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February 3, 2012

2012 Books 1-5

The Giver (The Giver, #1)The Giver by Lois Lowry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After getting my ipad, I wanted to see if I enjoyed reading on it. The Giver was $.99 and as I haven't read it since I was a kid, I thought I would read it again. Its funny, how much I thought I remembered about this book and how little I actually did. For example, totally did not remember what "releasing" actually meant. Also, as a kid I totally misinterpreted the ending. If you haven't read this book since you childhood days you should really give it a second shot. Its a quick read and such an incredible story.

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Beauty QueensBeauty Queens by Libba Bray

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was....well it was dumb. And I know I probably deserve it considering the quality of the cover but I heard that it was really funny from a person whose book opinion I trust. In the beginning, I thought it had potential; its got this whole satire vibe on woman and how they are portrayed in the media. It had some good one liners. But then it just got really stupid and started to (in my mind) give some mixed messages. I think it jumped the shark right about the time the girl lost her purity ring and took off all her clothes and ran through the jungle, found man just lying there, and had "almost sex" with him.

I'm not kidding. That really happened

Also? Super sexual. Like, I am pretty sure there is less sex in books where Fabio was on the cover. Kind of surprised me for YA book, but I guess more power to them. I wonder if I had read this book when it was age appropriate (14? 16?) whether I would feel the need to confess to my priest or whether the education I got from this book might have saved me from some embarrassing statements I made due to my sheltered childhood.

I should note, however, that I listened to this book via audio book and the accents slayed me, and not in a good way. The author tried to differentiate the characters with thick dialects but most made me cringe. Perhaps reading the book on paper would be better?

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Matched (Matched, #1)Matched by Ally Condie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was about another dystopian society ala The Giver, Hunger Games, Divergent, what have you. Its the newest fad and quite frankly I can't get enough of it. I downloaded this book on a Saturday morning and had finished it by Sunday night. It was a quick, easy read. I loved the concept as it progressed but thought the ending was extremely uneventful and that it seemed to follow the same formula as all the other books of its genre. I gave it three stars, but who knows what I would have given it if I had read it before Hunger Games.

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The First HusbandThe First Husband by Laura Dave

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The first thing you should know about this book is it is "chick lit" - so if you don't like chick lit you're not going to like this book.

I, however, love chick lit and therefore I really liked this book.

This book is about a travel writer named Annie (aren't all chick lit heroins travel writers?) whose boyfriend dumps her and she immediately gets married to the next guy she meets...annnddd I can't say much else without giving too much away.

I was perplexed at points and the ending didn't really go where I thought it was going to...but what I really loved about this book was Dave's writing. I don't mean the story, but the words, the phrases that she said that I found really profound. I highlighted a bunch in this book. Her writing style really carried the story, which otherwise was a little flat. Three stars for me and I definitely will be reading other Dave novels.

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The Art of Racing in the RainThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” is basically Marley and Me’s evil twin. You think it is not going to be so bad because you know in the first three pages that the dog is going to die, so you are prepared for it and the way it is set up it doesn’t seem so bad. Then you embark on this 200 page gut wrenching journey and by the end you are sobbing your eyes out and holding your dog so tightly his eyes are popping out. This book is extremely well written, a fantastic story, but don’t ready it if you are (1) sad; (2) prone to anxiety; and/or (3) overly sensitive about your pets someday dying. Do read it if you (1) love animals; (2) can stand sad storylines about animals; and (3) want to read a well written book that will make you both laugh and cry.

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1 comment:

Linda said...

I never read The Giver as a kid but I think I'd like it. I want to read Matched and My First Husband.

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