Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Book Review // Cinder, Between the World and Me, Paper Towns, Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Starting this year off strong in terms of books.  I read 68 last year, and am hoping for 70 in 2016.  So far, I've only read 2 in 2 weeks, so I'm going to need to commit a little harder. Anyway, here's what I've read in the last little bit.

Cinder // A friend recommended this series to me, and I'd never heard of it before.  It's kind of a funny combination of fairy tales, cyborgs and the plague.  I didn't love it as much as I've enjoyed other YA series, but I'm still planning on reading the other 3 books. The story is pretty engaging, and while the character development gets a little bogged down in the layered tropes, it's not unenjoyable.  It's a quick read, and I'd do pick it up if you tend to enjoy YA otherwise.

Between the World and Me // And now for something completely different!  I think pretty much everyone read this book in 2015, and for good reason. The book tackles a lot of issues related to race in America.  The author isn't attempting to present an unbiased view, but he does succeed at showing his point without being too preachy/angry.  I thought it was beautifully written and a captivating read.

Paper Towns // I honestly can't believe I hadn't read this yet. John Green is one of my favorite authors, and I appreciated that this was his least tragic novel.  The story is pretty interesting and creative, even though I 100% hated the main character girl.  By the end, I had diagnosed her with like 23 different psych issues because she was the worst. The rest of the characters, great.  The plot, the timeline, the ending, all good. Just hated that one girl.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest // Just go buy it. Or get it from the library. Whatever, just go. I absolutely devoured this book and loved every second.  The story follows a family, very loosely.  Basically, every chapter involves a recipe and has a central character, who is somehow connected to the person from the previous chapter. The book is also chronological, and covers about 35 years.  The plot flows beautifully, every character is relatable in different ways and I loved the food theme. Nomnomnom.

1 comment:

  1. Oh I loved Kitchens of the Great Midwest! And somehow I haven't read that John Green book yet myself... Your "least tragic" review cracked me up. I think maybe that one is getting made into a movie now too (?)