Tuesday, October 13, 2015

september books

I already mentioned that this was a slow month for me, book-wise, due to being sick and on vacation and a book I just didn't love, but I still have a few things to say.

All the Bright Places - I wanted to love this book. Honesty, I completely forgot that I read it and since I didn't write my book post as I finished each book like I normally do, I can't remember exactly why I didn't like it. I liked the premise and the characters were likable enough, even though teenagers in books tend to be whiny jerks. I feel like it might be helpful to a teenager in a similar situation, and I did like parts of it, but I guess I didn't like how we were in Theo's head throughout the book until suddenly... we weren't. It's hard to explain, especially because I kind of can't remember, but I mostly liked this one until the end.

(A) The Good Girl - This is yet another book that has been compared to Gone Girl. The (adult) daughter of a judge is kidnapped by a man and taken to a remote cabin in the woods. The story is told from the points of view of her mother, her kidnapper, and the lead detective trying to solve her case and jumps from before the kidnapping, her time in the cabin, and then what happens after the crime is solved. The thing I liked about Gone Girl is that the twist was so surprising, and we got to see the effects of it. Without giving too much away, I want to say that isn't so with this book; a twist is revealed in the last few pages and I was left with a few questions, so the resolution felt abrupt. This was the first book I've read from the list that my library's Book Hunters program suggested for me, and I think they did a good job nailing down my taste.

Who Do You Love - This is the book that (hopefully) ended my reading funk as I finished it over a weekend. If you've read the book One Day, this is similar in that it's the story of two people told little by little over the passage of time. It's a love story, but I really appreciated the author's attention to detail in bringing up things that actually happened during the years being referenced. Again, its ending came abruptly. I would have loved a short epilogue that told me a little more about what happened after the last page. This isn't a work of great literature, but the story and characters kept me interested.

Did Not Finish:

Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? True Stories and Confessions - Several people recommended this to me, but I hated it. HATED. It's short stories, all mostly about nothing, and not tied together at all. I found the tone grating. If this appeared in the newspaper once a week (which, I think it does), it would have been fine, but a book full of stories with no point wasn't for me. I found myself not wanting to read at night, so I blame this one for my slump!

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar - This is a collection of advice, some of which was previously posted online. Sugar is actually Cheryl Strayed (the lady who wrote Wild) and her advice is very no nonsense and drawn from her real life experiences. Some of the passages were beautifully written. Some of the questions and situations didn't apply to me, so I skimmed them. With this one, time mostly ran out and I couldn't finish it. Maybe one day, I'll pick it up again.

Silver Linings Playbook - In the book, Pat is super annoying and doesn't seem like Bradley Cooper. I still have this one, but I doubt I'll go back to it, which is a bummer because I have loved other Matthew Quick books.

I'm even more excited for this link-up and hoping to find an audiobook that will really draw me in. Thanks as always to Steph and Jana and happy one year of Show Us Your Books! I think I speak for lots of people when I say please keep it up!


16 comments:

  1. I read Silver Linings Playbook and barely got through it. I enjoyed the movie, but the book was just eh, okay, for me. I had the same feelings about All The Bright Places.

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  2. I really loved the movie Silver Linings Playbook but I never read the book. I thought about giving it a try but maybe I will skip it. lol!

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  3. ON the whole, I'm never satisfied with a book of short stories. I like novels.

    I'm glad I didn't force myself into reading Silver Linings Playbook. I read another novel by him last month, and I enjoyed it, but I know his writing in general rubs a lot of people the wrong way.

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  4. I've been seeing The Good Girl all over but never took the time to read the synopsis. Sounds like a good read! Added it finally!

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  5. Who Do You Love sounds like an interesting read. I am going to add it to my list! I am listening to The Husband's Secret right now and loving it!

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  6. hmmm Silver Linings Playbook is on my kindle. I loved the movie, bummer the book isn't as good. who do you love is on my list, good to hear you liked it.. sometimes i need a good, light book that isn't necessarily great literature lol.

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  7. The Good Girl was really good. In general I am not a fan of short stories, in fact I am struggling with that category for my final book in a book challenge. I didn't mind that one though, but I know what you mean that it was disjointed.

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  8. The Good Girl sounds intriguing, I'm adding it to the list :) I really liked the movie Silver Linings Playbook, but have not tried the book, I won't put it at the top of my list then :)

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  9. All the Bright Places wrecked me for days. The ending hurt. Theo's descent into depression was so real and painful but I agree that Violet left much to be desired.

    I have The Good Girl on my list and I read a Matthew Quick book last month. I'll read more but Silver Linings Playbook is not on that list. I saw the movie before I knew it was a book and I can't do that. I'll just see Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence throughout the whole thing.

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  10. I thought Silver Linings Playbook the book was so much better than the movie. I can't believe how many fabulous things they cut out of the movie. Maybe I liked it more because the book really did show more of Pat's mental illness? It's easily in my top 5 favorite audiobooks.

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  11. I liked All The Bright Places. I have The Good Girl already on my to read list. I read Kubica's more recent book Pretty Baby which was good, but I've heard The Good Girl is better.

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  12. There's a giveaway going on for The Good Girl right now and I entered... I want to read it BADLY!

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  13. All the Bright Places is already on my "To Read" list. I've heard mostly good things about it, so I'm interested to see if I'll love it or just find it "okay" like you did.

    I feel like a lot of people really liked The Good Girl, but I really didn't. It was a bummer too, because it's exactly the type of book I typically go for. I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads, so I obviously didn't completely hate it, but it was honestly a struggle for me to get through it because I found it really boring. I'm on the library waiting list for her second novel, Pretty Baby, and I'm hoping I like that one more. I usually won't try again with an author I didn't enjoy the first time around, but I thought she had a good idea with The Good Girl ... The execution just really fell flat for me.

    I loved the movie version of Silver Linings Playbook, so it sucks to hear that the book was too terrible to even finish.

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  14. I have the first two on my "to read" list already. I really enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook but felt like I didn't need to go back and read the book. Sounds like a good decision on my part.

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  15. All the Bright Places has been on my list for a while.
    I read a Scottoline book this past month and felt the same way you did. The stories didn't feel tied together and she was kind of annoying at times. Very #firstworldproblems about some things and while I get it's ok to whine about those things.. maybe not in your book?

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  16. glad you mentioned that about Silver Linings...the same author wrote GoodBye, Leonard Peacock and that was a great book!

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