A Prayer for Owen Meany | I almost gave this book its own post because it's now one of my top 5 favorite books ever. I wasn't at all familiar with John Irving before reading this-- and actually only picked it up because for some reason I thought my mom had mentioned it to me (she hadn't). From the first page I knew I was going to love it-- something about the voice or writing pulled me in immediately. I later learned that first (and last) sentences are huge for Irving & the first sentence of this book is apparently his favorite ever. I cried a lot when this book was over, my husband thought it was because someone died, but it was more because the book was over. It's a weird thing when you have a book and you're anxious to get to the end, but at the same time you want it to never end. I finished this right before Easter and there's a significant part of the book about Easter so I kept thinking about that... [5 thousand stars]
Now and Then | I guess this is considered a new adult/contemporary romance? I got it for free on Amazon and admittedly wanted something kind of fluff to read after Owen Meany. The entire book was dialogue with a few description sentences in-between. The characters were interesting enough but a bit on the annoying side. I don't care for books where too much is happening in too short of a time frame and things aren't properly developed-- it felt very one dimensional, but it was a quick read so I didn't invest that much time into it. [2 stars]
Ugly Love | This is the only book I've ever read by Colleen Hoover and while I didn't know exactly what was going to happen, I knew there was something that a lot of people didn't like. This was another read in a couple of hours book full of mainly dialogue & a real lack of character development in my opinion. The majority of the book is told from Tate's point of view and then switches to Miles' point of view when he's in high school- which is an attempt to set up an explanation for why he is the way he is in the current day chapters, but I had a hard time getting past the point that there was no development of Tate. [3 stars]
Pretty Little Liars | I decided this was worth a read since it was available from the library without a wait, and obviously I've been on a YA kick. This book was pretty true to the first episode of the show other than a few small details. The one thing that stood out to me was that Allison disappears when they're in 7th grade-- it does fast forward to 10th grade when Allison's body is found (and where the show starts up)... I was kind of wondering why Ian was hooking up with Spencer when she's in 7th grade? A few things kind of made me wonder what ages the book is really meant for? It read like a middle grade book, but the subjects was definitely for an older audience. [3 stars]
Lastly, Kelly Oxford's book Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar was a did not finish for me. I follow her on twitter and she's definitely funny, but her book just was not funny at all to me. Maybe the second half was better, but I stopped reading when it felt too forced and I found it to be borderline offensive. It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't for me. What have you read recently?