January 2018 Recap | Book Quotes + Books I Did Not Finish

January 2018 Recap Paige's Pages

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January Highlights

  • Finishing the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series.  Why did it have to end?  What are people’s opinions on the movie, by the way?  I thought it was pretty faithful and the cast nailed the characters.  Does anyone else feel like Scott is way less of a dick in the movie than in the book?
  • Rereading books 1 and 2 of The Hunger Games trilogy.  This was so much fun… as far as weeping over fallen comrades and government oppression goes that is.  I loved the feeling of reading a book I totally trust; I’m willing to turn a blind eye to imperfections and give my heart to Suzanne Collins because this isn’t my first rodeo.
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did.  This book is far from perfect, but it’s probably healthy for me to put aside my need for a perfect book and just enjoy this flawed yet fantastic rollercoaster.  At this time I don’t plan on continuing the series.  I’m slightly disappointed Illuminae isn’t a standalone because I would have preferred more finality and kapow in the ending.

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January Lowlights

  • So many reviewers on Goodreads loved The Dead Zone by Stephen King, but I found it so underwhelming after reading IT.  Knowing how wild and limitless King’s imagination is, The Dead Zone was a stroll in the park.  I guess the upside is now I know not all of his books are for me and I respect his range as an author.
  • I’ve had a bad run with audiobooks this month!  Do you have any recommendations for me?  I’m thinking of trying out something by Liane Moriarty…

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Book Quotes

Perhaps we all said the right things at the wrong time; perhaps we couldn’t help it.  Perhaps words became too heavy to haul, and the moment we let them loose was always the wrong one, but they needed to be free.

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee page 326


There were stories in sweat.  The sweat of a woman bent double in an onion field, working fourteen hours under the hot sun, was different from the sweat of a man as he approached a checkpoint in Mexico, praying to La Santa Muerte that the federales weren’t on the payrolls on the enemies he was fleeing.  The sweat of a ten-year-old boy staring in to barrel of a SIG Sauer was different from the sweat of a woman struggling across the desert and praying to the Virgin that a water cache was going to be exactly where he coyote’s map told her it would be.  Sweat was a body’s history, compressed into jewels, beaded on the brow, staining shirts with salt.  It told you everything about how a person had ended up in the right place at the wrong time, and whether they would survive another day. 

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi page 1

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Books I Did Not Finish & Why

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

aristotle-and-dante-discover-the-secrets-of-the-9781442408937_hrAUTHOR: Benjamin Alire Saenz
GENRE:
Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
PERCENTAGE READ:
35%
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WHY I DNF: The characters may be the heart of this book, but the lack of plot momentum and setting descriptions bothered me.  I got the impression that all the character development was going to take place during long conversations without any external conflict or world building.  It just didn’t grip me.

TRY AGAIN?  If I’m ever in the mood to try again, I will ditch the audiobook and pick up a hard copy.  Maybe that would prevent me from picturing the characters as nothing but “talking heads”.


Infomocracy

Infomoc-full-FIXEDAUTHOR: Malka Ann Older
GENRE:
Political Science Fiction
PERCENTAGE READ:
5%
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WHY I DNF: I picked up Infomocracy based on a positive Goodreads review.  However, I found the first chapter clunky and dense.  I didn’t feel compelled to pursue the plot further.

TRY AGAIN?  No.


World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World_War_Z_book_coverAUTHOR: Max Brooks
GENRE:
Adult Fiction, Horror
PERCENTAGE READ:
20%
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WHY I DNF: Since the story unfolds through the short narratives of a huge cast of characters, I didn’t develop any connection or empathy for their fate.  Each time a new narrative begins, the narrator takes their time setting up the scene before reaching the action.  The result is a predictable cycle that is slow to reach climax and couldn’t retain my attention.  Also, the dry, journalistic style of storytelling was far from gripping.

TRY AGAIN?  Possibly.


An Excess Male

y450-293AUTHOR: Maggie Shen King
GENRE:
Political Science Fiction
PERCENTAGE READ:
10%
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WHY I DNF: I was hooked by the premise and the first paragraph of this book.  But as I got drawn deeper into the plot I realised I wasn’t really in the mood to read such a political story.  One of my 2018 reading resolutions is to not read when I’m in the wrong headspace.  So I’m saving An Excess Male for another time when I feel like reading a slower, character-driven story.

TRY AGAIN?  Possibly.  I just need to be in the right mood.


The Uploaded

db4f8c5498e3c64424d49af04e6bc39aAUTHOR: Ferrett Steinmetz
GENRE:
Young Adult, Science Fiction
PERCENTAGE READ:
27%
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WHY I DNF: I see how this book would appeal to some readers, but it simply didn’t grab me.  The narrator’s immature voice irritated me and I wasn’t invested in his struggle or his logic.  The idea of the book is totally cool but I’m not interested in the exploring the idea from the narrator’s point of view.

TRY AGAIN?  Probably not.

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5 thoughts on “January 2018 Recap | Book Quotes + Books I Did Not Finish

  1. Marie says:

    Oh I’m so glad you are re-reading The Hunger Games, I loved these books when I read them a while ago and you’re so right, it feels good and comforting to go back to these books we used to love 🙂
    And yay for liking Illuminae! I was surprised that I enjoyed it as well, as it’s not my usual kind of book 🙂
    I hope you are having a lovely February! xx

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    • Paige @ Paige's Pages says:

      Thanks Marie, I hope you’re also having a happy February 🙂 Did you continue the Illuminae series? At this point I’m not planning to, but I could be swayed… Rereading The Hunger Games was so fun and surprisingly calming because I didn’t have to wonder whether it would be a good book, I already knew and could fully relax and give myself over to the story. I want to experience that more often 🙂

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      • Marie says:

        I read Gemina, yes – to be honest, it was entertaining, but much darker than Illuminae and… I don’t do too well with dark books sometimes haha. Still, it was still interesting to follow the story with this format 🙂
        I get the feeling, it has to be the best. we should turn to favorites more often for sure ❤

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