Book Reviews

I’m a reader. I’ve always devoured books like candy, or sandwiches, or ice cream (clearly hungry.). I’m also a fast reader and can fly through books pretty quickly. When I had Isaac I thought for sure all that was over – between the shock of a 6lb person taking all of my effort and energy 24 hours a day and my inability to have have more then one hand free I was sure reading was a thing of the past. Thankfully I got a nook from my thoughtful friends and a whole new world of opportunistic reading opened up to me.

Of course since then my reading choices have steered more towards the light, youthful, frivolous type of books. Serious books made me too sad, and non fiction requires more focus then I can normally spare.

The latest victims of my devouring eyes are these three babies:

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The Fault in Our Stars
This book made me cry. And sometimes girls need to cry. Basically emotional blackmail and I liked it. I had heard a lot about this book before reading it so had somewhat high expectations. I wish there had been some redemption or hope for our young heroine and her love but unfortunately it was mostly just tragic. I liked the little human details and how we got to know the characters and how the author depicted so perfectly the overwhelming depravity of life (without Christ).

Overall: Glad I read it; though I wouldn’t read it again.

Favorite line: “It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Obviously this book has been around for awhile, and I’ve never read it. Since the movie came out I figured I’d give the book a whirl and see if the movie would be worth watching.  Unfortunately I disliked this book immensely. It reminded me of Catcher in the Rye which I also think is highly overrated. Perhaps “coming of age” stories just aren’t the right books for me.

Overall: Couldn’t relate, couldn’t sympathize, kind of boring, though I do understand why it’s so popular because I imagine it tells the story of a lot of people. Just not worth the read for me.

Favorite line: “I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.”

The Hit
I can’t really think of anything positive to say about this book. I almost didn’t even finish it. I thought to myself several times when reading it that it’s possible Twilight had a better storyline and character development.

Overall: Waste of my time

Favorite line: None

Next on my reading journey:

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