Weekly Recap 12/19/10

I’m splitting my recaps of what I’ve read each week into a different  post than In My Mailbox.  Maybe this will lead back to individual review posts, but I’m not getting my hopes up!  I’ll never really be a hardcore blogger.  It got to be too much work and not enough fun.  I do like being able to go back and look at what I’ve read and received, plus I like to  keep up with my challenges here.  Anyway…!  I had a crazy week at work and after work, so I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to, but here’s what I’ve read this week:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – This book was really interesting. There were times when I wasn’t totally sure about it, but in the end I really liked it.  I went into reading it thinking it was a series of short stories, which it kind of was and kind of wasn’t.  Some reviews I’d read had found it disjointed and I think that mindset helped me not feel that way.  I loved all the characters in the graveyard and really liked Bod.  He was a good kid that wanted to see the world outside the graveyard, but was also very protective of the world inside the graveyard.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – I liked this a lot!  It was a fantastic Christmas time read.  I liked Lily a lot.  Dash took a bit of time to warm up to at the beginning, but I liked him by the end.  I loved the challenges they made for each other and the things they wrote in the journal.  Very thought provoking!  I really liked the supporting characters, especially Mark and Boomer.  Very fun book!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.

This book was fantastic!  I liked it so much.  All of the characters were really interesting and real.  I liked John Green’s Will Grayson a little more than David Levithan’s Will Grayson.  I related to JGWG more.  It took me a little while to warm up to DLWG.  He was a little too emo for me at times.  At first, Tiny felt a little too cliche, but I ended up loving him by the end.  I really liked Jane as I got to know her, too.

The alternating chapters were really cool – I liked getting both WGs perspective on things.  While the lack of capitalization did help distinguish the two characters’ sections, that and the weird formatting in DLWG’s chapters were kind of annoying and distracting at first.  I got used to it after a while.

But overall it was pretty great!