Sunday, February 17, 2013

Savages

 
Savages
Don Winslow
pages 302
Total pages 1,834
Book #6

I'm  not sure if I liked this book or not. I liked the way that Winslow had a very easy flow to his writing that made reading painless despite the fact that people are getting beheaded. Not left and right, unfortunately. I liked the characters a lot. You don't get too involved in their lives but they're not these foreign people whose motives make zero sense.  I wasn't sure what I was expecting. More violence, probably. 
Not being privy to the Mexican drug cartel, the book seemed realistic to me. I mean, I doubt that two almost regular guys (one was a SEAL) could outsmart and take down the biggest and most powerful drug cartel in Mexico. Okay, they didn't "take them down" but they sort of crippled an aspect of their reign. 
I got the movie right after I finished the book and eh.
Movies are never as good as the book. I don't understand why they changed the plot so much. I thought it was fine the way it was.

Monday, February 11, 2013

An Extraordinary Theory of Objects

An Extraordinary Theory of Objects:
A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris
Stephanie LaCava
177 pages
1,532 total pages
Book #5

I ordered this book from the library because Emma Roberts said that she was reading it. I tried to read another book that she recommended and I couldn't get through it. But this one was 177 easy pages and I enjoyed the two hours that it took me to read this book. There were pictures and A LOT of footnotes which I didn't read. I don't have the mental capacity to read footnotes mainly because I get too distracted. The footnotes were not necessary to understand the story so I didn't feel the need to read them. I read some of them, however. The footnotes were there to talk about historical facts about a word or a person that the author mentioned. 
The memoir was about a girl who was born in the United States but moved with her family to a town outside of Paris when she was 11. LaCava discussed the few years that she spent in Paris and how it affected her life thereafter. I enjoy anything that has to do with "outsiders" because I always think I'm going to find some common ground with the character. That wasn't really the case with this book. I didn't relate too much to LaCava, mostly because she was one of those people who was always told that she was "different" and then fixated on that fact and reminded you at least twice on every page. I think that's unnecessary. If you're that eccentric, it will show. You can't tell people you are something.  You just have to be yourself and other people can make up their own mind about you.
I liked the book though. I think that the cover is gorgeous. The copy of the book that I got from the library was too small for my taste. Something about the general esthetics of the book threw me off.

Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars
Sara Shepard
286 pages
1,355 total pages
Book #4

Yes, I read Pretty Little Liars. Please forgive me. It took a few hours to read this gem. It started out and I wasn't sure that I was going to make it because it is clearly a book written for 7th graders who are transfixed by high school problems. The book starts out when the main characters are in middle school and you know the rest since we've all seen the TV show. The show follows along closely with the book, which I always like. I hate seeing the film version of a book before I read the actual book because I find my imagination much better than other people's. 
Anyway, I eventually grew to be interested in the book once the main characters entered high school. So I must have the mindset of a 7th grader. It was a quick read and those are my favorite. I need short books if I'm ever going to read 50 books this year. It was almost 300 pages so that's sort of a lot for me. Come on now.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Looking for Mr. Goodbar

 
Looking For Mr. Goodbar
Judith Rossner
390 pages
1,069 total pages
Book #3

When I finished this book last night, I had a lot to say. Now I can't really think about anything. I liked the book enough. I really like the way that Rossner sets up the plot. 
I'm going to spoil it so don't get mad at me.
The main character gets murdered in the first couple of pages and then it goes back and tells you about her life and how she ended up with the guy who killed her. 
The whole time I'm reading the book, every guy she takes home from the bar, I'm like "is that the guy". I forgot the murderers name so I had that element of suspense. 
As for the characters, I didn't like any of them except James, the put together virgin who is in love with Theresa for some reason. Theresa Dunn is the main character. She was easily likeable enough towards the beginning of her story, but once she got "depressed" in the middle I sort of lost interest and couldn't wait for her to get killed. She was mean to James which made me not understand why he "loved" her. Anyway, Theresa had absolutely not positive qualites, maybe Rossner did that on purpose so you wouldn't get attached to her. Not sure why though because 95% of the book is about her life. 
There is this one conversation that Theresa has with James that I really liked. The whole time Theresa said that she didn't care about James so one day she randomly felt like getting to know him, only when he confessed to being a virgin. She said that she was curious and he said:
So I like James. I read the book easily enough. It was all plot and none of that stupid thinking nonsense that I hate.