I’ve decided that it’s definitely past due that I do a wrap-up! Lucky for you, I’ve forgotten at least 60% of what I’ve read over the past couple of months, so you’re only going to have to read about what I really enjoyed! Have fun!
Title: Wishful Drinking
Author: Carrie Fisher
Release Date: May 1st 2009
This was one of the first books I bought when I was away in Victoria on holiday. I had this somewhat overwhelming desire to read some biographies, that only grew bigger once I went into the local Dymocks and found a lot of autobiographies that I was interested in, including Wishful Drinking! (go here to see what other biographies I bought) The day I read Carrie’s book (one sitting!) was a relatively tough day. I was just beginning my ‘sobriety journey’ or whatever the heck you’d like to call it and was in a pretty foul mood before picking it up. However this book was honestly such a pick-me-up that I couldn’t not help but feel uplifted. A memoir about drug abuse and manic depression shouldn’t be this funny, but Carrie Fisher does it so perfectly that Wishful Drinking easily falls into the funniest memoirs of all time. This book really resinated with me, and while that might have been circumstantial, I gave it a 5/5 stars.
Title: Station Eleven
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Release Date: September 9th 2014
I have been completely obsessed with the idea apocalypse lately. Whether or not it was The Walking Dead season 6 finale leaving me guessing, or the ads for the new Independence Day movie being plastered all over tv, it’s all I’ve been able to think about recently. I love a great end-of-the-world novel! and Station Eleven fit that build perfectly. I had only heard incredible things about this 2014 release – and I can proudly say that I genuinely loved this book. This is no doubt a favourite of mine. I don’t think I could write a review worthy of it. Pick it up and see for yourself! 5/5 stars
Author: Michael Crichton
Release Date: November 25th 2002
After reading Station Eleven I was positive that I could not pick a book that would ever live up to it. Surprisingly Michael Crichton’s Prey actually came in close. While it wasn’t quite as investing as Station Eleven, Prey was about artificial intelligence morphing into artificial life. While it started off slow, introducing the characters and setting up the backstory, once the story got started it did not stop. It was an adrenaline-packed, extremely exciting read and one that I would definitely recommend! Just be warned – it is a little heavy on the Science-side of things, and some people do complain about that. 4/5 stars.
Title: The Walled City
Author: Ryan Graudin
Release Date: November 6th 2014
Ryan Graudin is an author whose name has been floating around the book community for over a year now. I barely ever hear bad things about her and nothing but amazing things about her book Wolf by Wolf, but I happened to own this one so I wanted to pick it up first. I thought I was going to fall in love with this book, but unfortunately I didn’t. While I loved how refreshingly realistic this book was compared to what I was expecting (a generic dystopian) I could not get past my dislike for the characters. While the character development between the sisters was something incredible, I could not get past how bland and two-dimensional I found everyone else. Sadly for that reason I gave this a 3/5 stars, but I’ll definitely pick up Wolf by Wolf and see what I think soon!
Title: Everything I Never Told You
Author: Celeste Ng
Release Date: November 13th 2014
This would have to be one of the most beautifully written debut novels I have ever read. I didn’t feel I was fully emerged into this story until around the halfway point, but after that I was absolutely hooked on the story. I loved the characters. This book is a truly indescribable story about a Chinese-American family living in America during the 1970’s and the struggles they face when one of their own goes missing. It is hard to give this book justice in a few sentences, but I definitely recommend picking it up 4.5/5 stars.
This is just a snippet of some of the things I have read recently. Leave me a comment if you’ve read any of the above – I love a good discussion! ▲