Thursday, April 30, 2015
Books I've Read - January-April 2015
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin
Each year the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has a "One Book" community read program. Everyone in the community is encouraged to read the same book and participate in book discussions, clubs and events surrounding the book. This usually takes place in April, during National Library Week. The book was leaked a bit early (or I found out about it early) and for 2015, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry will be that book. I thought I'd go ahead and get a jumpstart. And boy, I'm so glad I did! I loved it! It pulled at heartstrings, tempted me to keep reading, evoked laughter and tears - a great first book of the year. I am going to enjoy being part of "One Book" this spring and look forward to the discussions and events that will occur.
*An aside: If you're looking for a fantastic audio book, try out the Harry Potter series. The series itself is one of my favorites (of course), but Jim Dale does a phenomenal job narrating and creating voices for each of the characters. He does 134 different character voices for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix alone! Amazing!
What an intriguing book. I now think I might be obsessed with Neil Gaiman just a bit. I knew he was popular and was always interested in reading something of his. This was a great starting book, I think. I was captured from the start. It's nice and short (under 200 pages) and had just the right blend of sci-fi/fantasy, intrigue and valor. Well done, Neil Gaiman.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon
This book was very strange. I was a bit bored at first, but it got somewhat more intriguing toward the middle of the book. The most fascinating part is that this story is told from the perspective of a boy with autism. Having worked with and known folks with autism, it was incredibly realistic and well-done. However, I wouldn't recommend it. It was just sooo slow.
by Ransom Riggs
Here is the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Because I didn't start reading this one directly after the first one, it took me at least 50 pages to get into this one. But once it took hold of me, I was hooked for good. I just found out that there's a third book coming out in September - I love me some sequels!! Anyway, this one was interesting and tied things together a bit more, I think. I liked it.
by Tina Fey
This one had been on my list for quite awhile but I kept shoving it under the pile. I wish I hadn't. Tina Fey is fantastic. Plus, I listened to this one on audiobook and hearing her voice speaking her written word was way better than if I had read it on my own. Please do yourself a favor and listen to this book. I'm confident that your local library has it. :)