Thursday, 4 October 2012

2012 Reading Challenge: Complete!


The first book of my last roundup is I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells, brother of Robison Wells the author of Variant which I wrote about in my last challenge update. The story got off to an interesting start and I found that I learnt quite a bit about serial killers! The jacket of the book has quotes such as "gory content - strong stomach essential" and "sickly-disturbing" which I think are rather extreme exaggerations as it is not either of those things. Like Variant this book also has a 'big twist' around 100 pages in although this time one that I was less impressed with. I'd previously read many spoiler-free reviews which all mentioned an amazing and unpredictable twist however when I finally read it for myself I was rather disappointed as I didn't find it that surprising. Having said that I did enjoy the book and would like to finish the series sometime.

Book twenty-eight was actually the biggest surprise out of the final four as I really thought I was going to hate it. For the last few months I'd felt like Delirum was following me around, I'd see it in charity shops, in my Goodreads recommendations and in other bloggers/Youtubers book reviews and hauls. Although it didn't sound like a novel I would enjoy I saw that my local library stocked it so I went ahead an reserved it to find out what all the fuss was about. Initially I enjoyed it more than I had expected to and as I progressed I couldn't help but pick out a handful of comparisons it to Uglies although I would probably say this is much better written. I did notice a little contradiction against the premise of the book and the state of the world itself was something I found quite difficult to buy into. Despite that it was still a fairly good read and it had a bit of a cliffhanger ending so I'm currently 11th (sigh...) in the library queue for the second book; 2012 release Pandemonium.

I hadn't heard a lot about The Other Life so I was interested to start reading it but I initially found myself quite disappointed and unfortunately as the book went on it still didn't leave me that impressed. The main issues being that I didn't particularly like any of the characters or the writing style. I found it quite difficult to imagine the surroundings from the descriptions and overall just felt like something was missing. If you've been following my challenge posts then you'll know that like the majority of the books I've read have been dystopian/YA and The Other Life also falls into this category so it was difficult not to make comparisons and for me it didn't quite cut it. Having said that it was far from a complete disaster and thanks to the ending I'm keen to read the sequel sometime. Mainly to find out what this book was leading up to and learn what the 'bigger picture' actually is although I do feel like something more should have happened in this first instalment too.

Originally I had planned for the last book in my challenge to be The Help which I bought a while back but with all my library reservations turning up at once and having a time limit as there were other people in the queue for most of them The Perks Of Being A Wallflower became book thirty. Obviously with the UK film release only yesterday there is currently a lot of hype surrounding it and although I had decided I wanted to see the film I wasn't sure that I would actually enjoy the book. Those of you who haven't read it yet (there must still be a few of you?!) may not know but the format is like a series of letters written by the main character Charlie and for me this was the aspect that I disliked the most. This story told in this format just wasn't for me, I didn't enjoy it at all and even though it only has 231 pages it took me longer to read than the average 400 page book. I found Perks a struggle and dare I say overrated? (Please don't hate me...!)

And that's my 2012 challenge complete!
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