26. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Readathon category: A book that will become a movie in 2016
I read it during traveling and I could focus on that pretty easily, because it is easy to follow. The story is nice, has some WWII references, I liked the beginning, analyzing the teenage main character’s relationship with his grandfather. I liked the photos in the book, I think it deserves an extra star for that. I don’t think I will read the rest, the most important part I think was to discover what exactly is going on, what are these children, do they really have abilities? Now that everything is revealed, I don’t feel like reading some more “action-like” books.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
27. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower 1), by Stephen King
Readathon category: A book that is part of a series of 3 or more books
I have so mixed feelings. I really wanted to like this series. I like Stephen King a lot and everyone says this series is amazing. But I read it while traveling and I could not get that much into it. Of course I loved some parts, I like Stephen Kings writing. The story where the character is in a Wild West style city was very good. But the book in general has a spiritual/abstract style, you don’t know what is going on exactly and that was annoying me. But I think that it was just the wrong time to read it. The second one sounds interesting (set in New York in three different time periods) so I think I will give it a try.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
28. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1), by Marissa Meyer
Readathon category: A book based on a fairy tale or myth
Based in Cinderella myth, but much cooler. It is set in New Beijing (Asia, yay!), Cinder is a pretty good role model for young girls (she is a mechanic, smart, not superficial), there is a deadly virus… The only bad thing is that of course it was very predictable (I mean come on, of course you know immediately who the lost princess is).
The first pages went very slow for me, but once the virus stuff started it became more interesting. It is not a story about dresses and princes. OK, it has these things too, but it is a futuristic story. I don’t know if I will read the rest of the series, maybe when I want to read some YA.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
29. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
Readathon category: A book that is the debut of its author
I was really looking forward to reading this book. It was totally not what I expected, but I liked it a lot. It is set in the end of the 19th century and it revolves around two young magicians that have to fight because their mentors decided so. But the fight happens through the circus. Each one of them makes something magical for the circus. This circus is AMAZING. It made it to my “fictional places I wished were real”list.
The magic described in the book is really special, not the “normal”magic we are used to. I can’t explain it, you will have to read it!
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
30.The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Readathon category: A book that takes place in an island
This book is all letters that an author exchanged in 1946 with her friends and the Guernsey inhabitants, who described her how German Occupation was.
This was a “feel-good” book, like the relaxing Sunday-noon movies. I wish I had it as an audiobook, so that I could listen while I was cooking or cleaning the house. I think I would have liked it more then, if I could multitask while “reading” it.
The reason I don’t give 4 stars (Eleni loved it, so I wanted to love it too) is that I could not connect with the characters (except the main character) because of the letter-style that the book has. More importantly, what annoyed me the most was that all the characters were such nice people! I mean, not even a flaw, except a slightly alcoholic guy.
Other than that, the book is very pleasant. The writing is good and whenever I was starting to get bored, a new nice little story was described. The German Occupation described in the book was really mild compared to other books I have read, so the book remains mainly pleasant even with all the WWII stuff.
I wished for more book/literary society talk in the book or even better for more occupation stories. I felt that the biggest part of the book was about the author’s personal life.
To sum up: if you want something pleasant/nice/relaxing reading, go for it. If you are looking for action/mystery/thrill, don’t go for it!
⭐ ⭐ ⭐