It's midnight and I don't really know what to say. How about books? List form? Okey-dokey:
An Abundance of Katherines: I feel bad for saying this, but I honestly did not find AAOK as good as I hoped. I enjoy emotional depth and character development in my novels and AAOK just didn't do that for me. The characters never seemed defined. Colin, I love him for being such a romantic nerd, but he doesn't stand out amongst other characters in my mind. In all honestly, I find it easier to recall Lucie from TOTC than Colin. Maybe I put AAOK on a pedestal before I cracked the cover and am therefore biased, but it will never make it to my list of Books I Shove Down People's Throats.
A Solitary Blue: After AAOK, I picked up ASB for my English class. It is so hard to describe how I feel about it. My relationship with my father is like what Jeff has with both his parents--distant, rough, often cold--so the reader-character connection was obvious and I liked that. I must say it brought tears to my eyes. For me it was a very emotional book--not only the parent-child relationships, but simply the way the characters played off of one another. The dialogue was well-written and felt real. The situation may seem of some extravagant circumstances but instead of hindering the story it puts the focus on the Now instead of the backstory.
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac: Oh, my word. Best part of this book: The guy who sits next to me in art class asking about it. Worst part: Everything excluding the cover. It left me empty in a bad way. I didn't feel emotionally drained in any pleasant way (there's (a) this-book-sucked-the-life-out-of-me-through-my-emotions and (b) it-killed-the-emotions-within-me-with-its-suckiness). Nice idea and basis for a story, but the execution lacked fluidity. I liked how Naomi was thrown back into her world as a different person. It was honest. But the best friend issues, boyfriend issues, how-am-I-going-to-[fill in activity here] became old very, very fast. Samantha Who? totally pwns MoaTA when it comes to retrograde amnesia in entertainment.
Sold: I like Sold a lot more than I thought I would. The way the book is laid out is a bit different. Not so much in verse as laid out like memories, in my opinion. The short sections can mean just as much or more as some of the long ones--exactly like memories. I just finished it this afternoon and found it a great quick read. In the end, it may feel like a storybook instead of an acclaimed piece of literature, but it has grown on me and will probably mean much more to people who have some level of a connection to anything in the novel.
I am not too sure what I will be reading next. Possibly All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, My Sister's Keeper, or Jurrasic Park. Depends on what I can find at the library.