Eurydice (eurydice72) wrote,

Reading update

I read some good books this time around. That's always nice.

29. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem: A detective noir story with a lead character who has Tourette's, whose boss gets killed so he has to find out why. I loved this one more than I expected to. The plot isn't the highlight. The writing and the main character are the best parts about it. - B+

30. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling: I FINALLY finished this story about village politics in the UK. The absolute only reason I did is because I promised my friend I would. I loathed almost all the characters in it, I didn't really find it funny like my friend did, and the ending was AWFUL. What saved it from a complete waste of time was the accurate portrayals and some of the minor characters who got to me. The rest of it, not so much. I yelled at my friend for 10 minutes about that damn ending. - D

31. Whiplash River by Lou Berney: Comedic suspense about an ex-con/getaway driver who is trying to rebuild his life with a restaurant in Belize, and what happens when he gets caught in the middle of an attempted assassination of one of his customers, who happens to be ex-intelligence. It's fast-paced, twisty, and hysterically funny, with characters that leap off the page. I found out after I finished it that's actually the second to feature the main character (Shake), but it didn't read like a sequel at all. Even better, I'm going to go out and read more by this guy. Incredibly entertaining. - A-

32. Paper Towns by John Green: Alicia loves John Green, and she's been on my case about reading this one since the movie will be coming out relatively soon. For those who haven't read this YA, it's about a high school senior who gets a crazy night with the girl next door he's had a crush on since they were kids. Then, the girl goes missing, and he takes it upon himself to find out what happened to her. I really enjoyed it, though reviews say it's very much like other works of his that I haven't read it. Quirky and laugh out loud funny in more than one place. - B+

33. When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak: A romance about a Hollywood PR specialist who marries her difficult client in an attempt to help him get custody of his kid. I almost gave up on this one early. The actor hero was an asshole and I really didn't see how he could be saved. It wasn't by much, let me tell you. The heroine is a tad too puritanical for my tastes, too. But I took this one with me to Seattle to read in the car, and since I didn't have my huge TBR to dip into if I set it aside, I stuck it out. It wasn't the worst romance I've ever read, but I'm in no way interested in pursuing the author or the other books in the series. - D+

34. Abandon by Carla Neggers: Another book I only finished because I took it with me to Seattle. An FBI agent and a Federal Marshal hook up, then break up when he realizes she's vaguely connected to a case he's working. The romance was light, the suspense predictable, and the bad guy boring. - D

35. The Secret History by Donna Tartt: A literary novel about a group of classics college students who are all misfits in their own ways, and the drama that surrounds them. It starts with the murder of one of the group, then jumps back in time to when the narrator first meets the others, so the mystery of why the one is dead hovers over the first half of the book. It was a really intriguing beginning, with some great prose, and if the characters annoyed me a little, I forgave it because of the good stuff it had going. Then the story stalled out on me. I struggled with the entire second half. It was overwritten, overwrought, and way too long. - C
Tags: books - 2015

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