This post is my final “catch up” post with all of the books I read before the end of 2017. Next week I’ll start sharing some of the books I’ve read more recently.
Books I’ve read recently
The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
The main character in this book is kind of an outsider. She gives tarot card readings, and she’s able to make some money off of that, but she doesn’t really have any friends. Skye is involved in a kidnapping case, and her role is supposed to be to feed information to the police in the form of supposed “visions,” but then things start to go wrong. This plot surprised me a little, and I enjoyed reading this book, but it left me feeling underwhelmed overall at the end.
The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
I read this book because I kept hearing Anne Bogel mention it on the What Should I Read Next? podcast. She really loves this book, so I had to know what it was all about. I didn’t love it. I have come to realize that Anne loves character-driven books, and, as you know, I do not. Do you ever get sick of me saying that? I kind of get sick of writing it sometimes.
I wanted to love this book, and I did really like the parts in flashback to the boy’s relationship with Ona. Basically, a young (rather odd) boy was assigned to help an old woman as part of a Boy Scout project. He became fascinated with her age (she’s 104 years-old), and they make a plan to try to get her into the Guiness Book of World Records. And then the boy dies of a rare complication from his medicine, and the boy’s father fills in for him. All of this was good. (And it all happens before the story actually begins.) And I liked it all.
But then there is A TON of description about the father, and the mother, and Ona’s past, and the whole thing generally gets away from the relationship between the boy and Ona, and I just lost interest. I found myself racing through to the end to just finish the book. Had I not enjoyed the beginning so much, I would have rated it even lower.
Stargirl (Stargirl #1) by Jerry Spinelli
I borrowed this ebook from Overdrive at the end of the year because I was in need of a quick YA book to help me hit my 2017 Goodreads Reading Goal. It was on my TBR list, so I didn’t just pick it up randomly. I must have heard good things, but I didn’t go into it with any remembrance of what it was supposed to be about. And even now I’m not quite sure.
This book is truly weird. Stargirl is strange. And she’s wonderful, and the narrator, Leo, who I honestly didn’t know was a boy for a long, long time because no one says his name or anything, really likes her. But then he tries to change her, or she tries to change herself. I can’t remember. And then the magic of Stargirl disappears. Is that what this book was supposed to be about? Someone help me out.
Needless to say, I didn’t love it, and I won’t be reading the next book. I guess it was too deep for me.
The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison
This book was so fun! Four life-long friends have a book club starting in the 1950s (I think?), and they only read “dirty” books. They’re young women at the start, and they’re trying to learn about sex and be a little bit naughty. It’s terrific. And then there is a new generation, and they hand the book club off to them in a way. I cannot remember the details of the characters or many of the books they read, but I loved the way this book was laid out, and I loved the discussions. I was really wishing I’d read this book with a book club myself. It’s great as a light, fun read.
What have you been reading lately?
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