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Booking Through Thursday (8.18.08): Autumn Reading

September 18, 2008

 

 

Question: Autumn is starting (here in the US, anyway), and kids are heading back to school–does the changing season change your reading habits? Less time? More? Are you just in the mood for different kinds of books than you were over the summer?’

Answer: The season absolutely changes my reading pattern. School started a month ago for me, so I know the readers of my blog have noticed the effects… less reviews, more posts coming in on the weekend (like how I’m doing BTT on a Sunday instead of a Thursday). It’s sad. I wish summer was longer. But what can I do? School is my first priority and so that’s how it has to be. Sure, I still read, but I read less pages a day and take longer to post reviews. Other than that, I think I am less likely to read a cute, light summer read during the year. Last year I tackled books like Dreamland, Converting Kate, Nineteen Minutes, The Pact, Rx, Exit Here, and other more serious books. I’m least likely to read light stuff. I don’t know why, but that’s how I am. 

 

What do you guys think? Does autumn change your reading schedule and the actual books you read? Tell me in the comments! 

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Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

September 18, 2008

Title: Elsewhere

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Rating: ★★★ ½

Number of Pages: 377

Edition: Paperback

Year: 2005

 

 

Contains: Fantasy, romance, relationships, drama, coming-of-age.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect): 

Characters: 7

Plot: 8

Writing: 8

Wow Factor: 8

 

Summary: Liz is a victim of a hit-and-run driver. Unfortunately, she passes away. When she wakes up she’s in a place that she can only be dreaming about. The place is called Elsewhere and everything there is kind of like Earth but at the same time not like it at all. People on Elsewhere get younger instead of older. However, it’s still like Earth in the sense that you have friends and family and a job. Betty is Liz’s grandmother whom she never met until now. Liz meets other people who become great friends. Liz may have thought at the beginning of her arrival to Elsewhere that she’d never get used to this new “life” but as time goes on, she learns she loves it.

 

My Review (no spoilers): This was a charming tale of coming-of-age. Liz is a believable character and I think I would act just like her if what happened to her happened to me. I’d be depressed and want my old life back. I really liked Betty, she’s very alive and she just wants to help Liz get used to Elsewhere. Thandi was funny and a good friend. I liked all the characters a lot. The boy in the story was really cute to Liz. The plot is probably my favorite part, I’ve never read a book about the afterlife and this was a different way to look at it. I really liked this book although sometimes I found somethings not important that I don’t want to reveal because they contain spoilers.  Whenever I was reading I was asking myself what about this and what about that. Is there crime in Elsewhere? I didn’t feel as though I had a good sense of how it worked and the whole aura of what Elsewhere really looked like. I wish Thandi was a more developed character and Thandi’s and Liz’s friendship too. I think I expected more than I got from this book. I still recommend it though. 

My Thoughts (contains spoilers): Well, I liked this book, as you can tell. It’s just I thought I would get so much more than I received. Owen and Liz and their problems were just a little weird for me. First he likes her, then he doesn’t, then he leaves her for his wife, then he takes her back. I guess the progression is what I didn’t like? I felt as though there was no point when they would in the end get back together. Also, when Liz was a Sneaker, I was just like… you’re going to be saved by Owen and come back to Elsewhere. I didn’t understand why Liz went to Zooey’s wedding after reading the letter (it didn’t make me want to go to my friend’s wedding if she hadn’t even gone to my funeral). I liked it, its just some things were iffy.