Prior to owning a kindle, I'd never felt the need to keep track of how many books I'd read during a given year. But now, I can't control my OCD when I'm managing my content on Amazon. It's as if the list of books is yelling, "How many have you read? Make a list. Make it now. You know you want to."
So here's what I've read since the last time I posted my book reviews:
#11 - Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
#12 - After Birth by Elisa Albert
#13 - The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver
#14 - The Magicians by Lev Grossman
#15 - Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery
#16 - Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates
#17 - American Sniper by Chris Kyle
#18 - Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
#19 - Still Alice by Lisa Genova
And here are my comments:
Leaving Time - Excellent. I rated this 5 stars until about 75% through and then I had a lot of questions, some things weren't making sense. But then it all came together. And the sections of the book focusing on the elephants tie it all together. Don't skim through those thinking that it's filler. It's not.
After Birth - Blah. Reviews for this book kept popping up on my twitter feed one weekend and when I went to check out a book from the library, it was available, so I checked it out. I suppose I could have gotten over the fact that it didn't have a real plot, but the lamenting over being forced to have a c-section and the constant judging of those who feed their babies formula, or poison as it is referred to, annoyed the crap out of me. There was potential here but it failed.
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton - I loved this book. It's a page turner and definitely deserves more than the 3.5 stars it's currently rated on Amazon.
The Magicians - Normally, I would never read a book like this, which is kind of the reason why I decided to read it. I had six (the maximum number allowed) e-books on hold at the library and I came across this book looking for something immediately available. It was well written and held my attention but I just couldn't get past the fantasy stuff. I'll probably read the other two books though, just because I want to know what happens.
Grandma Gatewood's Walk - Another Appalachian Trail book. I wasn't expecting this book to be as interesting as it was. Very well written and inspirational. It's crazy to think that a grandmother hiked the entire trail by herself with hardly any gear. More than once. Makes those who quit look like complete wimps.
Shakespeare Saved My Life - Really quick read with a very thought provoking topic. Do inmates deserve to be educated?
American Sniper - Extremely interesting. I haven't seen the movie but plan to. I would recommend this book to anyone. Definitely deserving of 5 stars.
Unbroken - This book was very well written, interesting and so very inspirational. I wish there had been more written about his life after the war though as it felt like the book came to an abrupt stop. Another movie to see.
Still Alice - Great book. It was such a quick read that I feel it had the potential to be a much longer, deeper novel. I can't fault the author for writing it the way she did though. And yes, another movie to watch.