Book #19: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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I really wanted to like this book since I love the concept but ultimately I just couldn’t get into it. I found the relationship between Lord Henry and Dorian confusing. I thought it was clearly a homosexual relationship at first but then the author was careful to never state this or even heavily imply that anything aside from a strangely close friendship between the two, being clear to outline that both had pursued many woman sometimes sleeping with them more than once at a time. I found most of what Lord Henry stated quite offensive and the racist descriptions of some of the characters made my skin crawl. I understand it was just the times but ultimately that in combination with the slow writing style just killed it for me.

Book: #19 of 100

Number of Pages: 176

Total Number of Pages: 5,627

Days Remaining: 303

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Book #16: The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

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This book has a way of making you think. Almost philosophical in nature it shows how time and circumstance can change aspects of ourselves and the relationships we have in our lives even if the core of who we are remains the same. It was interesting to see how the author had certain peoples lives intersect in every world while in others there seemed to become a part of the Gretas lives only through conscious effort or the circumstances of one world alone. The book seamlessly dealt with issues of identity, fate vs. freewill, the self destructive nature of human vs. it’s ability to create, and so much more. The only downfall I think this book has is that because we are constantly shifting through time we never did get full and complete characters. The protagonist seem to lack some of the depth and the emotional ambiguity that someone in her situation would be likely to feel. All in all a great read though and I would recommend it.

Book: #16 of 100

Number of Pages: 289

Total Number of Pages: 4,845

Days Remaining: 316

Book #13: i’d know you anywhere by Laura Lippman

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I’m not usually one to read suspense but this one had an interesting premise. I think the author did a good job of giving and withholding information from the reader and the book moved at a good pace. The protagonist felt like a real person wrapped up in her own thoughts and prone to distractions. I liked the way that Eliza grew as person. It was subtle and yet still concrete. The author also did a great job of portraying the antagonists Walter’s twisted logic and his complete lack of empathy and feelings of justifications for his actions. I also appreciated that the author re-framed from needless plot twists and showed that even having undergone great tragedy one was able to move on and still create a relatively happy life and have faith in the world. I will certainly keep an eye out for more from this author but as I have 10 books waiting in Que it might be sometime before I get around to reading another one of her works.

Book: #13 of 100

Number of Pages: 370

Total Number of Pages: 4106

Days Remaining: 329

Book #11: Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

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A nice coming of age story Into the Wild Nerd Yonder was short and to the point. I think that I might be a little too old to truly appreciate this one but I think she did a good job seeing things from a perspective of a teenager and I did like seeing Jessie go from being a push over to being a part of a group of people that made her feel at home. The book had an easy way about it and while I did not eagerly devour it as I have some of the books on this list I easily breezed through it. Had I wanted to I think I could have easily finished it in an afternoon.

Book: #11 of 10

Number of Pages: 245

Total Number of Pages: 3468

Days Remaining: 339

Book #10: Rain of the Ghosts by Greg Weisman

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This book almost read like a screen play. In fact it felt more like the first episode of a TV show than a completed novel. Was disappointed to find that the series is still in the works since I tend to binge read series from start to finish. Had I known that it was the start of what is likely to be a long series I may have skipped it over and waited it out. I am intrigued by the concept especially the powers that come from the Zemi and what other ghosts they will find along the way but I can’t go into too many details with out spoiling things. I do want to see where it is going and at some point I will definitely come back and continue this series. I think it might be better suited for a visual media instead of a book series though.

Book: #10 of 100

Number of Pages: 229

Total Number of Pages: 3223

Days Remaining: 341

On a side note I am sorry for the delay in getting this review up. I just started a new job and the hours are a little crazy for me right night since I have issues with my commute but I will be picking up speed again soon. Still on track to reaching my goal.

Book #8: Suffer the Children by Craig Dilouie

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An interesting take on the zombie/vampire apocalypse story Dilouie’s story had a clear voice and even though you knew where the story was headed you found yourself hoping that somehow things would turn around. The way that the parents and society seemed to deteriorate along with the innocence and humanity of the children was chilling and compelling. The book asked the question of just how far parents would be willing to go for their children and their families and it did not disappoint. I can’t go into to many details without ruining the book but I will say that while many questions are left unanswered such as how the “disease” took hold in the first place, if the children are still aging what happens when a child hits puberty, etc. it is ultimately satisfying.

Book: #8 of 100

Number of Pages: 342

Total Number of Pages: 2736

Days Remaining: 354

Book #7: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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I’m not sure how I expected this book series to end but I was surprised at which characters lived and which died. I wish that the ending would have gone into some more details about how the new Capitol was structured, what happened in the last Hunger Games, and what became of some of the supporting cast but all in all I found the ending to be relatively satisfying. I thought it was fitting that Katniss ended up with Peeta and that people found a way to rebuild and move on with their lives. I also appreciated that the author did not wave a magic wand and make the wounds that were inflicted by the tragedies they faced disappear or completely fade away as authors so often do with these types of books.  May check out Collins’ Gregor the Overlander series at some point.

Book: #7 of 100

Number of Pages: 458

Total Number of Pages: 2394

Days Remaining: 357

Book #6: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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The second book in the series was quite entertaining although I felt the time in the arena seemed a little rushed. I enjoyed the implications of the uprisings against the Capitol although I was disappointed we didn’t get extended details about the other Districts or get to know the full extend of what is going on. I suppose that we are only given the opportunity to know what is happening through Katniss POV and she didn’t know the full extend so it’s only natural we wouldn’t have those details. I’m hoping when I watch the movie that it will fill in some of those details like they did in the first movie. I did enjoy this book though and finished it in half the time of the first book. I look forward to wrapping up the series.

Book: #6 of 100

Number of Pages: 472

Total Number of Pages: 1936

Days Remaining: 358

Book #5: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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I have been meaning to get around to reading this series since I saw the movie a few years back. I have the box set of the three books so expect to see the other two added to my list soon. The book was so close to the movie I was actually disappointed. I expected them to have left a lot out but most of it was there and in fact it seemed like the movie gave you more details since you found out about what was happening outside the arena. Unfortunately, the book is never as good if you watch the movie first. I can’t fault the book for that. I do enjoy the author’s writing style and the character. Thankfully I have only seen the first movie in the series so I am sure the remaining books will be better. Will keep you posted on my progress.

Book: #5 of 100

Number of Pages: 454

Total Number of Pages: 1464

Days Remaining: 359

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed Everything I Never Told You. All of the main characters in the book were fleshed out and emotionally complex and you couldn’t help but draw parallels between characters in the book and people who have known in your life. The story moves from character to character and back and forward through time swiftly but it transitions so smoothly that it seems natural. It is rare that you can the chance to read a book that deals with grief in so many ways and asks so many honest questions but doesn’t push its own opinion on the matter. It is also rare to see a new author with such a clear and distinct voice. I really hope to see more books from her in the future.

Book: #4 of 100

Number of Pages: 292

Total Number of Pages: 1010

Days Remaining: 362