Book 4: You Don’t Always Have To Be Serious

In stark contrast to Book 3, this book was finished in less than one day. In fact it was finished in about the time it took me to fly from Detroit to Seattle. The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me was my choice for the fourth book. As I mentioned in my last post, I picked four books up from the library after finishing The Cuckoo’s Calling. Because that book was so difficult, I decided to jump to something I knew would be quick: a young adult book about a teenager and her relationships (both friendly and romantic).

I’m not going to lie, going to the young adult section in the library to pick this book up was kind of weird for me. I mean, depending on exactly how I choose to dress and do my makeup on a given day, I’m pretty sure I could still pass for a high school student (yay?), but I try hard to not liken myself to a teenager because, well, who wants to go to that phase of life?! Still, my goal of 56 books in 56 weeks was calling to me, so I did it. I walked into the young adult section, located the book, took said book, and walked slightly stealthily away. Of course, then I was in the airport reading a book that looked like this, so I think I failed myself nontheless.

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Once I got passed caring about what people thought of me (both in terms of being in the YA sections and in terms of holding the above book), I really enjoyed this book. Even though Ruby is a high school student, I still related to her in a lot of ways. I think a lot of our eccentricities are similar (though she’s very different from current me and high school me in many different ways). I’m in one of my first relationships ever right now (yep, made it to 23 with no boyfriends, it’s cool), and a lot of the things I’m finally aware of myself doing, Ruby also does. Ruby kind of deludes herself into thinking that her relationship is good, even though she’s clearly not happy. It seems to me (though I might be projecting here) that she doesn’t want to “rock the boat” by telling her boyfriend when she’s not happy. This is EXACTLY what I did in my first relationship. I would go complain to my friends about something small, and they would tell me that I really should talk to my boyfriend about it, and by the time I got to talking to him I reasoned that it really wasn’t that big a deal, all in all our relationship was great, there’s no reason to potentially start a fight. So yeah, I think I saw a lot of myself in Ruby and I think I felt some kind of affirmation that I wasn’t the only person in the world that did this. Thanks world!

And just a note to thos reading this, sometimes you need to do something silly like read a YA book about high schoolers, or watch the newest Disney movie, or whatever is silly to you. Not every thing you do, book you read, movie you see has to have substance for it to be good. It has to be enjoyed for it to be good.

Happy New Years Eve Day everyone!

Book 3 (posted a week late, but finished just on time)

I finished this book on Tuesday 12/23, I just kept putting this post off because, you know, vacation and stuff.

I was honestly unsure that I would make my book a week deadline this week around. I told my boyfriend about my goal for the year + month and he suggested I read Clifford the Big Red Dog and other children’s books. He’s a goof that way. He’s also not the biggest book reader so I think this astounded him. But the next morning when he wanted to play Call of Duty I think he was happy to see that I had something to keep me busy.

Anyway, as you may have construed, this book was not the quick read that Book 1 and Book 2 were. This week I chose to read The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. When I came upon this title I was obviously excited to learn that Galbraith was a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling’s. I was one of those people that fell head over heels for the Harry Potter books. While I did preorder the books as they came out, and read them as quickly as I physically could, I was not as hardcore as some of my other friends who have reread each book multiple times and have all the characters and plotlines memorized. Nontheless, I was excited at the prospect of reading something new by J.K. Rowling (I did not read The Casual Vacancy, it didn’t interest me for some reason).

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This book is a pretty classic mystery. It was slow to start, a lot of background story about the characters that didn’t seem the most important. This is the first book in a series though, so maybe that becomes more useful in the following books. The mystery itself was good. The book did a good job of building up to the end, without giving too much away. The end seemed pretty rushed to me.
Reading this made me contemplate what it was about Harry Potter that I, and so many others, adored. I do think the writing itself was good, and the storylines definitely drew readers in. But thinking about this made me realize, that more than anything, it was the world J.K. Rowling created that attracted me so. She made a world that was completely magical, but worked it into the real world so well that it was just something I wanted so badly to believe. So while the plot line in this book was to my liking, there wasn’t that something special that just made me keep reading as if her words were the oxygen I needed to breathe.
I’m not sure I’ll be reading the next book in this series, I’m definitely not jumping straight to it as I just picked up four books from the library for my holiday travels. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have some buffer in case I got a couple weeks that I just couldn’t read. My boyfriend told me this doesn’t count as a book a week, but rather as 52 books in a year. I corrected him to 56 (thanks December) and threw a sneer his way. He seemed thoroughly amused by all this.

Book 2: Still on Track

On Sunday I woke up feeling less than stellar thanks to some poor decisions made Saturday night. After chugging a glass of water, taking an aspiring, and failing to fall back asleep I decided to give my second book, Paper Towns by John Green another go. Oddly enough, I decided to read this book because the same blogger mentioned in my previous 56 Books in 56 Weeks post, wrote about the casting of the upcoming movie.

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Honestly, I promptly picked this book up the Monday after I finished book 1, but I was really struggling to get into it. It felt slow and almost pointless at first, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about the characters. By Sunday I was reaching my deadline of one week to read and decided there was nothing that would improve my bodily state than lying in bed and reading. Which is precisely what I did for about 5 hours.

It turned out I really liked the book. Unlike my previous read, at the end of this book I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. In one of the least kitschy ways possible, this book made me believe in the possibility of love and relationships. I was also surprised to read a book from the male perspective. I wasn’t expecting it firstly because I feel that many young adult books are told from the female perspective, and secondly the whole strong female lead seems to be very popular among writers, and readers (like myself) ever since Hunger Games became a hit.

All in all, I’d say it was a fun quick read. Maybe something good for a beach, or a cozy day in. I don’t know that I’ll be running to the theaters to watch the movie, but I’ll probably pay the three bucks to watch it on my TV when it comes out in that forum.

Anyway, in an effort to make this blog more organized, I’m going to start posting about my weekly readings promptly on Mondays. I’m really looking forward to this next read. It’s a bit longer than the first two, and I haven’t started it yet (oops), but I’m hoping it’ll be a quick read.

If anyone has recommendations for book 4 (or any of the following books) please post in the comments below.