Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Books Lately

I like big all books and I cannot lie. I don't know if I've just hit the book jackpot lately, or if I'm being less stingy with the stars, but I've read a lot of good ones. So share them I shall. A couple weekends ago, I literally literally did nothing but read (and eat, sleep and you know, stuff). I read like 5 books in one weekend. It was ahhhmazing.



Cinder - Marissa Meyer - #1 The Lunar Chronicles - 5 Stars
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I really don't know what to say about this one that hasn't already been said. Very good book. I really enjoyed it. Sure it's not life changing or a stop you in your tracks kinda book, but I needed something light and easy and quick. Not to say this book doesn't hold it's own, it does - well worth a read. I loved the characters and thought that the author did some things that I wasn't expecting, which isn't normally the case for me. I can normally see a twist or whatnot coming, but this book was the opposite of predictable. To small things like the way conversations went, or who dies and who doesn't, or the twist at the end, I thought it was well written, engaging and interesting. Can't wait to read the rest.

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer - #2 The Lunar Chronicles - 5 Stars
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SO FREAKING GOOD. I am devouring this series. Lovity love love. This one was better than Cinder, not exactly because it was written better just because it was MORE and I love more. The author is brilliant, so creative and such a good writer. At first I didn't love the new POV (Scarlet) as much as Cinder, I just wanted to know more about Cinder, but I think the author did the split 3rd person narratives well. I really liked Scarlet, but I was anxious to know more about Cinder. I really, really liked Scarlet and Wolf though. Ok I love everyone!! More please, more more more.

Cress - Marissa Meyer - #3 The Lunar Chronicles - 5 Stars
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OH MY GOSH SO GOOD. Can it be November 2015 already? I HATE when I get into a series and it's not finished and I have to wait. I hate waiting. Take it from me, don't read these books until closer to the 4th book's release date. Ok I'm calm now. These books are really good. I started Cinder on Friday night and it's Saturday and I've finished Cress. Oops. I wanted something light and easy, but I got way more than I bargained for with this series. I enjoyed Cinder, liked Scarlet and loved Cress. What comes after love? Hurry up, Winter.

I also read GlitchesThe Little AndroidThe Queen's Army and Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky which were novellas in the Lunar Chronicles. They were only like 35 pages each but all good little stories. My favourite was The Little Android, a retelling of The (real) Little Mermaid. Glitches was good too.

I think I liked the Lunar Chronicles so much because it felt so original and different and GAH JUST HURRY UP 2015.

Two For The Dough - Janet Evanovich - 4 Stars
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To be honest there's not much to say about these books. Janet Evanovich is the queen of light, easy, funny reads. I have read the first 10 or so in the series several years ago so I know what to expect and I really enjoy them. Can't wait to get further into the series to the books I haven't read before.

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn - 3 Stars 4 Stars
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Yeah I finally jumped on the bandwagon, couldn't help myself. I don't even like thrillers and the like so I didn't think I would enjoy it. But so many people couldn't be wrong, right? Part of the book was really good. Engrossing, surprising, well written and interesting. Then it wasn't. I kept waiting for the twist that everyone was talking about, I guess I thought there would be another twist at the end, on top of the others. The ending was disappointing, and overall I just read this book because I wanted to know. I don't think I would really recommend it, and I know I'm in the minority. Don't get me wrong, Flynn is freaking smart, and a great writer. She did shock me, I was interested. But it just didn't hold my interest, and the ending fell flat. If I could, I'd give it 4 stars for everything but the ending.

Update: the further away I get from Gone Girl, the better I feel about the book. I mean, how else could it have ended? It was very well written, so I think it deserves 4 stars.

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell - 5 Stars
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I was not prepared for this book. I thought it would be something light and funny, like Attachments. A lot of this book hit way too close to home for me, and left me... breathless, as melodramatic as that sounds. I cried far too much. It has a bit of a slow start, and then all of sudden when you least expect it, shit gets real. Good book. Bloody good book.

Hit me with your recommendations, I only have like 600 books on my to read list, what's a few more?

44 comments:

  1. Hmmm.. I have tried to start Gone Girl, and was thinking of giving it another go, but this does't exactly entice me at the moment. There are just too many other books to read! And totally know where you are coming from with the series, I have just finished the latest book in the Game of Thrones series.. I have no idea when the next one is out, I just know they come out something like, every 10 years.

    I'm currently reading a book called the night circus, so far I am loving it!

