Saturday, August 22, 2009

More book reviews!

Happy weekend, people! :)

I figured it was time to review another couple of books I read recently that were just great.

A Million Little Pieces
by James Frey

I didn't know about all of the controversy surrounding this book until after I read it. This is a memoir of a 23 year old's decent into drugs alcohol and near death, and chronicles his recovery in a rehab center. It was a great read that kept me turning the pages, however it may be too graphic for some, as the beginning withdrawal symptoms weren't too pretty.

So yeah, it was a great read, albeit a bit heavy. It's an Oprah's Book Club book, but the controversy lies in that the book itself wasn't completely true, and that parts of it are fabricated... I'll let you read up more on it yourself. :) Regardless, I enjoyed it. Really makes you realize that your problems aren't that bad compared to what some people are going through.

The Host
by Stephenie Meyer

Okay. Everyone's reading Twilight. I'm on the fence. So I figured I'd pick up one of her other books (described as 'more adult'), read that first, and if I enjoyed it I'd try out Twilight.

I'm going to Barnes and Noble today to buy Twilight.

This book was phenominal. I can't remember the last time I read a book that developed its characters so well, made me really care about all of them, and when the last page was done, hungrily wanted a sequel like RIGHTNOW.

(description yanked from her website, because I had a hard time figuring out how to describe it)

"Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind with visions of the man Melanie loves—Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love."

AMAZING. Great. I had medium-hopes for it but it excelled all of my expectations by a jillion percent. Barnes and Noble. OMW.

Oh yeah, look at this cool house that has real walls now!!

Will be making my birthday giveaway post later today, so stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

I remember there being a controversy about that book, but I couldn't remember for the life of me. It sounds interesting though, I am a fan of a good memoir. Assuming that's what it is. Also, have you ever read anything by David Sedaris? thoughts?


Sami said...

David Sedaris is a hoot! I remember his one book where he detailed the atrocities of working as a Christmas elf.. Good stuff!

Gina said...

I LOVED the Twilight books (despite what people say about its simplicity) - but now I will definitely have to check out her other novels! Thanks for the recommendation.

JennyMac said...

I have read Dave Sedaris..he is a hoot. His sister is a bit kooky but funny too.

Elise said...

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