Category Archives: Spoilers

Seriously, posts in this category contain spoilers of the books I’m reading (or sometimes, maybe of movies or music too). If you don’t want to know, don’t read. If you are reading the same book, let me know what you think of it!

2015 Book List

I pledged to read 20 books in 2015 and I did it! Here’s a list of all the books I read, and the rating I gave them (out of 5)

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls – David Sedaris (5)
Witty, sardonic short stories and poetry. Hilarious to the sarcastically (and liberally) inclined
White Fang – Jack London (4)
Beautifully written. Difficult to read sometimes because of the abuse White Fang suffered, but a lovely story survival and hope, and the difference one compassionate person can make
Don’t Point That Thing At Me (Book 1 of the Mortdecai Trilogy) – Kyril Bonfiglioli (4)
Full of wit and humor, though sometimes difficult to really grasp because of the ’70’s British slang. The second and third books are not as good and become increasingly sexist and racist. I only finished the third book because I couldn’t read the first two and only part of the third… it would feel… unsymmetrical.
After You with the Pistol (Book 2 of the Mortdecai Trilogy) – Kyril Bonfiglioli (3)
Something Nasty in the Woodshed (Book 3 of the Mortdecai Trilogy) – Kyril Bonfiglioli (2)
The Book Theif – Markus Zusak (5)
Haunting, beautiful. Told from the perspective of Death. He tells you how the story ends right away, but you still want to find out how the characters get there
Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen (2)
So many people loved this book. I just didn’t. The writing was not very engaging and the author even used the line, “please let me be inside you,” during a love scene.
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating – Elisabeth Tova Bailey (3)
Wanted this to be better than it was, but still worthwhile. The main character is bedridden and has a single snail as a companion. Reads a bit like a text book on snails, but there were enough personal moments to keep me mildly interested
Thruhiking with Break Your Heart – Carrot Quinn (4)
Want to know something about what it’s like to be a thru-hiker? This book gives you one girl’s perspective. Engaging, but far too focused on sex.
Pines (Book 1 of the Wayward Pines Trilogy) – Blake Crouch (4)
All three Pines books were great. They suck you in and the reading goes FAST. Lots of plot holes, but I just didn’t care. The series is for pure entertainment. Read my full review
Wayward (Book 2 of the Wayward Pines Trilogy) – Blake Crouch (4)
The Last Town (Book 3 of the Wayward Pines Trilogy) – Blake Crouch (4)

Read my full review

If I Stay – Gayle Forman (3)
An ok story for a teenager, perhaps, but definitely not for this adult. The main character seemed self-absorbed and was difficult to relate to. Read my full review
House – Frank Peretti & Ted Dekker (3)
Another one that I wanted to be better than it was. I picked up the book and put it back down many times over the past few years. Finally committed to finishing it. It was predictable. Read my full review
Wild – Cheryl Strayed (3)
True story of a girl who made a mess of her life, went on a hike and magically got all better. No wonder it was made into a movie. Like the last book about hiking, this one focused a lot on sex.
As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner (4)
Not a quick read for those of us unfamiliar with 1930’s southern vernacular, but a very good book about how each member of a family deals with the matriarch’s death.
Animal Madness – Laurel Braitman (4)
I expected far more scientific study and empirical evidence regarding animal psychology, but it was almost purely anecdotal and most of it read like an ASPCA ad (of course an animal will go berserk when faced with endless abuse). Still a good book and worth the read for the epilogue. Read my full review
Divergent (Book 1 of the Divergent Trilogy) – Veronica Roth (5)
Great things to say about this series. Holds its own against Hunger Games. The only negatives: one of the main characters, Tobias, is not very well developed and isn’t terribly complex. Also, just like the Hunger Games, the “second ending,” as I like to call it – the one after the main action and story is over – is weak and out of character for the rest of the books. The authors should have stopped writing several pages before they did.
Insurgent (Book 2 of the Divergent Trilogy) – Veronica Roth (5)
Allegiant (Book 3 of the Divergent Trilogy) – Veronica Roth (4)
The Giver – Lois Lowry (3)
A book about a community that has embraced “Sameness” at the expense of love and compassion. Honestly, most of the characteristics of the Community sound kind of nice to me. Read my full review

Animal Madness by Laurel Braitman

Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves“Every animal with a mind has the capacity to lose hold of it from time to time.” – Laurel Braitman

In Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves author Laurel Braitman explores the possibility that animals can suffer from mental illness, just as humans do, and what this means for the human race’s role in the animal kingdom. Continue reading Animal Madness by Laurel Braitman

House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti

I used to love reading books by Frank Peretti. I haven’t read one in a long time, I’ll admit, but I remember them being interesting and creative. I also really liked the book Blink, by Ted Dekker. So when they teamed up to write House, I was pretty excited. Then I read it…

This review contains spoilers so if you plan on reading the book and don’t want to know what happens, don’t continue with this post. Continue reading House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti

If I Stay

If I Stay by Gayle FormanI am usually WAY behind the times when it comes to pop culture. Perhaps it’s my own special way of being “punk,” but when something becomes popular I typically either ignore the trend completely, or only check it out when it’s long been over. Like the show, Lost, for example. I watched it via Netflix for the first time last year. No one really cares about that show any more, it’s been canceled for quite some time, so I finally decided to give it a whirl. Harry Potter too; I just read that series a couple years ago, well after the last movie had been made.

Same thing with this book. Not only did they make a movie of it, it looked like a sappy chick-flick to me (which I only watch on depressing rainy days when I’ve had a really bad week). I read the book because my library had it in their eBook catalog, but they didn’t have anything that’s actually on my “to-read” list.

This book was just ok. I gave it 2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. The book is rather short, which is good because it meant I didn’t have a chance to get too sick of it. It is a very emotional read at times, a little awkward at times, and sometimes the writing style lurched me right out of the story. Continue reading If I Stay

Wayward Pines: The Last Town

I just finished the third book in the Wayward Pines trilogy. It took me about three days, which for me, is completely unheard of. I’m not a fast reader and have a hard time meeting the two week deadline when checking books out from the Library, but this book, as well as the first two, captured my imagination. It’s not exactly complicated writing either. As I touched on in my review of the first two books, plot holes abound and depth is not something you’re going to find here. However, it’s still a fun series to read for those who miss the X-Files and Twin Peaks.

Despite my rapidly growing dislike for the people of Wayward Pines, and of humanity in general (more on that later), I would recommend the books to anyone who enjoys sci-fi or thrillers, and is looking for a quick read. I’ve found them to be surprisingly thought-provoking, though my thoughts ended up being rather dark. Read the books and decide for yourselves whether the human race is worthy of saving, if preserving the way human beings are today is simply messing with fate, or they only way to survive.

If you don’t want to know anything about what happens in these books, don’t read this review. It does contain spoilers. Continue reading Wayward Pines: The Last Town

Wayward Pines

Currently I’m reading through the Wayward Pines Trilogy and have finished the first and second books. If you don’t want to know anything about what happens in these books, don’t read this review. It does contain spoilers.

These books are quick reads but are gripping and easy to get lost in. I can see why they made a tv program out of it (though I haven’t seen it). The author’s inspiration came from Twin Peaks, a show I loved, so I guess it’s no surprise that I’ve really enjoyed this series. It’s reminiscent of early X-Files, when the causes of unexplained phenomena weren’t always aliens, and were often far more sinister. Continue reading Wayward Pines