“SOME BOOKS YOU READ. SOME BOOKS YOU ENJOY. BUT SOME BOOKS JUST SWALLOW YOU UP, HEART AND SOUL.” – JOANNE HARRIS
Introducing the AOTR Book Club! Rather than publishing my top 10 books twice a year, I’ve decided to take on the challenge and review 4 books every month. I’ll give each book a short summary (without spoilers), my personal star rating, and will finish each post with a list of the books I plan to review the following month. I hope you can read along with me!
13 REASONS WHY
I didn’t love this book, but I didn’t hate it either – which makes it difficult to review. The concept is original with narration from both Hannah (through the narration of her tapes) and Clay. I was expecting a novel of this nature to affect me on a deeper level but I didn’t get that when I finished – I just wanted to know why she did it – I was not emotionally invested in this book at all and I think that is a missed opportunity for a book with this concept. However, don’t let that deter you from reading this book. Asher has done a good job at approaching a sensitive topic. I found myself enthralled by Hannah’s story and the suspense was good. It emphasises that our decisions and actions – big or small – can affect others in ways we don’t realise possible, which I believe is a great message to be sending young readers.
EAT PRAY LOVE
Reading Eat Pray Love made me want to return to Ubud and Italy so badly! Despite not being able to relate to the emotional turmoil Liz was experiencing, I was able to appreciate the ways in which she felt about both Ubud and Italy having been immersed in the culture myself. I’ve also been planning to visit India so reading about it on such a spiritual and personal level significantly fueled my wanderlust. Although Gilbert can sometimes come across as self-indulgent and annoying, the way she has crafted and illustrated her journey shows an honest memoir of emotion after a harrowing divorce and a whirlwind romance. The film starring Julia Roberts is also worth a watch!
CARVE THE MARK
I was a big fan of Roth’s Divergent series and am also a fan of series’ including Red Queen, The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games and Tomorrow When the War Began. For me, I find it easy to completely separate each series and their authors from other series’ that may be similar in some way. If the story is engaging and it keeps me guessing until the last page, that’s all that matters. I have read bad reviews about Carve the Mark, but 90% of them were for the pettiest reasons. I for one enjoyed Carve the Mark. The title has huge meaning which I didn’t know going into it. It tells a suspenseful story of friendship, family, loyalty, betrayal and revenge. Roth did an excellent job creating different worlds and planets with people of all different supernatural gifts. I’m looking forward to book two!
LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE
I was intrigued when I saw the title for Knoll’s debut novel. I hadn’t heard much about it, hadn’t read any reviews but the title got my attention, the synopsis had me curious, and so away I went. At first, most readers are going to hate the narrator, Ani. She appears to have everything she could ever want in life – money, perfect job and the perfect man – but she’s shallow, materialistic and just a downright bitch. As the story continues and you read from the 14-year-old version of narrator, TifAni, you’ll start to piece some things together. What most readers will find though, is that whatever it is they’ve pieced together, it is so far from the truth it is shocking. I won’t go into detail, as I don’t want to ruin the story, but rest assured it is a complex novel with a primary focus around trauma and post-traumatic stress that is both suspenseful and page turning.
I’ll be reviewing:
- Wild – From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail: Cheryl Strayed
- November 9: Colleen Hoover
- The Alchemist: Paulo Coelho
- First they Killed my Father: Loung Ung
If you happen to have read or are planning to read one or more of these, please link me if you’ve reviewed them, and I will share your link in my post next month!
As always, would love recommendations!