Blogmas Day#2: November Wrap Up

Because I have given some reviews throughout the month on some of the books I’ve read, I will make sure to only give a review for the others not yet mentioned. If you are interested in reading my thoughts on the others, I will attach a link to the post that included my thoughts on it.

Randomize by Andy Weir

George by Alex Gino

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. I gave a brief description on what this is about in my Am I On Track Post but hadn’t finished it yet at that time. Overall I absolutely loved it. The writing style was done in a way where you feel like you’re in the head of someone dealing with addiction and withdrawal, so it can be a little difficult to get through if you have no experience in the sensations. I was a little upset with how it ended but not enough to effect my overall love for the story.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi. I love me some Pride and Prejudice and have been hesitant to try a retelling of it. Thankfully, this didn’t let me down. It had the perfect mix of the original while still being new and different. The main reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because I didn’t like how Zuri immediately decided to hate the Darcy’s only by looking at them, how quickly and drastically the relationship kept going from good to bad and back again, and the ending was a bit weak.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. I don’t even know where to start with this piece of work. I was interested to see how a story written in 14 perspectives would be and if done right could work well for better development and understanding of characters. This did not work though. Everyone was focused on these two teenagers becoming a couple and you never got much time with each narrator before moving onto another one. I didn’t care about anyone because I wasn’t truly able to get to know them or their personality was so basic I they weren’t memorable. I honestly can’t even remember a single person’s name in this book, that’s how dull and/or undeveloped everyone was. The only characters/narrators I really remember anything about are the squirrel and bench. They had the most personality in the entire story. Honestly, the only reason I even finished this book is because I was curiously to know what else the squirrel would do and say.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. This wasn’t terrible but not that great either. I loved the character Sharron who was a hardcore feminist and very outspoken. She was my favorite in the entire book. Personally, I don’t think anyone who isn’t already comfortable in their own skin and life should read this though. Bridget is a terrible individual who will only put bad body image thoughts into the minds of teenagers or others who may already have lower self esteem. She repeatedly goes back to man who treats her horribly and then turns out to be engaged to another woman during this time. Even when others are not treating her well, she frequently makes it seem as if she feels it’s her own fault for it. I was just really annoyed and angry every time I was reading her thoughts. I do want to see the movie though only because of Rene Zellweger and while I may have similar thoughts, I think I may like it more.

Holy Cow by David Duchovny. This was such a cute and quick read that I finished in less than a day. You follow Elsie, a cow, who discovers what really happens to cows one day when she looks into the farmhouse and sees the tv showing something about the meat industry and killing cows. She then decides that she wants to move to India where cows are worshiped. Shalom, a Torah reading converted Jew, and Tom, a turkey who works an iPhone join Elsie on an adventure to other countries where they believe life will be better. Because it is such a short book, I don’t want to get too much more into it so as not to spoil anything but I highly recommend.

Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hanh. I found parts of this book to be really good but others to basically just keep repeating what had already been said earlier in it. So it wasn’t terrible but not great because of that aspect. I loved how it covered taking care of your mind and overall life on top of mindful eating. Not many books go into that as well and they all work together. It helped me remember to be more focused on the now instead of looking at the past or worrying about the future. I just didn’t like how it basically repeated itself every other page.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott. I don’t really know what to say about this book. I really enjoyed it. Simple, fluffy romance. Easy read. Sweet message about fighting for life and not letting disease stop you from living a life. There were parts when I cried and some where I laughed. Others I felt indifferent on. I don’t really have any experience or knowledge on CF so I can’t say how accurate it is as a representation but I could definitely feel their struggles.

So there’s all my reads in November. Have you read any of these before? What did you think? Let me know.

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