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  2. Oh I heard great things about Eleanor & Park - this is making me want to read it even more now!

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  3. I flicked through Gone Girl, completely ignoring a lot of the goings on, just wanting to get an idea of the storyline. That book was boring overall, in my opinion. The movie might be better, maybe. But then I find Ben Affleck as exciting as a bag of brussel sprouts in general, so, possibly not. :)

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  4. I haven't heard of that series, but now it's on my reading list (though I'll definitely wait closer to the 4th book's release date - I did that for Divergent and was SO happy that I could move along quickly through the series!).

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  5. I bought Gone Girl the other day to start and still haven't...I already know what happens, but still want to give it a shot...we'll see...

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  6. bummmmer that you didnt like gone girl! i loved it! but maybe it's been hyped up way too much! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  7. The ending falling flat is the perfect way to describe it! The whole book held my interest and then I, too just kept waiting for that last twist that never came. Boo. I've heard the movie makes up for it so we're going to try and see it this weekend!

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  8. The only thing I didn't like about the ending to Gone Girl was that it ending and left us hanging with too many questions!!! I can't even believe how many books you read in one weekend - you are a machine!!

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  9. I love that all the books got 5 stars except Gone Girl which surprised me. But then again I've only really ever read a handful of books that I didn't like so I'm not one to talk. I'm gonna check out some of these others though thanks!

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  10. I haven't read Gone Girl because I get all anti everything trendy, haha. And I hate endings that stink, so why get involved when it's not going to be the ending I want? I've been THIS close to just Wikipediaing the ending, but haven't yet. Thanks for the reviews.

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  11. I love the covers for The Lunar Chron. series, but I've never picked them up to even read the back\. Is the 4th one coming out in 2015 the last one?

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  12. Eleanor and Park is probably one of my favorite books of the last 2 or 3 years. I'm so happy to hear that you loved it!!! I did love Gone Girl, and the movie, but I think I liked her other books a bit more (they're seriously fucked up, too. Even more than Gone Girl).

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  13. So Eleanor & Park never really drew me in with the description, but after reading your review I'm thinking maybe I should read it? I've seen Myer's books a lot but never really looked into what they were about because I typically don't love fantasy, buut I kind of want to see what they're all about now!

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  14. I love weekends like that!!

    Ugh I'm so annoyed with myself for not reading Cress yet! The Lunar Chronicles are just amazing. I love how she is intertwining so many fairy tales and other stories into that series.

    I devoured Gone Girl. I think that was the first book where I hated all of the characters. I kept hoping that some redeemable quality would come along that would make me change my mind about at least one of them, but it never really happened. That ending is the worst! I need some actual closure.

    Eleanor and Park was definitely a lot heavier than I had anticipated. It's so good though. Rainbow Rowell has quickly become one of my favorite authors. You should read Fangirl now!

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  15. I loved Gone Girl, ending included. I thought it fit the rest of the book perfectly. I also really liked Eleanor & Park but that sat in my gut for a while. I found it sad.

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  16. I think other than myself, you're the only other one that didn't like Gone Girl. I just could not get into the narrative at all. I thought it made a really good movie though!

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  17. Eleanor and Park is on my list to read. As is Gone Girl. I hate books that are too hyped up because they usually disappoint me, and this one probably will but I will read it anyways!

    I will have to check out that series you were talking about when I finish Stephanie Plum! Sounds good!

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  18. Ok, 5 books in one weekend has to be a record. Wow! Eleanor & Park is on my list. I love good light reads lately too.

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  19. Love your lists and now I'm starting to read as crazy because of your posts, you're a great inspiration;)

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  20. I need to get into a book again. I read Gone Girl last and although, I didn't think it was amazing, I did find it captivating.

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  21. Thanks for the reviews! A weekend of nothing but reading sounds like perfection!

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  22. I literally threw Gone Girl across the room when I was done with it. I was SO disappointed by how it ended. I felt like Flynn was building up to this great big moment where that one string is pulled and the whole knot comes undone... but she just left it a tangled mess. Nick deserved to be punched -- several times. Gillian Flynn is a good writer, though. Sharp Objects is my favorite of hers -- have you read it?
    ~Gianni~

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  23. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Eleanor & Park... took me back to the good ole days.
    I try to hold off when a series is totally out so I don't have ot wait for the next book. I learned that in the Harry Potter days when I was the one at Walmart at midnight for the next book :)

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  24. I loved Eleanor and Park and Gone Girl. You should read Fangirl.

