I never got around to writing full reviews (I know, it seems like these days everything I'm doing is adding to the #badblogger checklist) but I decided to write a paragraph on each book with my thoughts. These are books I read/half-read/DNF in July.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (8.7/10)
by E. Lockhart
So much fun! Lockhart had created a really distinct narrative voice (it’s in 3rd person POV) which managed to infuse itself with Frankie’s character and make her memorable. Frankie was definitely a dynamic scene-stealer as she navigated the world of Alabaster Prep. I found her motivations to start running the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds slightly immature (in the no fair, I wanna be in a secret club, *stamps feet* kind of way) which bothered me for a stretch but the thing is, I could see myself thinking the same at 14 which made the book more interesting. A very entertaining read with great appeal for all readers :) Honestly. It's like I want to curl up with popcorn and watch Frankie be awesome.
by Tina Fey
It’s my first ‘memoir’-ish celeb (I have a thing for pop culture) autobiography book, and I dunno… I’m not convinced. I absolutely adore Tina Fey, I think she’s talented and very funny and this book is too… at times. I didn’t read the whole thing back to back, I skipped to various sections (I read about 80% I would say) because some parts I just couldn’t get myself to care. Bossypants is filled with anecdotes from various points in her life and there’s this smooth style to it that makes it very readable and enjoyable. Some humour I just didn’t find funny, but she has this self-deprecating way of writing that I really did like. Anyways, I’d recommend if I you’re interested, I don’t regret reading it because it’s a cool escapism read, but probably borrow it from a library like I did instead of spending $30.
by Elizabeth Scott
DNF. Yeah, I couldn’t finish this one. I had such high expectations too which just makes me that much more disappointed. I couldn’t get into the story or care for what was happening I thought the prose was.. alright. I love “sparse-prose-style”, but I thought this one was stuck in the middle between sparse-prose I like and “normal” narration (if there is such a thing), which just didn’t engage me. I didn’t get emotionally invested at all and found it really easily to just put down this book instead of powering through, I made it about a third of the way through. I think I didn’t like this book based on personal preference, not because the book is bad because I can see some of its appeal. I was just overall disappointed by how lackluster it felt when I tried to read it.
The Monster Calls (9.1/10)
by Patrick Ness
On one hand, I want to write a review to spread the word on how flippin fabulous this book is (I might in the future) but I just couldn’t get myself to start because I couldn’t form thoughts into words. This book is effing beautiful. It’s alarmingly straightforward yet Ness tackled the difficult and intensely emotional themes with such precision that I thought this book was bloated from all the epic awesome. The narrator is younger than the ones in most YA books, but this is a book that deals with heavy YA themes rather spectacularly, it’s hard to do this book justice. It’s incredibly relatable as well and the mother-son relationship was done so gorgeously. It made me sob big fat tears.... I love this book. You should definitely read it. A masterpiece.