What I Read in April and May

It has been two months since I last wrote one of these posts. And the reason is (kind of) simple: I haven’t been reading as much lately.

Thanks to multiple travels (which I loved) and life stuff, I didn’t have much time or energy to enjoy non-academical books. But, on the bright side, I met the cutest squirrel on Disney, and I finally finished reading that awful book that is so bad I will not even mention the name of it. Now, let’t talk about the fun reads from the last couple of months.

  • 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

I bought this book at the Miami airport, and (bless the book God) the book store was having a sale (hence the tag I didn’t manage to remove). What dragged me to it was the fact that it was written by Sally Thorne, who also wrote The Hating Game, which is one of my favorite books.

99 Percent Mine tells the story of Darcy Barrett and her childhood friend – and crush – Tom Valeska. Darcy’s twin brother (both genetically and in looks), Jamie, is Valeska best friend and was basically with him 24/7 when they were kids. But now that Jamie is living away and Tom is renovating their grandma’s house, Darcy can have a little more space and privacy exploring her feelings.

Personally, I didn’t love it for two main reasons:

  1. Because I like Sally’s first book so much, I had high hopes for this one. And this is not good, because I got naturally frustrated when it didn’t meet my high expectation.
  2. The story didn’t catch my attention, and the main characters kind of annoyed me. Darcy and Jamie are always kind of fighting to see who gets more attention. And with Tom, you never really know what he is feeling or wants.

Just like The Hating Game, this is a rom-com.

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye is a literature classic that everyone should read. I had the book for years now, but only read it now because I lacked motivation to read it. I first bought this book because one of my college professors planned a quiz (or project, he hadn’t decided yet) around multiple books. One week later he changed his plan completely (he is not very young), and let us choose which book we would work in depth. And I ended up with that whole list on my bookshelf.

The novel, which was published in 1951, tells the story of Holden Caulfield, the original bad boy. The sixteen-year-old ran away from the boarding school where he studies (and from where he was expelled) and went to his hometown New York. Between leaving Pencey and the end of the book, Holden lies a lot and do a bunch of stupid teenager-who-thinks-is-an-adult stuff (like getting very drunk, hiring prostitutes in the heat of the moment and spending way too much money in silly things).

If you’re sixteen or under, this book will teach what not to do. If you’re a responsible seventeen or + (especially if you’re part of the + section), you’ll want to enter the story and have a serious talk with Holden. Also, I now want a red hat.


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