January 13, 2014

Week in Review (2)

It was Bout of Books 9.0 Readathon week, and I had several days off work due to the crazy winter weather (we’re talking a foot of snow and -45 degree wind chills). So as you can imagine, I spent a lot of time snuggled up with books! I also ended up sick on the couch over the weekend, so I took advantage of that and read some more when I wasn't resting.

Here are some mini-reviews of what I read this week:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
WOW. This one took me just 2 days to read, despite it being 450+ pages. (Thank you, snow days!) It was really intense, suspenseful, and gripping. I loved how the plot brought all the various characters together at the end. I don’t want to say too much more for fear of spoiling anything. But I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
I didn't know much about this one except that it had a catchy title, so I downloaded the eBook from the library. Piddy is adjusting to her new school and dealing with a bully. Her best friend has moved away and made new friends, leaving Piddy to feel as if she’s been forgotten. This is a great coming of age novel about finding your identity and your strength.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
This one has been on my radar for a while, and I finally decided to download the library audiobook. I really didn’t know much about HeLa cells prior to reading this book, and I had never heard of Henrietta Lacks. This book was both an entertaining and informative read. Definitely pick it up if you want a fascinating and thought-provoking read.

DNF - Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
I received a review copy from the publisher. I’m not going to be writing a full review since I didn’t finish the book. I didn’t get very far before I decided it wasn’t for me. I was quickly turned off by the writing style  (there are frequent, abrupt switches from Logan’s to Holly’s point of view, which I found jarring) and the fat-shaming vibes I was picking up. However, my co-worker loved it and thought the book was hilarious, so give it a try if you’re interested. It just wasn’t my cup of tea! I'm trying to be better about setting aside books that don't work for me this year. Why suffer through if you know you're not going to enjoy it?

This weekend, I also started reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell and Just One Year by Gayle Forman, and I'll be finishing both soon!

What did you read this week? 


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