Monday, March 28, 2016

What I Read: November/December

Continuing on with my goal to read 60 books before I turn 30 this September. Here's what I read in November and December.

16. Inferno by Dan Brown
I love Dan Brown. His books are so multi-layered and unfold in such a way that leaves me breathless. This one brings as back to Robert Langdon who again gets himself involved in a twisted, international affair involving death, deception, and crazy people. I think the craziest part of this book was how much of it really could happen and the devastating impact on the world if it did. I'm totally vague-blogging right now because I don't want to give away too much. If you liked The DaVinci Code and/or Angels and Demons, you'll love this. 

17. The Brat by Lynsay Sands.
Stupid, stupid, stupid. Even the title is stupid. I finished Inferno in the middle of a pumping session and needed something to read for the next 20 minutes, so i stupidly downloaded this. Get this: medieval times. Kings niece needs to marry as does a knight. Niece is the most horrible, unreasonable brat except it's just a game because she doesn't want to get married. They get married, and then someone tries to kill the guy and the brat saves him. The writing was mediocre, the story line even less impressive. I guess they can't all be winners. 

18. Vision in White by Nora Roberts
No joke, I had to Google this book to remember what it was about. Pretty sure that says it all. It was typical Nora Roberts and if you've read one of her books, you can absolutely predict the entire story line. It's the first of the books in the Bride Quartet, so I of course I read them all because I'm a sucker for people falling in love, and once I read part of a series, I get stuck and feel like I have to finish it. If nothing else, Nora Roberts just keeps the semi-decent romance novels coming and fools like me keep reading them, so kudos to her.

19. Everything I never Told You by Celeste Ng 
Luckily I found this book in between Nora Roberts errors in judgement. This book starts with the line "Lydia is dead, but they don't know that yet"- and I was hooked. The book goes back and forth from after Lydia's death, the years before it, and all the way back to when Lydia's parents met to unfold the story of this Chinese-American family living in the 70's where the parents clearly play favorites (Lydia) and struggle with the fact that neither accomplished what they had hoped to accomplish in their lives. This book is so well-written and the family is fascinating.

20. Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts
You guessed it, another book in the Bride Quartet that I couldn't help but read. This was the second book and it was cute and all, but the usual Nora Roberts style- not much to it, but it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside when you're done.

21. Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle 
I had high hopes, because I love John Green, but this book was just okay. It's a compilation of three short stories with interweaving story lines and characters. There was nothing bad about it, it just didn't thrill and engage me like John Green books usually do, so I was disappointed. 

22. Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts
You got it: book 3. Nothing more to say.

23. Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts.
4th book. It was cute to wrap it all up and was a nice conclusion for the series.

24. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Here is the John Green I love. I was surprised when I went to find a picture of this book to discover that this was Green;s first novel. The main character in this book, Miles, goes to an elite prep school in search of the "great perhaps" and ends up finding friendship, love, and heartbreak. This novel is sweet, adorable, and heart wrenching, all at the same time. Green just has a way with words that makes you fall in love with his characters and feel everything that they are feeling. 

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