The 23 Books I Read in 2013: Part 2

As promised here are my reviews for the last 12 books I read in 2013.

  1. Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica
    • 2 stars. I wanted to read this book because I had been a waiter for four years of college and I like the idea of ranting about waiter experiences. But this book annoyed me because I could’ve written it better. This book is about Steve who had and lost a corporate job then becomes a waiter and is sad because he’s a waiter and who thinks he’s a bad writer but now he has a blog and people keep telling him he’s a good writer, yay for Steve. Meh is how I felt about this book.
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  2. The Torn Skirt by Rebecca Godfrey
    • 2 stars. This story follows Canadian teenager Sarah Shaw as she seeks out Justine a homeless youth. Sarah is sick of her everyday life and thinks Justine can offer her more excitement. Honestly I had to Google this book because I had forgotten most of it; which probably means it’s not great.
  3. Youth in Revolt by C.D. Payne
    • 1 star. I’m giving Youth in Revolt one star because it annoyed me. This book follows Nick a 14 year old self proclaimed genius as he meets and falls in love with a fellow 14 year old Sheeni. Nick executes multiple plots to get Sheeni to love him and be his girlfriend which include multiple crimes. The book is funny in parts but is stupid funny in the vein of movies like Superbad. Not my cup of tea.
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  4. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
    • 4 stars. This book broke my bad book streak and is another book I think everyone should read. Set in Chicago in the build up to the worlds fair in 1893 the book follows two separate tales in the same city, the first of Daniel Burnham and his group of designers and architects who set out to prove Chicago was a cultural big city by making the worlds fair a success, and the story of Dr.  H.H. Holmes one of america’s first serial killers who murdered anywhere from 9 to 200 women. Holmes confessed to 27 murders but police were only able to confirm 9. The book is non-fiction but flows like a novel due to  the characters and places rich description.
  5. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
    • 3 stars. I picked this memoir up after watching the Netflix series Orange is the New Black based on this memoir. The real Piper is very different from the Piper in the show; real Piper is much less self involved and much more aware of the injustice of our penal system and much more aware of her place in prison. Other than that the book is similar to the show.
  6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    • 2 1/2 stars. The Maze Runner has been hailed as another Hunger Games, but it’s not. Set in a giant compound full of teenage boys trying to find their way out of a giant Maze at one edge of the compound. The Maze is full of Grievers, giant squishy bee’s with knives and stingers sticking  out at all angles. The book is extremely predictable to the point that I basically sped read through it. Skip this and just re-read hunger games.
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  7. I Don’t Care About Your Band by Julie Klausner
    • 4 stars. Julie Klausner is a NYC based comedienne, she is the host of the How Was Your Week podcast which you can and should check out here. Klausner’s first book is a memoir about dating in NYC and it’s hilarious. Klausner has a great voice which made me laugh out loud on the Subway a few times.
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  8. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
    • 5 stars. I read this book in one night, and it made me want to read everything Rainbow Rowell has ever written. Words cannot express how well Rowell writes dialogue. E&P Is about two teenagers who fall in love sitting on the school bus together. Park is one of those kids who flies under bully radar, not quite the popular guy, he has friends and a stable home life. Eleanor on the other hand is everything bullies love; chubby, dresses weird, has a pretty awful home life. As these two get to know each other Rowell takes you on a very real very raw journey. I literally could not put it down.
  9. Not A Match by Brian Donovon
    • 2 stars. Ugh this book and the one below it I don’t even want to talk about. I bough this book on Amazon from the Chicago airport on my way home for Christmas. I thought okay this will be a quick funny read; wrong. This book chronicles Brian’s experience on dating websites and honestly if he started telling me the stories in his book in person at a party I would probably be texting a friend to save me from the boring man.
  10. Drinking My Way Through 14 Dating Websites by Tiffany Peon
    • 1 star. This was WORSE than Not A Match if you can even believe it. This girl wrote a book about trying out 14 dating websites but after one site got back together with her ex-boyfriend and was in love with him but kept going on internet dates for the “experiment”, um you mean your book deal. WTF. I’m depressed I spent $1.99 on this book.
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  11. The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene
    • 4 stars. Greene is great at writing YA stories. TFIOS follows Hazel, a fifteen year old fighting cancer as she falls in love with Augustus. This book will make you cry, and laugh, and then cry more. It captures what’s real and tangible about life, the hard parts, the happy parts, the shitty parts, and the beautiful parts. This is a great read.
  12. The Tenth of December by George Saunders
    • 4 stars. I recommend checking out this collection of short stories just because it’s George Saunders and he is probably the greatest writer of our time. His staccato writing draws the reader in and makes your mind race to figure out where he was going. Most of his essays start in the middle of the story and it’s sometimes a puzzle but figuring out the story is half the fun.

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