What I've Been Reading

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Still on my Young Adult Fiction kick I've recently read:

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - My book club chose this book and I loved it. I enjoyed the movie a few years ago and I found the book equally enjoyable. The movie was directed and written by the author of the book, so the feel of the movie is spot-on with that of the novel. The title pretty much sums the book up: a lovable high school outcast discovers himself, his past and his future while observing the world around him. Yet he also learns to step-away from the walls that shelter him and participate even if it means taking risks.

Miss Peregrin's School for Unusual Children by Ransom Rigg - The cover of this book would have normally turned me away --creepy!-- but I kept seeing good reviews on Amazon so when I found a free copy I snatched it up. The concept behind this story is awesome. A collector of old photographs pieced together unusual images to create a fictional story. And the book did immediately capture my attention but I must admit I got bored with the story. I finished the book but I wasn't as engaged or interested the second half as I was the first. I'm really considering whether or not I will continue with the series. Although, I must say that I do think the movie will be good.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult - I've read a few of Jodi Picoult's books before and enjoyed them, but I must admit they're not usually something I reach for regularly. Maybe because they have a tendency to be really intense and controversial and sometimes I want something a bit lighter. But generally her stories are engaging and her writing solid. RJ's aunt gave me The Storyteller and I must say I loved it. Probably because it's Picoult tackling my favorite era of historical fiction - World War Two. The Storyteller is a book about forgiveness. A heart-wrenching read that takes you to to war-torn Poland. It's a book stays with you long after you finish it.

I also just finished book one in The Maze Runner series by James Dashner. Touted as being a favorite among fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent it is good, but definitely not quite as good as the other two series.  However, I have already bought book two in the series so it may hooked me more than I care to admit.

One of these days I may read some non-fiction but for now I'm enjoying the escapism offered in a good novel.

What are you reading these days?

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