So…. after a (year) long reading slump, I think I’ve finally beat it.
At least that’s my assumption after finishing 5 books this past weekend.
I know, 5 books. Insane.
I thought about doing separate reviews for each of the books I read but that filled me with dread and I figured I should stay away from doing things that do that.
Here are 5 mini book reviews for my past weekend reads!
Misery by Stephen King
Pages: 370 pages
Published: November 1, 1998
This novel was one that I had heard many people rave about but just never got around to picking up. I finally pulled the trigger when I saw it was available to borrow from my library as an audiobook.
So began my Misery drives to work.
I loved this book. It was creepy and gore-y and everything that I hoped for when I read the synopsis.
It kept me on my toes and there were many moments in which I found myself shocked with the outcome and direction the novel was heading in.
The one thing I didn’t absolutely adore about this book was the interspersed paragraphs of Paul’s novel. I felt like it didn’t add a lot to the story for me and I didn’t really look forward to the moments I had to listen to it.
Other than that, the novel was amazing and the ending was not as horrible as the other King endings I’ve endured.
Would I Recommend?: Yes!
Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Pages: 376 Pages
Published: February 13, 2007
This book was supposed to be a buddy read for me and my fiancé, but we really fell off with reading it. I was honestly just in the mood for different books, and he isn’t the biggest reader so he just took any opportunity he had to stop reading it.
This book was not bad, but it wasn’t good either.
It definitely had some moments that freaked me out, but those were few and far enough to allow me to get bored with the plot of the novel.
Overall, I didn’t fully enjoy this novel as much as I had hoped I would. I don’t regret reading it because it was interesting and had a couple moments where I was truly invested.
I can definitely feel a connection between the writing of Stephen King and Joe Hill, but the biggest difference I noticed was the fact that I didn’t completely hate the ending of this book as I usually do for King’s books.
Like I said, this wasn’t horrible, it just wasn’t the best.
Might I add, my fiancé is now refusing to read the book because my reviews of it weren’t great.
Would I Recommend?: No I would not.
Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak
Pages: 342 Pages
Published: May 21, 2019
I don’t really know how to write a review for this novel because I truly do not know what to say.
I absolutely loved this book, so much so that I binge read it completely last night.
I honestly didn’t have super high expectations for this novel. I have owned it for quite a while and I was just picking it for the sole purpose of reading more books off of my bookshelf.
The plot definitely caught my eye when I checked it on Goodreads, but little did I know this would become one of my new favourite novels.
This novel was a rollercoaster of emotions for me. Anna’s writing had the ability to make me feel as though I was part of this book and truly along for the ride.
I felt anger, confusion, anxiety, and truly uncomfortable whilst reading this book.
For the sake of spoilers, I won’t go into why I felt those emotions, but let me just say that those emotions were very very strong and left me exhausted at the end of the novel.
This book is one that I would ask everyone to pick up. It caters to all tastes (in my opinion) and I truly think anyone who reads it will also go through the same emotions I did.
Would I Recommend?: Hell yes!
To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
Rating: No Rating
Pages: 153 Pages
Published: September 3, 2019
This book is one that I left with mixed feelings.
On one hand I thought it was fascinating and surreal and uplifting. On the other hand, it was foreboding and left me anxious thinking about what the future holds.
But wasn’t that the point?
This is why I don’t feel comfortable rating this book because I personally don’t know if I liked it or didn’t like it. It was short enough that I didn’t feel as though I wasted time on it, but also short enough to leave me wanting a bit more so I could sort out my feelings.
The reasons for which I would recommend this include the length and the characters. It is quite a quick read, so you don’t lose anything from picking it up.
The characters I believe were the best part of this novel, and that is something that I have seen time and time again when people speak about Becky Chambers, she has a way with characters. Therefore, they are worth reading about and you definitely feel connected to them despite not spending too much time with them.
Would I Recommend?: Yes I would.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Pages: 323 Pages
Published: June 5, 2018
This was the first novel I’ve binge read in quite some time and it was absolutely fabulous and worth it.
I loved this novel with all my heart. I loved the steaminess, the theme, the characters and also the general plot.
Reading this novel brought back the days in which I’d fill my time reading FictionPress and staying up until 3am finishing a good book.
I can truly say that I am such a big sucker for romance, and when I find a good romance novel it is honestly like winning a jackpot.
This novel was a huge jackpot. It made me smile and definitely gave me butterflies.
The characters in this novel were also so well written. To see culture through the eyes of someone with autism was interesting and very well written. Additionally, autism itself was written so well and I definitely appreciated learning about it in the way that I did whilst reading this novel.
Would I Recommend?: Yes! Please read this book!
If you’ve made it this far you are definitely a trooper!
This concludes my 5 (not so) mini reviews of the books I read this weekend.
I had such a great reading weekend and I hope that I can continue with this amazing reading this week and the rest of the year.
Until next time!