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Booklog: October – December 2015

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Hello, and welcome to the start of a new series! Booklog will involved a short review of every book I’ve read within that couple of months, as well as a rating of each of the books. I’ve always loved reading, so I can’t wait to get started! The posts will vary in frequency depending on how many books I read, but I’m hoping for at least one every two months. So here’s what I’ve read in the past couple of months.
 

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Shamefully, I’d seen the film before I read this book, which was my main reason for buying it. I can’t say I enjoyed the book quite as much as the film, probably due to the ending (I won’t spoil it), but I did think this was a really good book. Pat also seems to be presented in a more negative light in the book, with his actions being more questionable than they were in the film, but luckily I could still get on board with him. The relationship between him and Tiffany is beautiful – I nearly cried at a few parts!

Rating: 4/5
 

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

I don’t usually go for high fantasy novels, but I’d seen this book recommmended by a lot of people on Twitter, so thought it would be worth a go. The storyline is very original, and there were a lot of shocking twists. The characterisation was also brilliant – I’d definitely recommend this book!

Rating: 4/5
 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Right, I don’t want to spoil the plot of this novel, so I won’t go into much detail. I’ll be honest, I found the first 150 pages mediocre; it was just another crime novel and I wasn’t that interested. That was until I reached the second section and there was one of those OMG OMG OMG moments, where you just want to discuss what’s happened with everyone, even if they have no idea what you’re talking about (I did this with Andy and he was so confused). It’s creepy, and full of surprises, and you’ll develop a love/hate relationship with the main characters. Just wait until you get to the second section. OMG, WHAT?!

Rating: 4/5
 

Paper Towns by John Green

I was really looking forward to reading this, and, I have to say, I was thoroughly disappointed. I loved John Green’s Looking for Alaska, and I thought I’d love this too, but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me. Yes, his teenagers are very well characterised, and yes there was some great dialogue, but I hated the point of the novel. Paper Towns focuses on a group of teenagers looking for their missing “friend” Margo Roth Spiegelman. I’m sorry, but Margo is one of the most horrible characters I’ve ever come across in fiction, and the entire novel is based around finding her. The first section of the book focuses on a seemingly pointless teenage rebellion as well – I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, but it never did.

It’s a “no” from me!

Rating: 2/5
 

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

I read this book in a day. This is something I haven’t done since I was a teenager and had loads of free time, but I read this book within 24 hours, not including the 12 hours I spent at work and the time I spent cooking tea. It was that good.

Bourne writes as a Evie, a teenager who is recovering from OCD, while also struggling with “normal” teenage issues such as boys, friends and school work. There are a lot of funny moments and a lot of sad ones, and a few cringe-worthy moments that will ensure that you never miss being a teenager. I loved the characters, loved the plot and I loved this book!

Rating: 5/5
 

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

This book had me almost crying on the bus. Almost crying, because I wasn’t willing to get all emotional in front of strangers. But the tears were ready to come.

Noughts and Crosses is a phenomenal young adult novel that addresses racism in a way that’s so clever and so sad, that you’ll wonder how anyone could ever judge someone based on race. Blackman reverses the expected, by placing white people in a position of oppression that makes the reader question everything. The storyline involves a boy and a girl who have been friends since they were children, whose relationship is threatened by their different races. There’s violence, terrorism and love, and many moments where I just couldn’t keep it together.

I’ve bought the next three books in the series, so let’s see if I can do it without breaking down. I’m going to need a lot of tissues and a private bus.

Rating: 5/5
 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

I loved the characters, loved the dialogue and enjoyed the novel, overall, but I have to face facts: nothing really happened in this book. The storyline was based entirely around two characters with the same name meeting each other, though I have no idea why they needed to have the same name at all, really. Or why they even needed to meet. It would have been pretty much the same novel if they didn’t.

John Green is, however, excellent at writing about serious issues such as homophobia and teenage love, and I did enjoy the book so I’ll give it a 3.

Rating: 3/5
 

Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

My initial thoughts on this book were ‘wow, what a great voice’, but then the plot just got more and more depressing, and more and more ridiculous. Kate, the protagonist, is really stressed about something throughout, and her actions are quite odd. I was waiting for this to lead to some huge revelation, but it never did, instead, the plot turned to focus on a different character, who had more going on than Kate. I didn’t understand where this book was leading, or what the point was supposed to be, other than to show us how bleak life is. Definitely not for me.

Rating: 2/5
 

What have you read recently?

10 thoughts on “Booklog: October – December 2015

  1. I was the opposite with the Silver Linings Playbook. I read it first, and when I tried to watch the movie I couldn’t even finish it unfortunately! I think my main issue was that you knew from very early on what Pat had done, whereas in the book it was kind of exciting to find out with him.

    I have Noughts and Crosses on my TBR shelf and now I’m super excited to pick it up sooner!

  2. I’ve heard of The Silver Linings Playbook so many times, and it does sound like a great story! Good that the movie didn’t ruin your perception of the book ;).

    There are plenty of stories that seems boring until halfway through the book. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed Gone Girl at the end :).

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed most of the books on the list! I actually really want to read Gone Girl due to the movie. It was so good and made me wonder what the book was like. Good to know that the book is worth reading!

  4. YAS! I love this new series already! 😀

    I don’t normally read crime novels, so I definitely was giving Gone Girl the benefit of doubt. I thought the beginning was a bit slow, too, but I was so shocked when I read the next section, I thought I was reading it wrong so I went back to reread! When I finished the book, I had to call my boyfriend and tell him everything that happened! This was like a year before the movie came out, so I didn’t realize that they were adapting it into a movie or otherwise I wouldn’t have spoiled it for him. Oops 🙂

    I totally agree on Will Grayson, Will Grayson. It covered some good topics, but the entire book I was waiting for something to actually happen. It was just so, meh. I probably would have given it a 2/5 though. I remember really liking Paper Towns, but it’s been a long time since I’ve read it so my opinion might change now. Have you read The Fault in our Stars?

    Recently… I read Amy Poehler’s Yes Please (very meh, not that funny), finished the Percy Jackson series (loved them!!) and now I am reading Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (which is okay, about halfway through).

  5. I have a like/dislike relationship with John Green, mostly dislike for his writing, but it’s whatever. I like how he tries a lot and I give him a lot of credit, and that’s fine. I have yet to read a novel of his that I truly love. You remind me that I have to keep reading!

  6. I’ve been reading all these Baby-sitters Club books I haven’t read yet, haha! XD Otherwise, nothing else.

    I have Will Grayson, Will Grayson on my to-read list, but I’ve been hesitating on it. Not sure if I want to read it now after reading your mini-review, haha! I’ll try it, though, but not any time soon since I’m on a mission to read every BSC books currently LOL.

  7. I really liked reading your thoughts on these books. I have not read any of them, so I am going to look at a few to possibly read next (especially Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman).

    It’s good that even though you had some that didn’t really meet expectation that you had others that really shined!

    I watched Gone Girl on film and I wish I had of read the book before seeing it (I still haven’t read the book yet, but I will). I think it would have been a greater shock in the book. Because, BAM. 😀

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