Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Book Blog part 3

Part 3 of my book blog. I hope I can get someone to pick up one of these books. ALSO if you have any recommendations for next years challenge, send them my way. I LOVE reading books that other people love. 
A Prayer of Owen Meany – John Irving
I’ve read this book 6 times now. It changed my life once, and I keep reading it to remind me of what Owen Meany means to me, what Owen Meany did for me. When I’m feeling lost or sad I re-read Owen Meany. I literally carry a copy with me everywhere. This book means more to me that I can explain. It’s kind of religious by kind of I mean a lot, and the opening chapter is the most boring chapter you will ever read in your life (it’s a lot of historical information and stuff like that mixed in with the story) but if you can get though that, read this book.

If I Stay – Gayle Forman
After I read this book I stopped reading for a week or so because I didn’t think that anything could be better than this book. It deals with death and what if you could make the choice to stay here living even though you’ve lost everything or die and be with the ones you love. It’s heart breaking, and really keeps  you guessing as to what the narrator will decide until the last page.

Twenty Boy Summer – Sarah Ockler
I knew after reading the back of this book that it wasn’t going to be one of those silly romance teen books like it sounds. It was really heart wrenching at points. One review on the back cover says “It tears you heart out then sews you back up again.” I think it’s missing the “And then rips it out again and stomps on it for a minute before giving you the healing moment. It is a love story, but also a death story and friendship story.

Skinny – Ibi Kaslik
I wasn’t as pleased with this book as I wanted to be. I’ve read several books dealing with eating disorders in the past and this one didn’t really live up the others. I’ve wanted to read it for a while and I really wanted it to be, like, the most amazing book ever. Maybe I just set my sights to high, but I wasn’t really thrilled with this book.

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games Trilogy is excellent. If you haven’t read it, read it. It’s not about who Katniss loves but about what Katniss does, it’s great to see a young adult fiction series that deals with everything the Hunger Games deals with , wonderfully written. Highly HIGHLY recommend.

The Book Thief –Markus Zusak 
              I'm still reading this, but unless Mr. Zusak's head exploded two thirds of the way through this                       book, it will be one of my favorites of all time

1 comment:

  1. Hunger Games Trilogy - I was skeptical in picking these books up because they didn't really sound like my thing. Two chapters into the first one I was in love. Also, I had to stay out of school for a day after I finished Mockingjay it was so disturbing. I challenge anyone who doesn't take YA seriously to read those books.

    The Book Thief - I was also skeptical about this one, because I *hate* Holocaust books. The Holocaust is pretty much the only thing my school system teaches in history, and I'm sick of reading sub par historical fiction that is only designed to make me feel guilty. But I received this book as a gift and read it anyway. It changed me. One of my all time favorites, and probably some of the most stunning imagery of any book I've read.