Saturday, March 10, 2012

Reviewing Books.

I wish I can say I've been busy with my first week back to even post an update. But I've been home for most of the week since well, its the first week. When I go to the class, there won't be a lecturer. When I skipped it, there would be one. So, I just thought:

"Fuck this, I'll go home."

For the past few days, I've been caught with something special. Something I'll blog about. With pictures. It might be another week or two before that particular post comes up but do be patient, you'll love it.

I don't know what to post about until I realised I haven't talked about the books I read lately. So here are the reviews for some of the books I've read.

Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
I love Jodi Picoult. But then, I love her books where there's someone going into court for murder or something. I find that as the fun part. But this one, is her first ever book. It was confusing. It wasn't even interesting enough for me to keep on reading even after I flipped the pages to read the ending. Since it is her first book, I think its just her before she really found her niche.

Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
This crime/mystery/medical book starts off a bit boring. I put it down and picked it back up 2 weeks later. It gets interesting after a while with the book encouraging us to think one character is indeed the person who's killing/leaving women in comas all over town. Its not predictable which is great.

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
This is said to be a memoir. Well, if memoir means the story of your life with a bit of exaggeration then indeed, it is a memoir. Its pretty interesting. It makes me think "Woah, there's people like that?". If you're looking for something light to read while eating alone or before you go to bed, do pick up this one.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Well. I expected it to be as great as Perks of Being a Wallflower which might be the reason why I was reading this book with slight boredom. I finished it with a shrug and told Mokesart that it was an okay book but I wouldn't rave about it to others. This book has been recommended to me by so many but .. I think the build up of that lead to reality being less so than expectation.

Beautiful People by Wendy Holder
To be honest, I picked this book because on the cover, Glamour wrote that its "a modern day Jilly Cooper" which I must say, is totally untrue. I've read one book of Jilly and I fell in love with it. Beautiful People lacks character development. It even borders a bit on those chick lit books that are kinda superficial that I dislike them.
Note to self: Stick to Marian Keyes.

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult
I hate the ending. It made me cry. It made me think that the whole struggle in the book was useless. But this book made me realised one thing.

In her books, there would sometimes be a normal nuclear family. Mother, father, children. When one child is the matter of importance such as the suspect or the reason a lawsuit is happening, I usually end up hating the mother. Why?

Well, in this book, Willow has OI, a condition which makes her bones so easily breakable. The mother decided to sue the obstetrician due to money constraints. Fun thing is, its her best friend. The father disagrees. The mother gets all matryr like by struggling for her daughter, neglecting her older daughter who began cutting herself and developing bullimia. Let's not forget, they nearly divorced too.

For some reason, I just hate the mother. It reminded me so much of the mother in My Sister's Keeper. But all in all, this is a Jodi Picoult novel, hence I love it.

That is all for my reviews. I'm off to read Neil Gaiman's Stardust and Carolyn Hennesy's Pandora gets Jealous.


PurpleMist. said...

I'm going to start reading ;Handle with Care' soon, Jodi Picoult is amazing!

Asinastra Nightshade said...

I read Handle with Care and hated the mother too.
Most specifically because she really neglected the older daughter. I mean, I would've thought there'd be some tender moments between them in the book, but there were barely any. It really stood out to me.
Anyway, happy reading. =D

ME said...

I knoww. I read the starting of Humpback whale and it was so boring. Handle with care was ah-mazing. Jodi Picoult makes the lawyer career so fun for me. You should read Keeping Faith of hers and you won't hate the mother in it. It's the father i want to kill.

Hanis. said...

@ Asinastra Nightshade : The same goes for the mother in My Sister's Keeper. I really felt for the other daughter.

@ME: Hahaha. I got till page 80 or something. Jodi makes lawyer thing not so dry. Oooh, I will soon.

Mark said...

Wow you've read a lot of books. I'm slightly jealous.

Anonymous said...

You didn't love 'Looking For Alaska'? Bummer! That's one of my absolute faves; it inspired me to get back into writing. But now that I've read 'Paper Towns' and 'The Fault In Our Stars' I realize that Green has come a long way since then.

Katie Martin said...

I read looking for alaska and it was good, but nothing that I'm raving about either. I love love love augusten burroughs though hahaa. He's a nut case and it's wonderful haha!

Hanis. said...

@Mark: I had a month off. I should start counting the number of books I read per month.

@Insomniac#4: It was .. just okay. I'll try to read his other books, I might like those.

@katie: Haha. My exact thoughts :)


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