I actually cancelled my Audible subscription because I didn't want to pay for it and I'm regretting it. I only listened to 1ish audiobook per month, but that's $15 a month for a book. I may break down and resubscribe just because I really enjoy my puzzle and audiobook time. We'll see how much guilt I feel about taking money from the House funds.
Rating scale:1/5 - Hated it, didn't finish.
2/5 - Tolerated it on principle to finish, didn't like it.
3/5 - Eh, didn't love it, didn't hate it. Had some good parts/kept me interested/finished it on principle.
4/5 - I liked it.
5/5 - I LURVED it and I'd read it again.
Skimmers, stick with the bold text (TL;DR* parts).
PS. Possible spoilers included in reviews.
The Sea of Tranquility - Katja Millay 4/5 (ebook)
I often found myself wishing I was home to finish this book. I wanted more about the Josh and Nastya (which I still can't pronounce, despite one of the characters actually saying the pronunciation at the beginning). I wanted to know what happened to her and then I got annoyed with wanting to know what happened to her. By the time we found out I wanted to be all IDGAF, but I did GAF. Ugh.
I know that this is just fiction, but sometimes I like my fiction to be believable unless it's fantasy or sci-fi.. and I can tell you my parents wouldn't have handled this situation the same way. Nope, nope, nope. But in another way, it was believable since something so horrible had happened to her. The ending was sweet and exactly what I needed after such horrible things happening the entire book.
The part that I didn't find weird? The relationship between Drew and Nastya. That seems completely believable for teenagers.
TL;DR: If you can get past the weird names and the fact that teenagers are doing whatever the fuck they want, this is a good book about the healing process after something(s) devastating happen.
The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan 4/5 (ebook)
I started reading this when we were driving up to NC for Teh Sister's wedding after finishing The Sea of Tranquility. I figured this was easy enough for me to read outloud and for Teh German to understand despite my speedy reading. The story is simple enough, a kid always seems to get into trouble and turns out, he's "special" because he's the bastard child of a Greek god. I kept thinking of Phil from Hercules while reading it because the best friend is a Satyr (goat man). I ended up finishing it without Teh German, but he'd seen the movie, so it was fine. I haven't seen the movie, so I needed to know how it ended.
This was an easy book to read, but I wasn't so enamored by it that I'm rushing to read the rest of the books in the series. My TBR list is already long enough.
TL;DR: Easy YA read that puts all that useless knowledge of Greek mythology to use.
Summerlong - Dean Bakopoulos 3.5/5 (audiobook)
This book was strongly recommended by Jana (a host of this linkup) but I wasn't overly thrilled by it. It wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't anything to write home about, IMO. The story line was pretty depressing and the characters all are linked but it takes a while to find out how. ABC's name annoyed me for the entire book. I also struggle with books that make pop culture references (Facebook, Twitter, actors, etc) because I question how those things will be relevant years from now.
I'm also still not sure if I liked the fact that the narrator addressed the Reader. It was funny, but weird. It's like when actor's break the fourth wall. Sometimes, it's just weird, unless it's House of Cards, then it's not. Maybe this book is supposed to represent middle age and life in middle America, but it just felt like the characters needed to talk to the people they weren't talking to.
Also, I waited on something "spiritual" to happen with ABC to explain that whole determination to meet Philly in the afterlife. Overall, it seemed like a book where adults were getting stoned and avoiding their responsibilities.
TL;DR: A good story to pass the time, especially if you're stoned.
If you wanted to read any of these 3 books, I'd start at the top and work down.
- The Children of Húrin – J.R.R. Tolkin, Christopher Tolkin */5 (ebook)
- Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) - Christian Rudder */5 (ebook)
- Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Dai Sijie, Ina Rilke */5 (hard copy)
- Anything left on the Book Challenge reading list (update coming soon!)
*TL;DR = too long, don't read