Book 62: This Adventure Ends

Book: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Goal: 62
Rating: 5/5

I can’t believe how much I ended up loving this. I knew that Emma Mills had potential after reading First & Then but I didn’t expect her second book to blow me away quite so much. I even cried though the last 50 pages or so!

It’s a mix of garden state/fangirl/the fixer. So much love for this book.

Good thoughts here and here.

Book 61: Paper Princes

Book: Paper Princess by Erin Watt
Goal: 61
Rating: 2.5/5

Oh. my. god. What the hell did I just read? This book has absolutely no basis in reality. And despite the fact that these characters are high school students, I’m stunned that it’s classified as YA at the library. There is basically no plot to this story and things started meandering towards the end but it was totally addicting and I’ve already put the second and third ones on hold at library.

Some good thoughts here.

Book 60: Prisoner of Azkaban

Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
Goal: 60
Rating: 3.5

I really dislike reading about  quidditch, it’s so boring. I skimmed through the final game against Slytherin. So I’m not exactly looking forward to the next book where they go to the quidditch cup. On the flip side, I absolutely loved everything about Moony, Padfoot and Prongs. I just wanted the whole book to be about their friendship.

I’m not sure I really enjoy JK Rowling’s writing. It’s too descriptive maybe? Over narrated? She has some really cool ideas but her execution is a little lacking for me.

I’m kind of excited for the next book though. It was my least favourite of all of them back in the day but maybe I will enjoy it more this time around!

 

Book 59: Unbroken

Book: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Book: 59
Rating: 3.5

I can’t say I particularly enjoyed reading this book, but at the end of the day, I’m really glad that I did.  I thought it was a really eye-opening to things I hadn’t put too much thought into before. But it was too long and too detailed for me to be really interested in the book as a whole.

Book 58: Hold Me

Book: Hold Me by Courtney Milan
Goal: 58
Rating: 4/5

This book wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it! I was for sure expecting her gender and his sexuality to be more of a topic of discussion. And one one hand, I’m glad it wasn’t because it shouldn’t have to be. On the other, I feel like it is an important topic and I was interested to see it play it out. And speaking of expectations… I think that maybe this book would have been better had the reader not known they were talking to each other? Or maybe I would have read it and thought “of course they are talking to each other, get to the point” but it would have been more fun to see the reveal. Oh well. I thought there was also a little bit too much drama pushed into the book, so much was happening and meanwhile,  I was perfectly happy to just sit back and watch them yell at each other and/or send flirty math texts. Looking back, I probably plowed through the book too quickly to form any sort of coherent thought on it so perhaps a reread is in order to better figure out how I feel about it. Hopefully I don’t hate it like I hated Trade Me on the re-read.

But I think I will forever have a soft spot for books where characters get to know each other via chat because that was my LIFE growing up.