I’m on a mission to read as many books as possible this year and write short, concise reviews in this blog post about them.
If you like to read and are looking for inspiration for your next book purchase, check out my list below and please, leave comments about any of the books I’ve read or am reading as I’d love your feedback and suggestions!
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#3 – Wool – Part One (Short Story) by Hugh Howey
The Skinny: Finished the book January 27/16. A super short read, 115 pages on my iPad, but it’s well worth the time. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic time when the survivors are living in silos with views of the outside world through cameras. As punishment for crimes, or for those who get curious and want to explore the outside world, they send them outside to clean the cameras off. No one ever comes back.
My Thoughts: It’s a great read. Particularly if you enjoy the idea of survival post-apocalypse. This short story was the author’s first foray into writing and the book became an instant favourite amongst those who are hungry for good literature. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a small taste of what Mr. Howey can do and then move on to the series – I’ve heard it’s fantastic and will be adding it to my book list.
Visit Hugh’s website here: www.HughHowey.com.
#2 – Life by Paulo Coelho
The Skinny: Finished the book January 27/16. It’s a short read, maybe 20-25 minutes, as it’s a series of quotations that have been pulled from Paulo Coelho’s work. I’ve already read many of Mr. Coelho’s books so I considered Life to be a refresher through some of my favourite quotes and scenes.
My Thoughts: I’d recommend you read this after you’ve read a few of Mr. Coelho’s other books — particularly The Alchemist. The quotes are fantastic on their own, and are broken down into inspirational categories, but I’d highly recommend using it as a nostalgic waltz through books you’ve read and cherished.
Visit Paulo’s website here: www.PauloCoelhoBlog.com.
#1 – Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
The Skinny: Finished the book January 21/16. A young adult book about teens who contract drug-resistant Tuberculosis and end up at a sanatorium designed to house other teens with the same illness. The novel follows the stories of Lane and Sadie, switching back and forth between each chapter to chapter, and is a story about love, figuring life out and change.
My Thoughts: A good read with just one drawback – the story is an emotional one, at times, but I felt as though those moments took up so little of the book but the build-up to those moments felt like they were going to be monumental. I wanted to get dragged into the mire of what these kids were dealing with but it often stayed surface level. Good for reading in public, bad for getting completely, 100% sucked in.
Visit Robyn’s website here: www.RobynSchneider.com.