This is week THREE of our summer blog promo tour. That’s coconuts; summer is going by way too fast for this teacher! Last week Becky took over my blog and gave me 5 books that she thinks I would enjoy based on my Goodreads page; I also took over her blog and recommended she do the same! I can’t wait to see what she decided on, but it might not be until tomorrow because her computer is on the fritz. Stay tuned!
First of all, let me say this was a lot of fun. When Becky and I met (via email), we made the decision to make TBR suggestions in our favorite genres. I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary YA and Becky has really been enjoying fantasy and sci-fi. Don’t get me wrong, I like fantasy and sci-fi, but I just haven’t been really finding my niche in those genres recently. So, I knew I was going to be challenged to step back into those worlds for this challenge.
The idea of the “Try a Chapter” tag is that you read the first chapter of 5 books, share your thoughts on each and commit to reading one, which we decided we would review at the end of the month. Here are the books Becky selected for me and my initial 1 chapter thoughts:
- Strange the Dreamer – I started with this one because it’s the only one I didn’t fall in love with immediately. I always feel so bad when I have a DNF (did not finish), but the writing in this one didn’t draw me in. I hope to give it a chance later down the road. The cover is beautiful and the concept is great!
- Illuminae – This book is not what I was expecting, in the best way possible. I started reading it on my Kindle, which was a little confusing, because some of the memos and photographs didn’t show up completely or were turned, but when I switched to the hardback, it made a lot more sense. The books in this series are huge, but once you open them you realize they’re made up of emails, memos, reports, interviews and more, which makes it totally unlike anything I’ve read before. The book, so far, is set hundreds of years from now on a planet that is at war between two different corporations. The people have been attacked without warning and those who survived are away from their families (if they have any left) and being tested to see if they’d be beneficial to the cause/drafted into fighting. So far there are two main characters, who I’ve only experienced via emails, and they’re hilarious.
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – This is not YA. It’s been a while since I’ve read a popular contemporary adult fictional novel. So far it’s witty, interesting, and I like the writing style a lot. This one also incorporates interviews, articles, comments via online posts and regular ‘ol pages. It’s about a famous actress is auctioning off her dresses for charity. Additionally, she’s had 7 husbands and has never opened up to anyone about why until now. She has agreed to an interview with a beginner reporter that no one knows, and everyone is fired up about it!
- Splintered – Confession: I’ve never read Alice in Wonderland and I’ve never even seen the children’s movie version. So, I had to call my sister who just used it for one of her college English courses for a brief summary. Splintered is a modern day retelling of AIW. I previous read Howard’s Roseblood and loved it, even though I had never experienced The Phantom of the Opera, either. The main character in this book is a supposed ancestor of the Alice in Lewis Carroll’s original story and has been mortified by this all her life because of the teasing it’s caused. Oh, and she can hear bugs and plants. That’s right. So far it’s super interesting and I like the characters a lot.
- Caraval – I’ve had this book for a long time but haven’t read it because of it’s mixed reviews. Everyone says you’ll either love it or hate it. Turns out, I love it. It’s (so far) a story of two sisters, an abusive father, arranged marriage, and a magical show (that is also a game). In my head I see sort of a Cirque du Soleil, but I am not very far into the book.
SO now the tricky part. The four below the line I absolutely love and want to read them all. I’ve read more than just the one chapter of all four, but I haven’t committed to reading only one, so I’ve been reading a chapter or two here and there from multiple books a day, not really making significant progress in any of them. I’m going to just keep doing the same and I guess I’ll surprise you at the end of the month!
Be sure to check out Becky’s blog in the upcoming days to see which books she chose from my suggestions!