I’ve gotten back into reading novels recently in a big way. And I keep wanting to share them with you because I’ve found some great (and not-so-great-but-still-addictive) books which I think you’d love. Except that I’m so busy reading, and writing other things, that I never seem to get the chance to write a review for each one.
So I’ve decided to do a Bulk Book Review every now and then just to share what I’ve been reading, in case you’re looking for something new.
Quick note – links in this post are all to bookdepository.com and are affiliate links (meaning I get a small commission if you buy from them after clicking the link). All opinions are my own, and if you read my review of The Maze Runner series… they’re not always favourable!!
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Essentially a romance novel about two teens with cancer who stalk a reclusive author, this is actually hilarious, witty and really, really well written.
Season of Salt & Honey, by Hannah Tunnicliffe
A young woman hides out in the Washington state forest in a cabin after her surfer fiance dies suddenly. Her overbearing Italian family comes to find her and the forest residents befriend her in a warm, funny and beautifully written book.
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
Oh man, this one is brilliant and it will do your head in it has so many twists and turns that you won’t see coming. It’s a murder mystery, it’s a relationship story, it’s a psychological thriller and it’s a perfect illustration of what happens to child stars in later life.
Four: A Divergent Collection, by Veronica Roth
Don’t bother reading this one unless you a) borrow it from someone else, b) happen to buy it as part of the Divergent box set (the rest of the series is really good), c) just have to have more of Divergent, d) want to know more about Tobias (Four)’s life before Tris. It’s kind of like reading all the material someone cut from a book to make it a better book, and I suspect that’s exactly what it is.
The Maze Runner Series (1, 2 & 3), by James Dashner
This series is proof of Stephen King’s theory that the story really is the thing. It is not well written (in fact, it made me want to bang my head against a wall in several places) but I just HAD to keep reading because I HAD to know what happened to all the kids caught inside this terrible maze that was trying to kill them.
Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Book Store, by Robin Sloan
This is a rather quirky book about a web designer who winds up working at a strange 24-hour book store which is more than meets the eye. A fascinating journey which feels a little like Dan Brown meets Terry Pratchett with a strong dose of pertinent social commentary thrown in.
The Mapmaker Chronicles – Race to the End of the World & Prisoner of the Black Hawk
A boy named Quinn reluctantly heads off on a race to map the world in this rollicking good-fun adventure from the lovely, multi-talented Allison Tait. It’s aimed at kids so it’s easy to read – I bought it ostensibly for my boys when they get older but I’m hanging out for book 3, scheduled for release in October!
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ (rated while wearing my ‘kid hat’).
On writing, by Stephen King
If you write, or you would like to write, or you’re at all, in any way, interested in writing, you absolutely have to read this book (good lord, did I just use 5 commas in one sentence??!!). Say n’more.
The Undercover Economist & The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, by Tim Harford
If, like me, you’re a closet geek with an itchy brain who secretly likes a little bit of maths but prefers it disguised as a fascinating story, you’ll love these ones.
The Undercover Economist is microeconomics – in plain english, it’s about why on earth your cup of coffee costs so much – and the best thing is that Tim Harford manages to explain it all in plain english so you can actually understand what on earth the economists are banging on about all the time. I promise you – there’s barely a number in sight and by the end of it you’ll have a better understanding of what politics and business are all about (and why expensive free trade coffee is a total rort).
The Undercover Economist Strikes Back is a bit more of a brain-frying exercise as it goes into macroeconomics – or, as the subtitle suggests, ‘How to ruin an economy’. It will, however, help you understand why the GFC happened.
A History of Childhood, by Colin Heywood
I bought this one as background reading for my History of Parenting blog. I’d highly recommend it if you’re interested in childhood through history. It’s easy to read and packed with fascinating historical facts about children and childhood in the west from medieval to modern times.
So there you have it – about six months reading in a nutshell.
What have you read lately? I’m on the prowl for new books…