Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What I Read Wednesday

Fallout (Crank)
This is the last book in the Crank trilogy. It's told from the POV of three of Kristina's children and basically chronicles the fallout of Kristina's addition and choices through the lives of her children. I didn't like it as much as the other ones, but it still provided an interesting and sad perspective.

We Are the Ants
This book was so engaging. Henry Denton periodically gets abducted by aliens. He never knows when it will happen, and he never knows where or when he will be returned (usually missing some of his clothes). The aliens tell him the world will end on January 29, 2016 (hilariously, I started reading this book on January 28), but Henry has the power to stop it by pressing a red button. Henry, however, isn't sure he wants to, after all, he doesn't know if life is worth living. His boyfriend killed himself and left no reason behind. His brother is a bully and loser who drops out of school and gets his girlfriend pregnant. His beloved Nana has Alzheimer's. His mom is a sad, tired waitress and his dad, well, he's been out of the picture for awhile. In the midst of this, Henry is being bullied by a popular classmate, one who professes his love to Henry behind closed doors.
Most of the book is set in the reality of Henry's life, mixed in with wondering if he should press the button or let the world end how it may fall.

The Whites: A Novel
I started reading this book and then I brought it to school for silent reading time. Then I left it at school and had to stay home with a sick Tommy the next day. Then I managed to leave it at school again, so to say my reading of this book was choppy would be an understatement. However, I still enjoyed it.
Billy Graves is a nightwatch sergeant who keeps in touch with old police friends from the wilder days. Each person has a white, a criminal who got away with murder. Suddenly, the whites start dying and Billy is trying to piece together who is behind it and why, all the while struggling with whether he really cares.
I did struggle to keep track of the many different characters in this book, but that could have been due to my choppy reading. Overall, it was a good detective novel!

Quake (Pulse)
The last book in the Pulse series. I enjoyed this one, it was a good mix of sci-fi and dystopia.

What are you reading?


InTheFastLane said...

The Silkworm - The 2nd book in the Cormoran Strike series (JK Rowling). I really do enjoy her as a writer, even when there is no magic she still has a magical way of describing things and bringing her characters to life.

Lyndsay W said...

I'm about a third of the way through The Japanese Lover but it's due back to the library tomorrow so I'm not sure what to do about that.

Waiting for me at the library:
- In the Language of Miracles
- Palisades Park
- Did You Ever Have a Family

Barb Ruess said...


I thought I'd have to let another week go by without a comment but I finished a book and I LOVED it - so it's worth sharing too!

Ivan Doig's The Last Bus to Wisdom
There's a hint of Kent Haruf in Doig's writing - the setting certainly but there's something about the characters too. I found this whole story entertaining and I was often smiling while reading it. I love Donny and Herman - especially Herman.

Lyndsay W said...

Yay Barb! Lol.
Intrigued by the "hint of Kent Haruf"... will check it out.