Monday, March 7, 2016

In Which I Review Books

Hey, everyone. Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was pretty decent. Got my revision list down to FIVE whole items, caught a good chuck of the latest Harry Potter movie marathon on cable, and then went out and got a sunburn.

Woo Hoo!

But anyway, today's post isn't about any of those things. Today I'm reviewing the scant number of books I managed to read last month. I admit, I got a little lazy about reading toward the end of the month, but here's what I did get through:

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock—Matthew Quick—Holy hell, was this an intense read. This is the most intense book I've read in a long time. Seriously, I didn't breathe a lot while reading this book. It's not for the faint of heart. It will unsettle you. It will disturb you. And I couldn't stop reading it because I had to know what would happen next. The end was a slight disappointment, only because I really wanted to know more about what happened to the characters after the story ended (THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE!), but overall, I thought it was an excellent book.

Other Broken Things—C. Desir—I always enjoy Desir's books, and this one was no different. This is the story about Natalie, a 17-year old recovering alcoholic, who also happens to be a boxer. I think it's a mark of a good read if I spend each and every page worrying about the character, and I was on edge (not to the same level as I was with Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, mind you) about the direction the story seemed to be taking. I liked the ending, but I'd love to know where Nat ended up.

Three Truths And A Lie—Lisa Gardner—This is a short story featuring Gardner's character D.D. Warren, a Boston detective who spends this story giving a lecture at a policing convention/seminar for writers. Now, I enjoy Gardner's books, and I really do like D.D. Warren, and I read every full-length novel (the latest novel was just released, and I'm in line for in at the library) in which she appears, but this particular story just didn't do anything for me—and not just because I solved the mystery rather early on. The format in which the story is presented kind of bored me. The vast majority of the story is dialogue, just straight dialogue, as D.D. relates the tale of a odd case to her group of writers. I love dialogue, I really do, but this felt like too much.

We Were Liars—E. Lockhart—So, this book left me rather befuddled. Quite frankly, I had a hard time getting through it, and it's possibly responsible for me not having read another book since. I found the prose style to be odd and a little affected. A lot affected. Okay, so this is a modern-day story (The characters had computers and cell phones and such), right? But for the longest time, because of the prose style and the way the characters spoke, I kept thinking it was set in the past, and I kept going back and forth to see if I had imagined the modern technology thing. I hadn't. I saw one review on Goodreads that only said "We were tedious." And I wholeheartedly concur.


2016 Reading Goal: 60 books
Books read this month: 4
Total books read so far this year: 10
Total books left to go: 50


And that's all she read, folks. Have you read any of these stories? Do you think I'm crazy for liking/not liking any of them? Read anything interesting lately? Tell me in the comments...

(Happy Monday, all!)


23 comments:

  1. Haven't read any of those. I am determined to finish at least one of my two current books this week though.

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    1. I'm hoping to start a book this week. I can't believe it's a week into March already, and I haven't read anything.

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  2. Totally with you on LEONARD PEACOCK.

    And wait until you read the newest Lisa Gardner - excellent! I think she's one of those authors that keeps getting better with each book.

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    1. I think she gets better with each book too. I'm 24th in line right now. Maybe I'll just buy a copy.

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  3. Haven't read any of those but I'm definitely intrigued by the first one!
    I hate when the characters' voices don't match up with what they should be. It definitely takes you out of the story, I think.

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    1. It really did take me out of the story. I was just, like, "Who talks like this?" page after page after page.

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  4. Ho Boy. I'm always on the lookout for a good read. Thx!!

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  5. Haven't read any of those myself, but I do like a few descriptions there. I've read Smooch Your Pooch and Itty Bitty Hellboy. Both of which I think you'd like! :)

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  6. My sister also went to the seafood festival yesterday and got sunburned. On Saturday, it was cloudy, so new sunburn for me.

    I'm interested in checking out Broken Things. Thanks for the reviews and recommendations!

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    1. I completely forgot to put on any sunscreen. One of these days, I'll remember that I live in Florida, and that sunscreen is kind of required...even in winter :)

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  7. I've read some of Gardner's DD Warren's books but not all of them. I've been reading about two books per week.

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    1. I used to read like that. I don't know what happened.

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  8. Sounds like a good weekend! Except for the sunburn. Ouch. The first two books sound really good (We Were Tedious, lol). Intense is my favorite kind of book to read.

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    1. I know. I'm so irritated with the sunburn. I've lived here long enough. One would think I could remember sunscreen.

      I love books that make me feel something. And if I require oxygen during the reading of such book, more's the better.

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  9. That Matthew Quick book does sound intense. I liked Silver Linings so I'm intrigued, but I don't know if I'm up to that kind of stress right now!

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    1. It is intense.

      I haven't read anything else by Matthew Quick, but he's now one of those authors I'll seek out.

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  10. Sorry about the sunburn. I found a great after sun gel that helps take away some of the sting.

    I've found that the best way to get over a book that's left you flummoxed is to reread something you love. Harry Potter, maybe...

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    1. You know, watching those movies this weekend made me thinking it may be time for a Harry Potter re-read. I think the movies are great, I do, but the books just offer so much more.

      As for the sunburn, I have a couple of good-sized aloe plants that have recently become my best friends...

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  11. Man, and I haven't finished a book, yet, this year!

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    1. That was me last year. With luck, I can keep on pace this year.

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  12. I've found I enjoy a bit of prose mixed in with my dialogue... Great reviews, M.J.!

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