Getting Started

Why do this?  Who really wants to read my opinion about books I’ve read?  These thoughts are a running record in my mind.

Actually, I wish I started a long time ago.  I read nonstop, and I’ve been at it since I was a young girl.  This will be a way of keeping track of my reading, but also a way to practice my writing.  Anyone who happens to find my posts entertaining along the way is a bonus.

The first book I want to review was finished two weeks ago (yes, I procrastinated a bit).  Time is always a factor, and the annoying doubts that I previously mentioned.  Anyway, the first book I want to review is John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down.  As a former high school English teacher, I am a definite John Green fan.  I’ve used his videos, and of course, his books with my classes.  In my current role as an elementary librarian, my audience isn’t age appropriate for Green’s books.  But, several reviews in library social media groups sparked my interest to push Green’s new book to the top of my reading list.

I admit, I spent the first twenty pages or so thinking the main character was male.  I had it in my mind that the book was Green’s memoir, so just assumed a male character.  Once I figured out Aza’s gender, I sailed through the book, at times connecting with some of Aza’s obsessive traits, while at other times feeling annoyed by them.  Green’s writing is strong as ever, but the characters didn’t have the normal spark for me as they do in his other novels.  While the subplots of romance/mystery were entertaining, they just didn’t keep me captivated.  I think it felt unrealistic to me.

Maybe someone like Aza needs a break from her sense of reality.


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