Jumping on the #agameoffavorites challenge - hope it's not too late!
One of my favorite YA authors is Melina Marchetta. I adore her fantasy series Lumatere Chronicles and the tagged book is my favorite in the contemporary genre. Her all-time favorite book is Anne of Green Gables, which I also love!
I don't understand all the hype about this book. People said it was hard to get into, but it was worth it in the end. I'm not sure that it was… I thought all of the stuff about the territory war between the three teen groups was really stupid. I also thought the twists and turns were predictable and I figured them out far before they were actually revealed. Not a fan...
It started as a very young adult novel, 2 teens in love but they're in denial, blah blah blah. The same old story that didn't quite sit well with me. The story of Taylor and Jonah is also connected with the story of 5 friends. Now, the story of Webb, Narnie, Tate, Fitz and the Cadet guy (what's his name again) is something that really made me read the book. Their story made me cry.
Having a hard time getting into this one... easy to read but I am not enjoying it ☹️
Tandem reading with my kid. Yes, I own two copies, and they're both signed! (One copy was a gift from @shallowreader 😘) I believe in books as heirlooms. I would save this in a fire. #LoveOzYA #blameitonlitsy
I went last night to the fall Book Club Bash at my local bookstore, Quail Ridge Books. Their booksellers give two recommendations each during the event, and they do drawings for book prizes. I didn't win anything but I did let myself buy two of the recommended selections. Has anyone read either of these?
This got wayyy better towards the middle and end. But overall it still just felt too abbreviated. Scenes cut off abruptly, not enough time given to the characters from the past, not enough interiority for Taylor, not enough about the war, not enough Jessa or Santangelo or Griggs. The twists were predictable, which isn't bad. I liked the story, it made me feel things, but I just wanted MORE from this book. 6/10 ⭐️
p. 255: This book is hopscotchy and vague. You're half-told things, then the scene ends, then it skips to something else entirely. I feel like I'm reading a book with pages and chapters missing. It's frustrating, and I keep waiting for more, but there's not a ton left now... verdict TBD
OH. Australian words are confusing
The first chapter is confusing—could really have done with a bit more world-building—but I'm getting into it now. Mad I'm at work and not at home reading...
This won some prizes so it best be good
This was a little confusing a first. As I was reading I began feeling like it was like a masterfully written puzzle. If you are wondering - It is SO worth it to put this puzzle together. This is an emotionally charged book about past present and future. About regret, redemption, reclamation. This powerful book is a perfect example of why I love YA. #youshouldreadthis
Here are some books written by #CommonwealthAuthors :
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 🇳🇬 Nigeria
Jhumpa Lahiri - 🇮🇳 India
Michael Ondaatje- 🇱🇰 (born) Sri Lanka
Ovidia Yu - 🇸🇬Singapore
Tan Twan Eng -Malaysia
Margaret Atwood - 🇨🇦 Canada
Melina Marchetta - 🇦🇺Australia
A lot of interesting plot twists but I'll be honest. I had a hard time getting into this story. I struggled to keep up with the storylines and characters. I can see why it is award winning but maybe it just wasn't in my wheelhouse.
The Houston YA for Adults book club choice this month, the theme being award winning books. Really looking forward to this one!
I finished listening to On the Jellicoe Road, but I'm still up in the air about how I feel about it. The characters were all rounded and nuanced, but it took so long for me to actually feel connected to the story. I've read other reviews in which people said they loved it because of how the pieces all came together. I think the writing was good, but I still didn't quite connect the way I like to.
So. My boyfriend formally asked me to move in with him (he was nervous, it was ridiculously cute) & so now I'm moving..to Australia. 😳😬🇦🇺 I'm excited, but leaving all my books here will be like leaving my children behind. I've been slowly narrowing down what I'm going to bring with me & these are all the ones I'd like to read before I go. Wish me luck!
& if any of you live in Sydney, let me know! I'm going to need some new bookish friends 😭
This is one of those books that is SO SO GOOD and completely destroyed me. 😭 The writing is fantastic, the characters well-written and the story engaging. I recommend it esp for those of you who also love stories with damaged characters who have been through horrible stuff in their lives but still manage to survive and take care of one another. These characters broke my heart over and over again but I would reread it in a heartbeat. ❤️
"That Hannah would never count how many men there were and how vile humans can be to one another. That she would never see the moments in my life that were full of neglect and fear and revulsion, the moments that I can never go back to because I know they will slow me down for the rest of my life if I let myself remember them for one moment."
Gawd. This is the second page of the book. SECOND PAGE. I should have known continuing to read it would destroy me. Marchetta does not hold back.
"I'm not looking for anything more than being a part of him. Because being part of him isn't just anything. It's kind of everything. "
"You'd want to say to the kid in it 'Why weren't you strong enough to resist death? Didn't that look in your eye stop anything bad from happening to you? "