This post is an update on my 30 for 30 goal: Read 30 Books I’ve Been Meaning To Read. So far I’ve read 5 out of 30.
Date Read: 29th June 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Mini synopsis: Bossy girl with terminal cancer wants her reluctant friend to take over her life once she’s gone.
Read it because: Pamela Ribon is a talented, funny writer. I personally couldn’t get along with the main character, but a lot of people like this one so I’d suggest giving it a chance.
Date Read: 6th July 2013
Rating: 2 stars
Mini synopsis: The stigma of down syndrome causes a secret family rift.
Don’t read it because: it’s really not worth it. The premise is there but the writing is clunky at best, it’s about 50 pages too long and I really couldn’t bring myself to care about any of the selfish, maudlin, boring characters.
Date Read: 24th July 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Mini synopsis: Greek hermaphrodite tells his story; intriguing, interesting and heartbreaking all in one.
Read it because: Amy loves it – more than a good enough reason I think.
Date Read: 25th July 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Mini synopsis: If Stephen King had written The Time Traveler’s Wife this is what it would have been like.
Read it because: I couldn’t put it down. Thrilling, frightening and utterly compelling. Lauren Beukes is on fine form, I can’t wait to see what she puts out next.
Date Read: 28th July 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Mini synopsis: A missing father brings all the secrets up to the surface.
Read it because: Maggie O’Farrell has a wonderful gift with words. I’d have given it 4 stars but she has a bit of a noncommittal stance to endings and that bugs me. For the thread that bound them all, Robert felt like a bit of a lost character in the end, which I thought was a shame, but it’s definitely still worth a read.