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^ Thanks so much for your comment! I think I'll take a little break before reading her other books but I for sure will read the casual vacancy one day, because I have it and I was eager to read it at one point, so all this excitement will for sure come back to me. And of course I'll will read Harry Potter. I mean, it's impossible to live in a world where everyone have read that and I didn't. I think I was expecting something different and that's where all my disappointment comes from. I suggest giving it a shot, especially if you like J. K. Rowling's writing style because in perspective of the idea it was a wonderful book. Like I said, it kept me on the edge of my seat sometimes. Maybe I just didn't link with the characters.

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Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

When I went to the bookstore to buy Gone Girl (yes, I still like my books in paper) they had only the hardcover, so I decided to read the whole Flynn cannon first and then buy Gone Girl when it's out in softcover (December), or I can read it digitally on my iPad.

ANYhow, WOW! Now I get the hype. I read this book in basically a 24 hour period. It's fabulous. I love dark narratives as a rule, and there are definite shades of Stephen King (Misery) and V.C. Andrews (Flowers in the Attic) in this book. But Sharp Objects is also a classic detective/mystery thriller too. And yet, it's also very, very female. Kind of like Mo Hayder's work, though she often has a male protagonist. Here, we are hooked to Camille throughout - for several reasons. She's a great character!

This is a fantastic book - can't wait to read her others. I'll give it 10/10 because it's her first book, it's not over-wrought (comes in at a tidy 250 pages), and it's utterly compelling; I, personally, could not put it down (as cliche as that sounds), except when I was literally falling asleep with it in my hands. And when I awoke, i began reading it again immediately.

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^thanks so much for your review!! I've been considering to read all Gillian Flynn novels. But I've only read Gone Girl and then I was so disppointed with its ending that I decided to take a pause. It's been 9 months and I still didn't pick up either Sharp Objects or Dark Places.

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

I was quite skeptical about this as I first heard of it. I love Khaled Hosseini and I have his other books: The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Since this book contains stories of different people from different backgrounds (although they are all eventually have something to do with Afghanistan), I wasn't sure and was worried that the storyline could be extremely messy and confusing.

Still, I bought the book as the reviews online are good and Hosseini is really good writer... and I was not disapointed. The story contains a lot of people/families, but it's not messy at all. Every one is related to every one in all chapters. The stories are heartwarming and thought-provoking family stories. And of course, there's always a tone of "survivor's guilt" in these stories--a trademark style of Khaled Hosseini.

It's a good read as I couldn't put it down and finished it in 2 days!

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And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 9/10 – When I saw that Khaled Hosseini was releasing a new book I pre-ordered it immediately and I knew that as soon as it arrived it would jump to the top of my reading pile. This was another beautiful story from one of my favourite authors, and although it didn’t quite reach the emotionally crippling levels of his previous books (at least for me); it was still an incredibly touching read.

Columbine by Dave Cullen 7/10 – I have a kind of morbid fascination with school shootings. I find the psychological element of it utterly fascinating, and as soon as I saw this book pop up on a friend’s Goodreads page I knew that I wanted to read it. This book gives a fascinating insight into the events of ‘Columbine’, before the event, the day of the shootings, and the aftermath. This is an amazing book. It’s not particularly well written, but the subject matter is incredible.


The Magicians by Lev Grossman 3/10 – There were so many things wrong with this book I don’t really know where to start. First of all, the protagonist was a major prick. I had absolutely no interest in his character, and I somehow managed to make it halfway through the book without being able to remember what his name was. Time progressed too quickly, the world wasn’t developed properly, and I was glad when it ended. Ugh.

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Columbine by Dave Cullen 7/10 – I have a kind of morbid fascination with school shootings. I find the psychological element of it utterly fascinating, and as soon as I saw this book pop up on a friend’s Goodreads page I knew that I wanted to read it. This book gives a fascinating insight into the events of ‘Columbine’, before the event, the day of the shootings, and the aftermath. This is an amazing book. It’s not particularly well written, but the subject matter is incredible.
i would recommend "we need to talk about kevin", its a novel about a family that deals with a school massacre. page turner for sure and it is uplifting!

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i would recommend "we need to talk about kevin", its a novel about a family that deals with a school massacre. page turner for sure and it is uplifting!
I read that last year, it's one of my favourite books!

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^Agreed....kevin is an amazing book. definitely worth reading.

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I thought We Need to Talk about Kevin was great too (as was the movie) but lucy92 are you serious about uplifting? I remember feeling quite depressed while reading it, and even after. SO sad.

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Anyone read the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day?

