Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Review: Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska Looking for Alaska by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Re-reading books has it's own charm and especially if it's a new edition of an old favorite I loved rereading Harry Potter books and loved re-reading this 10th Anniversary edition of the first book by John Green. I had last read it more than 4 and a half year ago in Feb 2015. I have been watching John and Hank's vlogBrothers videos even before I knew who John was and I am a Proud NerdFighter for many years now. So coming back to this book was fun and you don't realize how much of the book you have forgotten till you re-read it. Of course I knew the major points but I was surprised to see that I only remembered the broad points and the things that I knew still hit me as hard as it had hit me the first time. Probably that's the strength of good books. I can proudly say that I have read all of John's and Hank's books but I might not be able to remember all of them in details as I last read till TFIOS back in 2015 and then Turtles All the Way Down when it came and An Absolutely Remarkable Thing just few days back. So is it time to re-read all of John Green's books? As much as I would like to do so one thing which makes it difficult are my TBR Bookcases which contain more than 1000 books which are unread so I always push myself to finish new books some of which are waiting on TBR since I bought them 12 years ago. I am so bad :).

Being 10th Year anniversary edition it contained the original drafts of few scenes which showed how different were the scenes originally written and how far did the book develop. There is also an interview with the author and then a small letter by Michael Cart who was chairman of Printz Award Committee which had selected this book as the recipient of Michael L. Printz award. I am not writing about the plot or story because you can always find that in Goodreads or Wikipedia it's about my feeling for this book and I love it, in fact I liked it better in my second run through of the book and I am glad to have given the time to read it again. I have started watching the vlogbrothers videos too and loving every second of it.

So I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone whether you love YA or not after all I turned 37 yesterday but I felt every emotional beat of this book another matter is I love YA books. So in case you still haven't read it pick it and if you read it way back maybe pick your old copy again read it and then just Keep on Reading.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Review: Past Tense

Past Tense Past Tense by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have now read all of Jack Reacher books available barring few short stories here and there. So now again the wait for the next book starts. This wasn't always the case it was fun when I picked up this series of 20 books and read them one by one but then just like most series I caught up with it and now must wait for the regular release.

Coming back to the book this is a typical Jack Reacher thriller where Reacher goes to a place on slightest of thoughts this time it was to be the town where his father grew up but when he checked he was told that no Reacher lived in the town, and thus Reacher's quest begins. Along with Reacher there is a couple from Canada who are traveling to US looking for a better future but they find themselves stuck in a seedy motel with seedier owners.

Like I said it was a typical Reacher book so of course I loved it but again there were few pacing issues in the beginning but boy when it begins to move does it fly. Here the stakes are slightly personal as Reacher is trying to get information about his father and does find something shocking but it's all fun and I am again left waiting for the next Reacher book.

So pick it now or read the entire series if you are missing so far and then just Keep on Reading.

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