This week in reading I get to review all the books I read because I liked them all. I went through a few books in the last month that I wasn't too fond of. I was beginning to worry that I was just being critical because I'm a writer now and that I'd never be able to sit back and read a book again without analyzing it to death. But I realized this week that was not the case. As long as the book is really good, I have no problem relaxing while I read. :)
I'm going to be honest, I almost put this book down when I was fifty pages in. I was doing what I complained about above: analyzing every page, every sentence. I didn't like the style it was written in. And it wasn't even the fact that it was narrated by Death. It was just that Death kept interrupting himself and he was driving me nuts. I wanted to say, 'just tell me the story Death and stop trying to point out what you think I need to learn from it or the things I need to focus on.' BUT, like I said at the beginning, if I had felt that way through the whole book, I wouldn't be reviewing it now. As the book progressed and I got used to Death's ways, I was immersed in this heartbreaking story. It's about a German girl who grows up in Nazi Germany. This story is heartbreaking on so many levels so if you read it, get ready for some strong emotions. In fact, Death kept preparing me for future events and what I thought at first was an annoying way of telling me the future actually ended up being my life saver. Apparently Death knew that in this story he needed to soften the blow. (So Markus Zusak, you are a genius)
After The Book Thief, I needed something a little lighter. (I think anything I read would've been lighter) And my friend Natalie recommended this series by Kelley Armstrong. I loved these. There are only two of the three out right now. The third comes out May 1st.
Book one is about a fifteen year old girl who discovers she can see ghosts. She is put in a group home to get help with her "mental problem". There she discovers all sorts of cool things. (Okay, that was a really bad summary, but I don't want to give anything away.)
Thank goodness I had book two on hand because I wanted it immediately after finishing one. This book kept me up until 2am Sunday night. I kept telling myself to go to bed and then kept saying, just one more chapter. So finally I made myself stop reading and then lay there not sleeping. The longer I didn't sleep the more I thought about the fact that if my brain wouldn't let me sleep, I might as well be reading. But, I forced my brain into submission and finally got some sleep. Anyway, the point? Very good.
I guess you can take over my Wednesday book reviews. I enjoyed these books too.ReplyDelete
LOL I know, I was thinking that the other day. I was like, Lois is stopping hers right when I'm starting mine. :) I'll move onto something different when I'm immersed in writing. Right now, though, I've been reading a lot.ReplyDelete
I loved The Summoning and Awakening! Can't wait for the next one! I haven't read The Book Thief yet... I should probably try it out.ReplyDelete
I need to pick up The Book Thief, I've heard great things about it and now another great review from you.ReplyDelete
I need to pick up The Summoning and The Awakening. Might make for some good reviewing.ReplyDelete
I've done just that with a book before-forced myself to put it away and just lost sleep because I kept thinking about it. Anyway, I have heard a lot about the Book Thief, but now if I read it, I'll just hear you screaming at Death.ReplyDelete
The Summoning is definitely on my to-be-read list. Can't wait for it; I've heard nothing but great things about it!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the reviews, I appreciate hearing what's out.ReplyDelete
My TBR list is ridiculous!
In my post today I put a note encased in stars just for you.ReplyDelete
Looks like I have several books to add to my list. But for now David Copperfield is enough. :)
LOVED the Book Thief! I totally cried at the end and Dave thought I was nuts. But I agree with you about the style bugging a bit at first, and I almost stopped when I was still in the beginning of the book. I am glad I kept on reading. It was well worth it!ReplyDelete