Sunday, March 01, 2009

Books on Break

Like I said in my last post, I read quite a few books over my break that I ended up LOVING, and so I thought I would do again what I did with the books I read over the summer - that is, rate them and say a few things about them. So here we go.

Blindness - Jose Saramago
* * * * * (5)
I absolutely LOVED this book! I had for some reason heard bad things about it, but I can't even begin to understand why. I really couldn't put it down, and I am now dying to see the movie, despite the fact that there is NO possible way that it will do the book justice.

Plum Wine - Angela Davis-Gardner
* * * * (4)
This book was a great look at what it must have been like for an American woman to be living in Japan during the Vietnam war. It was touching and heartwarming, and I managed to basically adore it despite not really liking the two main characters. I think that's saying a lot.

the Princess Diaries #10 - Meg Cabot
* * * * * (5)
So, I unfortunately like Mia less in this book than in the other books. She has also become a flexetarian that is flexible even for a flexetarian, which I think is ridiculous and kind of a cop out. But still, it was the last in the Princess Diaries books, and despite my minor complaints, it was possibly the best of them all. I feel like saying - Meg Cabot has done it again!

South of the Border, West of the Sun - Haruki Murakami
* * * * (4)
I love Murakami's writing style and the way he always manages to turn a slightly boring character that one would rarely ever think about into something fascinating and almost always strange. This book isn't any exception to that, and I loved it for everything it was, and there was nothing missing from it. It's just so hard, though, not to compare it to everything else I have ever read by him, and because of that, I just can't give it the five stars it perhaps deserves.

Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
* * * * * (5)
Everything that I want and have to say about this book would probably be considered spoilers, so I'll keep my mouth shut (or rather stop my fingers from typing). It was wonderful and fanastic and perfect.

the Spiderwick Chronicles #3: Lucinda's Secret - Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
* * 1/2 (2 1/2)
These books are for someone way younger than me. Each of them takes about a half hour to read, and I probably should be reading them all together instead of separating them like I have been doing. Maybe then I would like them more.

And now I have just started "the Gathering" by Anne Enright. I've really just started it, so I don't know how I feel about it, but I get the feeling that I will most likely be slightly disappointed after the amazingness of all of the books I read over break.

Anyhow, there are LOTS (maybe I should even say TONS) of books that I have read between now and the last time I wrote a book list, but I just felt like I needed to do that given the incredible awesomeness of the books I read over the break. So those books are just going to have to live without an Audrey blog rating. At least for now.

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