Reading Roundup! February 2018

I had a slightly slower month for reading in February, because I was hopelessly distracted with Final Fantasy XIV all month. They pushed out an update that included some housing releases, and I spent all my time breathlessly decorating. Because The Sims just isn’t enough for me, I guess!

Also, I was reading a lot of physical books which, for some reason, I read a hell of a lot slower than ebooks? This is a phenomenon I can’t explain. Next month, I plan to give my Kindle some love.

 

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Sadly, this book didn’t blow me away like Everything I Never Told You, which was my best read of 2017. It’s gaining a lot of popularity in comparison to her debut, which perplexes me. Ng’s prose is beautiful as ever, and I did enjoy the story. But the heavy-handed social statements turned good characters into clichés. I would have preferred a more neutral approach that stayed true to the characters.

It appears that the book is going to be adapted into a mini-series headed by Reese Witherspoon, so the hype is only going to gain momentum from here.

Goodreads review.

Bird by Bird

Anne Lamott

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Audiobook narrated flawlessly by Susan Bennett. There were moments I forgot I was even listening to a book, it’s narrated so well. It felt like having coffee in the kitchen with a really bitter friend that has lots of stories to tell. 5/5 will read again.

Goodreads review

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn

DID NOT FINISH

Flynn managed to write some really detestable characters, I’ll give her that. After 160 pages of a couple spoiled rich kids whining about their trust funds, living in suburbia with the people, going to Costco like the people, how awful it is to be able to afford to not work – I dropped this book like a bag of bricks. I just couldn’t take it. Their lives were too hard.

Look, I would’ve finished this book if there weren’t a highly-praised movie penned by the original author available. But there was, and it saved me from being in their heads for another minute. And the movie was fucking incredible.

I have no regrets.

Goodreads review

Annihilation

Jeff VanderMeer

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

Managed to get this one done literally minutes before going to the movie. It was bizarre, and kind of confusing. I wasn’t wild about it, but I’m curious enough to look into the rest of the trilogy.

The cover art? Fabulous. I love the ornate green sketches on the endpapers, ever present on the edges of the pages as you read. I have never seen a hardcover of this book, but I can’t imagine there being a need for one. The paperback is wonderfully made.

Goodreads review

How was your month in reading? Anything good? Terrible? Didn’t get to what you wanted to? Let’s hear it!

2 Responses

  1. cherithe says:

    I’m so glad to hear that about Gone Girl, because I loved the movie and now I feel free to just strike the book forever from my TBR.

    • Jeremy says:

      Yeah, I really feel the best thing that came out of Gone Girl was the movie. They captured every memorable moment and piece of dialogue that I’d read, sans rich white kid torment.

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