January Book Reviews

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
4/5

This was a very well written fantasy novel. It was not incredibly fast-paced or thrilling, but it was thorough and detailed. The world-building was superb. My main complaints are that I had a somewhat difficult time relating to the characters. They felt a little flat at times. But other then that, it was incredibly nuanced and well done and an articulate, beautifully written book.


Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
2/5

This book had a good premise, it was about a girl who was discovering her sexuality and trying to come to terms with it in her small, very unaccepting town. However, it was poorly written. The writing was choppy, the characters felt forced and bland, and the town lacked the dimension to make it feel real. I think the main thing this book did well with was the conceptual pieces of what it is like for a person to find themselves and understand their sexuality. It did not try to put her experiences in a box, but instead focused on their growth and development and how she came to terms with the fact that she liked girls. That part was beautifully written. Overall, I wish the writing style had been better, because I think this book had a lot of potential.


Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
3.5/5

This book did an extremely good job of describing what it is like to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety. As someone who has struggled with these mental health issues, it was spot on for how it feels. However, a few things confused me about this book. They never explicitly name her thought patterns as Obsessive Compulsive, although she is going to a therapist and is obviously OCD. Also, as someone who has been to therapy for OCD, I find it surprising that her therapist went straight to medication before recommending the standard solutions like sleeping and eating healthy and exercising. For someone with an intense condition they certainly may need meds, but I know from experience that doing these simple things can improve OCD a lot, and Aza was consistently up late, drank lots of soda and ate a lot of burgers, and didn't exercise as far as I could see. I wish they would've addressed the fact that OCD can be improved not just through meds (although they certainly help and should not be downplayed or ignored) but also through self-care. Finally, the book felt like it only focused on Aza's mental illness, and not the whole person. You can have OCD but you also can have a favorite color and a book you love and you can love random stuff. I don't even know what Aza looked like, she was described so basically. Her most interesting quirk was her love for her car. Finally, this book had the same amount of unnecessary and disconnected poetic stuff as any John Green book, and although Aza was consistently quoting poetry, she didn't actually appear to have any explicit interest in it or take the time to read any for fun. But, overall, if you want to better understand what it feels like to have OCD, this book is excellent.


Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
4/5

This book was very well-written, with lovely descriptive language and unique formatting. The story concept was short and sweet, and kept me reading. There were times when character interactions seemed a tad unrealistic, but overall it was a concise and thought provoking story. I loved the strong themes of the ocean and books, both of which I relate to, and made this book very enjoyable. It also dealt with the concept of death in what I consider a good way.


Life is But A Dream by Brian James
3/5

I enjoyed this book. It was a quick and easy read, engaging and thought provoking. It dealt with schizophrenia in a unique and colorful way that was pleasant and real to read. The descriptive language was beautiful, but a tad repetitive. However, I didn't find anything incredibly profound in this book, and it seemed like a slightly less well-written version of Challenger Deep. However, I enjoyed the alternate perspective, and seeing how her experiences differed from those presented in the former. One of the things that annoyed me most beginning was the strange font and formatting, but overtime it did give me clarity into the dream-like state of her mind. I was also very glad that this book dealt with schizophrenia and it's challenges in a thorough and, as far as I can tell although I am no expert, accurate way.



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  1. Words In Deep Blue has such a gorgeous cover. I also love tones of blues and themes of oceans and water.
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    1. I agree! Such a beautiful cover (and book!)

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  2. you're very good at reviews, I must say. :) one of my best friends LOVES Name of the Wind and I am planning on reading it soon, all the good things I hear about it are helping me not be intimidated by it's size! Words in Deep Blue looks intriguing, I just looked it up on goodreads and one of my favorite reviewers (Cait/Paper Fury) gushed about it so it's definitely going on the TBR.

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    1. Aw thanks Andrea! Don't be intimidated, it's a pleasant read over all and I never felt stuck in it's length! Words in Deep Blue is also so lovely <3 Thanks for the comment :) <3

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    2. oh good, I'm glad to hear that! I will have to let you know what I think of both of them once I get around to reading them :D

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    3. For sure! Can't wait to hear <3

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  3. Your book reviews are great! It doesn't bore the reader with tons of facts and analogies, but covers the book and your opinion, sweet and short :) For a next book review post, could you review a book that's more on the sad, emotional side- if you know any? Thanks!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoy! Aw, you're too sweet <3 I'll try to read a sadder book, but if you want to look through my past reviews I would recommend checking out All the Bright Places, Eleanor and Park, One, Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets, or The Waves. All are more emotionally intense/sad. I'll look for some new ones for you though :)

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  4. You read all these this month!?

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    1. Haha yeah except only half of the first one because I started it earlier :)

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