52 Books in 52 weeks – July

I had a great time reading this month. I actually think I read more books than this, but writing this up now I cannot remember them so they could not have been that good I guess.

Here is the list 🙂

Number

Title

Author

27 – Jun 30 – Jul 6

The Scorch Trials

Dashner, James

28 –

Jul 7-13

Death Cure

Dashner, James

29 –

Jul 14-20

Rebound

Mathis Thompson, Nikki

30 –

Jul 21-27

Resilient

Mathis Thompson, Nikki

31 – Jul 28 – Aug 3

The Fault in our Stars

Green, John

I had the BEST month of reading!!!

The Scorch Trials – James Dashner

YAY it came into the Library finally! I liked this sequel, but nowhere near as much as the original. I am not sure why to be honest, but I just didn’t feel the same about the story, I felt like the person in charge of WICKED must be losing their mind because the trials were a monstrous thing to do to people. Don’t get me wrong guys I still loved it, but just not as much as the original J Also I think Theresa is a crazy person!  

 

 

 

 

Death Cure – James Dashner

Here we go, this was much better than the Scorch Trials. Like the first book I devoured these pages very quickly and never felt like I was skimming the pages. The story was meaty and had twists and turns, everything about the struggle and the craziness going on felt right – even the horrible twists that occurred I thought to myself, ‘Yes, if this was a reality this would probably happen, people would behave like this’. I did love the whole monitoring behaviours etc. part of WICKED, but hated psycho Ratman, still hate Theresa, couldn’t warm up to her. I liked the ending.

 

 

Rebound – Nikki Mathis Thompson

This book was recommended to me by an awesome blogger Cellulitelooksbettertan in her post ‘Of Foodgasms and Muff-Fro’s’ check it out and her out because she is awesome, please make sure to give her great comment 🙂 !

This book, what can I say about it, I just loved it. The name of the Heroine bothered me for like 2 pages (mainly because I have a thing about weird names where the protagonist has to remind people how to say them, it annoys me. This quite possibly has everything to do with the fact I have spent my life telling people my name is not Cath, or Cathy it is CAT! Like Dog, people!), but I got over it quickly. I loved her friends, this is totally what me and my girlfriend are like and how I love to be with people (when they are not prudes) so I thought it was fantastic. The ending was great, it has been a long time since I was satisfied and at the same time pleasantly surprised by an ending. It is all about her, I don’t want to write about it too much because I try to avoid spoilers so you can go and see for yourselves. 

 

Resilient – Nikki Mathis Thompson

YAY! A number two! The characters were just as full and vibrant as the first book. There were some good times and bad had by all. In the sequel the author manages to add in a lot more interaction with old characters and new without unnecessarily overcrowding the plot which is a difficult thing to do (if you’re interested in other authors that are awesome at this check out Fiona McIntosh and Anne Rice!). I really enjoyed the protagonists personal journey, I loved that when a character f’d up the reactions and fall out were pretty much what you would expect in real life.

I think one reason I loved these books and the protagonist in particular is what the character terms her “inner dialogue” where she talks to herself or has arguments to herself in her head. I do this ALL THE TIME! It was seriously awesome to have someone write a character that does that because it made me feel that perhaps the author herself or someone she knows does it and therefore I am not alone 🙂

The first book and this sequel are totally worth your time check them out!

 

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

I love, love, loved this book, by now you would likely know that I have a thing about reading a book before watching the movie and I am SO glad that I read this book first. I have not seen the movie, but there is just no way it could live up to the book!

I loved that the teens in this movie weren’t typical, I particularly liked the part where they discussed Hazel’s ‘this is not a pipe’ shirt and ‘cancer perks’. There was a lot of depth to these characters, even the ones that weren’t really supposed to have it. There is so much I want to say about how much I liked this book, it was a brilliant surprise for me and I cannot recommend it enough, it is just awesome. I literally could not put it down, I read it within 24 hours and 8.5 of those hours I was working, plus there was some sleep in there somewhere.

And so we go into August… so many books… so little time.

Please feel free to discuss the books below if you have read them. 

Also if you have any recommendations I would be happy to check them out 🙂

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About DitchTheBun

I work in a Public Library full time as the Reference & Information Services Librarian. It is a full on, busy role with much variety and many challenges and I love it! I love being able to be part of selecting books for our library service too, so amazing!!! I love the idea of thinking about our patrons and what they might enjoy reading. I have strange sometimes very outside the box ideas that I want to try at work, I just need to convince others of how awesome my ideas are. Saving the Library, one awesome plan at a time. Hmm... I need a cape - all the awesome super heroes have a cape! View all posts by DitchTheBun

8 responses to “52 Books in 52 weeks – July

  • The Howling Fantogs

    I loved Fault too. I didn’t dare go and see it a the cinema in case I turn in to a blubbering wreck.

  • Cassandra

    John Green is a revelation. After reading Fault at my daughter’s behest I went and read all of the rest of his books. Fault is definitely the best, but he has brought YA literature to a whole new level. Not to mention what he’s done for video blogging and and entire generation of geeky kids.

    • ditchthebun

      This was the first time I have read one of his novels and I was certainly not disappointed. I have some other stuff that is further up on my ‘to read’ list, but I will definitely have to check out some more of his work 🙂

  • Am I Thirty?

    I have to admit. I had to skim through some of this post. I am in the middle of reading The Maze Runner so I had to skip through your write-ups on The Scorch Trials and Death Cure. I’m not chancing any spoilers.

    The Fault in our Stars is so good. I loved that book. And the movie was really good also. They stayed very true to the book and the casting was great. If you liked the book, you definitely should like the movie.

    • ditchthebun

      I am usually very careful to avoid spoilers, I try to review books in a general manner so that if people read them they might decide to read them or not based on my thoughts 🙂 That’s probably quite vain to assume I would have that impact, but we can all hope lol. If I do have a spoiler in there I usually have an alert. Please let me know if I have ever inadvertently slipped a spoiler in there.
      I loved this book so much! I got book hangover finishing it because I didn’t want it to end 😦 It was so good! Everyone seems to be saying the movie was good so I will have to check it out. It has left the cinemas though so will have to wait for the DVD release.
      Thanks for stopping by I always like your comments 🙂

  • Nik

    I’m beyond stoked that you read my books. The fact that you enjoyed them is icing. My main goal was to write about a mature heroine who was smart and cool, someone you could respect and want to hang out with. I’d never written before Rebound, just quips and witticisms. My fourth is coming out next month and I’m pleased to say that I’m honing my craft and improving with each release. Thanks again for including me. Rock out with your bun out, chica!
    Fault in Our Stars is one if my favorite reads and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the movie.

    • ditchthebun

      Hi! Thanks for visiting, I am very happy you stopped by. I think you were very successful in creating exactly the type of protagonist you wanted to, I would certainly be friends with her 🙂 I haven’t got to ‘This is me’ yet, but that will happen, what or should I say who is the fourth based around? Am I aloud to ask that yet?
      Everyone is saying the movie is good so I think I will give it a go, let’s face it they can’t have screwed it up as much as some of the other movie adaptations I have seen hahaha.
      Would you be happy for me to pingback your page in the post?
      Thanks again for stopping by, very chuffed to have a comment from the author 🙂

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