This week has been full of ups and downs reading-wise. For example I finally read Gone Girl for the first time this week (and was very excited for ti) and loathed it, so that was fun.
I have two books that I will list here that I really enjoyed-
The first one is Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”
Most of you have probably heard of this book, the movie for it came out last week- Love, Simon.
This story follows Simon, who is in high school and is secretly gay. He accidentally leaves up his email on one of the school computers and ends up getting blackmailed by another student who saw his secret love interest he was writing to. Throughout the story he deals with coming out, explaining who he is to everyone in his life, his first love, bullying, and the regular struggles of high school.
With hilarious characters and dialogue, as well as a fantastic message for younger audiences- this was a good, fun read. I listened to the audio book for this one, and Michael Crouch did not disappoint as a narrator. He was able to perfectly voice the confused, funny character of Simon.
The second book I read this week that I really enjoyed was Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. Warning- this one is a tearjerker.
“It’s natural, as our loved ones age, to start grieving their loss even before we lose them.”
This book follows a man named Ted whose best friend is his dachshund Lily. Lily is getting older and has had several health issues, and one day he comes home to find an octopus on her head. I feel that if I say much more about this one I will be spoiling the story for those who want to read it.
I will say that this story is about the special bond that we have with our pets, and how we would do absolutely anything to keep them out of harms way.
Lily and the Octopus was a lovely story. The relationship between Ted and Lily is so adorable- the author includes what Lily is saying back to Ted when he talks to her. I always imagined that it would be difficult to portray a conversation with your pet, but Rowley does an excellent job of it. The story does become very sad, but it is also a rewarding tale as well.
There were some interesting imaginative aspects from Ted’s point of view that I thought could have been left out (you’ll know them when you see them), but overall I just fell in love with the whole book.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and read! What books/material did you enjoy reading this week?