Because the end of February was a wash, I’m gonna combine February and March’s book club.
In February I read:
The Burn Journals by
I remember hearing about this in my YA lit class in college, and I thought I’d give it a try. This was one of the realest YA nonfiction I have ever read. With that said, I definitely do not recommend it to those under the age of 16. Though the narrator was 14 when this event happened to him, it contains very adult writing and graphic language. But it was still an incredible story, amazingly written, and very real. I think because it was so real I loved it even more.
The Bird Box by
I was interested after the Netflix movie came out (haven’t seen it) and another friend of mine remembers being scared shitless reading it. But I was…bored. A fascinating concept; I LOVE the concept. Maybe I was bored with the writing style. That’s personal preference, though.
Fifty-Fifty by James Patterson
Full disclosure, I was stuck in a WalMart for three hours with only my wallet and phone (taking care of auto stuff). I’d rather not waste my battery, so I decided to go into WalMart and buy a book. My local WalMart is small compared to super centers, so the book selection was slim. This was the only book that sparked any sort of interest, so I got it. Read it. Turned out to be quite good. The characters weren’t my favorite, but the story was so interesting that I kept with it. Good for suspense and thriller lovers.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by
I was interested in the story after seeing Tim Burton’s film adaptation with Johnny Depp. And um. Um. Burton definitely took creative liberty with characters and story. Honestly, disappointed with the original story. I prefer Ichabod being a scared detective than a flirtatious schoolteacher. And I definitely prefer the legend of the Hessian being vengeful than…whatever that was they had him in the story. Movie over book in this occurrence.
In March I read:
The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s Creator Mary Shelley by Catherine Reef
One of the classics I enjoyed in school was Frankenstein and Mary Shelley always seemed like an odd but brilliant lady. This was a new book in the public library, so I decided to check it out. And I’m glad I did! As I thought, she was an odd and brilliant lady, and there was so much more to her than writing a brilliant gothic novel. She’s definitely a female writer we should learn more about.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Pretty obvious why I wanted to read this book: I love the movie so much. Starting the book was just a wee confusing because of the structure, with Goldman ‘revising’ a piece by S. Morgenstern and adding commentary asides. Once I understood that aspect, I was able to get into the book easily. And the novel is hilarious. It has every bit of charm the movie possesses, with the added bonus of more scenes (because novel versus book, y’know). If you liked the movie, you’ll love the book.
And in next month’s agenda:
I am planning, in April, to read The Woman in Cabin 10 by , I Am Pilgrim by , Speak by , and The Outsider by Stephen King. Some longer books coming up, so don’t be too shocked if I only finish 3 in April rather than the goal of 4.
Let me know if you read or have read any of these books; I would love to know what you think. I’m not afraid of different opinions.