Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Books Lately

Another book post! I am finally a bit caught up aka no longer technically 'behind schedule' with my reading challenge.. Which means I read a lot of books since the last post... Like, a shit ton. Actual unit of measurement right there. Because you asked, here they are:


The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins - 4 Stars

So many people recommended this book, even though it didn't sound like my jam I had to give it a go. I think my expectations were like medium, not crazy high like with Gone Girl where the whole world was all about it, but just several people I know. If that makes sense. Either way, it took me a bit to get into, the switching POVs confused me. I didn't see 'it' coming and overall, I enjoyed it and highly recommend it. It's probably more like 4.5 stars, but still. Recommend, yes you should read.

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - 5 Stars

This has been on my list for years. It didn't grab me immediately but eventually I was hooked. It deals with some tough topics, it's no fairytale. I laughed, I cried like a bloody baby (who me?). The ending was great. Like, really great. The one thing I didn't like was sometimes he would explain words that were in a different language, and sometimes he wouldn't, so I would have no idea what he was talking about. After reading reviews, I feel like there is no middle of the road - you either love this book, or you really hate it. I loved it.



King Arthur and Her Knights Series - K.M. Shea - 4 Stars

I hate when I start a series and I don't know it isn't finished - there should be a warning label! So annoying. Now I have to wait for book 5 and I don't know if that'll even be the last one or not. I'm impatient. Anyway. They are light, easy reads. They aren't literary masterpieces but who really gives a damn. I enjoyed them. I think they are self published and I did notice some errors, but pretty good compared to others. Can't wait for book 5. I'm glad I read these before the fairytale ones, because they were good, but I enjoyed the fairytale ones way more and wouldn't have enjoyed these ones have much if I read them afterwards.





Timeless Fairy Tales Series - K.M. Shea - 4 Stars

Jenn recommended these and I signed up for a free trial of Kindle Unlimited to get them fo' free. I really, really, ridiculously, really enjoyed these books (except for the swans one). They are light, easy, fluffy reads. If you are a child trapped in an adult's body you will like these. Just kidding. They are romancey without being over the top and raunchy. They are clean, light, fun reads. I thoroughly enjoyed these. They lose a star because the errors that are inevitable with self published books take me out of the story, and because they aren't the most amazing books ever written. But, I think Shea is a great writer with a lot of potential and I really enjoyed these books (except for the swans one, so much so I had to tell you twice).






Atonement - Ian McEwan - 3 Stars

I read this in '07 and I remembered what happened, so I wasn't shocked.. but I remember how I felt the first time I read this or saw the movie. It's gut wrenching. It's like being coaxed on to a rug, a beautiful rug with all these beautiful words, and just when you start to relax, someone pulls the rug out from underneath you. It's a well written book, but if I can't have happy fairytales in my books, what's the point? I understand why people love it, I understand why people hate it. I'm in the middle. The start of the book is the most excruiciatingly boring beginning of a book I've ever encountered.

Someday, Someday, Maybe - Lauren Graham - 4 Stars

I think Graham did a great job on her first novel, it was funny, witty and interesting. I enjoyed it. I didn't like the ending, not because of something in particular but because it felt unfinished. I have never really read anything from the point of view of an actress, or an aspiring one, and it's hard to relate to something I would never do, but it was definitely interesting. I don't know if Lorelai's character is actually a lot of Lauren's personality and that's why it came through in the book, or if Lauren was trying to make her character more like Lorelai.  She was a bit thick sometimes though and never really seemed to learn anything or develop, and the story was a tad predictable. But I enjoyed it, and that's all you really need.

Fairest - Marissa Meyer - 4 stars

I absolutely devoured  the Lunar Chronicles including the short stories so I was excited to read this. This is the story of the villain, and I expected it to show us why she was the way she was, and maybe feel sorry for her. Kinda like Maleficent. I did feel sorry for her, but I also wanted to smack her upside the head. She was so delusional and stupid, and she did some seriously effed up shit. Yes, she was also treated like crap, but we all have choices and she continually made the wrong ones (obviously, hence being the villain) so she deserves everything she gets and I don't pity her. I enjoyed it enough, and overall I absolutely recommend the series as a whole, but wait until November for Winter.






