I’ve been reading a lot lately. Way more than usual which is normally pretty minimal because I spend my time watching hours upon hours of television. Most of these were recommended (and lent) to me by Michelle. I forget books exist until she tells me I need to read something that she loved. She is my Book Whisperer. So, it’s super rare for me to read five books in five weeks, so I’m feeling kinda accomplished right now.
1. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman
Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.
Is it me or does the dude on the cover look like Eminem? He’s all I could think about during that scene. Anyway, this is the second book of the Unwind trilogy and I was pretty excited about it because I loved Unwind. Unfortunately, it’s nowhere near as good as the first book. It started off slowly, so I read about 50 pages and put it down for three months until I picked it up again. It took a good hundred pages to get me interested enough that I wanted to finish. Overall, I liked it but it was just disappointing after the first book.
2. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.
I liked this one. It was interesting, particularly because something like the Earth’s rotation slowing could really happen which gave it a real/creepy factor. If I can be nit-picky, it started off a bit slow and I got tired of reading, “this was the last time I stepped foot in this house” or “this was the last time I’d play the piano” or “this was the last grape I’d ever eat.” I get it. This was a new time. But overall, it was a really good, fast read. I didn’t love the ending. It wasn’t bad but it ended with no real resolution and makes you want more. Also, it took me till almost the end of the book to figure out what the title meant which was slightly annoying.
3. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs… for now.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
I loved it. It’s probably the best book I’ve read in the past year or two. It’s so sad and funny and touching. This is the only book I’ve ever read that’s made me laugh out loud. I loved the characters and loved the author’s writing. I definitely recommend this one. Prepare to cry unless you have a cold, black soul
4. Paper Towns by John Green
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life–dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge–he follows.
After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues–and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.
After loving The Fault in Our Stars, I was ready for MOAR John Green, and I gotta say…I didn’t like it. It takes place in Orlando, so it was cool to know the streets and landmarks. It also had some of the same humor that I liked so much in TFIOS, but I just didn’t give a shit about any of the characters, especially Margo – the character the entire book is centered around. I don’t even get why Q would care about her so much to go through everything he did to find her. Did not make sense. I considered not finishing the book half way through but I guess I hoped it would get better or I would care at some point but it didn’t happen. I also hated the ending. (Side note: I know Michelle loved this book so maybe I’m just a grumpy old woman.)
5. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki.
I finished this one last night. I know I’m late to the game and probably the only one left that hasn’t seen the movie, but I keep hearing good things so I went for it and loved it. Again, if I can be nit-picky, the sports talk got a little old after awhile but overall it’s such a sweet and (sometimes) funny story. Plus, the ending leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy-like.
What have you read that you love or hate?