What I’m Reading This Weekend – July 20, 2018

What I’m Reading This Weekend – July 20, 2018

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’re all ready for another weekend filled with reading and possibly other things, but mostly reading. Here’s what I’ll be reading this weekend!

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

I’m such a CoHort, so I need to pay homage to my favorite romance writer. I think to date, I’ve read four Colleen Hoover books (Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, and It Ends With Us), so this will make it book number five. Here’s what it’s about:

38926487Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

It’s finally time for me to read this book instead of telling everyone that I had. I wanted to really catch up on my Fantasy series this summer and I need to finally bite the bullet and do it. So I’m starting with an oldie that already has a movie (that failed) and a TV show (that did well, but ultimately got canceled). I’ll probably watch both after I finish it, but I need to read the first one first! Here’s some more about what’s it about:

256683When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

It’s also finally time for me to read some thrillers in the summer. While I definitely loved reading Carolines Kepnes’s Providence, I decided to take the advice of Abby from @crimebythebook and read The Snowman. While this is more crime fiction than thriller, I’m willing to try out anything that might be interesting and a good read. I think the last time I read crime fiction possibly was 2002 and I read one of Patricia Cornwall’s books for Forensics class. I hope this isn’t like those mass markets from over 10 years ago. Also, please don’t do the math on how old I am. Here’s more about the book:

9572203One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day.  Inspector Harry Hole suspects a link between the missing woman and a suspicious letter he’s received. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished—all on the day of the first snow. But this is a killer who makes his own rules . . . and he’ll break his pattern just to keep the game interesting, as he draws Harry ever closer into his twisted web. With brilliantly realized characters and hair-raising suspense, international bestselling author Jo Nesbø presents his most chilling case yet—one that will test Harry Hole to the very limits of his sanity.

Book Review – November 9 by Colleen Hoover

If we’re going to kiss, it has to be book-worthy.

Ok, so maybe I was a little bit hasty to write about my first impressions on romance novels before reading this book.

Rating: 4.5/5

Plot Summary – Fallon and Ben meet each other on the anniversary of an accident leaving Fallon scarred on the left side of her body. It’s the eve before Fallon moves to New York to pursue a career in theater despite her looks.

In a serendipitous meeting, Fallon and Ben fall in love. Sadly, it’s not the best timing. These two agree to meet every November 9th in the same location at the same time and recount their growth over the year. Of course, truths are revealed and hearts are broken.

But do they end up loving each other? Stay tuned.

My thoughts – I can’t tell if this is the story about love at first sight, or love conquering over anguish, or love can heal all wounds. But I can tell you it’s about love. And like the most purest love that you’ve ever thought about that it almost doesn’t feel real love.

This book was like romance-ption (see what I did there?). It was a romance novel including a main character who loved romance novels. If more romance novels were like this one, then I’d definitely apologize for my last post as well as read more and more of these novels.

There weren’t any throbbing members or quivering bosoms. The book felt like a good-hearted story of a boy and girl who happen to fall in love. Their emotions felt real. Their decisions felt real. This whole book felt like something I wish was real and it’s definitely something I look for when I read.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a fan of Confess when it came out. I thought that the story didn’t move in an eloquent way. It seemed clunky stuck with random things that I didn’t anticipate to happen. I was worried November 9 would be the same way.

However, November 9 really had me walking through the city and not paying attention to what’s happening around me. While the rest of America is head down entranced by Pokemon Go, I’m getting hurt in other ways. I walked into a pole this book is so good.

 

Whether or not the couple ends up together at the end of a book doesn’t determine whether that book has a happy ending or not. As long as the two people end up happy, it doesn’t really matter if they end up happy together.

While I want to give this book five stars, there were two things that I agonized over and wish didn’t happen.

  1. The explanation – Every book has that scene where the main character needs to start from the beginning and explain their reasoning behind things. Without providing too many spoilers, the main character in this book provides their novel. While it’s fun to read a novel within a novel, it was a little bit tedious. I think that Colleen Hoover could have achieved the same effect if Fallon and Ben were talking to each other and the reader was reading a flashback to the beginning of their story. Then, it would feel more like a flowing story than abruptly halted by reading another book.
  2. The ending – Again, without giving away too much about the book I was not happy about the ending. It was oozing with cheese! I’m happy that the ending the way it did, but I’m just not a fan of endings such as this.

However, don’t let these two points deter you from reading the book. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I couldn’t put it down and other cliched phrases to describe how great this book was.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely and especially so if you have a soft spot in your heart for love.