In my last post I presented the first three books I read for the month of October in the Goodreads Book Challenge. Since October was such a good month for reading, I decided to split the post into two, and here we are with the last three books of the month.
For those of you who missed my initial post on this topic, I have decided to embark on a most enjoyable challenge to read 52 books in 2012. I have chosen the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge in which I select my own goal, and a book a week is what I came up with as truly doable this year. Each month I will give you an update on where I am in the challenge and what books I was lucky enough to indulge in. I’ll also include a link to Amazon for each book in case you would like to pick a read up for yourself.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky-Completed October 10th
I read a lot of fluff because I love the idea of escaping into a world just with just a little more glitz and glamour than my own, but sometimes a girl needs a seriously moving book to turn her world around. It’s rare to find a book that makes you a better person just for reading it, but Stephen Chbosky succeeds in doing just that with this gem. I picked up The Perks of Being a Wallflower after school one evening and was unable to put it down until every single page was read.
From page one I was drawn to melancholy Charlie and his open and heartwarming letters to a friend. With each one his world becomes more vivid and realistic and I was unable to escape the feeling that there is much more to Charlie and his teen life than meets the eye. Enter his amazing friends Sam and Patrick along with a cast of characters too real not to love and hate and you have this mesmerizing little book.
By the end I was crying very real tears and had the kind of shivers that come with perfectly laid out prose. I felt every emotion along with Charlie and his imperfect friends and almost could not bear to turn the last page. I am a better person for reading Chbosky’s words and for living in Charlie’s world, even briefly. Find this book and try not to devour it in one sitting like I did. Melt into the words and fall in love with each and every flawed character as you unravel the secrets of life as a teen full of angst. I dare you not to be moved to tears.
Between the Lines by Jodi Piccoult and Samantha van Leer-Completed October 13th
As a fan of both Jodi Piccoult’s adult novels and of Young Adult literature I was excited to get started on this book that Piccoult co-wrote with her high school daughter, Samantha van Leer. The premise of the book is intriguing. What if the characters of the stories we read are really just actors living entire other lives when the book is closed? Even better, what if the reader falls in love with a character? That’s exactly what occurs in Between the Lines when Delilah McPhee and her beloved Oliver fall in love through the pages of his fairy tale.
I was disappointed to find the book to be quite slow getting set up and it took a while to really get into the story, but about midway through the story picks up considerably and falls into a nice rhythm. The dialogue is stilted at times, and it lacks the overall polish I’ve come to expect from Piccoult’s writing, but the story is exciting and magical. I think that young adult readers will find themselves whisked away into a fairy tale world that intersects beautifully with our own modern existence.
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher-Completed October 22nd
This novel is both heartbreaking and beautifully written. Jay Asher writes a teen girl’s point of view accurately and draws the reader in from the very first sentence. I felt Hannah’s pain from the first cassette to the last and could feel her slipping away with each passing tape. Clay is a tender-hearted and conflicted narrator. It was sometimes difficult to read with such very heavy subject matter but teaches a valuable lesson about how we treat others. Suicide isn’t easy on anyone and this book tells the tale in such a creative and mysterious way. It teaches the valuable lesson that even our seemingly insignificant actions can drastically affect someone in ways we could ever imagine.
This month was a pleasure filled with lots of intriguing reading. I’m looking forward to gaining ground on my goal in November and wrapping things up with a bang in December!
Happy reading everyone!