National Book Day, a day that should come around more than once a year. It would be every day if I had my way. In honor of this momentous day, I thought I would tell you a little about the books I’ve read lately.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
This book took me much longer than I would have liked to finish. It was a bit lackluster next to Pride and Prejudice.
The book centers around sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they navigate love and their changing circumstances.
The middle part of this novel felt excruciatingly long, and the book in total is about 400 pages. It was a long middle of very little action. I felt myself just working to get to the end to find what happens. Though by that time I was unenthused with either girl’s potential marriage choices and wished they would have something else to focus on. Elinor, I liked well enough, but oh Marianne I just wanted to stick a sock in her mouth and stop her woes.
I will say there were some lovely written sentences.
“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!”
“Eleanor went to her room “where she was free to think and be wretched.”
“I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness.”
But overall Sense and Sensibility reads like a first novel, which it is, and fell short for me.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean By Jenny Han
The third and final installment of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” series. The story follows Lara Jean as she navigates her final semester of High School and what graduating and growing up brings with it. As Lara Jean finds her way through love, college acceptances, and new additions to her family dynamic you can’t help but be right there in the passenger seat with her.
I will say that this book did in the end due to its job. I am pleased with how Lara Jean’s story wrapped up, but there are some side character’s stories that I am not ready to let go and don’t believe were fully finished. *cough*John Ambrose McClaren*cough*
While not everything I wanted to be wrapped up was wrapped, the series did end with a neat little bow on top and I can rest, mostly, easy knowing this is the end.
Out of my Mind By Sharon M. Draper
Out of my Mind follows the story of Melody an almost eleven-year-old born with Cerebral Palsy. Melody has a photographic memory and can remember every detail of everything she has experienced, but has never spoken a word. Despite her challenges, she refuses to be defined by them and is determined to let everyone know how smart and capable she really is -somehow.
I had it on my list for quite some time and am very glad I finally had a chance to read it.
It had a great message and I really loved a lot of the side characters. There were a few plot points that I don’t think were necessary to the story as a whole. It was a very pleasant read. I read it in one sitting and that is how I know I was invested.