What? We get to link-up and talk about books today with our illustrious leaders Jana & Steph? Awesome! I had a really, really great month of reading (except the first book). Let's do this.
1. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith - After reading the first book in this series (The Cuckoo's Calling), I really liked Strike (the lead character), and I tolerated Robin (his assistant). By the end of this book, I just don't care. I don't care about the characters or "whodunnit". Nothing about this book worked for me, and truly, I hate talking so negatively because I love books. I fell asleep while reading this book more times than I can count. I kept wanting to quit it, but I persevered. I should've quit it. 1/5
2. Night by Elie Wiesel - Apparently, this book is required reading for some school curriculums. It should be. To read the words from a Holocaust survivor, a survivor of labor and extermination camps, there isn't anything that I can adequately "review". It's 115 pages. Read it. The atrocities that man can inflict on other members of the human race is something that we are still witnessing today. We must learn from history.
3. Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin - I first heard about this book from this link-up...yet again, another solid recommendation from you bloggy-reader-linker-uppers! I'm pretty sure it was Dani and Kristen, and I don't remember either mentioning it was based in Texas (because why would they? Neither have a connection to Texas that I know of.)...but for me, this was a pleasant surprise. The book gives a different and interesting perspective to dealing with trauma and capital punishment. 4/5
4. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga - Heavy subject matter but written in a somewhat simplistic way that it doesn't feel too heavy or burdensome. The author is able to describe two types of severe depression - one brought on by trauma, and one that seemingly is hereditary (but amped by trauma) in a painful, yet sweet and heartfelt way. 4.5/5
5. Private Vegas by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - I've probably read 100 James Patterson books. I'm not even kidding. I don't read every one of them, but I read a lot. This is the 9th in the Private series. If you haven't read them yet, you're probably not going to, so you can skip this. If you do like JP, his characters, and his formulas...this will not disappoint. 4/5
6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - Sometimes, you read something and think about social advances and how far we have come in society. Other times, you read a story that was written in 1999, and you are ashamed, the fact that inexcusable acts amongst teenagers are still so prevalent, and a story like this still rings so painfully true. 4.5/5
7. The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt - Simplistic writing but effective at times; Three close friends share a coming of age road trip, learning life lessons, and we learn of each of their own turmoils. 3.5/5
8. Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg - Devastating. Gut-wrenching. Beautiful. One of those books that tells various stories through the eyes of various characters that are all connected in some way. 4.5/5
Now, I've shown you mine............you show me yours!