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I need to change the name of my blog to Eat: Read: Couch at this point. Sheesh. My reading hasn’t slowed down so apparently I still have free time on my hands. That should change any minute now that school has started again. So let’s get to it.

Books

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

This one is about a couple that goes to China for the summer so the girl can meet the guy’s family. The family is ridiculously rich and most of his family are gossiping assholes. Soap-opera-y antics ensue. I thought it was cute but not as funny as everyone has made it out to be. The book has a ton of footnotes and I hated that. It especially sucked on a first gen Nook so I skipped those completely. The first half of the book is meh and I considered not finishing. The second half totally redeemed itself and now I’m interested in reading the second one.

The Sinner (Rizzoli and Isles #3) by Tess Gerritsen

This one is about a nun that was murdered and another that was savagely attacked. Enter Rizzoli and Isles to find their killer. It’s your basic formulaic murder mystery. I found it entertaining but it was pretty much the most predictable book I’ve ever read.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I feel like I’m the last one on Earth to read this but I’m glad I finally did! It’s about a nine-year old girl living with foster parents in Nazi Germany. It’s so bittersweet and heartbreaking. I could barely see the last 100 pages through my tears. It’s the best book I’ve read in a year, and this is coming from a girl that hates crying and avoids sad movies/books at all costs.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

This one is a love story between two 16-year olds who are very different from each other. It’s a super fast read and really cute, which is just what I needed after The Book Thief destroyed my very tender emotions. So if you’re looking for something light, I would definitely recommend it. It was also a reader’s choice winner on Goodreads in 2013, so you don’t have to just take my word for it.

BooksBefore the Fall by Noah Hawley

This one is about a plane crash, its two survivors, and the search to find out what caused the crash. The book tells the story of what happened with each character before they got on the plane intertwined with what is happening in the present with the two survivors and the investigation. I thought there was some extraneous information with some of the characters, so the book could have been 50 pages shorter. Other than that, I really enjoyed the writing and would recommend it.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

I know I’m going to lose some of you on this description, but here we go…this one is about mysterious giant robot parts that are found around the world and a secret group’s quest to find all the parts and put the robot together. Sounds silly but it was surprisingly interesting and a fast read. It was also short and I love short books because they make me feel like I’m a fast reader. So if you like science fiction, this might be for you.

Day Zero by Kresley Cole

This one is part of the Arcana Chronicles series which I LOVE. It’s book 3.5 so it’s an offshoot of the main story, and was written because the books are being made into TV show and the producers wanted some back story on the characters. Well, the book was eh. There were some interesting back stories but also some I didn’t GAF about and skipped, so I would suggest passing on this one even if you’re a big fan of the series. You don’t learn anything new that matters.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

It’s hard to talk about this one without giving anything away. So, I’ll just say it’s about two sisters that come together after some time to figure out what happened to two of their family members. It’s got some dark content, so much so that there is a warning in the answered questions on Goodreads about it, and one of my friends told me not to read it. Now, this is where I tell you that my soul is black so I quite liked it! If your very sensitive to darker content like torture and rape, don’t read it. If your soul is black like mine, I definitely recommend it.

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Lots of Good Reads

My leisuring has increased recently and therefore so has my book reading. I’m sure there will be even more reading now that school just ended for the summer (yay!). What am I going to do with myself without constant homework? (Answer: nothing)  Here are the books I’ve read recently:

14 by Peter Clines

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“14” is about an apartment building with something weird going on inside that the tenants are trying to figure out. I can honestly say this is the only book that I’ve ever read that gave me chills. I wasn’t quite sure what was going on at first so my imagination was doing the work, but once I started to figure things out, the chills stopped. That was kind of disappointing but I still really liked it and it was a super fast read. Comparing this book to Lost is a pretty accurate assessment, except that everything is explained. I would recommend it if you dig science fiction mysteries.

The Apprentice (Rizzoli and Isles #2) by Tess Gerritsen

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Look guys! It’s a real book with pages and everything! I would have never read this one except my friend basically shoved the book in my hands and told me to read it. I read the first book in the series, The Surgeon, and thought it was good but not great. So I wasn’t really interested in reading more. I’m not a big fan of CSI-type shows and that’s how these books read. With that said, I liked this one much better than the first one. It’s a little maddening how consumed Rizzoli is with what men think of her, but other than that constant annoyance, the case itself was really interesting and unraveled well.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

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Without giving much away, this one is about a girl that’s about to get married that has something secret in her past. I almost quit this one 50 pages in. The main character, Ani, is wrought with so many insecurities that make her insufferable. I. hated. her. I really didn’t know if I could read anymore. I decided to give it 50 more pages and man, I’m glad I did. As the book progresses, you find out why Ani is how she is and somehow that makes her much more tolerable. After that initial 50 pages, I couldn’t put it down and really enjoyed the rest of it.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

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This one was recommended to me by DC Melissa and it did not disappoint. The book is about a man and a woman who meet on a plane and conspire to kill the man’s wife. At first, I thought, “Really? Come on. No stranger would help another stranger like this.” But it all plays out really well and I *loved* the ending. My only complaint is the last quarter of the book was a little repetitive where a few things were explained twice for no reason. While it’s not my favorite book of all time, I read it faster than any book in recent memory so I must have liked it more than I thought. I’d definitely recommend this one.

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

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I stalked Leigh’s Goodreads for this recommendation since we seem to have the same taste and ratings in books. (Thanks, Leigh!) I like it, but it was different than I expected. I guess I thought it was going to be a story about finding out the details of a crime but it was more about finding out what happened to a family in the aftermath of a crime. It’s still a mystery, it’s just not nail-biting. I don’t know that I would recommend this one, but I did enjoy it.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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This was recommended by my friend, Lindsey. This book is so cute and funny, and it was a nice change from all the murder mysteries I’ve been reading. It’s about a computer security guy that reads the emails of two co-workers and falls for one of them sight unseen.  I found myself giggling out loud a lot and I’m really picky about humor. I feel like a lot of books/shows/movies try too hard to be funny and they’re just not. Also, I hate humor that is similar to my sense of humor which makes no sense so hear me out on this: I think I’m pretty damn funny, but if someone makes a joke that I’m pretty sure I could have come up with myself, I don’t think it’s funny. So basically I hold all humor to a higher standard than my own. I think this book does a good job of that. I’d definitely recommend it.

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