We Need to Talk About Kevin ~ Lionel Shriver

We Need to Talk About KevinWe Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shortly before his sixteenth birthday, Kevin Khatchadourian kills seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher. He is visited in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, the story of Kevin’s upbringing.

I don’t think you’re supposed to relate so fully with a woman who has raised a sociopath for a son, but there is something about Eva Khatchadourian that is so unerringly human that you just can’t help but understand exactly where she is coming from throughout the entire novel. We Need to Talk About Kevin is one of those novels that you nod along to, understanding fully despite having to remind yourself that really you have no idea what it might be like to live with someone that evil! Lionel Shriver is clearly an accomplished and incredibly intelligent author. She writes with a beautifully poetic language that captures you from the first page. This book will definitely give any prospective parent nightmares for a long time to come. I keep looking at my kid and thinking something along the lines of ‘Thank God you’re such an angel. Don’t think I should tempt fate a second time. Just in case!”

I don’t know if as the reader you are meant to blame Eva for the wrongdoings of her son. I certainly did not, but then I am very much personally under the impression that sociopaths are born and not made. Maybe not always, but often there is nothing you can do about the ways of another person. A good upbringing is not always enough.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ~ Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! It is so awesome when a book you’ve been longing to read lives up to your every expectation and more. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is magically beautiful and will surely haunt me for many years to come. I can’t wait for the next instalment.

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Life As I Blow It ~ Sarah Colonna

Life As I Blow It: Tales Of Love, Life & Sex . . . Not Necessarily In That OrderLife As I Blow It: Tales Of Love, Life & Sex . . . Not Necessarily In That Order by Sarah Colonna

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sarah Colonna is my soulmate. How dork-ass fan-ish is that? Meh. I’ve read a couple of reviews about this book and it seems to be one of those you-either-love-it-or-hate-it books. Or should I be saying that about Sarah Colonna herself? I think it takes a big bite of “special” to be this kind of honest. I think it’s pretty damn fantastic to say “this is how it is” and be telling the truth. You can feel it, hear it as the words wash over you. Hearing that honesty in writing is my absolute favourite thing about reading. That “I believe you” feeling that washes over me is my cocaine. It is my reason for writing. And it is my reason for above all else, striving for honesty in the things that I write. I write so that when you read it, you will believe me. Even the most far fetched of stories can hold the most precious nugget of truth.

I don’t know who Sarah Colonna is. My sister is a huge fan, but I don’t have a clue who she is. Also, I don’t usually read non-fiction. Memoirs and biographies don’t really do it for me. I like play-play people in play-play worlds. But I’m glad I picked this up. I’m not sure why (apart from the fact that it’s funny and I enjoyed reading it). Something about it just feels hopeful. Or made me feel hopeful. I dunno.

Whatever it is….I think it would be pretty damn cool to go out for drinks with this chick :)

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The Girl With Glass Feet ~ Ali Shaw

The Girl with Glass FeetThe Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Girl With Glass Feet is a love story about a shy photographer and a girl who is slowly turning into glass. It is completely whimsical, utterly devastating, and astonishingly beautiful in every way. I loved The Girl With Glass Feet in that quiet understated way that one might love a good cup of tea.

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The Man Who Ate the 747 ~ Ben Sherwood

The Man Who Ate the 747The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So you know how you aren’t supposed to judge a book by it’s cover? Well I imagine the same sentiment is probably applied to judging books by their titles. I have to admit that I do both. I have bought books because they were pretty, and very often I buy the most random books simply because they have a cool title. I further admit that they usually end up just sitting in my bookshelf, but as I have said before, I am finally doing something about that.

The Man Who Ate the 747 is one of my weird title books. And you know what? It really is about a man who eats a 747 – who woulda thunk?!

I tend to like these kinds of books. Easy reading with a bit of quirk. It claims to be the greatest love story ever in the beginning, and you spend most of the book going “ah sweet – alas no not really” but he does defend his statement in the end so it’s all good. You kind of know that since the protagonist is of the impression that love is basically a case of a chemical reaction in the brain caused by encountering subconsciously observed pheromones and symmetry that the poor guy is in for a bit of a ride. Granted the “ride” part could have been a little more emotionally exciting but it was sweet none-the-less.

Not the best book I’ve ever read but also not at all painful. Kind of all I want from a reading session.

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