Book Things

Book time! I have been reading a lot lately and I finished a lot of books over the last few months and I have been meaning to talk about them for ages. So this post will be book heavy, just a heads up. Another heads up, I kind of suck at book reviews.

Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

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Synopsis.

I have to tell you that the Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is one of my favourite books of all time. I think maybe I have already told you. I have read it several times, have recommended it to probably everyone I know, and I find myself thinking about it randomly from time to time. Something about that story really resonated with me. I think it will stay with me forever.

This book I read back in June and when I was originally finding photos of the covers of the books for this post I completely forgot that I had read this. So I don’t think it will stay with me forever, however I did enjoy it while I was reading it. I LOVED Bean, the main character. I just want to read about all the adventures of Bean. Such a bright young whipper-snapper she is. In all of her books I think Jeannette is really good at writing likeable and relatable characters. Anyway, I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a quick light read with a good story.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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Synopsis.

Gillian Flynn’s first novel. Not exactly a light read but it is pretty quick. I got through it in a day or two. And the opposite of likeable, relatable characters happening in this book. Everyone is messed up. Like completely messed up. I didn’t dislike the main character, but I can’t say that I really liked her either. The entire book had a dark and dreary feel to it, when I was reading it in my head I pictured everything in gray. Most of it made me wonder WTF I was reading and also feel seriously thankful for the life that I have. I did also find it kind of predictable…

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Synopsis.

I guess I was on a Gillian Flynn kick. That lady sure knows how to write a crazy story. I borrowed this from my bestie Lisa when she was visiting and she warned me that it was disturbing, and I have to agree. It is a disturbing book. It is quite gory, and some parts were very hard for me to read. But I felt compelled to read it! Again, I’m not sure I really liked any of the characters, but overall I enjoyed this book. When I wasn’t reading it I kept thinking about it. I even had dreams about it. Lisa and I both agreed that we didn’t enjoy the ending as much. Well, I didn’t mind half of the ending, but without getting into spoiler detail, the other half I thought was a cheap way out. An easy fix. You’ll see if you read it.

I can see why Dark Places and Sharp Objects are not quite as “mainstream” as Gone Girl. They are both just darker.

Speaking of disturbing…

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver 

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Synopsis (it’s a short one)

Eva never really wanted to be a mother – and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.

I think we need to talk about how disturbing this book is. Fitting because I heard about this book in the GOMI book club forum about the most disturbing book you’ve ever read. Yep, this is up there for me. But it wasn’t hard to read in the same way that Dark Places was. I actually found this book fascinating. The book is in the form of letters Eva is writing to her estranged husband, but that honestly doesn’t take away from the story, and it reads like a novel. The writing in the book is kind of over the top descriptive, and in the beginning I found it annoying and I wondered if I would be able to finish it. But once the story got started I got really into it, and then I had trouble putting it down. I found it so interesting to read about someone who was so deeply disturbed, clearly from birth. Even if it is fiction, it got me. I don’t know why it is so fascinating to read about troubled people, but it is!

Looking For Alaska by John Green

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Synopsis:

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

I loved this book. I adored the main character, Miles (Pudge). He reminded me of my brother and his best friend. I loved the idea of the Great Perhaps. It’s young adult and a pretty quick and easy read, but it was well-written and I enjoyed the story quite a lot. It has a similar feel to his other book The Fault In Our Stars, and this book also got me in the feels… You’ll see. I think it is going to be a book that stays with me for a while. Now I am anxious to read John Green’s other books.

The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison

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Synopsis:

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.

I bought this book because it was on sale at Walmart and I wasn’t crazy about the rest of their book selection. And it’s a Canadian author! The super sad thing is that the author of this book died of cancer before it was actually published. I found that out after I finished and it made me sad. It is a mystery/suspense type of book, and it wasn’t anything completely memorable, but I did enjoy the story and it had a few good twists. The twists can’t quite compare to Gone Girl though. It was just not on that level (it’s been compared to Gone Girl, which is why I bring that up). I absolutely hated the silent wife’s husband. I spent a lot of time wanting to punch him while I was reading. I thought their whole relationship dynamic was very weird and difficult for me to relate to. Another book that makes me thankful that I have the life and relationships I do.

I think that’s it! Have you read any good books lately? I am always adding to my to-read list. I am currently reading City of Thieves and loving every minute of it.

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9 responses to “Book Things

  1. Oh I read We Need To Talk About Kevin a couple years ago. it was a really tough read because you just feel so horrible about Eva, but she was also so real. Not like some “perfect” mother who happened to have a terrible son. You really try and reach and blame people for what happens but there really is no answer and that is probably the scariest part!!

  2. This is interesting… I read We Need To Talk About Kevin a few years ago as well – I watched the movie right around the same time- and I found it disturbing but also rather fascinating a study of nature vs nature and how Kevin became the person he was. Dark Places I tried to read, but I couldn’t finish it…. the heroine was just so whiny and depressing to read. It’s too bad because I did like Gone Girl a lot.
    I’ve been on a Lisa Gardner kick, and she writes a really good suspense. And occasionally, but not always, she actually has me guessing the whodunnit (the rest were a smidge predictable…). I’ve also been on a YA Fantasy/Dystopian Future kick, but none have really been remarkable enough to talk about. 🙂

    • I think I’m going to watch the movie. It is disturbing fascinating for sure! Nature vs. nurture exactly, and in this case (even though fiction) I really think nature. He was born evil.
      I don’t know Lisa Garndner! I am going to have to check her out.
      Harlan Coben is probably my favourite whodunnit, even though all of his books are pretty similar. I will always have a soft spot for him.

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  4. I think you might enjoy “The Fairest Of Them All’ by Caroline Turgeon. It’s dark and unusual and the text is amazingly written (the descriptions are so raw). If you’re not into fairytales, don’t let that dissuade you.

  5. I love love love a good book. I couldn’t put down any of Gillian Flynn’s novels, and she’s one of the few authors who has twists that keep me guessing. I read Gone Girl long before I knew it was going to be turned into a screenplay… I haven’t seen the movie yet and am intrigued to see how they will portray the twists.

    Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson is a pretty decent read… yet another novel-turned-movie…

    I’m currently readying The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It is fairly entertaining!

    • I LOVED the Rosie Project!!! Just loved it. I was at the airport last week and saw there is a new book by Graeme called the Rosie Effect, like a sequel. I didn’t buy it, but I will be!

      I also liked Before I Go To Sleep and I did not realize it was going to be a movie! I will have to see it.

      You, my friend, are the one who introduced me to Fear Street. It will always remind me of you! I remember reading it at your trailer!

  6. I saw the sequel as well! Also haven’t bought it yet, but likely will.
    Oh R.L. Stine… your blog post about him made me smile and I was super happy to see that he tweeted you back! I’m sad to say that my collection went in a yard sale years ago… I can only hope that some other young person enjoyed them as much as I did!