for this month’s book review’s edition for me.
Stay tuned for next month, when I am sure I will have more books to share here with you.
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