Here we go.
1. Maisie Dobbs #1
This book was so incredibly boring, and yet so many people rave about it! I had to ask on Instagram if it was just me, and nope, it’s not just me. No more from you, Maisie S. Dobbs. (The S is for Super Boring.)
2. Rose of No Man’s Land
I wanted to like this but the descriptions of the main characters epically disgusting personal hygiene was something I could not get past. Ugh. Still grossed out a month later.
3. Timebound (The Chronos Files)
This was very entertaining, although I had to ignore the confusing time traveling parts because they either didn’t actually make sense or I’m not that smart.
4. These Broken Stars
I loved this. I can see all the problems that people had with it, and it is sort Titanic in Space, and also it didn’t really make sense at all, but whatevs, I still loved it. Favorite book of the month. Girls kissing boys and wearing fancy shoes! My favorite.
5. Being Henry David
This read like a school project where you were supposed to write a paper about Thoreau but you didn’t want to write a paper so you tried to write a clever story. It’d be fine as that, but as a novel, oh my god, stfu about Thoreau already.
6. Mermaid in Chelsea Creek
Oh yeah no. I tried, I really tried, but no.
7. On Such a Full Sea
There was something very odd and off putting about this book. I think because it’s written in first person plural (we). We find that really distancing from the story, somehow. We are not a fan.
8. The Impossible Knife of Memory
This is another one of those teen issue books, and I guess they can be ok, but I always get the feeling halfway through that I know exactly how everything is going to play out, and it’s always exactly how everything plays out and I’m over it, dudes. I want a story, not a thinly veiled lesson on PTSD and its ramifications on everyone. Yawn.
9. Reality Boy
I loved “Please Excuse Vera Dietz” so much that I always find it surprising when I don’t like A.S. King’s other books, but this wasn’t for me. It was super weird and I couldn’t get into it.
Speaking of super weird. It was definitely entertaining and different, I’ll say that for it. If you don’t want to read something that’s super gory and super violent and all about meth addicts and sex with loooooooots of swearing, this is not the book for you. If you do, buy it right now! It’s got all those bases covered.
This novel was told from the point of view of a person so annoyingly unpleasant that it completely ruined the book for me. No, I don’t want to read a 500 plus book told by a pathetic losery wet blanket, thanks.
12. The Ocean At the End of the Lane
Oh man, I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaated this book. I hated it so much I don’t know if I can put it into words. LOATHED. I don’t usually give one star reviews on Good Reads and I am aware that every other person in the world loved it, but I wanted to light it on fire. God, what an irritating book.
13. The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves
A psychoanalyst of 30 years relaying some of his cases. I thought it was interesting but I’m still not sure what the point of it was, exactly.