I decided to go back and do a bunch of mini reviews for all the books I read but failed to review over the past two years. This will make me feel sort of caught up and refreshed and maybe will help me be motivated to keep up with reviewing what I've read this year! Some of these will be very mini since I can't remember them that well. This is batch #1.
Title: And The Mountains Echoed
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: Riverhead Books (Penguin)
Pub. Date: May 21, 2013
This was definitely not on par with either of Hosseini's previous books
which were both wonderful. He's still a good storyteller, but this one
left me wanting more. It felt more like a book of connected short
stories than a full novel, and I may have liked it better if it had been
advertised that way because the way it was I kept waiting for
everything to come together more.
Author: R. J. Palacio
Genre: Fiction; middle grade
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House)
Pub. Date: February 14, 2012
This is the first book I read last year. It is a middle grade book. It
was cute and had a good message. I don't remember it being as "omgz"
fabulous as everyone thought. A book about being different. Honestly,
I'd have to read it again to remember if I'd recommend it or not. Sorry!
I do remember thinking that although it was one kids could relate to, it was a little too "easy" in terms of how
things became better for the character.
Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre: Historical fiction; young adult
Publisher: Knopf (Random House)
Pub. Date: March 14, 2006
This was on last year's book bucket list. It was good. But again, with
the immense praise it has received I actually expected more.
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Broadway (Crown Publishing Group)
Pub. Date: September 26, 2006
Gillian Flynn's first published novel. It was very good. I don't know if
the plot was necessarily supposed to be a twist, since I saw where it
was going pretty fast. Although I like to think that's just my special
acumen! It wasn't as twisted as Gone Girl, for sure, but it was still a
great story with some messed up characters!