Thursday, August 25, 2016

Recent Reads: Things Have Gotten A Little Bit Dirty

Radio silence, then two blog posts in a row?  I am on fire this week!

I have been reading/listening to a lot of books in 2016.  Partially, because I need something to pass the time on those 5 hour cross-country flights for work, and partially because I joined a book club.  I have to admit, I am not much of a joiner.  I generally don't like having commitments to places that I need to be (outside of work).  I like the freedom to plan my weekends as they approach.  However, my friend has been a member of this book club for eight years and was persistent that I come.  I was a little afraid that reading a book because someone said I had to would feel a little too much like school.  So far this has been a good experience, and I have met some interesting people.  We'll see if I still feel this way in a few months.

As you can tell from my reading list, I have recently discovered the author Penelope Ward, and have devoured everything she has written.  Her books fall under the "new adult" category, which comes after "young adult."  These books have all been juicy, fun reads, but definitely not for kids under the age of 18.

I finally read Will Grayson, Will Grayson (it was the last John Green book on my list), and I have to say, I really didn't care for it much.  The same can be said of Burnt Mountain, which had me all the way up until the final chapters, where is just fizzled out and died.

One of my favorite books listed here was The Basic Eight.  It was really well written, and the characters were well developed.  It had the kind of twist ending that you don't really see coming until right before it does.  I recommend reading the summary, if you want to get an idea for how amazing this read really was.  I also really enjoyed Pretty Girls (and the accompanying novella Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes).  They are the kind of books that scare you because you know that this kind of thing really happens.  Definitely not reading you should do right before you go to sleep.

Have you read any of the books on this list?  What's that last good book you have read?

1 comment:

rooth said...

I've actually worked myself into a nonfiction kick, believe it or not. The River of Doubt was the last nonfic that I read, although I seem to always be working my way through Lonesome Dove

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