I was meeting some friends at Union Square to see The Hobbit, but was an hour or so early and somehow managed to leave the house without a book. Clearly that had to be remedied. We were meeting at the Barnes & Noble, so there were plenty of books, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower caught my eye. I started reading it one night at a friend’s house, but never got a chance to finish it because I didn’t borrow it. This copy stood out because it had the original cover — not the movie-poster tie-in. I decided the time had come to read it and made my way to the register (managing to only pick up one other book on the way). Then I got to read for an hour or so until my friends arrived.

It had been about a year since I last picked up The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so I didn’t remember much of it. I sometimes found it frustrating as it isn’t always clear how reliable of a narrator Charlie really is. And of course we don’t know to whom he’s writing. Clearly there was some interaction that made him feel he could trust this person, but all of it was a bit hazy.

I really enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower because while it’s a coming-of-age story and couldn’t be called anything else, it sets itself apart. I’m not usually a fan of coming-of-age stories. I tend to find them tedious and unimaginative. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is different. Charlie and the other characters come into their own, but it’s so much more than the relationships and friendships and the book is only the beginning. You know that the characters’ lives will continue with their ups and downs, but you’ve seen how it starts and that’s the most dramatic part.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a very quick and enjoyable read. I say go for it!

Review — 11/22/63

December 19, 2012

I have a confession to make…

11/22/63 was my first (and only) King novel. I read On Writing a while ago, but I haven’t read any of his fiction until now. Don’t judge me. I’ve just never been that into horror. I’ve heard great things about The Stand though, so that might be the next one I tackle. Leave it to me to pick the longest books he’s written.

Anyway, I did enjoy 11/22/63. It wasn’t horror, just suspense (though I think that’s a terrible name because, really, don’t all books have an element of suspense to them?), and that’s something I can deal with.

The book has a good flow, but every once in a while it gets a little slow. There were times when I’d put the book aside and get distracted by others for days at a time. Maybe it’s just me and my inability to read one book at a time.

I have to say, I felt like the ending was a bit of a cop-out. Not quite in the “it was all a dream!” sense, but it all tied up quite neatly. And I have lingering questions about the card men. Perhaps I am too nit-picky.

After all, I really did enjoy it. This is the kind of book that you will stay up to read.

I don’t know where this puts me in terms of King’s other work. I think I’d like to read more of his stuff, so maybe I’ll start with some thrillers/suspense and see where that takes me. Any suggestions are certainly welcome.

Coming Up

December 19, 2012

I’ve been MIA for a while, but I just finished my first semester of grad school (!!!) and now I have a whole month to catch up on reading and reviewing. Get excited.

I finished A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords and I’m halfway through A Feast for Crows now. I’m bummed that A Dance with Dragons isn’t out in paperback yet. It won’t match my other books…

Reviews for 11/22/63 and The Perks of Being a Wallflower will happen eventually. There are probably others as well.

I will have a very bookish break and I’m excited. Cleaning my apartment, laundry, and reading are the only things on my to do list at this point. It is glorious.

I’ve made myself a list of books to read before break is over. We’ll have to see how many I get through, but it should be good.

More updates to come!