Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Opinion: While the beginning there me off a little bit, I ended up really enjoying this book. It made me think and gave me a new perspective that I think will always stick with me. This book has the potential to change one's life and influence the way we see the world. I felt challenged by it and loved reading it.
4.5 out of 5 hearts
Opinion: Okay so this book is basically a book within a book and pretty much reminded me of Inception. It's a kind of bookception. It was a bit creepier than I can usually tolerate but since it jumped back and forth between the characters of the documentary and Johnny, I was able to handle it. This is easily the most unique book I have ever read. Not only due to the fact that it was a book within a book (and then some) but also because of the way the author used the actual physical pages and layout to tell the story and give a feeling of the characters' emotions. It had a lot of depth and was compelling to read.
Recommend? Yes because it will be the most unique book you've ever read.
3.5 out of 5 hearts
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Opinion: While I thought the core of the story was great and its exploration of gender identity was thorough and interesting, I did not enjoy all of the extra story lines about Cal's grandparents and parents in detail. Overall, I was less captivated by the story than I thought I would be.
Recommend? If you're looking for something specifically about gender identity then yes. Otherwise, not really.
2.5 out of 5 hearts
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Opinion: I don't want to give anything about this book away because it is much more impactful to find out as you read. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot and finished it quickly because I did not want to put it down. The author reveals only small bits of information about the society in which the story takes place so there is always a sense of mystery, making it a page turner. This story ends up touching on various aspects of humanity and was extremely captivating on many different levels and resonated with me.
4 out of 5 hearts
Opinion: I thought this book was interesting and made me think about my own life and what is important. It is a short book and the author wastes no time on insignificant details, which I liked. It was a reflective, calming read for me and I enjoyed it.
3.5 out of 5 hearts
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Opinion: Wow, what a dull read. This book is basically about nothing. There was no real story (it's about different characters but there's no great storyline to follow) and while it was written with humor, I felt like I was reading in circles. It would be like if you took an office full of coworkers and wrote a book about all of those coworkers. Just about them. Not follow them as they embark on some kind of adventure. If I wasn't doing this challenge, I don't think I would have finished this book because whenever I tried to read at night, it just made me so sleepy, I couldn't keep my eyes open. It's not poorly written by any means and I can see why it was popular in the 1960s but I don't really feel like it's just not relevant anymore.
2 out of 5 hearts