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!

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Picture 2Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a comedy about two teens thrust together for one hilarious, sleepless night of adventure in a world of mix tapes, late-night living, and, live, loud music. Nick frequents New York’s indie rock scene nursing a broken heart and Norah is questioning all of her assumptions about the world. Though they have nothing in common except for their taste in music, their chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band’s secret show and ends up becoming the first date that could change both their lives.

I haven’t seen the movie that was based on this book, but many people told me they did like it, so I didn’t have super high expectations for the book when I started. But I am glad I gave the book a chance. I ended up liking the story a lot. I liked that the chapters alternate between their perspectives and we got both of their interpretations of events without it feeling too repetitive. The more of the book I read, the less Michael Cera-ish Nick became, which is a good thing.