January Book Reviews

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1984 by George Orwell

So I was not expecting to like this book so much. I had tried to read this book last year and just couldn’t get into it, but somehow I not only finished it in three days but I actually enjoyed it. There were so many scenes that were so vivid in my mind but the rat cage scene was probably one of the most horrible scenes I’ve ever read. I have a big fear of rats so that was so stressful for me. I was just blown away that this book was written in the 40’s, for the 80’s, but is still so relevant now. It’s so crazy how close it is to our society today! It gave me chills. My favorite character was Winston. I know a lot of people who have had a hard time getting into this book but I will say, it’s totally worth getting through. I give it 4/5.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

I did not like this book. Nothing happens in it. All there is is whining, brooding and 600 plus pages of no one getting anywhere. There wasn’t any dangerous situations, when there could have been. The suspense was lack luster to say the least. I did like the Twilight series but this was a huge disappointment. I pushed through it though and I give it 2/5.

The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

Although it wasn’t as good as the first one I still enjoyed it. There is a lot of historical fiction in this one, as well as some real history. I love this about Grahame-Smith, he knows how to weave some crazy stuff into actual historical events, photo-shopped pictures and all. I loved reading about all the famous people Henry the vampire meets throughout his long life and how hopeful he remains after witnessing so much loss, hate and violence that the would has to offer. It’s a 4/5 for me.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Hot, hot, hot! Man this was a good one. It’s super suspenseful and I did not want to put it down. The story of the Vanger family was so intriguing. I love a good crime story, especially one with a twist. I highly recommend this one, it did not disappoint. 5/5

What was your challenge book for January?

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom Burton says:

    Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was such a thrilling read for me & 1984 really conveys that impending dread of a authoritarian society – didn’t enjoy it on first reading, but re-read it years later & really got into it!
    John le Carré’s ‘A Legacy of Spies’ was a recent one I liked – he’s the go-to author for spy thrillers so there’s the usual stuff of ingrained tradecraft habits, mistrust and shifting alliances, tense pursuit scenes and hidden agendas in the shadow of the Cold War. Worth checking out!

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    1. I’ll check it out! It was hard getting through the first chapter of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo but after that it just took off! I loved it.

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      1. Tom Burton says:

        Makes for a great trilogy too! 👓📚

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