OK... I always thought fall & winter was my reading time because you're all snuggled up in the house. I was wrong.
I think fresh air & sunshine is my reading energy because I have been sitting outside devouring books lately. It's like Superman where the sun recharges his powers.
SUPERREADER... I want a cape....
So here's the look at my latest reads....
Ratings are based on the Goodread Scale
1 Star - Didnt Like it
2 Stars - It was OK
3 Stars - Liked It
4 Stars - Really Liked It
5 Stars - It was AMAZING!
The End of Oz / Danielle Paige
*** 3 Stars
Fast Summary: Last book in series - Will the wickedness of Dorothy finally be put to an end?
Finally, the end.
They tricked us telling us it was going to be a trilogy & then you get to the end of the 3rd book & the story didnt end.
I have to say, this was the 'simplest' of the books - which I actually didn't mind. Usually there's a lot of wars & battles & big stories happening. This just focused on one story - killing Dorothy at her wedding to the Nome King. Pretty basic. This was the least gory too, which I appreciated. Some of the other books totally took a really strange turn to me.
I'm glad the series is complete - but its totally left open for more Oz books, which is kind of intriguing, but glad that this chapter is over.
"Never underestimate a girl from Kansas"
Always & Forever, Lara Jean / Jenny Han
*** 3 Stars
FAST SUMMARY: Lara Jean is finishing up high school & doesnt get in the college she thought she'd end up with her boyfriend.
A cute little goodbye to Lara Jean.
First, I started reading the first book not aware there was going to be another one & then read the 2nd one not knowing it was a triology. Geez. Unexpected. But I was glad to get more of Lara Jean.
This is truly a YA story & I think its why I enjoyed it. It made me feel all the feels of being back in high school.
I loved Lara Jean though because she was just a normal girl with good values. It was a good clean story, not over the top - totally something I'd recommend to young girls. Something I wouldnt be embarrassed of my nieces reading.
This book gets us through Lara Jean's high school graduation & what she's going to do afterwards, especially when it comes to the love of her life, Peter. Colleges have different paths for both of them & the idea of separate lives is overwhelming for them.
This wasn't a gripper or a gasper, but a nice easy read. I even sighed at some scenes (the shout out to the Sixteen Candles birthday cake scene totally made me big sigh) This in all was a nice little send off to Lara Jean.
"It snuck up on me.... growing up, I mean"
Thirteen Reasons Why / Jay Asher
Fast Summary: A girl commits suicide & leaves tapes behind for those she blames is the reason of her death.
SO I see I read this in 2011. 6 years. No wonder I didnt remember all the details watching the show.
But it was so interesting reading it again after watching the show & comparing. All the differences & all the things that are similar. All of it heartbreaking.
I do have to say, I like the order they did the tapes in the show compared to the book... I rarely say this, but I think I actually like the show better than the book
I think with this topic, seeing it play out was so much more intense. I think when I read it, I was keeping the horrible out of my mind ... & seeing it in front of you on the screen really made an impact.
"I'm listening to someone give up. Someone I knew - someone I liked. I'm listening... but still, I'm too late"
Fast Summary: A woman's husband dies (minutes after he tells her he wants a divorce) & she packs up her sons to move to London to take over to Gran's knitting shop where she hopes for a new beginning.
OK... This seems like it would have my name written all over it - a lady that runs a yarn store & a knitting group? COME ON... totally up my alley.
But I've tried - TWICE - to read this book. I just cant do it. I gave it to the good try this time too by reading the first 100 pages & STILL felt like I was poking my eyeballs out while trying to read it.
Not sure why it didnt appeal to me.
I never got to the part in the book where she even got to the knitting/yarn store. I think that's what got me. Things were so drawwwwwwwwwwn out. The chapters were long. There was almost TOO MUCH detail in there. Like you talk about one thing & it goes off to 20 other direciton - when none of it really matters.
This was written by an English writer & there's a lot of language difference & I guess some references that I didnt get... I didnt think that would be THAT much of a difference in writing, but I totally noticed it.
I finally give up. Its in the donate pile.
... NO QUOTE BECAUSE IT SUCKED....
What's the book you're into right now?
You finish up any book series?