Mini-mini reviews! #1

Friday, January 9, 2015

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
Genre: Fiction
Page: 402
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.

Title: Wonder
Author: R. J. Palacio
Pages: 315
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
Page: 550
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.

Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Pages: 252
Genre: Fiction
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!


Ti said...

I wan't all that impressed with Mountains. I felt it lacked something. Not really sure what.

Sandy Nawrot said...

The audio for Mountains was pretty horrid, at least the narrators were. I could hardly understand them. I did really like Wonder though, for all of its sweetness and simplistic, positive messages. And Book Thief is probably one of my all-time favorites. Wow, that audio IS AMAZING. And I've loved all of Gillian Flynn's books. She is so damned dark.

Booksnyc said...

I started Mountains on audio but just couldn't get on with it - I don't know whether it was the audio or not but now that I read your review, I wonder if it was the book itself.

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