I feel like I really zoomed through the last three books I read. It’s probably due to being stuck on an airplane for 4 1/2 hours last week, and then again this week. I’m also really proud of myself because I’ve now read 29 books this year–only one more before the new year and I’ll have read 30 books! That’s huge for me. I’m a slow reader, guys!
A book that had been getting a lot of good reviews was The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion so I decided to take a chance on it. In fact, an employee at a book store told me how much they loved it–I kind of hate/love when people do that. I like it because people are sharing something that they love, but I hate it because books are personal and not everyone will like the same stories that you do.
The Rosie Project is about a 40 year old Aussie named Don Tillman who isn’t your typical bachelor. He is particular, peculiar, extremely OCD, and not aware of how lonely he really is. Until he meets Rosie–a woman who fits none of his future wife criteria. With the help of his best friend and the wife of his best friend, he weighs the pros and cons of dating Rosie, and helping her find her biological father.
I had trouble getting into this one. The main character, Don, was so annoying to me. He became lovable towards the end, but he ultimately frustrated me a lot. I guess the writing was done well, because he was supposed to be like that. I think his neurosis would be funnier on the big screen though. This book would make a great rom com. Some events in the story just seemed so unlikely, but they worked. If you can’t tell, I could take or leave this book. Meh.
After that, I picked up a book that had been on my list for a while, Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Life of Pi is an incredible story of a young man who is the son of a zookeeper in India. When the boy, Pi, and his family decide to leave for Canada to start a new life, the ship carrying them and their cargo sinks leaving Pi in a life boat with a handful of wild animals. The book follows Pi through his journey and his eventual return to land.
I didn’t like the first couple chapters of the book, but it eventually held my attention. I liked the story because it was such an adventure without being as boring as The Old Man and the Sea. There was a lot of animal on animal brutality which disturbed me, but other than that, I enjoyed Pi’s journey. It forced me to ask the question “What would I do if I was in that situation?” A good story with an interesting ending that is open to interpretation.
Today I finished reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. Oddly enough, I went to high school with Veronica. She was in my grade, I think we had a couple of classes together. We were both tall. I wonder if she remembers me? ANYWAY the book is really great! I’ve only recently tried to get into Young adult novels, but I would recommend this one to teenagers and adults alike. The movie is coming out soon, so you better start reading it now!
Divergent is the first book in a trilogy that takes place in dystopian Chicago. The population has decided that, in order to avoid war and obtain peace, people needed to choose a “faction” or a group that characterized them as close as possible. When it comes to Choosing Day, Beatrice chooses a faction that is completely opposite from the one she was raised in. Throughout her journey into her new faction, Beatrice not only finds out who she is, but she realizes that she doesn’t fit into just one category–she’s different from society. She’s Divergent.
I’m always really impressed when authors can invent new worlds. I thought the characters were very life like and I could totally feel their emotions jump off the page. There was a rewarding romance and a lot of action. It was a long book, but I read it pretty quickly because the story held my attention all the way through.
Have you read any good books lately?