15. Life isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card

Here are some of the books we’ve been reading in Oz! More to come.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (Bianca) – YA

Everything Everything is about this girl who has a medical condition that limits her life and the mysterious boy who moves in next door. They go on a journey together and they reach different milestones in their friendship/relationship. After this adventure, things take a drastic turn and you’d have to read it to find it out.

Bianca needed two full days to get over the book. To quote, Bianca was “not cool. [It was] just completely unexpected, not fair, horrible twist of events at the end. This book makes you so sad and so angry. It’s just not fair. I can’t even talk about it. Makes me emotional.” 

Mary Poppins She Wrote by Valerie Lawson (Lia, currently reading) – Biography

Still in the early throes, I’m currently learning about P.L Travers (nee, Lyndon Goff) and her upbringing in southern Australia, ultimately leading to the creation of one of the most iconic characters of all time.

Never Go Back by Lee Child (Lia, currently reading) – Action

The 18th installment of the Jack Reacher series is consistent with the previous books. An action-packed, winner-take-all setup, this time Reacher has been recalled to the military to defend himself against murder charges from 16 years ago. Chaos ensues and Reacher is about to triumph, again.

You can’t go wrong with the Jack Reacher novels. They read like movies and just as enjoyable. What’s great is how close Lee Child dangles Reacher above shark-infested waters, sometimes even dunking him in, before Reacher manages to come out on top. Always a little odd with the world, Reacher is reactionary and impassible against any obstacle. Would definitely recommend, and no, I don’t think it matters if you read them out of order.

The Romantics by Leah Konen (Bianca) – YA

Yes! Read this book. It’s very light hearted and relatable. You could put yourself in the characters’ situation. It is young adult fiction and it makes you happy. I would even read it again down the road if I needed a pick me up. I also like the way the author writes, she’s very fun. 

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Haeberlin (Lia) – Thriller whodunit

Picked off the shelf for its cover promising a good read, this book delivers. I can say I easily enjoyed the process of reading it much more than the ending. BES is not unlike Gone Girl in its pacing and resolution. Overall, I liked reading it but was a little disappointed at the end.

The narrative jumps between when Tessa is sixteen, in therapy after the traumatic event of being the sole survivor of a serial killer’s rampage. The story skips ahead to when Tessa herself has a fifteen year old daughter, and is trying to overturn the death penalty conviction against the man she knows she helped wrongfully sentence all those years ago. My favourite parts are the wacky neighbour and Tessa’s mother-daughter relationship. 

Heart-shaped box by Joe Hill (Lia) – Horror

I’ve read about three or four horror novels, and I’m happy to add this one to my list. A debut novel from 2007, there was a waiting list at the library, generally a good sign. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy thrillers and dark movies, like Shutter Island or Poltergeist.

Judas Coyne, a fifty year-old rockstar buys a ghost off eBay. This ghost proceeds to haunt and hunt people in Coyne’s life to avenge a girlfriend who recently died. This book definitely isn’t for everyone, but if this is your cup of tea, it’s a great cup of tea for you.

Me Before you by Jojo Moyes (Candelaria) – Romance

Oh. The tears. Halfway through I suspected but I was in denial. It’s very heart-wrenching but still good. The writing makes Louisa Clark jump off the page.

After You by Jojo Moyes (Candelaria, currently reading) – Romance

Review so far: HE HAS A DAUGHTER????

15.1 Books We’re Gonna Read

Lia – In a Sunburned Land by Bill Bryson, Careful! by Steve Casner, Ultraperformance: the Psychology of Endurance Sports by Paul Moore

Bianca – Cabin Friends: the Mystery of the Camp Candle Lake Letters by Timothy deBernardi

“I brought another book with me. It’s written by my parents’ neighbour, it’s about these kids on a lake and all these mysterious things start happening and they have to figure out what is going on, I haven’t read it yet but I will.” -Bianca

Candelaria – eReader is locked, tbd

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