I have finally managed one book I have put off for so long – The Bone Clocks! It is a very pretty looking but, but the content was heavy for me. Let’s see more about that later!
Books I have managed to read this February:
- The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Full Review)
- Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle
- Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern
- Dead Zone by Stephen King
- Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
3 out of 5 stars
The reason I only gave it three out of five stars is that the written english language has been more difficult for me and that there hasn’t been happening much. The story evolves around Holly Syke, starting at age 16 when she’s running away from home and her baby brother gets missing. Years are passing by and Holly slowly gets interwoven in strange events that explain what has happened to her little brother years ago. On the way, we get to meet two other characters that let us see their point of view and make the reader understand the world they are situated in. Large book with beautiful language, but not too much plot.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
3 out of 5 stars
A nice breezy story about the possibilities that can be done when having to relive the same day over and over. Which is happening to Samantha Kingston, sixteen years old, on Valentine’s Day. Reviving each day, she has to find out what makes her stay within the same day and realizes that live might not just be evolving around her own.
I’ve given this book three out of five stars because I didn’t quite like the characters that were in the story. Samantha, although getting better as the story evolves, seems like this super obnoxious and popular girl who would love to squish everything beneath her feet, same with her three best friends. It just felt a very stereotypical story, wouldn’t there have been the mysterious red line through the story asking how Samantha could get out of her loop.
Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle
3 out of 5 stars
This book follows three short stories, each written by one of the mentioned authors. They all are situated around christmas time and the characters of the different stories are somewhat connected. The first one follows Jubilee, a girl who had to leave her home at christmas eve to get to her grandparents in Florida by train since her parents got in jail over fancy christmas decoration. The second one follows a group of three teenagers, who leave their movie night in the middle of a snowstorm to have a party at a waffle house. The third story follows a girl who has to find herself (and a teacup pig) after a very horrible mistake and a bad break-up.
It seems all random but really is just connected when you never guessed it at first. They are very cute characters and stories altogether, but seemed all a too shallow and the same for me. Yes they are short stories, but personally I think there could have been more depth. It’s best read around Christmas or snowy days.
Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern
4 out of 5 stars
A story told in letters and chats, Love, Rosie tells a life story about Rosie, a girl who gets to grow up with her best friend Alex. Within these letters, chats and e-mails we get to see Rosie from child to teenager, to adult and realize that maybe she has feelings for her best friend when it seems all too late.
It’s been a really lovely read, same with the letter and chat elements. Telling a story by simply letting the characters tell it seemed like such a nice and different idea. Also the characters have been sympathetic and genuine and I felt simply at home while reading it.
Dead Zone by Stephen King
5 out of 5 stars
Because I’m biased like this. No, for real, Dead Zone has been one of my favorite books by Stephen King so far! Yes I give all of them five stars, but I’d say Stephen King books are within a whole other rating level for me.
It’s about a young man called Johnny Smith who has premonitions about events, mostly when he touches other people. Then one evening, he’s in a car accident and has to lie in a coma for five years. He wakes up, but has a really hard time coming back to his old live. By then, the premonitions barely had been there, but now are stronger than ever before. And with these premonitions comes a great power (and great responsibility), since he touches a candidate at an election campaign and foresees that this man will start World War 3 if someone isn’t planing to stop him.
Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
3 out of 5 stars
A short book which has been hard for me to read, thanks to the excessive language and very southern slang (it sounded southern to me although it is not). Also I didn’t quite like the pace of this book, which almost made me gave it 2 out of 5 stars. Other reviews talked me out of it, pointing at the language of the book and its metaphors.
It’s about a girl called Ree, living in a shed with her mentally ill mother, two brothers and a sister. Her father, a crystal meth cooker and dealer, went missing and has to show for a court date in a week. Since the father, Jessup, has signed over the shed to Ree, who isn’t of age yet, Jessup has to show up in court or else the family will lose the house. With that in mind, Ree starts her search for her father that seems more and more hopeless the longer the search continues.
I’m glad to see that I read more book than I actually think I am, so this is a good thing for me considering the amount of books I loaded myself with this year. Let’s see what March will bring!
Popsugar Reading Challenge: 6/30
Popsugar Reading Challenge Advanced: 2/12
Personal Challenge: 3/13
Goodreads Challenge: 10/60