The Quiet Game – Greg Iles / I got this author rec from the guys at work. This was the first book in a series of 6, and I loved it. It was about what seemed to be a race murder in Mississippi back in 1968, but it was discovered it was much more than that. It moved fast, and there were lots of plot twists – just my kind of thing. I’m excited about the next five!
13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher / I really wanted to read the book before I watched the series, but since I was number bazillion on the wait list for it at the library, and I was just too curious, I watched the series first. There are a few main differences between the book and series (no spoilers, but nothing completely crazy), and I honestly can’t tell you which one I preferred. I liked the book, because I got more of what Clay was thinking, but I like how the series added stuff that seemed to fit into the story. Either way, read the book, watch the series – it’s worth it.
The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney / I didn’t like this at all. It was really hyped, and it just fell flat to me. It felt like the book wanted to go somewhere, but it just didn’t. There were a lot of characters, and it seemed like a bunch of whiny adults over an inheritance they shouldn’t have put all their trust in. I should have stopped this one when I was about 50 pages in, but didn’t.
A Colony in a Nation – Chris Hayes / A short read on criminal justice and policing in America. It was an interesting book about the unfair and unequal criminal justice system between two groups – the Colony and the Nation. A relevant book for the times, and a super easy and fast read. Just something I took from the book: Did you know in Finland, the policeman only shot their guns a total of 6 times in one year? Completely sobering, yeah?
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood / Like 13 Reasons, I wanted to read the book before watching the series. I really liked this book, but I definitely feel like I was left hanging at the end. I mean, I can draw up my own conclusions, but what happens?!? It was an interesting premise, that’s for sure, and definitely frightening – because what if all of that happens? All in all, I’m not mad that I read this book, and I’m really excited to watch the series now.
1984 – George Orwell / I never had to read this book in school. I became interested in it after a friend told me that he’d read it an enjoyed it. Another dystopian novel – two back to back. These kinds of books scare me, because, again, like above, what if all could happen? What if you could be made to believe that the things you know never happened, and in fact you never knew them at all? This was a pretty fast read, and I really enjoyed it. I’m hoping to pick up Animal Farm for next month’s link up.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak / I don’t even know where to begin with this book. HOLY SHIT – it was amazing. So amazing. I have a fascination with all things WWII, and this gave such feeling to it – from the perspective of a few who didn’t necessarily agree with all the goings on. It was so amazing you guys — it definitely gave me all the feels. Read it. Now.