Sometimes I Read

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

UnWholly

Summary:

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

The Age of Miracles

Summary:

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

The Fault in Our Stars

Summary:

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

Paper Towns

Summary:

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

The Silver Linings Playbook

Summary:

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?

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  1. Michelle

    Oh man. The fault in our stars WRECKED me. Like big gasping sobs. Did you see they’re making a movie? The girl who is playing Hazel is playing Tris in Divergent and the boy playing Gus is playing …Caleb in Divergent.. Which is weird. For me.

    If you want more John Green try Looking for Alaska. It was the first of his books and is probably still my favorite even though TFIOS was amazing.

  2. Cindy

    I loved the Blackstone Affair by Raine Miller. It’s a trilogy; the third book just came out last week. Same genre as Fifty Shades, however, the characters are more relatable (plus David Grandy is the lead male in the photos), the story line flows and the writing itself is much better; smooth and pulls you in instead of detracting from the story. I especially loved book 2, All In, it is from Ethan’s point of view and I couldn’t put it down!!

  3. I LOVED the Fault in Our Stars. I just read it a few weeks ago and could not stop. Best book I’ve read in a while also.
    I just finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower because I saw the movie and didn’t realize it was based on a book until after I watched it. I thought it was great.

    As for hating, I tried to read The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling and disliked it so much I couldn’t finish it. And it is very rare for me to not finish a book I start. I thought it sucked. I didn’t really like 50 Shades of Grey either, which everyone raves on and on about.

    I am going to have to check out these other books, The Age of Miracles sounds interesting! I remember reading a short story by Christopher Pike back in the day about a similar earth thing and I just loved it.
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  4. Bitch on a Diet

    I also don’t get to read as often as I’d like, but my big thing is it’s hard for me to find books I like! I want to read “The Fault in Our Stars” so bad since I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, but I’m like number 56 in line for it at the library. haha

  5. Okay I haven’t read any of those… AND I haven’t watched Silver Linings Playbook yet. It’s in our queue, but apparently there is a super ridiculously long wait. (Hasn’t it been out for months?!) I know better than to read the book before the movie but might just have to do it anyway.

    I’m fairly useless here since I haven’t been reading many books lately. So I’m just going to stalk your comments and see what everyone else recommends 😉
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  6. I read the Fault in Our Stars and loved it too! Haven’t read anything else by him though. I have The Silver Linings Playbook on my kobo, but haven’t started it yet. I saw the movie and liked it though!
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  7. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    I just finished reading Gone Girl, which I love for the most part as there were so many twists but the ending was a bit off for me.

    I also recommend reading ‘The Help’ and the Hunger Games trilogy if you haven’t already. I love the Fault in Our Stars and planned to read more of John Green’s books but maybe not now after your review of his other book.
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    • I loved Gone Girl (and the ending!) and loved Hunger Games. I’ve heard The Help is really good too. I was tempted to see the movie since I love me some Emma Stone.

  8. Lee

    I’ve been wanting to read The Fault in Our Stars. The last good book I read was Gone Girl which was a while ago. I go through phases with reading.
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  9. Amber K

    I want to read the fault in our stars, but I hate reading books that make me cry. I’d rather read something fast-paced and thrilling or makes me laugh out loud.
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  10. Are you on Goodreads? Apparently we have similar taste in books. Unwholly has been on my list forever, but I’m afraid I’ll be disappointed. Unwind was so good even if it did give me nightmares!
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  11. I need a new book–The Fault in Our Stars, it is! I’m reading A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson that RJ lent me. It’s a true story of a guy who walks the Appalachian Trail–he’s pretty funny, too. I’ll let you know how it ends up.
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  12. I haven’t read any of those, so I’m going to have to download them soon. I have been in a reading funk lately and can’t make my way beyond the first couple of chapters in most books.
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  13. Add me to the list of people who loved the Fault in Our Stars. I thought it was so beautifully done. Loved loved loved it! Now I’m reading the Book Thief. I’m only halfway through, but it’s another one that I can’t put down. In between those I read Killing Kennedy, so next it will be time for a seriously happy book. Too much death and dying! But I can’t help it if all the good books are dark.
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  14. Denise P.

    I saw The Fault in Our Stars a while back but wasn’t sure I could handle it because my moms been fighting breast cancer for the last year. Although we haven’t gotten official word, I’d like to think she kicked its butt, so maybe I can pick this one up soon.

    I haven’t seen the movie Silver Linings yet either. I noticed its pretty cheap on the Kindle right now, but I was trying to be good and not buy any new ones until I clear off some I’ve got on there already.

  15. Rachel

    I LOVED The Fault In Our Stars. I read it in 1 day and laughed and cried and just thoroughly enjoyed it so much. Glad you liked it too. I’m currently reading the 4th (and last) book of the Wicked series. No idea what I’ll read after that. I’ve been in Oz for months! Probably something nonfiction to give my imagination a rest.