I heard that it's like another 50 shades kind of book, although a more well-written one. I read a few lines from the book by reading reviews online. They sound kinda of silly and pretentious to me.

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The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han ****

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Such a bittersweet pageturner! There are some beautiful intense moments regarding the angst of adolescence. It's about those precious moments of life that won't last forever and one day will just be gone, how life is in constant movement. The romance in it is really enjoyable since the 3 romantic interests are all equally lovely and charming. Overall, I wasn't disappointed because it's a fun lighthearted read with touching tasteful aspects to it. I'd say it's a bit more sophisticated than the typical chick lit.

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey **

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Such a disappointment. It seems this book was really hyped on the internet and I just don't know why. I could barely finish it. The story took ages to finally begin. The characters were boring and the romance was cheesy a la Twilight. I had a big issue with the change of point of view that happened all the time and interrupted the flow of the story. Nothing actually happened. There was no story. Ugh, just horrible. A nay-nay.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart *****

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This was certainly the most fun I could get this year and this is because I have a real issue trying to get through the pages of a work of fiction. I don't know why. When I do though, it's delightful. I loved this series. It has incredibly likeable and captivating characters. Each of them with a particular set of qualities that are considered equally intelligent and valuable in the book. Reynie solves puzzles, Sticky has an incredible memory, Kate is athletic and Constance is just as gifted as you'll discover in the other books. What is so cool is how it displays intelligence as the major way of solving problems and fighting evil unlike, say Harry Potter or Twilight. It's a real bummer that the third installment of the series was so weak, which spoiled the fun in part. Still, I was really glad I read it, the puzzles are fun and the books were educational.

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I've been asked about 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami and I finished the book 1 (in my edition it contains the first 24 chapters).

For those hesitant because of the length of the book:
The chapters are 25 pages at max, focusing alternately on one of the 2 main protagonists. The style is elegant , simple and clear (there is never the need to read the same sentence over and over again to get what the narrator says).
In my opinion the length of the novel is not pointless or pretentious. If the story had been shorter I feel it would have been less effective. The book is captivating because Murakami takes the time to tell the story in a clever and well-crafted way. Now I understand why he is considered a great author.

It was different form anything I'd ever read. There are fantastic elements but also comical, historical or dramatic elements and it would be silly to try to label it a particular genre. One thing that makes it stand out to me is that it's the kind of book that, once finished, still makes you think after a while. Little and big thoughts on life and human nature.

Even though I liked the book I agree with Belowen that it doesn't feel like a novel but "only" like the beginning of a novel. I think if you read the first 13 chapters (at that point things start to fall into places) and are not hooked then maybe it's not for you. I'll definitely read the second book. I trust the author that, in one way or another, it will be worth it.

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The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides 9/10 – I loved this book. Jeffrey Eugenides has officially cemented his place as one of my favourite authors (one of his other books, Middlesex, is one of my all-time favourites). I remember watching the film quite a while ago, but it didn’t affect me as much as the book did. The story of the Lisbon sisters is sad and beautiful and it lingered with me for quite a while after I’d finished reading the book.

Along Came A Spider by James Patterson 4/10 – I was in the mood for an easy read so I scanned through my list of Kindle books and selected this. It was basically just another run-of-the-mill crime novel, but it was exactly what I wanted at the time and I enjoyed it.


The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach 8/10 – For some reason it took me a really long time to read this book. It wasn’t because I didn’t like it or that I wasn’t enjoying the story, it just took a while for me to pick it up and get stuck into it. I was glad once I did because this was one of the best books I’ve read all year.


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 7/10 – I was craving something quick and easy after my struggle to get going with The Art Of Fielding, so I picked this up. The subject matter is disturbing, but the story is good and Gillian Flynn’s style of writing is a breeze to read.



Goat Mountain by David Vann (6/10) – I saw this book sitting on the shelf at a book store and couldn’t resist the beautiful cover art. The blurb compared David Vann’s writing style to Cormac McCarthy, so of course I was sold. The writing in this book is beautiful, but I couldn’t stomach the subject matter. I’m not sure what it was but I was not in the right frame of mind to read this book. At one point I had to stop reading it while I was eating my lunch at work because it made me feel physically ill. Despite this little hiccup, the book was so beautifully written that I’d still recommend it.


White Horse by Alex Adams (5/10) – This book had so much promise: a strong female protagonist, a post-apocalyptic plot, beautiful cover art (heh), but it still fell short of my expectations. I wasn’t a fan of the overly wordy style of writing, and I’m still I’m still tossing up whether I’m going to read the other books in the series.

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