From the Bookshelves of October 2014

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10.31.14 / october books

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This was such a fun read! I loved all the references to the ’80s. While the beginning was slow to pull me in, with a fair amount of backstory and set up, I’m glad I took the time to follow through with the rest of the book. I kept hearing such good things about it that I had to pick it up when I saw it at the library, and I wasn’t let down. (My favorite part was the huge reference to RUSH within the competition.) This is one of those books that kept me reading until I had to go to bed and had me vocalizing my reactions pretty frequently.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

As the October NovelTea pick, this was my first foray into the world of Neil Gaiman. How did I like it? Well, I bought The Ocean at the End of the Lane before I even finished The Graveyard Book, so it’s safe to say I didn’t hate it. The most fun part was that it was a children’s book. Sure, it was an easy read in a technical sense, but its commentary on life and death are captivating along with the story itself. What really interested me was the way each chapter felt like its own short story, while still managing to connect the novel as a whole. It’s impressive to be able to do that without each chapter feeling too separate.

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

This was my read for my IGGPPC review for November, but the short version is that it was cute while managing to be more than I was expecting. It touched upon some interesting subjects, if only lightly in some cases, and the ending was, to an extent, a bit of a surprise. It turned out a little traditional, a little non, and I’m not too bothered by it.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

I read If I Stay a few months ago, and you can refresh yourself on what I thought in the post from MayWhere She Went, as you may guess, is told from a different perspective, and it’s not my favorite of the two. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy the way it shifted Mia to the role of catalyst and muse. That’s something that happens to a lot of female characters in writing, and it was disappointing to take the focus away from her, even if it wasn’t her story being told anymore. That’s not to say it was a bad book or anything; it’s emotional, and it’s a captivating look at Adam’s story and struggles. I’m just torn between the gain of his side and the loss of hers.

November 4, 2014
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  • I JUST finished If I Stay yesterday, and I really liked it. In the back there was an excerpt from Where She Went, and I already didn’t like the tone from Adam’s point of view. Maybe it’s because I had just come off of reading an entire book from Mia’s view, but the shift felt strange. I definitely want to read the whole thing, at least to find out what happens!

  • I think your review of Where She Went pretty much sums up my apprehensions about reading it. I can’t imagine it showing her in a light different from that, and I don’t want it to. The first book was just so wonderful! (And I’m glad you liked Gaiman enough to read Ocean at the End of the Lane! :D)

    • Sonya

      Oh, Kristin, I am loving Ocean! It’s so fantastically creepy. I’m so glad you finally gave me the to push to read something by him because I was really missing out. (And of course, I’m passing all these books onto my mom now.)

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