I found The Book Thief on the Kindle store for 99p the other day and I couldn’t resist. I’m 27% through and loving every moment!
I read this short book on 20/02/14. It’s the prequel to Warm Bodies the zombie romance featuring R and Julie. In this book Isaac Marion shows us how life was for Julie and her parents, Nora and her little brother, and R before the events of WB. It was a nice read and a good insight to how the hunger takes control and drives you to do things you don’t really want to. Guest starring M the pervert who watches you sleep.
I finished reading this book on 18/02/14 on my kindle. The storyline is pretty sad, with the main character dying in the first few pages. The main character is sweet little Susie Salmon (like the fish) the unfortunate victim of rapist and serial killer George Harvey. I have actually watched the film adaptation of this book so I kinda knew what was coming, but it was still a difficult read. The book and the film are really different so of course the book was better. In the book when Susie dies she goes to her own Heaven, she explains everyone has their own, and then there’s a bigger Heaven which I’m assuming is ‘main Heaven’. Susie’s Heaven is fun and unique and she meets a lot of people there, she watches over her family, friends and Mr. Harvey in her Heaven until she’s ready to move on. I don’t know whether I’ve intentionally read so many books containing death in this year or what but it’s definitely a theme. This is the first Alice Sebold novel I have read but I would read more of her work in the future.
I finished reading this beautiful beast of a book on 16/02/14. It took me a little while to read because I couldn’t carry it around with me due to its girth. I really enjoyed the story of this one. Its a lot different to the film, as was expected, and I definitely preferred it. The book is huge so I can understand why they couldn’t fit a lot of the story into the film but I was a bit bummed they left so much out. Also, Dobby is a pretty huge part of the story but I can appreciate that it cost so much money to animate him that they couldn’t put him in more. Or Winky. Now that would have been an expensive film. The whole Rita Skeeter storyline and learning about Hagrid and Madame Maxine was really interesting and I’m guessing will be important in the plot. I feel like in this book things have become incredibly serious with the death of a student and the confirmed return of Voldemort. I’m excited to read the rest of the series.
I finished reading Before I Fall on 07/02/014 on my Kindle. The plot was a bit different to other books that I’ve read because the main character dies in the beginning of the book. Sam relives the last day of her life, the 12th February, over and over trying to make things right but finds out she can’t change everything. I won’t say how many times she wakes up to the 12th, what she changes or spoil the ending (which means I can’t say a lot) but I really enjoyed this book. Its the first book I have read by Lauren Oliver and I’m positive I’m going to read more in the future.
This was recommended to me by a friend who also shares my appreciation of John Green and recently urged me to read Harry Potter (thank you) so I thought, yeah why not? I saw it in The Works in a 3 for £5 deal or £1.99 each on Thursday and bought it along with The Prey by Andrew Fukuda (the sequel to The Hunt) and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. I finished reading it today on Saturday 01/02/14.
The title actually says a lot about the story’s plot which may be why its called The Beginning of Everything in the USA, or maybe mentioning severed heads was a bit too graphic for a YA book? I don’t really know why it has two titles but it just does. The main character is called Ezra Faulkner who, within the first few pages, tells you about the severed head tragedy that causes him to drift away from his best friend Toby and become one of the popular ‘jocks’ at school with big aspirations to be a tennis star. After an encounter with his popular-bitchy-cheerleader girlfriend he storms out of a house party and ends up being the victim in a car crash, where a black SUV drives into his car and leaves him with a shattered knee. With his future as a tennis player in the same state and his social life diminished he returns to school not really knowing who he is. Here he meets new girl Cassidy Thorpe the mysterious bohemian who never gives a straight answer and begins a friendship/romance with her.
I wont say too much about the plot but I think this is more of a you-shouldn’t-rely-on-meeting-some-mysterious-girl-in-order-to-change-your-life book. I’ve seen a few quotes saying that its very John Green-esque and I can see why: the panopticon/the labyrinth of suffering (LFA), an aspiring sports star unable to play any more because of a medical reason (TFIOS) and the mysterious girl who hates small towns, sends him on treasure hunts, and loves riddles (PT). Another comparison is a total spoiler which I wont put but if you’ve read it you’ll know. I haven’t read anything else by Schneider but I hope to in the future because I did actually enjoy this book.