After quite a long reading slump, I'm back in the game. I don't think I'll hit the 50 mark this year, but I'm still going for it; as long as I keep reading, I'm happy, no matter the number. Here's a quick review of each of the books I've read so far:
1. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening & The Struggle by LJ Smith - Though there were a lot of, well, cheesy moments in the book, it was a fast read, & somewhat interesting. Elena kind of annoyed me, & neither Stefan nor Damian were particularly entrancing; regardless, I read the next book in the series, so it had to have some merits, right?
2. The Vampire Diaries: The Fury & Dark Reunion by LJ Smith - Same opinion as with the first volume, except the ending was a bit much for me. If you've read it, you probably know what I mean.
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - Loved it! About a girl & her family [well, the couple that adopted her] during the Holocaust years, as narrated by Death. Definitely an interesting read for me, & I loved the imagery.
4. Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut - I love Kurt Vonnegut. This certainly did not change my opinion. About a man & his years at a "college" & a prison, working. From Hocus Pocus: "Just because some of us can read & write & do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the universe."
5. The Virginity Club by Kate Brian - Not the best YA book. Granted, it was a fast read. It just didn't hold me that well, I guess. About four high school girls, pressured to keep their virginity for a college scholarship.
6. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - Definitely worth your while, I think. It's a dystopian novel, about a government that becomes too controlling, & the brilliant minds of the nation going on strike. There were some parts that kind of dragged on (I'm looking at you, Galt, with your 40-page radio speech) but they're relevant & worth taking the time to read over. It's not a fast read, by any means; it's also over 1000 pages. Don't let that stop you; if it sounds like it's up your alley, give it a shot.
7. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - Though it didn't have my favorite ending in the world, I did like it. It was interesting & sad. Told from the perspective of a young girl murdered by a neighbor, we follow her family through a span of about ten years as they cope with her death & move on with their lives.
8-10. Uglies/Pretties/Specials by Scott Westerfeld - I'm sure you've all heard of the Uglies series by now. A dystopian society requires everyone to get an operation to make them a Pretty when they turn 16. Tally has always dreamed of the day she'd become a Pretty. But what really happens during this operation? Turns out, it's not just what's outside that changes. I really liked these books; they were fast reads, but interesting. Tally goes through several changes, & it was interesting to see how things are affected as a result of those changes.
11. Extras by Scott Westerfeld - set in the same world as the above books, but a few years later, Aya is now the main character (instead of Tally). While reading this, I didn't think I liked it that much. However, I found that once I finished it, I thought about it a lot.
12. Flirtin' With the Monster edited by Ellen Hopkins - A compilation of essays on Crank & Glass by Ellen Hopkins. The main reason I read this was for the essays by Hopkins' family members, including "Kristina" herself. It was interesting to read about parts that were true & parts that weren't, & how members of the family were affected.
13. My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler - I laughed a lot while reading this, though I thought the first half of the book was a lot funnier than the second half. My favorite story was Guess Who's Leaving Through the Window?, but if you're offended easily, it's probably not for you. In fact, this book in general is not for you, if you're easily offended.
Next up: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson