Shelf Love : Zombies vs. Unicorns

I’m a little behind on my Good Reads post for a couple of reasons :

One : I’ve been catching up blogging client sessions from the Fall. My plan is to be all caught up on blogging sessions by Mid-March. Just in time for Spring!

Two : I’ve been reading a lot of books that require a tiny bit of daily reading. Devotions, etc. More on those later. So, that means less time for real novels.

This time I read mainly books that were not something I’d pick up on my own. (Two are my style – the other three are not at all.) I took suggestions, and did some reading. Here is what I found!

First up,

2013-01-31_0001.jpgBloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected–A Memoir by Kelle Hampton
(This one is my style. I am a real sucker for memoirs because they oftentimes contain a real-life human struggle. With all the tarnish we all have from time to time in our daily lives. The author is also a photographer – another score!)

Kelle Hampton did a great job with this book. She brings honesty and truth to the table which I imagine took a great deal of strength as a mother. The entire story she eloquently speaks of the power of love. She chronicles her struggles with accepting the fact that her daughter Nella was born with Downs Syndrome. I love seeing her transition into accepting this child as a very special gift. He truth is appreciated, and sheds light on a subject a lot of people probably aren’t entirely comfortable talking about. She may just be the voice that community needed. An absolutely beautiful story & a must read.

The next two are an author I don’t typically read. One was recommended to me, and the other was on sale in the Kindle book store…. So, I bought it. Ha.

2013-01-31_0002.jpg Keeping Faith : Jodi Picoult
I’m not really sure how to start this review off. This is pretty far out of my norm. Jodi Picoult I think is a good author. Her stories seem to be quirky and a bit eccentric. Which is typically right up my alley. They all seem to have a sense of keeping you in a bit of suspense, which I am not a huge fan of. She touches often on religious topics that might come across to some as controversial. This particular one involved a child developing symptoms of stigmata. While I think she definitely has an audience and following that love her for these kind of reads – I did like it, but I did not love it.

2013-01-31_0004.jpgThe Pact : Jodi Picoult
This one I did like more than Keeping Faith. It wasn’t as far out and foreign to me. It was a decent little mystery novel, and it did keep me entertained. I noticed I did feel the same sense of unease while reading which must be contributed to my lack of enjoying suspenseful novels and movies. I do not like anxiety… Haha! This is a story of young love and tragedy. It’s an easy read, and I think it’d be a great one to pick up during the winter or on a beach trip.

2013-01-31_0005.jpgZombies vs. Unicorns : Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier
I’ll be frank with everyone on this one, because we are all friends here, right? This book just didn’t do it for me. I’m not into the whole Zombie pop-culture following right now, and eating brains just doesn’t appeal to me. With all that having been said – I am into Unicorns. (Duh, who wouldn’t be?) I’m not a fan of short stories because they just don’t hold my attention. I’m not a huge fan of fantasy novels aside from Harry Potter-ish type things – did I mention I have a wand? Okay, thats for another blog post. I really, really, really would not recommend this book unless someone was obsessed with Zombies AND Unicorns. It was absolutely painful to get through…

2013-01-31_0003.jpgThe Perks of Being a Wallflower : Stephen Chbosky

I have read this particular book a ton of times from grade school to present day. When I saw a new movie adaptation was coming out I decided to pick it up again. I love it time and time again. It’s one of those few books I’ve been able to re-read. Lolita being another. If you’ve never read it I highly recommend it. A great representation of teen angst and high school. Go pick it up!

That’s it for this time. I’m currently reading a few more. Remember to snoop on what I’m up to you can follow me on Good Reads!

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