Hardly Obsessed

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Book 26: Seeing Me Naked

Book: Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer
Source:  borrowed from library
Goal Progress: 26/50 books, 3/12 from my shelf
Rating: 3.5/5

I always hate starting new books. It’s just so difficult to get into something new when you’re still stuck on the last book that you’ve read. And I especially don’t like starting Liza Palmer books because something about the writing just doesn’t gel with me. I always feel a little removed from the narration. But then I start coming around, and I grow to love the characters, and the next thing I know, I’m half way done and I can’t put the book down. And in the end, I really liked this book! I love that food has played such a huge part in the two Liza Palmer books I’ve read. Everyone is so passionate about what they do which is great. I didn’t quite buy how things ended up with the Dad, but oh well. Looking forward to more from this author.

Book 25: Lullabies for Little Criminals

Book: Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
Source:  borrowed from library
Goal Progress: 25/50 books, 3/12 from my shelf
Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes I had to stop and remember that we’re looking through the eyes of 13 year old girl who has basically spent her life in the seedy underbelly of Montreal, and I had to let go and accept the sometimes ridiculous things she would say. It’s hard to think of anyone growing up in that kind of environment. But Baby somehow managed to sound like an innocent child despite everything going on around her. A disturbing yet great read.

Book 24: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

Book: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Source:  borrowed ebook
Goal Progress: 24/50 books, 3/12 from my shelf
Rating: 3.5/5

I really enjoyed this. I was a little disappointed that it was wasn’t written from Veronica’s POV because I would love to be in her head, but oh well. And trying to fit in all the characters from the TV show seems a little unnecessary. But overall, a true to form Veronica Mars book. More please :)

Book 23: Hex Hall

Book: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Source:  borrowed ebook
Goal Progress: 23/50 books, 3/12 from my shelf
Rating: 3.5/5

This is why I should write these things as soon as I finish the book and  not wait a month – all I can really remember about the book was that it was a really quick, fun read! Sophie was a really great main character and I can’t wait to read the next book to find out what happens next.

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.

 

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