Book 49: Betrayls

Book: Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong
Goal: 49
Rating: 3/5

Sadly, I’m starting to fall out of love with Kelley Armstrong. Or her editor. She really needs someone to tell her to cut to the chase. Too much love triangle. Too much Liv misinterpreting Gabriel’s thoughts/emotions/etc. Basically, there is too much of Liv thinking in this book, too much useless thoughts and dialog. I actually found her pretty annoying.  I don’t enjoy the fae story line/mystery. I find it confusing because I always forget what is going on in between books. But I did like that there were more Ricky/Gabriel POVs, they were infinitely more interesting to me than Liv in this book. And Ricky… I just love Ricky. But I hope that the next book is the last one because I’m tired of this series.

Some good thoughts here.

 

And some notes on editing because I thought this book could have been about 100 pages shorter.

 

Book 48: Jurassic Park

Book: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Goal: 48
Rating: 3/5

I’ll just say it: the move was better. The movie will always have a special place in my heart and I tried to keep an open mind on the book, but it just wasn’t as good. The writing was clunky. I thought the characters were better developed in the movie, especially the female characters. I didn’t find it very suspenseful and I didn’t have any investment in who lived and who died. But maybe I read a different book than everyone else because all the goodreads reviews say it’s amazing.

And totally wondering about Q1.2 here.

Books 46 and 47: Harry Potter 1 & 2

Book: Harry Potter 1 & 2 by JK Rowling
Goal: 46 and 47
Rating: 3.5/5 and 3.5/5

First of all, I feel absolutely traitorous by not loving these books. They were ok; they were fun, and easy to read but they weren’t great. Had I not already known what was going to happen, I probably would have been more interested but most of the time I just slogged through so I could move onto the next book. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll love the later books as there is much more depth to them.

Good thoughts here.

 

Book 45: Moneyball

Book: Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Goal: 45
Rating: 5/5

I don’t know why, but I have such a soft spot for Michael Lewis. I read Boomerang and since then I’ve had him on my “must buy” list at used book sales. I was little worried that his books wouldn’t live up to the expectations in my head, but fortunately they did! He’s such an approachable writer. He takes subjects that I have almost no interest in and makes them exciting. For example, baseball. I loved the movie and wasn’t really sure what to expect from the book, and while the book was different, it was equally as engaging. Billy Beane and Paul weren’t as central to the story as I was expecting and I enjoyed the depth that the book gave to all the other players, especially Hatty, which made it feel like an even better underdog story.

Good review here.