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HELLO, WHAT’S UP, WELCOME BACK. Today we are talking about BOOKS. I am 5 books deep into 2019 and there is some tea to spill. I mean, well, not really. But you get the gist. We’re here to chat fiction and non-fiction, some old and some new.
In this lineup we have two INCREDIBLY popular books from a series I can’t believe it took me until the age of 26 to read. We also have a memoir written by our former First Lady (here in the US of A), as well as two other fiction novels by a couple credited authors.
Let’s dive in! Books are listed in order of when I finished them (last one being the most recent read for me).
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
I have a lot of thoughts about this book. Mainly, it’s a really long ass book for a semi-interesting ending. Did I have the ending figured out? No. Was I satisfied by the ending? No. Was it 532 pages? Yes, unfortunately.
I’ve heard incredible things about Jodi Picoult, and I will say, she’s a phenomenal writer. Her writing is what got me through all 500 pages. I was consumed by the story and it was incredibly interesting, but wow there was so much fluff that didn’t feel as if it gave credit to how the book comes to an end.
I will give one more of her books a try and probably cap it after that if I am uninterested.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Oh boy. Where to begin? I might have found this book intriguing if I were in the age range of 13-18 years old. Since I am 26, I didn’t relate to the high school drama/plot whatsoever. Even more frustrating was my lack in character interest – I just didn’t feel empathy for the characters, nor did I really like them.
What I think was an attempt at crafting an underlying plot of life after death (considering the class Miles was most interested in) and how to come to peace with the passing of loved ones felt rushed. I actually really enjoyed the final pages in this book about energy neither starting nor ending, but taking different shapes and sizes throughout its journey. I wish there was more to the story and how that relates to a lifetime, or previous life, etc.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
HOW did I let myself get so old without reading these books? HOW??? The first one, while containing a lot of info to set up who is Harry Potter, what are muggles, and why did you-know-who kill those people, is an incredible read. You could knock this book out in one sitting if you put your reading glasses on. lol. It’s so damn good. And when I think of the story being written in the 90s, I’m even more impressed. It’s so “futuristic” I am in love.
The book is definitely tailored to a younger reader’s comprehension, but I hear they get a lot more complex at the series continues. GOOD STUFF.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
This book was slow to start (as it seemed repetitive), but SO WORTH the read. So worth it. If you can power through the first 150 pages until you get into Michelle’s young adult career, meeting Barack, and simultaneously choosing to have kids/pursue the political career, you’ll thoroughly enjoying finishing the second half of this book. Michelle is inspirational, powerful, and best of all – relatable.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
WOW – as if the first one couldn’t get any better, the second book took it to the next level for me. J.K. Rowling – goddamn! What a mastermind. The plot thickens a lot in this book and we learn so much more about Harry and his talents by nature. I feel like we are really picking up speed and I’m full force ahead onto book #3.
SO THAT’S A WRAP on my “5 books into 2019 segment”. What are your thoughts? Have you read these? I know 99% of you are like “yes bitch we all read the HP series a decade ago.” I know, I know. I’m catching up!!! Cut me some slack. It’s magical getting to experience this for the first time now.
Thanks for stopping by and spending your time with me.