Hardly Obsessed

A totally unoriginal blog about anything and everything

Book 22: The Reader

Book: The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Source:  Already owned
Goal Progress: 22/50 books, 3/12 from my shelf
Rating: 2/5

This was a book that came pretty highly recommended to me from numerous people so maybe my issue with this book came from inflated expectations. Or maybe I just didn’t “get it”. It all fell very flat to me. Will not be keeping this one on the shelves.

Book 21: Last Letter From Your Lover

Book: Last Letter From Your Lover by JoJo Moyes
Source:  Borrowed ebook
Goal Progress:  21/50 books, 2/12 from my shelf
Rating: 2/5

Meh. I didn’t particularly enjoy the first 2/3rds of this book and was only slightly more interested in Ellie’s story. In fact, I’ve been trying to finish this book since December of 2013, I think I’ve borrowed and returned it at least three times. And a book that takes me that long to read is probably not something I’m likely to recommend.

Book 19 & 20: Pivot Point & Split Second

Book: Pivot Point (reread) and Split Second by Kasie West
Source:  Borrowed ebook & borrowed library book
Goal Progress: 19 & 20/50 books, 2/12 from my shelf
Rating: 4/5 & 3/5

I loved Pivot Point. I remember the first time that I read it, I stayed up all night trying to finish it and definitely shed a few tears towards the end, which at the time, I attributed to sleep deprivation. But having read it again, I’m surprised to say that I was equally as affected by this story. The writing is so effortless and easy to read, but when you really think about all the elements of the story that had to come together to make this work, it’s actually quite impressive.

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Split Second as much. It just didn’t hold the same suspense and Laila’s chapters just got in the way of reading more about Addie and Trevor. Admittedly, Connor was pretty swoon worthy. I just hated that Laila went around erasing everyone’s memories! Oh, my flirting attempts didn’t go as planned? No problem, I’ll just take away the last five minutes of his life. Not okay! For some reason, all I could think about was how invasive all that was.

I should also note that the reason why I reread Pivot Point was because I was totally lost within the first few chapters of Split Second. A little more of a recap would have been nice.

 

Book 18: Dark Places

Book: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Source:  Borrowed ebook
Goal Progress: 18/50 books, 2/12 from my shelf
Rating: 4/5

So glad I finally got around to reading this. Of all of Gillian Flynn’s book so far I thought this was the best one. Far more well rounded than Gone Girl. I love the way she writes, especially her dialog, she writes how people speak and draws you into this seedy world that she has created. The last 20% of the book was so engaging I knew I had to keep reading through until the end.

Note to self:do not read dark, creepy books on the train. So hard to get into. Time to read something a little more light hearted.

Book 17: Roomies

Book: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Source:  Borrowed ebook
Goal Progress: 17/50 books, 2/12 from my shelf
Rating: 3/5

Cute. For the most part I thought it was a pretty average book. 

Books 14, 15, 16: Ruby Oliver

Book: The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them, The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon—and me, Ruby Oliver, Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren’t Complicated, I Wouldn’t Be Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart
Source:  Borrowed ebooks
Goal Progress: 16/50 books, 2/12 from my shelf
Rating: 4/5

Overall, I really loved this series. I got a little tired of the Noel relationship in the last book since it seemed to be all over the place. And by the end of the books, I was secretly hoping for her to be with Hutch because he seemed like the most stable of all the boys in the book. I really enjoyed all the friendships in the book and it seemed very true to high school that you don’t always know who your friends are and you can be surprised who the people are that you become the most dependent on. I think that there were a lot of realistic aspects of high school in this book that aren’t always talked about and I’ll have to put this on the list of books to suggest if I ever have a teenage girl.

“Love is when you give someone else the power to destroy you, and you trust them not to do it.” 

Book 13: The Boyfriend List

Book: The Boyfriend List (15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver) by E. Lockhart
Source:  Borrowed ebook
Goal Progress: 13/50 books, 2/12 from my shelf
Rating: 4/5

I really liked this! It was reminiscent of Sloppy Firsts which was my favorite book in high school. Unfortunately, I didn’t relate as much to Roo as I did to Jessica Darling which means that this doesn’t get a full 5 stars from me. I did think it was refreshing that there were realistic conversations about relationships and sex. I loved that her parents were quirky and loved her enough to send her to therapy. I thought the footnotes were a really cute addition but they didn’t always work on my ereader which resulted in me basically tossing my ereader across the room. Oh well. I also really liked that this book didn’t have a climatic happy ending (maybe because a sequel was already planned?) but it’s nice to see that life still goes on even if you don’t get the boy.

Looking forward to the next book!

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