    Also, The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult is awesome. And any book by Sarah Jio.

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  25. Girl you and your books! Reading Gone Girl now but I don't want to keep at it if I'm just going to be disappointed!
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  26. The ending of Gone Girl killed me too. I definitely was disappointed. Have you read any of her other books?

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  27. How do you read so damn quickly!? :) :)

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  28. you're not alone with gone girl. i completely agree with you about the ending. when i was done i just threw it down angry/disappointed. ALSO the actress who played jane in the keira knightly version of pride and prejudice is playing the wife in gone girl, and i loved her in P&P so i don't want to see the movie because i think it will make me hate her

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  29. You are just way to speedy a reader for me missy. I haven't jumped on the Gone Girl bandwagon yet but I think I'm going to have to eventually. It's not really my style but I've heard such great reviews (from other people who also say it isn't their style!) so it's added to the list. And I can't wait to read Eleanor & Park!

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  30. Still adoring your blog! Thank you for all the work you put into it - always something awesome to read!

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  31. Yay! You finally read Gone Girl!! I totally agree with you I hated the ending! But then when I saw the movie I kind of liked it for some reason? Haha don't know why! Like they are both so effed up they just deserve eachother haha But the rest of the story I loved!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  32. ahhh but I loooved gone girl! I'm going to read these others though. Thanks for reading ALL the books so I know what to read next !

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  33. I thought about jumping on the gone girl train, but changed my mind. If you want a quick, easy read I between your other reads, check out the selection series!! It's like the hunger games meets the bachelor!

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  34. I enjoyed Gone Girl a lot, but I read it before the movie coming out or I had heard anything about it, so I had no expectations going in. I really want to read Cinder, now! I've seen it before, but didn't know if the follow-up's were any good.

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  35. i liked e&p. i wanted to adopt her and take her out of there!!

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  36. Is it bad that I haven't read gone girl yet? I want to so bad though!

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  37. The Lunar Chronicles definitely sound intriguing! I totally go back and forth with books - I want something meaty and that makes me think, then I want light and easy. I think it's the perfect time for a series like that!

    Also, Gone Girl.... it's so interesting and twisted but I was definitely like "what?" at the end. Did not see the deflation-type ending coming at all. I guess you have to see the movie now too :) I saw it last weekend - interested to know what you think!

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  38. Really, all I have to say is that I'm super jealous of all the books you read. I should find time to do the same... And then I get sucked into something dumb like Below Deck or anything else on Bravo, and a kill the whole night.

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  39. I bought Cinder, we'll see.... :) I also found that from your last post, one of the books was part of a three book bundle, so I got that and I'm going to read that too. I need something light after reading the Maze Runner trilogy and catching up on the Walking Dead with my husband. Good grief!

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  40. I keep seeing Gone Girl but I also am a fan of series books and I haven't read a book in a while so maybe it is time I go pick one up. Thanks for the review on all these. I cannot believe you read so many books in one weekend!

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  41. I've read all the Janet Evanovich books!! And, I think I'm caught up on Gillian Flynn's books.
    Do you read Jodi Piccoult? I'm excited about her new book!

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  42. You already know the love I feel for The Lunar Chronicles. Kari & Kristen secret mission: to obtain an ARC copy of Winter!!

    I haven't read Eleanor & Park just yet. I think part of me is holding off on it so I'll always have a new (to me) Rainbow Rowell book to read whenever I want! But .... YOU MUST READ FANGIRL. IMMEDIATELY!!

    And is it bad to say that I put Gone Girl down after 2 chapters to read another book? Eeeep! Picking it back up soon but I just wasn't that into it...

    Kristen, I think we're book twins. We just might be. For real. BE MY BOOK TWIN!

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  43. Oh, now I'm dying to read the Lunar Chronicles! Except I'll probably do it next summer so it's closer to November 2015 and I don't have to wait as long. Plus I don't read much in the fall/winter anyway. That said, I know what you mean about Gone Girl. I read it last year and it was interesting. I had read mixed reviews so I didn't have my expectations high, and that was a good thing. In the end I didn't love it or hate it, I was just glad to be done with it so I could be in-the-know!

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  44. Ah, I so need to start The Lunar Chronicles (I have all three on my bookshelf taunting me!) And I'm so glad you loved Eleanor and Park! That was the first Rainbow Rowell book I read and loved it too.

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