An Uncertain Choice - Jody Hedlund- 3 Stars

I don't know what was up with my copy (from netgalley) but it was seriously all over the place! Like say there are 10 lines and it should go 1-10 but it really went 2-3, 5-10, 1, 4-5. So messed up and out of order. Like wtf?! After a chapter or two I figured out how to read it all jumbled up but it was ridiculously annoying. No one else mentions this though, so was it just me? Whatever. I feel like because it was told in different POVs it was obvious who'd be chosen. My copy didn't tell me it was a different POV or who it was so I was so confused at first but eventually I figured it out. Overall it was a cute book and I enjoyed it but it definitely could have been better. Maybe the formatting just left a sour taste in my mouth. The cover is fabulous though, definitely made me want to read it. 
At the Water's Edge - Sara Gruen - 4 Stars

I was so excited to read this book. I loved Water for Elephants, though it's been years. It took me a bit to get into this book, the characters were really unlikable at first and the story seemed pointless. But of course it got better.  I don't really dig when authors use other languages and don't explain it - I mean I get that it adds to the story but um, whatcha sayin?? I felt like parts of the book did not pertain to the story and made my eyes glaze over. Other parts I gobbled up like a fat kid (or myself) eats cake. Oh and yeah there's parts about the Loch Ness monster, interesting, interesting.. Overall I read it in like 24 hours so obviously I really enjoyed it and. I definitely recommend. I got this book from Netgalley.







Lets see, I also read Around the World in Eighty DaysBared to YouBreakfast at Tiffany's, The Selection Series Novellas (The Prince, The Guard & The Queen), The Witches (yes I'm a child) and finally finished City of Lost Souls, none of which I really felt like reviewing which is basically review enough.

Skimmers, I would recommend everything. Haha. Except maybe An Uncertain Choice, Atonement and the K.M. Shea books - I enjoyed them but I think you have to be a certain type of person / reader to like those books.

Linking up with Steph and Jana but of course.


Life According to Steph

I feel like my rating system is weird. In terms of enjoyment, I enjoyed At the Water's Edge and the K.M Shea fairytale books more than The Kite Runner, but I rated them less. Sense I do not make.

I learned something interesting when I was browsing K.M Shea's website; it's really difficult for writers to update their self published books on Amazon, the update policy is apparently really crazy and unless there are significant changes, they won't approve it. Also, if you buy a book and don't read it for a year (that never happens!) and it is updated between buying it and reading it, you don't get the updated version, so the errors you see might already be fixed. Anyway, food for thought next time you (or I) read a kindle full of errors.

Read anything decent or awful lately?

48 comments:

  1. A lot of these books are on my to read list like the Tropper and Moyes books. I'm rading the Girl On The Train now and the switching POV and dates are killing me but so far not totally killing it for me, so that is good. The Kite Runner was a did not finish for me awhile back but maybe I need to give it another try.

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  2. I'm currently reading The Girl on the Train and it's good but I haven't been blown away by it yet. I'm not very far in though so maybe that's why. I totally didn't even know Lauren Graham wrote a book, definitely going to have to check it out just because Lorelai wrote it haha!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. TIWILY is a movie now. it was an okay movie. my friend brought the movie over last month, having no idea what it was about. i had read it, so when she showed it to me i just started laughing so hard. here she was trying to cheer me up over my dad dying and that's why the premise for everyone sitting shiva in the book. loved the kite runner.

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  4. I really liked The One Plus One. I would never have bought it, but it was a birthday present and I enjoyed it :-)

    Jan recommended The Kite Runner to me yeeears ago and I still haven't got round to reading it, even though it's been sitting on our bookcase!

    Sooo, I'm guessing you didn't like the one with the swans? ;-)

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  5. DANG WOMAN! Your reading game was strong! The Girl On The Train just became available for me on my library (the wait list was a million years long) so I'm looking forward to diving in!!!

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  6. I liked the movie Atonement.

    I read To Kill A Mockingbird in high school and they beat it to death, dragging it out for like 3 months, so I got little enjoyment out of it. Maybe I should try it again. I remember thinking it was okay but I wasn't in love with it. Everyone always asks if we named our dog Scout after that book! (No.)

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  7. the kite runner is one of my all-time favourite books....as in i started and finished that same day and i recommend that book to anyone looking for an amazing read.

    thanks so much for the ePub....that's next in my queue to read :D

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  8. I love these posts! Girl on the Train is my next to read (because everyone is raving about it) and adding Someday, Someday Maybe to the list, too. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  9. You are reading up a storm girlfriend.

    I've had Girl on a Train on my list for awhile, just waiting for it from the library. Loved Lauren Graham's book. It took a bit to get into it but then it was awesome. TKAMB is one my favorite books in the world.

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  10. I thought I read a lot this month but you blew me out of the water!
    I've read all of Hosseini's books and have loved all of them. Kite Runner is still my favorite though. This is Where I Leave You was on my reading list for March too. I enjoyed it. I thought the writing was raw and honest. Obviously it wasn't the best book ever but it was decent.

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  11. I'm about over the switching POVs, everyone's doing it these days.

