Hardly Obsessed

A totally unoriginal blog about anything and everything

Book 78: Just One Day

Book: Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Source: Borrowed ebook from library
Goal Progress: 78/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 2/5

I should have known that this book would fall flat for me. This is at least the 3rd time I’ve checked it out from the library and I usually don’t get past the first chapter before moving onto something else. But the premise was just so enticing that I had to read it, two young loves running around Paris together? Does it get more romantic and adorable? (see Anna and the French Kiss). But no, Allyson and Willem had a bizarre adventure around Paris for one day and then she falls into a depressed state for a year (see Bella in New Moon) and then she blows off new friends on a crap shoot mission to try and track down this guy. I pretty much had to force my way through this book. Big disappointment. And I hate that I didn’t like it more since I should be able to relate to totally doing a nose-dive in college after a promising high school career. This sums up my thoughts well.


Book 77: The Devil You Know

Book: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Source: Borrowed from library
Goal Progress: 77/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3.5/5

There was something about this book that didn’t quite grab me. I’m not sure I ever really cared about the thriller aspect of the book, I was way more interested in Cadie’s relationship with Noah and Matt. Hello, chemistry.

However, Trish Doller’s writing has markedly improved since her first novels so I’m excited to see what’s in store next from her.

Book 76: On The Island

Book: On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
Source: Borrowed from library
Goal Progress: 76/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3/5

This book has been on  my TBR list for forever and while I’m glad I finally read it to get it off my TBR list, I can’t say I see what all the fuss was about. It took me about 24 hours to get through so it was a really quick and easy read but… I was just expecting more out of this for a book that had such good reviews. It felt too simple. And I’ve decided that I just don’t like  her style of writing because I felt exactly the same way after reading Covet. I also wasn’t expecting it to be quite as much of a romance. That’s all the second half was about – romance. And it just felt like everything got wrapped up much too neatly at the end of the book.

Book 75: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Book: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
Source: borrowed from library
Goal Progress: 75/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 2.5/5

It was ok. I expected it to be more about space and less about his mundane examples of “how to be a zero.” He was trying so had to be joe-normal but he’s so clearly not as he’s only one of a handful of people who have every been to space. Some good comments here.


Book 74: Trade Me

Book: Trade Me by Courtney Milan
Source: Bought to read
Goal Progress: 74/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 4 – 4.5?/5

This book absolutely should not have worked, the premise is incredibly ridiculous but I was so, so sucked in and I couldn’t put it down. I laughed, I cried (which I’m sure was a result of sleep deprivation), and I totally felt for Tina. Sometimes I’m reading books and I wonder if maybe there’s something wrong with me because I feel nothing at all for the characters, but then a book like this comes along and reminds that it’s probably just the books fault and my emotional capacity is just fine. Things kind of got a little off track towards the end for me but other than that, this was so good. I can’t wait for the rest of the series!

Book 73: More Happy Than Not

Book: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Source: Borrowed from Library
Goal Progress: 73/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3/5

Hmm… I did not like this as much as everyone else did, and I feel a little heartless saying that. I thought the plot twist was interesting but wasn’t enough to really keep me engaged. Overall, meh for me. Fortunately, it was a short, quick read which meant I actually finished it.

Book 72: Deceptions

Book: Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong
Source: Borrowed from Library
Goal Progress: 72/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3.5/5

A little too much drama in this  book. I wanted a little bit less misunderstanding between Liv and Gabriel. And I feel like the dynamic between Liv/Gabriel is much too similar to Nadia/Jack. Kelley Armstrong writes these characters well but I want to see something new. Also, I thought everyone spoke a little too formally. The pacing could have been better, started off really slow (we got scenes of Ricky convincing Liv to call her boss at the diner and quit) and the end came way too quick. Still, I couldn’t stop reading this book.


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