amethyst_rei (amethyst_rei) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 6-12


#6: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me -- by Sarra Manning [fiction, chick-lit, romance]
Summary: Sweet, bookish Neve Slater always plays by the rules...
Comment: This. Was. Amazing. The ending felt a lot bit rushed, but all in all it was a fantastic read. While the characters certainly had their faults, they were interesting and pretty well-rounded for the most part. I absolutely adored the relationship between the two main characters who were both so quirky in very different ways. I also adored the fact the book was for an adult audience and not, y'know, kiddies.

#7: Coming of Age in Mississippi -- by Anne Moody [non-fiction, autobiography, historical]
Summary: Born to a poor couple who were tenant farmers on a plantation in Mississippi, Anne Moody lived through some of the most dangerous days of the pre-civil rights era in the South...
Comment: This was really enjoyable. The author had a very strong voice and the the world illustrated through her eyes was both fascinating and terrible.

#8: How to Win Friends and Influence People -- by Dale Carnegie [non-fiction, self-help]
Summary: For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
Comment: This got really wordy at times and I thought the author used way too many anecdotes and examples to back his claims when just a few would have sufficed, but overall it was a decent read. Many of the points the author makes are pretty obvious, but he goes about explaining why they're so important in interesting ways, thought-provoking ways. There were also certain parts of the book that were really inspirational and moving, which, considering what type of book this is, is a good thing.

#9: Something Borrowed -- by Emily Giffin [fiction, romance, chick-lit]
Summary: Rachel has always been the consummate good girl---until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancé.

Comment: This was pretty good. I couldn't really sympathize with any of the characters (honestly, I thought all of them were jerks), but I finished this in a day so there was obviously something about it that kept me interested. Probably all the drama. Yeah, definitely all the drama. That, at least, was really well done. Um. I haven't read the sequel to this series, but I'm looking forward to it.

#10: I'll Be Here -- by Autumn Doughton [fiction, young adult, romance]
Summary: In short: Willow James' perfect boyfriend dumps her and she's left to pick up the pieces of a life she'd built around him.
Comment: This was pretty decent. It's your typical high-school romance, really, only with the bonus of the protagonist being tolerable. I don't really have much to say about this except that it made the ride to school and back interesting for the two days it took me to read this.

#11: Ancient World Leaders: Alexander the Great -- by Samuel Willard Crompton [non-fiction, biography, historical]
Summary: Describes the life and accomplishments of Alexander the Great of Macedonia.
Comment: My niece had to read this for school and when she was finished I started leafing through it, which somehow turned into actual reading. It's a short book (112 pages), but it's fascinating. It's also very well written for a book geared towards a younger audience (13+). Anyway, I totally got into the book despite myself. Waaay more than my niece did, actually.

#12: The Ballad of Reading Gaol -- by Oscar Wilde [non-fiction, poetry]
Summary: A poem by Oscar Wilde, written in exile either in Berneval or in Dieppe, France, after his release from Reading Gaol on or about 19 May 1897. Wilde had been incarcerated in Reading, after being convicted of homosexual offences in 1895 and sentenced to two years' hard labour in prison. (-Wiki)
Comment: This poem was long. It was also brilliant. I read it once, and then  a week later went back to read it again and found it to be just as riveting the second time around. It gets kind of purple-y at times, but the poem is beyond evocative and contains truly gorgeous imagery. Not to mention lines. I enjoyed this a lot.
Tags: autobiography, biography, chicklit, history, non-fiction, poetry, romance, self help, young adult

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