Friday, 1 September 2017

The Reading Slump Saviours // Recently Read #10


I can't write about every single book I've read since my last Recently Read so I thought I'd tell you about my favourites. Otherwise known as the books so far this year that has got me out of reading slumps.

Young Jane Young* by Gabrielle Zevin 9/10
I was rather excited for this book to turn up because one of Gabrielle's other books is one of my all time favourite books. I was hoping Young Jane Young would be able to live up to Elsewhere's magic. But, this book got me out of an almost 2-month reading slump, so I am forever grateful for it. This book is confusing at first, because of the way it is written. It is written in five different sections, from the perspective of four many people, at two different times of their lives. As you can imagine, it is confusing. But once you realise that, and kind of understand how the characters relate, it's a really great novel! This is coming from someone who is not a fan of books who change protagonist each chapter. There's also a 'choose your own adventure' type bit near the end, but the character chooses the adventure so it's not all fun and games. 

The storyline is based around one of those 'girl dates older married man' stories, but this is so much better than that. For a start, the book doesn't really cover much of the actual relationship, it's mostly what happens afterward, years down the path. Showing how much this girls life has changed and more importantly what happens when her daughter finds out about her elusive past. 

Young Jane Young came out earlier this week in NZ, so if it sounds like your cup of tea be sure to grab it. 

Pieces of You* by Eileen Merriman 7/10
I read this months ago but I thought I'd include it as I thoroughly enjoyed it and it's based in NZ! I did really hate the ending for this book though so I'll get my hate out the way first. I won't say what happened because obvious spoilers, but I just didn't feel like the book shouldn't end that way. It ruined a perfectly good book. 

Again, this is based on a familiar storyline but told much better, your 'boy next door' story get's a touch of difference. Girl meets boy next door, they bond over books, they leave notes for each other in the treehouse; the usual lovey-dovey romance. However, it may just be because it's based in New Zealand but it definitely felt deeper and connected more to an underlying story rather than just your regular romance novel. 

Either way, I enjoyed it and think you would too! 

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan 10/10
Holy crap I can't even like put into words how much I loved this series. I read the entire series in around a month and I couldn't put it down. This isn't a new series, I've heard heaps about it, but it was one of those series I never read as a kid and I just couldn't get into while reading as an e-book. I bought the series about three months ago because I freaking love Greek mythology so I just knew I'd love them, I just needed to get into them. 

The one thing I love about these books is it actually teaches you about Greek mythology. While before reading I knew Athena was a Goddess, but I couldn't tell you she was one of the big 12 or remember that she was the Goddess born out of Zeus' forehead fully adult. But now I can! If that is your sort of thing I recommend reading these books just for that. 

The other thing I love about these books is the pace. There's probably around two or three pages in each book that is fluff, the rest is pure action and excitement. That's what makes it easy to read, two pages into the book Percy is already doing some dangerous thing that in ordinary books wouldn't happen til at least chapter two. Saying that there are no storyline issues either. Just because it's fast paced doesn't mean that we get lost, or feel like we need a page or two leading into this big mission. It all seems perfectly thought out. I'm definitely going to try out some more of Rick Riordan's books.

I hope the mention of 'action' hasn't turned you off though, I am not an action girl. I much prefer settling down with a good cheesy romance novel than picking up an action novel, but these aren't like that at all. Just trust me and try one. 

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Are there any books you've read recently that you think are better than these, please let me know! 

* These books were kindly given to me by either Hachette NZ or Penguin NZ, however, all opinions are my own.

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