Okay. I’m going to tell you now, straight out how I’m feeling. I’ve seriously considered skipping writing this month’s summary. Why? Well… I have read quite a lot of books, but the books are… let’s just say that most of them are aimed at kids a lot younger. My 9 (just turned 10) year old sister’s age. Yeah. And I was sick this last week of February (and I’m still coughing), so that week I pretty much spent my whole time reading ‘easy’ books. And by that I mean, I read and read and re-read the whole series of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and got out old books… My family’s got most of the Wimpy Kid books, and while I don’t like them that much, and find them some what dumb… let’s face it. They’re an easy read. Real easy. And I’ve been lazy. I haven’t kept count how many of them I read, how many times… but a lot this month, mostly in the last week. >_<
Er, anyway, to the list of books I’ve read in reading order (ish). I’ve put a star next to the ones that are my sister’s books and/or ones I’ve read already.
- The Cardturner, by Louis Sachar (336 pages)
- *Underworld, by CathyMacPhail (284 pages)
- Allegiant–Divergent Series Book 3, by Veronica Roth (526 pages)
- The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green (313 pages)
- *Almost Identical–Almost Identical Serious Book 1, by Lin Oliver (224 pages)
- The Loblolly Boy–Book 1, James Norcliffe (220 pages)
- The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer–Book 2, by James Norcliffe (297 pages)
- *Just Annoying–Just Series, by Andy Griffiths (137 pages)
- *Just Stupid–Just Series, by Andy Griffiths (145 pages)
- *Just Shocking–Just Series, by Andy Griffiths (228 pages)
- *(Various) Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, by Jeff Kinney (Various pages)
- *The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate Dicamillo (224 pages)
- *The Tale of Desperaux, by Kate Dicamillo (262 pages)
- *Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roald Dahl (96 pages)
- *Two Faced–Almost Identical Book 2, by Lin Oliver (224 pages)
O.O Will you just look at how many of those are books of my sister’s or books I’ve read in the past? Just… wow. And so forth, I hardly wrote any reviews in my snazzy book notes journal, but I guess I’ll do some summaries today. Ehehe. 😀 I’m so embarrassed. >->
*Allegiant spoiler in summary. DO NOT read if you have not read it, and plan to.*
-I picked up The Cardturner by Louis Sachar, expecting something great. What I got however, was just average. I understand that it is a book about bridge, therefore explaining why it had many long passages about bridge. It gave you the option to skip, but I skimmed them. Even ignoring the boring bridge explaining parts, it definitely wasn’t the best of Sachar’s work. It had a nice story… but it really didn’t have any oomph to it, so it’s just a 7.5/10 0verall.
-I had read Run, Zan, Run! By Cathy MacPhail, and I really enjoyed it. (I read it about a year ago, but then my sister got it out this year, and so I read it again.) Underworld however, lacked the wowness. It was a simple sort of major accident story, with a bunch of arguing kids. It included some racial and weight discrimination, which actually was pulled off well. On the whole though, it was a mere 7/10 overall.
–Allegiant, by Veronica Roth. I loved it. Well actually I didn’t. I hated the fact that Tris died, but unlike how some authors make a main character die, and I hate them forever… I guess Veronica Roth managed to pull it off. I understand why she did it. Adding to that, the whole story is brilliant, and written extremely well. It would be hard to understand without prior knowledge of the first two books, but it is truly a great story. Overall rating: 9/10.
–The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green, just wow. This is the kind of book I understand why everyone loves so much, as with the Divergent Series. It’s emotional, it’s well written, it’s just brilliant. The characters were well developed, and yes, it was sad, but everything worked very well. Overall rating: 9.5/10.
-I really enjoyed Almost Identical by Lin Oliver when I first read it, and to be honest I still love it now. Perhaps in a differentish way now, but some books you love no matter how old you are, so I was over the moon when my sister read it and liked it as well. I think I probably re-read it about 3 or 4 times this month, mainly when I was sick. Though the storyline is simple, it works. Overall rating: 9/10.
–The Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe is truly amazing fantasy. It’s unique and I enjoyed it the whole way through. I’ve never read anything like it- perhaps that adds to why I like it so much. Overall rating: 9/10.
–The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer, the sequel, is a whole different story. And by that, I’m implying it in two ways. If you’ve read the two books, you’ll understand why. During the beginning I didn’t much like the idea how it was different, but throughout the story I began to enjoy it. It was a different story, but that was okay. The only thing I just want to say is that, why James Norcliffe, why, would you name the book The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer? The Sorcerer hardly plays an important part! I mean he does, but I still think the title doesn’t make much sense. Still, ignoring that, the overall rating is still at a high 9/10.
-The Just books I read by Andy Griffiths are one word. Stupid. That’s all they are. But I was bored, and had nothing else to do, so I read them… you know how I said I was looking for easy reads? Well they’re actually pretty hard in a way- all the doodles and things on the side are highly annoying and gives you an headache. However, I’m sure eight year old boys would love them. Out of these three though, I found Just Shocking the worse- some of the stories didn’t even make any sense. >_< Overall three book rating: 6/10
–The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books are again pretty stupid, and suited for younger kids. I do find them a little better than the Just books though. The character development is brilliant, and although they are fairly ‘dumb’ they’re nice, easy, reads. Overall series rating: 7.5/10
–The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by one of may favourite children’s authors Kate Dicamillo. This is an easy, fairly simple read. It’s quite an emotional read as well, and it’s a book that I’m sure many people treasure. Overall rating: 8.5/10
-I first read The Tale of Desperaux also by Kate Dicamillo when I was seven at school. And I loved it. I’ve read it many times again, and I still love it. It’s beautifully told, with four parts to it, and I guess I just adore the story. Overall rating: 9.5/10
–Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl is one of his books for younger readers. It’s rather simple, though I’m sure little kids love it- I mean I still like it, though the simplicity and I guess somewhat plainness of it would attract younger readers a lot more… if that makes sense? Overall rating: 8.5/10
–Two Faced by Lin Oliver, is a good story on the whole, and links to the first book well. However, compared to the first book, I think that it focuses a bit too much on a couple of things- and those are what makes the story come together. Overall rating: 8/10
And there we have it. Maybe I just shouldn’t post this. But it’s taken me a long time to finish… but it’s so embarrassing! *hides* Also, if you’re wondering why Gullstruck Island/The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge isn’t in there… it’s well because I haven’t finished it. In fact, I haven’t even carried on reading it. I just left it there on my desk, until it had to be returned, and I returned it to the library. A couple of days later though, I got it out again… and it’s well sitting there again waiting for me to read it. I’ll make sure I do that, I mean I’m sure I’ll love it once I start, but it’s just this start…
I also started reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I guess I’ll just read a bit of that every so often, eheh. And also I’m about halfway through The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, both which I started on the last day of February. 😀 And guess what? I found The Graveyard Book in the YA section under Horror, instead of in Adult Fiction which it had been when I searched it up on the library site. I think now it’s finally in a more appropriate category! Hehe.
And that draws an end to my horribly embarrassing February Reading Summary.All book covers are the versions I have (mostly), and the images are copyright to the authors/illustrators/publishers.
And now, I shall leave this blog forever due to embarrassment, and the fact that there are probably many mistakes I’ve made.
Does my being sick excuse still work? I mean I’m still coughing… and I did check