So, every now and then I write a post filled with mini reviews, as a means of catching up on all the books I’ve read. Here’s the latest batch of reviews! They’re listed in the order in which I read them, but there are plenty that aren’t mentioned here, too – either because I plan to review them individually at a later date or because I just don’t feel like reviewing them at all.
ALL of these reviews are spoiler-free!
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
This short book tells the story of a girl who tries to kill herself. No, it’s not a happy read, but I’m glad I read it anyway, because it made me think. And it has beautiful writing! I look forward to reading Zhang’s next books.
Pretty Little Liars, Flawless, and Perfect by Sara Shepard
These are the first three books of the Pretty Little Liars series, so I think that means I have… thirteen left to read? Anyway, the story is about four girls and their mysterious stalker/possible frenemy who has begun to reveal all their deepest darkest secrets. These books definitely aren’t highbrow literature, but they’re quick, fun reads and have canon LGBTQ+ representation and both of those things are fine by me.
Rating for Pretty Little Liars: 3/5
Rating for Flawless: 3/5
Rating for Perfect: 3/5
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
I am SO glad that I read this classic! It’s a really interesting story about a young man whose life is slowly falling apart. I would’ve totally rated it at least half a star (if not a full star) higher were it not for the style of narration, which was repetitive and a little bit annoying.
(I guess people’s opinions of this book are sharply divided, because I received a lot of nasty comments when I talked about The Catcher in the Rye on Facebook. And I don’t want to hear any more of that, so please DO NOT leave negative remarks in the comments because I’m just tired of it. Thanks.)
Going Solo by Roald Dahl
Oh my gosh, I wish I’d read this earlier! This is the sequel to Boy, Dahl’s autobiography of his childhood. It was really fun to read because it was just so different from his earlier books about/for children. It was also interesting because he wrote about all the times during World War II when he almost died during a battle or a plane crash, and it really makes you think – it’s amazing that he didn’t die, that he returned and wrote books when so many of his colleagues didn’t make it through.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This was cute, and I liked the story’s premise, and I liked its frequent references to popular culture. I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, though – I’d been told that it was AMAZING, and instead I found it just… good.
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
I rarely read nonfiction, so I’m really glad that I picked up this book. It’s hilarious, and illustrated with stick figure cartoons, and I learned a lot about weird science! It’s a fun book whether you read it from cover to cover or just browse through it.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
My brother and I read this for school. The writing style was all right, and the ending was tragic, but… I don’t know. It’s certainly not a badly written book, but I just didn’t connect with it that much.
Paper Towns by John Green
Gah. I did not like this book. It was about a pretentious little boy who whined about things and thought he was soooo much better than everyone else because he didn’t like popular things. Also, his main love interest was completely boring. (Why did he even think he was in love with her? How can you be in love with someone you’ve barely ever talked to? That’s just infatuation.)
(Note: I recently read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and finished Looking for Alaska just two days, so… I’ve read all of Green’s books now. I’m not sure yet whether I want to review the latter book, but you can definitely expect a post about Will Grayson, Will Grayson for Reading The Rainbow.)
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I’m really, really tired of dull YA boy/girl romances… especially when the couple in question doesn’t actually have much chemistry together! Gah!
However, I did like the setting (Paris) and Anna’s epic romance with food was AMAZING. I understand your love of cheese and sandwiches and cake so well, Anna.
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
These short, autobiographical graphic novels tell the story of the author’s childhood in Tehran during the Iranian revolution and her subsequent adolescence in Vienna, Austria. Highly recommended if you like unusual books and quick reads that make you think.
Rating for Persepolis: 3/5
Rating for Persepolis 2: 3/5
Tomboy by Liz Prince
This! Book! Was! Great! It’s a memoir about the author’s life as a tomboy, and it really challenges the reader to think about our notions of gender and sexual orientation. It was interesting to read because I was a tomboy as a little girl, but I’m not anymore – and when Prince was little she thought growing out of that was weird, but eventually realized that everyone should do what made them feel comfortable.
Which, for her, meant continuing to be a tomboy.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
I read this because my dad and I love the soundtrack (by Eddie Vedder) from Into the Wild‘s movie adaptation! It’s the true story of a young man who traveled into the Alaskan wilderness, vastly overestimated his survival skills, and eventually died from his mistakes. Highly recommended.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I knew this book would be creepy, but I wasn’t expecting it to (partially) be historical fiction as well! So that was interesting. I haven’t decided yet whether or not I want to read the sequel.
What books have you read lately?
P.S. I’ve read one hundred and forty-seven books thus far this year, way more than my original goal of one hundred. But now… I kind of want to see if I can read at least two hundred books before the year is out!
Currently, I’m reading V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. (And I LOVE it!) Before that, I finished Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. And as for what’s next? I’m planning to read Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan and John Rocco, and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.