I read a lot of books on my honeymoon. my brain was really aching for some exercise, and so I’ll share with you my thoughts:
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
This book got a lot of hype for being beautiful. I thought that the story lines were really deep and involved, and I felt that the character development was right on. I don’t like when I read a book and feel that i can’t identify who i’m reading about. I just want to say that it was perhaps over hyped. The writing is fantastic and the story is compassionate, however, I may not have been in the right mind set for this. It might have been too emotional for me, and I don’t think that I was truly able to appreciate it the way a more sensitive person might.
Panda’s Book Score = B
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
I honestly didn’t think that I would like this book. I thought the writing was going to be mediocre and the story was going to be too predictable, but you know the writing was better than mediocre and it was not predictable at all. I actually enjoyed this book, and at the end I did feel a little sad. I like the way the chapters are divided so that you see the same story from each character’s point of view as it’s unfolding. This was a nice vacation book!
Panda’s Book Score = A-
A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs
I really liked Running with Scissors and Dry and I really didn’t like this memoir. I think he’s an excellent writer, and he’s had a really tremendous life with many obstacles to overcome. I just want to ask him when he’s going to be done complaining. I’m ready for him to write a book about the now. We know you had a crazy family, and later became an alcoholic, am I surprised that you now have daddy issues? no, not really. I was not impressed.
Panda’s Book Score = D
but i’ll play him a tiny violin for being the biggest complainer ever.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I bought this book on a whim at Borders, and the reason I was drawn to it was because there is a quote on the front from Stephanie Meyer. I figured if she enjoyed it, then I might too. I LOVED it. It’s sci-fi/fantasy and young adult, and it’s a series of three books with this one being the first. The style of the book is similar to Twilight and Harry Potter, there are demons and things and first loves. It’s very young adult, sometimes the author will write how we should interpret comments and glances…you know in case you didn’t know. Overall, it’s a fun read and after I finished it in Anguilla I went online and ordered the other two books to be sent to my place so they’d be ready for me when I arrived.
Panda’s Book Score = A
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
This is book II in the series of III, and it was almost as good at book I. The story was more exciting, but I really dislike when you read a second book in a series they recap like everything from the first book. So you find yourself being like: yeah i know this already come on, skip that. I know they have to do it, but I just don’t enjoy it. If you liked book I, you’ll like book II. I’ll leave it at that.
Panda’s Book Score = A-