Imaginary Book Club: Fall reading in my cozy bed

The only thing better than a weekend with no soccer or volleyball games to drag my lazy self to is a whole entire week off work and 2 books I'm excited to  read.  Even better when both books turn out to be good!

My husband attempted to cuddle me with 30 pages left in the 2nd Mara Dyer book and I had to resist the urge to smack him in the face.  It's easy to hit the pause button on Say Yes to the Dress and get my cuddle on.  But ain't nobody got time for a cuddle break with 30 exciting pages left in a good book.

No worries though.  I rain checked that cuddle time and mauled him later.  Duh.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Book 1) by Michelle Hodkin: Two thumbs up.  I was skeptical when it started.  I think part of me didn't want to like it.  No clue why.  But I was dead wrong.  Reminded me of Twilight.  In all the best ways.  Very clean but a clean sexy if that's possible.  And some mystery thrown in.  Holla.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Book 2) by Michelle Hodkin: Holy crud I was bummed when this book ended!  Seriously!  Did. Not. Want. It. To. End.  Might have had something to do with the fact that I knew book 3 isn't coming out for several months.  But only a little bit.  I seriously enjoyed me some Noah.  I seriously didn't know where it was headed.  And I seriously don't know where book 3 is going.  Holla holla.  If you like Young Adult books, you need to read this series and thank me later.

Allegiant (Book 3 in Divergent Series) by Veronica Roth: Ok.  So let's just get it out there.  The ending surprised me.  Didn't see it coming and I'm not going to pretend I enjoyed it.  But I appreciated it.  It understood it and I was moved by it.   I was left feeling a little delicate but thoughtful.  That's not a bad thing.   Favorite quote:
"I fell in love with him.  But I don't just stay with him by default as if there's no one else available to me.  I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other.  I choose him over and over again, and he choose me."  
Big puffy heart love that quote.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: Loved.  No other words.  Just loved.  Didn't think I would.  Thought it would be the world's most depressing book.   I was wrong.  Loved.  Left me thinking about life.  I'm a glass half full kind of girl every day of the week and twice on Sunday but I wasn't sure what I'd do if I were either character in the book.  Loved.

Wicked by Gregory Maguire: This is my first time genuinely giving up on a book.  I hate not finishing books.  I always have to finish.  And by finish, I mean when the book is killing me slowly I at least skim to find out what happens and then move on with my life.  Skimming isn't really an option when the type is super small for 350 more pages and you're having trouble remembering who everyone is because the names are all kind of odd and there are weird locations and you're an idiot that can't retain much.  So I'm calling it a day.  I don't like having to do it.  I'm slightly embarrassed to have to do it.  And in the back of my mind I think I may be still holding out hope that I'll skim my way to the end.

Because I really want to read the book before I see the musical.  And the first 100 pages were great.  Gold.  But then the next 100 were slow and annoying and politics-y and I didn't care about whether or not talking animals should be allowed to go to school.  And then I stopped reading it for a month and started reading other things.  And now I'm convinced I need to stop seeing it on my nightstand.  So I think I need to break up with this book.  There are other fish in the sea waiting for me and I need to let go of this one to let new ones into my heart.  It's not you.  It's me.  Let's still be friends.  Call me.

Broken Harbor by Tana French: Very interesting.   Very detailed.  Well written.   Some stuff I totally knew had to be going on.  But I liked it.  Quick and suspenseful and entertaining.  I liked hearing how his brain ticked making his way through a crime scene and even squad room politics.  Thumbs up.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver: Not into it.  I found it hard to suspend my disbelief about the premise.  It just seemed stupid and I struggled.  Although I did successfully finish the book and I also didn't leave it sitting on my nightstand half read for a month so apparently it's not the worst book I've read this year. 

If you're going to get your literature at Target, I say leave that sticker on loud and proud.  I buy books at Target sometimes and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones  by Cassandra Clare: Target purchase based on the sheer number of books in the series.  If there are that many of them, surely they are decent.  Right?  Eh.  I read it.  I was moderately intrigued.  Then they mentioned the brother/sister thing and I was confused and then just plain annoyed.  Like, why the hell did I just waste 3 days of my life on this book annoyed.  Like, I'm getting on Google to figure some stuff out and now I'm writing this series off annoyed.

1 comment:

Desiree - Finding the Skinny Geek Within said...

I love reading too! Which is a totally new development once I got older. I'll have to check some of these out. I'm currently reading "Doctor Sleep" by Stephen King

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