a jane of all reads

I’ve been such a bad book blogger. I’ve already broken one of my 2012 blogging goals which was to blog all of the books that I read. Total fail. Here’s the thing, I read read read and I get BEHIND, the review pile grows and I feel OVERWHELMED. But I keep on reading and the pile keeps growing and I lose the desire to talk about books that at this point, I’ve actually read weeks ago. Then the shame sets in and I won’t allow myself to talk about the latest books I’ve read because I still haven’t talked about the other ones. All of this results in me not talking about ANY books and all the while, I’m still reading.

So this post is a catch-up post. Maybe if I quickly jot down some book thoughts on the books in the pile my OCD will be placated and I can move on to talking about my current read. Here goes nothing…

Paper Towns

Author: John Green
Publisher: Speak
Date: September 22, 2009
Pages: 305
Genre: YA

This was a first for me- a John Green book that I didn’t just absolutely love, immediately memorize and recommend to passing strangers. I didn’t understand Quentin’s feelings for Margo based on one childhood interaction years and years ago. Having a crush on the girl next door is pretty average, as is worshiping someone from afar but the why of it was never clear to me. On top of that, I don’t understand how anyone could like Margo, who I felt was an absolute selfish turd of a human being. I can admit to having skimmed the road trip towards the end of the book and I’ll also confess that I (Oh yeah, potential **SPOILER** —>) thought it would have been infinitely more interesting if they had actually found the chick dead. It was mildly funny, nothing on par with An Abundance of Katherines and no characters to adore as it was with The Fault in Our Stars. I’m a punk, I know. The opening paragraph is, however, made of much win.

Afterlight

Author: Elle Jasper
Publisher: Signet
Date: September 29, 2010
Pages: 336
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

This book was recommended by my evil twin, Donna @ Bites, and it didn’t disappoint. I can easily sum up its awesome by informing you that it is a VAMPIRE STORY, set in the SOUTH, and it features some entertaining PORN. All of these things are good things. Other instances of awesome- the character names (Riley Poe, Eligius Dupré), the kindly voo-doo father figure and the over abundance of skin tight leather. It had a fair amount of cheese, what with Riley constantly reminding us JUST HOW badddddd she use to be and the fact that she bothered to clean a Vampire’s skin with antiseptic before giving him a tattoo. You know, the sort of nonsense that one can easily forgive in exchange for hot vampire porn. The book is purchasable based on its cover alone, but it’s nice that the guts where equally as decorative.

Born Wicked

Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Date: January 25, 2012
Pages: 330
Genre: YA- Paranormal/Fantasy

Ohhh excellent storytelling, historical and futuristic all at once, good stuff this. The Cahill sisters are witches and they live in a town where even the suspicion of magic can land you in jail. As you can imagine, it is VERY IMPORTANT that they keep their powers a secret. I loved the ongoing feud between Cate and Maura and it was a nice twist to have the “mean girls” in town actually turn out to be confidants. We have a little romance happening in a bookstore (win), an evil big brother organization that has a whole town living in fear of being labeled different. My only gripe is just once, (SPOILER) JUST ONCE, I’d like to see a character take the hard road when faced with blackmail. Call those bitches’ bluff.

OK? Ok. More rambling tomorrow.

3 Responses to “I read some books, a while back…(#1)”

  1. Sandy says:

    Don’t feel bad about not being able to review everything–it’s okay to sneak in a book or two (or maybe more than three, ahem). That’s why I started to do mini-reviews way back; I used to pressure myself to give everything I read a long and analytical review because I felt like it wasn’t fair that I didn’t do that for every book. But that made things worse…so I did minis for non-review books. My minis weren’t as good as your current ones, though.

    I wasn’t sure if BORN WICKED was good but if you liked it, I’ll have to try it sometime. Hehe, vampire porn? Sounds like a fun book xD

  2. The vamporn loves you too.

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