Holiday reads: A round-up.

As I’ve mentioned a few times, I was on holiday from the 4th-11th October, and of course, I had plenty of book-reading time! I posted about my holiday reads here, and I figured I’d do a quick round up of the ones I managed to get through! I’ve just put a few of my thoughts that I wrote down after reading into bullet points, so I’m not sure I can really call them ‘reviews’, but moreso ‘what I thought’.

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ANOTHER DAY: 3/5

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up. Until the morning everything changes. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person… wasn’t Justin at all.

  • I really liked the alternate viewpoint – it was interesting to see what Rhiannon thought about the meetings.
  • Although it was the same story, and everything fit exactly, it didn’t feel like the same story. With a new POV, there were new experiences and different feelings.

THE HYPNOTIST’S LOVE STORY: 4/5

Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks, Actually, that’s kind of interesting. She’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her. Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has.

  • The different POV was confusing at first (but I always seem to get confused).
  • I loved the mixture of romance and mystery. It wasn’t all about the relationship, and that was good.
  • I really liked the characters, and felt like I could really empathise with them. Ellen’s job and the people she met was particularly fascinating!

THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE 3/5

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

  • This book was pretty random and confusing. I felt like I needed more context and the ‘what’ – it felt really disjointed.
  • The characters all seemed to have problems, and I couldn’t really empathise with any of them.
  • Despite the above points, I did mostly enjoy it and thought the idea was really intriguing. It just needed more.

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SOULMATES 4/5

Every so often, two people are born who are the perfect matches for each other. Soulmates. But while the odds of this happening are about as likely as being struck by lightning, when these people do meet and fall in love…thunderstorms, lightning strikes and lashings of rain are only the beginning of their problems.

  • Bit cheesy, but I fell in love.
  • Never read anything like this, and the concept was great. So different to normal YA romance.
  • It ended too quickly. I wanted more!

THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF A HEART 4/5

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

  • This is a fairly typical YA romance, but I really loved it.
  • The characters were interesting, and they had different hobbies. Different to usual, and I liked that. They had character.
  • I like that there’s drama, but it’s not overly dramatic and unrealistic like a lot of YA.

FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK 4/5

Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate, Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

  • Such an interesting concept, and honestly a little disturbing to read!
  • I was on edge for pretty much the whole book, the writing was so gripping.
  • I really liked Leonard and his personality, and I loved the voice it was written in. This book made me feel so many emotions.

I also read two of the Penguin Little Black Classics books, and finally tried out my second graphic novel: Saga. I’m pretty pleased with 9 books. Now I’m only 11 behind on my goodreads challenge… I’m getting there.