A couple of weeks ago I did the Try A Chapter Tag and I loved doing that so I thought, why not let people decide which books I try next? So I asked you for some suggestions and ended up with a big filled with pieces of paper with a lot of books, some of which I have been wanting to read, others I have never heard of. This is now a regular feature on my blog called You Made Me Read This and you can read my first attempt here and second here!
This time the books I have randomly picked from my cup are: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (suggested by Naima @VioletteReads), Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (suggested by Heidi @TIMbookshelf) and The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (suggested by Ruby @RubyRaeReads – I didn’t actually randomly pick this book but Ruby basically forced me :P).
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Expectations: I actually watched the movie once. I don’t remember much about the actual plot but I do remember it was very emotional and very atmospheric. I’m not sure whether I am going to love this book or not, it could go either way tbh.
Experience: I listened to the first chapter on the audiobook, or actually, what I think was the first chapter because it didn’t have any chapter headers, I think? Anyway, Amir (I think that’s how you spell it) is reminiscing his childhood and thinks a lot about Hassan, who he was friends with back then.
Verdict: I can’t really say that this chapter grabbed me, but it wasn’t bad either. I liked the narration but the writing style didn’t seem to be anything special and it was mostly talking about stuff that had happened in his youth instead of a real plot. I think I remember bits and pieces of what happened, so I’m not exactly very intrigued about that either. I don’t know, I think it’s probably a good book but I don’t think I will continue it at this point.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Expectations: I have heard about this book, but I don’t really remember what it was about. I’m pretty sure it’s adult fiction and about some postapocalyptic world or dystopian world, but that’s about all I know. I do not expect to fall in love with this story because I haven’t been in the mood for dystopian books since like… three years.
Experience: [on page 1/2] a guy named Jeevan is doing a Shakespeare play and one of the other actors pretty much collapses and… dies.
[on page 3] I feel like I’ve got the postapocalyptic thing completely wrong, this just seems like… the “regular” world. Ambulances arrive.
[on page 4] someone “turns off the show”, which seems like a weird thing to do for a theater play but is apparently possible. oh. SNOW. Not show. That makes so much more sense.
[on page 5] the paramedics are trying to save the guy but it doesn’t seem to be working. At the same time our main character, Jeevan is trying to console a little girl who saw the whole thing.
[on page 7] the guy is officially dead and Jeevan goes to meet his girlfriend, who was in the audience, but can’t find her. Then he talks to some paparazzi people and leaves and thinks about how he wants to be a paramedic.
Verdict: I’m so confused?? I did not expect this and I still don’t really know what this book is about exactly. So far it’s just about this guy who is an actor and wants to be a paramedic. Perhaps the apocalyptic stuff has yet to happen? Or.. I just misremembered this being about that. Anyway, I liked the writing style and I think I could definitely enjoy this, but maybe not right now and maybe if I read a couple of more chapters, I’d understand better what it’s about.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Expectations: I actually own this book in ebook format. I bought it once because it felt like one of those YA books everyone had to have read and it was like 1 euro. But I never actually got around to reading it, and like said before I haven’t been in the dystopian mood for forever.
Experience: [on prologue] I read the first page of the prologue and took a 8 hour break whoops. Anyway, it seems some kind of alarm is going off, and the MC is in some kind of enprisonment camp. They spend almost an entire page describing this alarm so it must be very intense xD Wait, what? That was the entire prologue?? The description of this sound. Oookay?
[on chapter 1, page 3] soo… kids are dying. There was this sentence that said “my parents were both only children” and for like three seconds I thought the MC’s parents were actual kids and got very confused.
[page 5] some girl called Grace is dying right in front of the MC (who still remains nameless, I hate it when they do that).
[page 6] kids keep dropping like flies. Finally a name! Ruby it is. There’s a list of “indicators that your child will die” and they keep using s/he, WHY CAN’T YOU JUST USE “THEY”??? I just found myself a new pet peeve.
Verdict: It’s intrigueing, I must say. I actually quite like it, for the most part (just use they for god sake), but nothing has really happened yet except for their being kids that are dying for seemingly no reason. I’m kinda curious but also… not that much? I think I will see the movie and maybe I’ll read the book? Like I said, I’m not really in the dystopian mood (I actually am starting to wonder if I actually have been in that mood ever, because the only dystopian I’ve read – for the most part – have been super hyped books and I haven’t been really interested in picking up any others).
This was something… and it was a bit all over the place but fun nonetheless! I hope you liked it too.