Ammie Reads

a place to remember the books i don't want to forget



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All that being said- who out there absolutely loved The Dog Stars? Why did you love it?
Who hated it? Why’d you hate it?
Keller has a new book out, The Painter, that sounds interesting, but I don’t want to commit to it because of how strongly i disliked TDS. it’s a new release, but has anyone read it?

What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I didn’t set an extravagant reading goal for myself this year because I really want to take down Infinite Jest and 1Q84 and don’t want to stress myself out if I don’t get to an exact number. So, I’ve just been reading here and there when I’ve got time out of my dumb work schedule.

I read the graphic novel Blue is the Warmest Color and loved the differences between it and the movie. But I am a sucker for a sad story (and apparently for drawings of lightning bolts coming out of your ladybits when you’re turned on.) It was a quick but heavy read that you should look into if you’re into that kinda stuff.

Next was Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. I enjoy Flynn because her stories always catch me by surprise, she’s just the right amount of fucked up, and they’re usually quick reads. I read and enjoyed Gone Girl but don’t remember it being as graphic as Dark Places. My girl Chloe Moretz will be in the movie adaptation so I’m pretty excited about that one.

I’m currently reading This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. About a year ago, I got one of those app of the day cards from Starbucks and it was advertising this book. I put it in my Good Reads To Read shelf and forgot about it until this year. I know who some of the actors are who will be playing the main characters and that’s taking something away from me but all in all, I’m enjoying it. I love a good dysfunctional family so this is right up my alley. Some parts go on an little too long but I find myself genuinely laughing out loud so that makes up for it.

I tried to read Peter Keller’s The Dog Stars because people I know and respect love it so much but, y’all, I haaaaaaated it. I made it halfway through and couldn’t finish it. I made a promise to finish every book I started in 2013, but this year I’m standing behind the whole “life’s too short to finish that one you’re not into” mindset.

I’ve got three books on my Kindle I haven’t read yet- The Kite Runner, Lemony Snicket: The Bad Beginning, and Out Stealing Horses. Which should I start next?

30/40, Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living, Nick Offerman

Book Review

29/40, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, A.S. King

  • Copyright date and genre? 2010, YA fiction
  • What did you like about the main character? Jaded and sad, just how I like ‘em. 
  • Which character could you relate to the best? Vera.  Sometimes Dad.
  • Were there any other especially interesting characters? Charlie, of course.
  • From whose point of view is the story told? You get Vera, Dad, Charlie, and The Pagoda. 
  • Were the characters and their problems believable? Sure, dealing with a death of a friend at a young age, coming of age, unrequited love. 
  • Did you learn something new from the book? Not really.
  • Was location and time period important to the story? Yes.
  • Share a favorite scene or quote from the book. Any scene where Charlie talked about Vera was rough. I enjoyed her times at work, too.
  • What did you like the most and least about the book? The coming of age aspect Vera had to go through. The Pagoda’s POV occasionally got a little YA for me. 
  • Did you like the way the book ended? Yes.
  • What do you think will be your lasting impression of the book? One of those YA books you wouldn’t be embarrassed to recommend to your adult friends. 
  • Would you recommend this book? Yes.

I was also built from delusional optimism and folly.

—A.S. King, Please Ignore Vera Dietz (via niezuviele)

I miss him so much, but it’s confusing, because I missed him long before he was dead, and that’s the bitch of it all. I missed him long before he was dead

Book Review

28/40, The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen

  • Copyright date and genre? 2001, fiction
  • What did you like about the main character? They were all the worst, but I’m pretty into unlikeable main characters. 
  • Which character could you relate to the best? Sister
  • Were there any other especially interesting characters? The parents and their relationship was depicted honestly. Don’t you wonder if your 70 year old parents still love each other?
  • From whose point of view is the story told? There is no one POV. You get Brothers, Sister, and Parents.
  • Were the characters and their problems believable? Yes. Being unhappy in your relationship, infidelity, denying yourself of the truth.
  • Did you learn something new from the book? Lots of information about scams and Russia.
  • Was location and time period important to the story? Yes.
  • What alternative titles would you choose for the book? Fran said it best, I think. I’m always bad at this question.
  • Share a favorite scene or quote from the book. I read this book 14 books ago, so I can’t lie, I don’t really remember. Dad going overboard was pretty memorable. I remember thinking, “wait, nuhuh, did that just happen?”
  • What did you like the most and least about the book? I didn’t love the Russia story line, but I loved reading about his life falling apart. (I’ve already forgotten that brother’s name…I’m the worst)
  • Did you like the way the book ended? Yes.
  • What do you think will be your lasting impression of the book? I will always say, “I liked it, but it not as much as Freedom.”
  • Would you recommend this book? Yes, but like I said, I would recommend Freedom more.