I haven’t updated my Bookshelf Project in awhile but I have been ferociously reading since arriving in New Zealand. Not having a tv and only limited access to the internet will do that I guess. Thing is, I don’t mind it at all. I am a nerd at heart. One of my favorite things in the world is opening a book and letting it take me away. A cup of tea and a good book will keep me occupied for hours. Here are some recent reads…
I picked this up at the Taupo Library (yes I’m an official member now). I applied for my membership at the end of the day and only had 4 minutes to hunt around for some books. Since I’m a sucker for those little labels that say “Staff Pick” this seemed like an appropriate choice. This is actually a Young Adult book but with the main character’s knack for turning nouns into verbs and creating an almost new language I was glad I had my adult brain to work with. I would definitely classify it as a mystery with a very interesting twist at the end but the excitement was lacking. There was a ton of potential for chilly moments that the author plain missed out on or didn’t want to bother with them. It wouldn’t be my first recommendation to a young adult or adult.
I also grabbed this one from the Taupo Library in my frazzled, pick something quick state. Now I’m going to be honest here. I enjoy mysteries, ANY mysteries really. I don’t think I’m all too picky. This book is the only mystery I can remember NOT FINISHING. I made it 75% of the way through and was so fed up with the helplessness of the main female character, Marcy, that I skimmed the last 1/4 of it and decided it was not worth my time. Marcy is the Jan Brady of mystery books. I wish I could’ve climbed into the book, slapped some sense into her, and ended the nonsense thirteen chapters early. Don’t read this book.
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. Gillian Flynn has a way of writing that is completely unique. It just works. Read it.
I started reading this right after Gone Girl. I was almost an honorary member of the Gillian Flynn fan club when I started. I had been singing her praises to friends. I was smitten. This book, however, made me cut back on all the hoopla. I didn’t love it. Although the first Gillian Flynn book I read was dark and twisted, this took it a step too far. There were so many weird little moments that made me step backward and cringe. Be prepared for some weird stuff in this one.