I know, I know. I already posted about a book today. That was a requirement for challenges that I'm participating in. Sorry
Stolen by Lucy Christopher - I read this for the Aussie Author Book Challenge, and you can read my review here. Go on. Read it. Because this book was gooood.
2. The Martian by Andy Weir - Story - wonderful. Characters - fantastic. But....... I'm not science-y enough for this. I skimmed A LOT. The math talk and science talk was WAY over my head and out of my zone of interest. When talks of oxygenators, RTGs, EVAs, how much space needed for farming, how many solar panels needed for energy, etc...it was too much for me. All VERY important things to maintain life, but things I'm happy we have scientists to study and mathematicians to calculate. Astronauts are smarrrrrrt. The characters are the winners for me. If it weren't for the characters, I would have quit the book. I will watch the movie because I really like the casting.
3. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom - When I finished this book, I was almost at a loss for words. I experienced a full range of emotions from disgust to joy. The most important lesson to me to take from this story is what traits determine a family...loyalty, protection, support, and love...regardless of birthright, heritage, or race. A book filled with interesting characters that will make you feel all kinds of "stuff".
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - Again, Rainbow Rowell has written characters who are almost impossible not to fall in love with. Reagan - although a supporting role, was my favorite character by far. I loved her spirit. The only criticism I have is I never "got" Harry Potter, so I had to be really creative in imagining the love and fandom of the world of Simon and Baz. If you were into HP, then you'd like this book even more than I did. A joy to read.
The next three books that I read (7,8,9) were all for the Aussie Author Challenge - you can read what I thought of all three of them in this review. Go read now; I'll still be waiting here for you to return.
Strange Places by Will Elliott
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Frantic by Katherine Howell
Private L.A. by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan - I am one of the reasons James Patterson is a gazillionaire. I read almost all of his books. I like Jack Morgan - the lead character of the Private series. He is featured a lot in some of these books, and a little in others. I find the ones that he is in a lot (Private #1 Suspect), I like more than the ones he's not (Private India, Private Games). As with almost all James Patterson books, it is quick, easy to read, with several storylines happening at once that seem to be wrapped up by the end. It feels like watching a movie rather than reading a book. You know how Law & Order SVU will take a real life story straight from the headlines and tweak it for fiction? This story does that featuring a Brad & Angelina-type power couple being kidnapped with their three adoptive children. This one was good, but not great.
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta - This is a fantastic book about transformation, growth, family, friends, mental illness, and finding your own voice. I found myself caring about the characters...all of them...and interested in their lives and wanting the best for them. This was written in 2003, so keeping that in mind, it was fun to see that the kids didn't seem to all have mobile phones yet, and one of the characters is always listening to his "discman". Highly recommend it...I'd give it an A-
I enjoyed it so much, I immediately followed up by reading The Piper's Son, where the author takes a look at the same social group five years later through another's eyes. I'm enjoying that one even more. So, look for that next link-up :)
Book lovers - have you read any of these? What did you think? Will you read any of them?