    I hated Atonement and didn't even finish it.

    It took me a while to get into all of Hosseini's books but once I did, I was all in. He's excellent. The Kite Runner was hard! I cried a lot too.

    I liked the Graham and Tropper books on here.

    I cannot wait for the Gruen book to come in for me at the library. I loved Water for Elephants too and have wanted something else from her.

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  12. I read This is Where I Leave You a few years ago, I have no idea how I came across it because it wasn't as popular yet, but I didn't really like it-- only I can't remember why & when it was made into a movie I thought it looked good, though I still haven't seen it, so I don't know. I almost finally started The Girl You Left Behind, but then I saw that Honeymoon in Paris is a prequel?? I think it's just a few chapters, but I'm waiting to read that first now, have you read it? I feel like Kite Runner is a book I should read even though it doesn't really draw me in based on the synopsis, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. I've been feeling weird about rating books lately too, sometimes I wonder if I should rate them based on other similar books or just stick to kind of ranking them all against each other based on how much I liked them overall.

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  13. The Kite Runner is my absolute FAVORITE. Khaled Hosseini is amazing, too. Did you read A Thousand Splendid Suns?

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  14. Kite Runner is on my list! I recently read another book by the same author (And the Mountains Echoed) and really enjoyed it!

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  15. So many of these books are on my to read list!

    I read The Girl on the Train in March and I feel like I'm the only one who didn't really like it. All the characters were miserable and the story was miserable it just wasn't for me.

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  16. Been toying with the idea of reading The Girl On the Train. Thanks for sharing your opinion of it! I think I'll give it a go. I can't even deal with Atonement just b/c I know (thanks to the film) what the deal is, and I know I wouldn't be able to get through the thing without wanting to punch Briony in the face.

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  17. Ummmmm, you DID read a shit ton of books. I think you just defined the measurement system!

    I tried reading Kite Runner and just like you, it never grabbed me. And unlike you, I quit it. I hear more good things/Kite Runner lovers than bad so I should really get my act together and get dedicated...

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  18. I swear, you are the only person that does a book review that I actually grab a pen & paper & mark down books to get!!!!
    I LOVED Atonement & was shocked in the movie too - I need to read the book!!!
    The Girl on the Train is on everyone's list lately - I need to get it.
    I almost did my book review post today but want to finish what I'm reading right now...

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  19. I actually just won One Plus One in a giveaway so I'm excited to read that one. I read Me Before You and cried like a baby. And I never cry! lol! I also really want to read Girl on the Train! Everyone either seems to love or hate it

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  20. I've been wanting to read Kite Runner so bad. I need to pick it up!

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  21. I'm so glad you loved To Kill A Mockingbird because I would have had to stop following you if you didn't! (kidddddding!!)

    I really liked Girl on the Train - couldn't put it down - and I've seen One Plus One in Target but wasn't so sure about it - will be adding it to my list now!

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  22. WOW you were a reading machine last month! I really want to read The Girl on the Train but I'm on the waiting list and I feel like it might be a loooong time before I get it! Same with JoJo Moyes. It may be awhile. :)

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  23. So many books!! I definitely have to start making more time for reading rather than sitting on the couch binge watching Netflix. Thanks for your reviews - the Kite Runner has been on my list for years and I will definitely have to read it ASAP.
    - Svetlana @ Life With a Side of Wine

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  24. LOVED The Kite Runner when I read it. I still need to read A Thousand Splendid Suns.

    This is Where I Leave You is on my nightstand and Jojo Moyes is on my must binge read list. I didn't know Sara Gruen had a new book so I'll have to add that (even if I still don't understand the meaning of Water for Elephants. Good book, though). I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl on the Train. The different POVs didn't bother me; I actually enjoyed the reprieve from Rachel.

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  25. Khaled Houssini is so good! Honestly I can't even remember what This Is Where I Leave You was about even though I read it so that's how I feel about that one, and I LOLed at your description of Atonement's beginning (UGHHH) but I am one of the people who LOVED it once I got through the beginning. I love these posts!!

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  26. Wow girl, you did some MAJOR reading this month!! I'm so impressed! I'm still waiting on the hold list for The Girl on The Train...I'm determined to hold out for it. P said, "you know you can buy a book if you really want it, right" :) I'm trying to be patient, plus I have plenty of other books to choose from :)

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  27. Lauren Graham wrote a novel??? I may have to get that because I lover her. I'm currently reading Bossypants :)

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  28. yikes.i dont think i ever read diary of a young girl either... i really should get on that. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  29. I always look forward to your book reviews! I felt the same way about Lauren Graham's book feeling unfinished (though I think I heard somewhere there is going to be a sequel?) I am waiting until Winter comes out to read Cress and Fairest (though I am not sure if I will make it! November is too long). I might have to reread them all to remember anyway since it's been over a year since I read Scarlet.

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  30. The Moyes books are on my to read list along with Girl on a Train. I know I read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school but I dont remember a single thing from it. oops. I was all excited when I saw that Lauren Graham had a book until you said you didn't like the ending. Nothing pisses me off more than a sucky ending or one that is left without tying up everything perfectly. Sigh.

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  31. I looove TKAM, and I'm glad you enjoyed it too. This is Where I Leave You and a few others are on my to-read list as well... and I MUST reread Atonement. It's been ages and I can't remember a single thing about it but I remember loving it :)

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  32. I really enjoyed the Girl on the Train! And I have never read To Kill A Mockingbird, I have been trying to read it but am having a hard time getting into it.

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  33. Great books! I LOVE To Kill a Mockingbird and the Diary of Anne Frank :)
    -Jenna :)
    Help me get to 300 followers? The Chic Cupcake

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  34. I had the same issue with my copy of An Uncertain Choice. Glad it wasn't just me, lol!

    I've been eyeing The Girl on the Train for the same reason. It doesn't sound like my type of book, but I'm hearing lots of good things about it.

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  35. I just got The Girl on the Train, I've heard so many great things! I've been terrible at reading lately but I'm hoping this one will bring me out of my reading funk!

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  36. Wow - you read a lot of books this time and some really great ones! I added several to my list. I need to check out The Girl on the Train for sure!

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  37. Hopefully my library hold on The Girl on the Train will come in soon, because I don't think I can wait much longer! I read Lauren Graham's book sometime last year, and thought it was a fun read (although much of the appeal for me was definitely the Lorelai factor, haha).

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  38. Love that you read some classics! I havent read To Kill a Mockingbird and Anne Frank since school, but I remember loving both of them! I really need to read Girl on the Train! Everyone keep raving about it!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  39. You are a reading machine. So many books. So many comments. I'm on a waiting list at my library for Girl on a Train. Ask me about it next year. Ha. The Kite Runner punched me in the gut, pulled my heartstrings, and twirled me around in circles...and I loved it. I also think I will love every Tropper book I've read, but I've only read one so far. Haven't gotten to JoJo Moyes yet, but one of them is sitting on my bookshelf at home waiting. I need to revisit To Kill a Mockingbird. What you said about Anne Frank is spot on.

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  40. The Girl on the Train was my book club book last month! I enjoyed it, but I definitely didn't think it was up to par with Gone Girl, which was what I had heard comparisons to all along before reading it. Also, I am one of those people who hated Atonement. Excruciatingly boring is right! Haha. But I love the movie!

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  41. Hot damn girl, you're killing it with the books! I just finished Girl on the Train and loved it! I'm reading a Nicholas Sparks book now, haha. I've read one too many dark stories one after another.

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  42. I love that you do this and you can't stop because I always find a few great new books from you. I was of course eager to read your thoughts on Girl on the Train! My hope for you was that it would at least be 3 stars and not be ruined, so I'm glad you got through it and didn't hate it after all the hype! Aside from that, I am in shock at the volume of books you read this month! Amazing!

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  43. Im so bummed I haven't been able to read as much as I want to lately. So bummed. I still haven't read the girl on the train and its been purchased a month now. Sigh
    To Kill a mockingbird will always be one of my favourite books!

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  44. Oh yea, the Kite Runner! Glad to hear it was good. And I couldn't finish Mockingbird the first time around. You make me want to finish it.

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  45. wow! you did some damanage- so many books! I really like jonathan Tropper- his writing just works to me. I LOVED this is where I leave you. There are some books on your list I'm definitely interested in picking up!

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  46. So many good books!!! The Kite Runner is so good. I still think about it. To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time. The Diary of Anne Frank is right up there too.

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  47. I am currently starting to read At the Water's Edge so I am excited!

    I enjoyed Lauren Graham's novel,it was cute and funny.

    I loved One plus One,it was funny!

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  48. Just popping in after an incredibly long blogging break (/disappearance) to check out your books post :) I was taking two courses and I had my two exams last week so I can finallyyyyy start reading again without feeling guilty. I woke up today feeling like "Yes! Give me aaall the books" haha and then I read this and I was like YES. First of all, you read SO many books. Amazing! Secondly, To Kill a Mockingbird is like top 10 if not top 5 of my favourite books. Read it in highschool, then again a few years ago. So good. I will definitely be adding a number of these reads to my list. Also, glad I'm not the only person who cries like a baby while reading certain books/parts :) XOXO

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