What an interesting idea for a topic. I don’t normally think about what I’ll end up rating a book, unless it happens to be a book that’s by an author I love (in which case I tend to expect the book to blow me away!). Additionally, I don’t tend to rate books super high. I’m more of a middle of the road girl, since if I give a book 5 stars, it has to have really blown me away. I don’t rate 5 stars often, so I feel if I’m rating a book that high, it’s worth quite a bit to me. So this was definitely an interesting exercise for me. I hope my opinions come true!
Here it goes:
Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.
I put this book on my TBR loooong ago and I keep meaning to pick it up because I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it. I’ve heard from numerous people that they really loved this book, and, topic wise, I’m really curious about it. I hope I love it as much as I predict I will!
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Boy, when I read the premise for this book, I added it to my TBR right away! I still think I’m going to love it, but now I just need to make time to read it! I’ve seen reviews of this series, and of Schwab’s work, all over the internets and so I feel I’m quite justified in putting this on my list. I hope my opinion aligns with the majority, here.
Like Agent Mulder of The X-Files, microchip engineer and sheriff’s deputy Chuck Zukowski is obsessed with tracking down UFO reports in Colorado. He even takes the family with him on weekend trips to look for evidence of aliens. But this innocent hobby takes on a sinister urgency when Zukowski learns of mutilated livestock—whose exsanguination is inexplicable by any known human or animal means.
Along an expanse of land stretching across the southern borders of Utah, Colorado, and Kansas, Zukowski documents hundreds of bizarre incidences of mutilations, and discovers that they stretch through the heart of America. His pursuit of the truth draws him deeper into a vast conspiracy, and he journeys from Roswell and Area 51 to the Pentagon and beyond; from underground secret military caverns to Native American sacred sites; and to wilderness areas where strange, unexplained lights traverse the sky at extraordinary speeds.
I have read many books by Mezrich and loved them, particularly, Bringing Down the House, which was even made into a movie! I love the idea of this book and I’ve always had an interest in Aliens, so we’ll see if this book is as enjoyable for me as Mezrich’s other works. I have high hopes.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
I had a co-worker recommend this book to me and, to be honest, it was already a bit on my radar because it was everywhere when it was first published, to rave reviews. It sounds like the kind of book I’d fall in love with. I’m a sucker for a quirky main character and a humorous narrative.
No one makes getting into trouble look as good as Philip Digby—and he looks good doing it. Now that he’s back in town, he’s plunged Zoe (and their Scooby Gang of wealthy frenemy Sloane, nerd-tastic genius Felix, and aw-shucks-handsome Henry) back into the deep end on the hunt for his kidnapped sister. He’s got a lead, but it involves doing a deal with the scion of an alarmingly powerful family, not to mention committing some light treason. Zoe and Digby are officially together now, and she’s definitely up for whatever closure this new caper might offer, even though this mystery will come with a twist neither expected.
Okay, so if any of the books I’ve chosen on this list are going to end up 5 stars for real, I have the highest hopes for this one. I absolutely LOVE this series and I love these characters and I have rated the previous two very highly. So I’m guessing that I’ll love this one too, maybe even 5 stars love it.
So that’s my list of potential 5 stars. What do you think of the list? Are any of these books on your TBR? Read any of them? Tell me what you think! Let’s chat in the comments below.