A Month in Books

30 September 2013

It's the last day of September! I can't even believe how fast this month has passed! Another month is over and with that, so are some books that have been on my reading list since the beginning of the year!

In case you guys need to be refreshed, I have a reading goal this year to read 25 books. As it stand today I've read 17, and four out of that 17 were conquered this month! So I'm going to talk a little bit about these books, and if you want to keep up with my reading challenge, go ahead and add me as a friend on Goodreads, go ahead, I dare you.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Kate has read 17 books toward her goal of 25 books.
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There were a lot of books, so I'm going to try and make this brief, but informative. So without further adieu...

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner"
“I'm a Crank. I'm slowly going crazy. I keep wanting to chew off my own fingers and randomly kill people.” 

I already wrote a more detailed review of The Scorch Trials here, but I'm going to lay down some points as a bit of a refresher.

1. I'm sorry to those of you who love the book, but it was such a pain in the butt to into! It was just really boring up until about the last quarter of the book.
2. Love Brenda. Love Thomas and Brenda. There. I said it.
3. Even though it was slow-paced, there was a lot of character development, which I did enjoy.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

You can read my full review on Goodreads, here.

Here are some things I liked:

1. The book is about two teenagers who fall in love. Except wait, they both have cancer. Surprisingly, the book is not as depressing as you would think it should be.
2. John Green can capture the sarcasm, wit, and angst of a teenaged girl beautifully. This is both incredible and concerning. You might even say incredibly concerning? I kid.
3. Even though it's a love story, you get to see the character's relationships outside of the romance, which a lot of YA novels neglect to do.
4. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited about the movie adaptation (or that I'm following John Green on Tumblr just to get updates).

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
“We are where we are, however we got here. What matters is where we go next.” 

Head on over to Goodreads and check out my full review, here.

First impressions:
1. I've never read a zombie book before, but I have watched The Walking Dead, and the kind of zombies in this book are a lot different than the ones I've come to fear thanks to Rick and Daryl.
2. The whole book is narrated by "R" and there is a whole internal dialogue that occurs throughout the whole book. I've never really read a book like that before and I quite liked it. 
3. When a zombie eats a brain, they get that person's memories. It all makes sense now!
4. The time R spent in Julie's home was super precious. He is such a likeable character, which you never see when it comes to zombies.

So there you have it, folks! I hope you liked this little summing up session. This October, I have a few books on my to-be-read list that I will be reviewing during BLOGtober. If you'd like to join me, let me know!

My October reading list:

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

See you tomorrow when BLOGtober starts!


2 comments :

  1. I felt the same way about The Scorch Trials. I loved The Maze Runner but was so disappointed with the rest of the series. Great selection - I've read all three on your list and I'm also planning to read The Book Thief because I'm way late in the game there. ^_^

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  2. I too love Goodreads! It's such a fun community; it's keep you motivated to continue reading books through this very challenge I'm also participating in and it is a great way to stumble across new books to read and fall in love with! I just added you and added a few books on my "want to read" list thanks to your reviews on them! :)
    Ashley
    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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