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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

10-Second Book Reviews

Gone Girl : I've read some complaints about this one because of the ending, which I can totally understand. Nevertheless, I loved this book. I don't normally read mysteries or thrillers, but had a book club for like one month and this was the book they picked, so I decided to read it. I was even reading it during the weeks that my dad was hospitalized, and I still blew threw it super-fast, so that is saying something. There are quite a few twists and turns, some are predictable, some are not, and I just had to keep reading in order to figure out where it was going. Really loved this book.

Outlander: This was recommended to me, and I liked it, but not as much as I expected to. It's a time travel romance, where a woman living in 1940s UK travels back in time to Scotland in 1743. She falls in love, etc, etc. This book is LONG, and it's one of a crazy long series. I thought parts of it, especially the beginning, were too slow. Other parts were just too much sex (yes, that is possible).  The last third of the book picked up quite a bit and I ended up feeling like I wanted to go on and read the next one in the series, although I have yet to do so. I actually set Outlander aside so that I could read Gone Girl and then came back to it, so that shows how long and slow it was at first.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven: I've had this on my to read list for basically 5 years or so, or whenever it was on the NYT Best Seller List. I decided just to read it - my dad had just passed away and I thought that perhaps this one would be cathartic. It was short and it made me cry, but I don't know that I really felt like it changed my life or anything. Regardless, it was an easy and interesting read and I can understand how it made the best seller lists.

A Clash of Kings: I knew I needed to read the next Game of Thrones book, since I had finished watching the first season of the HBO series and Todd was bugging me to move on to the next season. I enjoyed the second book much more than the first, and I think it's a must-read if you're a fan of the HBO Series. There are just too many things that you don't get from the series that you get from the books - additional characters, more subplots, and a better understanding of all of the characters and families. There were a few big things that happened in this book (which you know about if you've seen Game of Thrones Season 2).

A Storm of Swords: After I finished Book 2, I just had to go on and start Book 3, especially because some elements of Book 3 showed up in the second season of Game of Thrones. This is my favorite of the books so far. There are SO many surprises and crazy things that happen - and (small spoiler alert) it contains the 3 of the worst weddings in fiction EVER. George RR Martin never ceases to amaze at how quick he is to kill off major characters. Seriously, just a crazy book. I haven't started book 4 yet, because I've heard it's awful, so I am putting it off. I'll probably start it in January.

The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing: I like to read about investing strategies, and the philosophies of the followers of John Bogle (founder of the Vanguard Group) is my personal favorite style of investing. I had already read one of Bogle's books, so this was just more to solidify some of his concepts even more. It's written by a bunch of his followers (also called "Bogleheads"), and I really liked it. Another good, solid, investing book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about smart investing. Topics covered include retirement, taxes, saving for college, and more.

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1 comment:

Black Knight said...

Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and family.

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