I was about the write about my race last weekend when I found this half written post about books. Now even more have piled up since I started it, so here’s what I’ve read since – well, I have no idea. Maybe last September? I’m surprised there are so many because I took a decent break from reading.
1. Armada by Ernest Cline (Goodreads link)
This book wasn’t what I expected. I thought it was a sequel to Ready Player One and not just the second novel from the author. Had I know that in advance (or in this case paid attention to the book summary), I probably wouldn’t have read it. I loved RPO but I don’t usually follow authors. So anyway, this is a whole new story and is similar to RPO in that it’s an adventure based on playing video games. At first, I was bored, then it got better, and then the ending really screwed the pooch. Overall, I liked it because the good part was long enough to warrant a “like,” but I wouldn’t recommend it.
2. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (Goodreads link)
I read this one on a recommendation from Michelle and really liked it. The story starts out with a bunch of bad decisions from the main character, and if you can get past those, it’s a really good mystery with a great ending that doesn’t go overboard. I feel like a lot of books have endings that are so crazy that they don’t match the rest of the story and this one stayed pretty nicely consistent.
3. Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore (Goodreads link)
I read this one because of a friend that pretty much gave every book from this author five stars on Goodreads and curiosity got the best of me. It’s about a guy that gets unwittingly involved with a vampire and the mishaps that happen around their relationship and the vampire’s maker. I really liked it. It’s really funny and light and fluffy, which was what I needed after In a Dark Dark Wood. If you’re looking for something with those qualities, I would recommend it.
4. You Suck by Christopher Moore (Goodreads link)
This is the second book to Bloodsucking Fiends. I liked the beginning, I liked the end, but somewhere in the middle it lost me and then took me forever to finish. I think I mostly had a problem with Abby’s character. She’s so annoying and I hated reading her parts, and didn’t find them funny even though they were supposed to be. From the description of the third book, it seems like Abby is a main character, so I’ll probably pass on that one for that reason only.
5. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Goodreads link)
I really liked this book. I liked it so much that I bought it for my best friend for Christmas and I never buy books for other people. It’s about a girl that’s kidnapped and the parents that are trying to find her. The book goes back and forth to past and present, so you know from the beginning that the kidnapped girl is found; it’s about finding out the details of what happened while she was kidnapped. Out of all the books in this post, I’d recommend reading this one the most.
6. You by Caroline Kepnes (Goodreads link)
You is about a guy that works at a book store who starts stalking one of his customers. I find it really surprising that this was written by a woman, but I guess if it was written by a guy, it would seem even creepier. Anyway, I liked the first half so much that I was blowing through the pages but then, something happened. I still liked the book as a whole, but it became disconcerting to read from the viewpoint of a stalker. He had no redeeming qualities so I just felt uncomfortable after awhile. There’s a second book in this series, but I don’t think reading from that viewpoint is for me.
7. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (Goodreads link)
I have a few friends that loved this one so I thought I’d check it out. It’s about a girl that may have died from suicide or she may have been killed. The girl’s mom reconstructs what happened to her by talking to people she knew, and through her texts and emails. I thought the book was alright. I didn’t love the writing because things were over-explained and too simplified, but my main issue was that I never really cared what happened to Amelia. As I discovered what happened, I’m like, who cares? There was no basis for an attachment to the character so I didn’t care how anything ended.
8. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Goodreads link)
This book was on some Buzzfeed list of books to read and is going to be a movie later this year, so I was pretty excited to read it. It’s about a teenager named Jacob that tries to uncover his grandfather’s mysterious past. This is another book that started off great, but lost steam once it got to the meat of the story. The end is a cliffhanger that I didn’t give a rat’s ass about, so I won’t be reading the next book. I’m not saying it’s a bad book. It’s a cute adventure, kind of like a kid’s X-Men, but something was missing for me.
9. Never, Never Part 3 (Goodreads link)
The story is about a guy and a girl that lose their memories at the same time and have to figure out what is going on and how they’re connected to each other. It’s kind of like Memento with a love story. I really loved these books but it was one book divided into three parts. Really dumb. Each part is less than 100 pages. Had I known, I would have waited to read it when all three parts were out because I couldn’t remember some stuff by the time part three was released. I definitely recommend this one and now is a good time to read it so you don’t get annoyed by how it was split up.
Whew. Ok, that’s it.
Right now, I’m half way through “14” by Peter Clines. At the rate I’m going, I’ll post about that one in 2017.