Gilded Cage by Vic James

Age: 24

Pages: 76 / 276 [eReader Edition]; 28%
ISBN: 9780425284131

The Reason for the Reaping: Lemme get at some fantasy. Creativity and world- building usually abounds and awaits. Continue reading “Gilded Cage by Vic James”

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The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton

Age: 24

Pages: 76 / 308; 25%
ISBN: 9780374123970

The Reason for the Reaping: Mostly because I want to know why and how the city always wins. Also, the swirling red smoke made it hard to resist. You are getting very…revolutionary. Continue reading “The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton”

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Age: 24

Pages: 76 / 222 [eReader edition]; 35%
ISBN: 978080212659 

The Reason for the Reaping: Publisher’s Weekly named this one of the best books of 2017. So let’s have a go at it, shall we?

The Great Comparisons: The Girl on the Train, A Game of Thrones

As I Lay Summarizing: This is about the “mysterious” axe murders of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in 1892. Look dat shi*t up if you don’t know. Lizzie, her sister Emma, the maid Bridget, and Benjamin all take turns telling the story.

The Line That Killed Me: “Somewhere behind me Mrs. Churchill screamed and I snapped my head towards her. She screamed again, the way people do in nightmares, and her noise rattled through my body, made my muscles tighten and ache” (14). Death by severe whiplash.

Best Character: Bridget

Why [As] You Like It: The story is rather interesting, and Schmidt weaves in pretty much every known detail (or what’s on the Wikipedia article anyway) about the events with relative ease. I don’t know how this stacks up to the Lifetime movie or other renditions of this incident in popular culture, but this is a solid page turner.

Why I’m Gone, Girl: The narrators, and thus their prose, can all be boiled down to one single personality trait or motivation. Schmidt took the classic question of “what motivates your character?” waaaay to seriously. Or did not really think that hard about it. IDK. In any case, it does not seem to do these characters justice and makes them one-dimensional.

Last Line, Last Chance: “‘…needs to be done.’”

Will I turn the page, or toss it into Mount Doom?

More than anything, I want to know who Schmidt thinks killed Abby and Andrew, so I’m going to keep going hoping that is answered. Taking this as a light, easy read, it’s a winner. Why Publisher’s Weekly called it a best book, however…don’t ask me.

The Best of 2017.

I started this blog about a year ago because I love reading, and I wanted to bring a different spin to the traditional book review. “What page for your age?” is the central question. After page 77, I have shared nothing else about the books I have read and reviewed. But, because I, like every major newspaper, magazine, and self-indulgent individual, need to share the best of what I have read this year, we will take a little peak beyond the Page of No Return.

What has been the best books of 2017 for moi?

I’ll keep it short and simple, sharing my top two books of this crazy year:

Best Book Published in 2017: Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman

Reviewed here. OMG Y’all. This book started out lukewarm for me. With its NBA status and interesting story, I (barely) chose to keep going. This book is special. It’s relevant and dives deeply into a contemporary issue without being overly long, and it explores something so integral to this year especially: What is a cause, and how do you know it’s worth fighting for?

My Best Book of the Year: Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

Reviewed here. Ridiculously enough, the best book I read this year happens to be one of the first. This one started out strong and never let up. A book about the protests in Seattle in 1999, we have here a story that is strikingly relevant in this crazy year. I loved its urgent prose, cast of headstrong characters, and basically everything else. This is one of those books you’ll keep thinking about after you read, and that (of course) makes it the most wonderful.

See you in 2018! Never stop reading (DUH).