BOOKS READ IN 2017
I've been seriously slacking but I intend to make up for it this summer!
- 1.Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookstoreA young man starts working at a 24-hour bookstore and begins noticing something odd about the customers and the bookstore's mysterious owner. This is a very quick read and an interesting premise. However, I definitely enjoyed the ride more than the destination and I wasn't super invested in any of the characters. Regardless it was still a fast, fun read.
- 2.The Tsar of Love and TechnoA collection of stories all set in different times within the USSR/Russia that intertwine to create one devastatingly beautiful book. I've been reading this on and off for the last five months between school projects and trips with friends. My busy schedule, coupled with my laziness, is the main reason I took so long to finish but I think it also has to do with the fact that I just didn't want it to end.
- 3.Milk and HoneyI felt like I read most of this online through other people's posts about it so it took me a while to actually buy it. Although I was psyched about a Punjabi poet becoming a bestseller, my mom's name is also (kind of) Rupi Kaur which was a little weird for me lol. Anyway I just read this in its entirety and it hit me hard. I really needed to read this right now.
- 4.Grief is the Thing with FeathersThis book is the extremely short, extremely weird, and extremely moving story of a father and his two sons trying to deal with the loss of their wife/mother. The way it's written is almost lyrical. It's raw and emotional but also unexpectedly funny. I loved it. If you want a quick read, take an hour of your day to read this.
- 5.Men Explain Things to MeImportant. It didn't go where I was expecting it to go but I'm glad it did.
- 6.Ready Player OneWhen the creator of a massive virtual utopia dies, he promises his fortune to the first person who can complete the secret treasure hunt built within the game. Years pass before a young man finally uncovers the location of the first key and the hunt is very much on. This is a fun book. I loved building the world of the OASIS in my head while I was reading. It's got lots of eighties references and nerdy humor but it also keeps you on your toes.
- 7.RoomA mother and son are forcibly kept within the confines of a small shed in which the boy has spent his entire life. I'm glad I got this one off my list so now I can finally watch the movie lol. I did not know this novel was told entirely from the son's perspective. It was interesting but I always assumed it was told from the mother's. Either way, Room is a tragically beautiful story about love and survival.
- 8.StardustA young man promises to fetch a fallen star for his love and he sets off to find it beyond the wall that surrounds his town...but he's not the only one after the star. I am so mad that I didn't read this earlier. I loved it. It's a fairy tale for adults, not unlike the Princess Bride. It's charming, whimsical, and just a little off. I am obsessed with the way Neil Gaiman writes. There's a certain magic in his plainspoken prose. I also just discovered the movie and I can't wait to watch it.
- 9.EligibleThis is yet another modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice so of course I was all over this. It's more out of the box than I was expecting. Which was nice because it kept me engaged in a story that I already know so well. However, I think the book suffers from being so bogged down by the "new age." While I appreciated the author's attempt to flip the story wherever he could, it was a lot to deal with by the end. It was a fun read though. No zombies. That's always a plus.
- 10.EmbroideriesThis quick little graphic novel details a conversation between nine Iranian women about sex, marriage, and relationships. Marjane Satrapi is an amazing story teller with a unique style. Idk how she can somehow pull off telling multiple stories within a single story but she does. If you liked Persepolis, I recommend this. I really dug this and it did not take me long at all to read it.
- 11.Through the WoodsCreepy little graphic novel with five stories that all fill you with unease. I loved this. The illustration style is beautifully twisted and perfectly creates the mood for these tales. If you like spooky stuff, I recommend reading this in the dark under a flashlight.