So, I’ve been reading a lot….of c*%p. I love to read actual paper books, but I have a Kindle and I have just been getting the free books that are available through Bookbub. I love romance and romantic suspense, but I have found that most of the books in that category that are free are also mind numbingly bad, or so filled with smut that I actually get uncomfortable reading them. Many of them I am too embarrassed to even admit to reading them and to be honest, a lot of them I didn’t even finish. I don’t need all the sex, I just want a good love story. I’m linked to Goodreads, but I haven’t acknowledged that I’m reading anything for a while because what I have been reading is mostly an insult to my education. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of favorite authors in the romance category who are very good. I’m sure every category has its good and not so good authors. To the not so good ones, I say keep trying if you really love writing. I have tried to write stories and have never finished one, so I’m not judging…much. I’m just saying, strive for quality. The other day I was reading and was so incredibly bored that I actually groaned out loud. I called foul and decided that I had had enough. I logged in to Bookbub and changed my categories and spent a couple hours, yes you read that right, browsing new categories. I actually loaded about 200 new books from many different genres onto my Kindle, from children’s to sci-fi to non-fiction. While I was doing that, I got the idea to write reviews on my blog for the new books I’ll be reading. If I am going to read that much, I might as well do something with it. I have never liked book reports, book reviews, summaries, or any sort of critical writing for that matter, so it will be a challenge for me to write these. I’ve also decided that I won’t start another book until I have written the review for whichever one I just finished.
On that note, I’m kind of upset that the first book I read was really good. I hope I can do it justice. The book is titled From The Wreckage by Michele G. Miller. The category is Teen/Young Adult.
From The Wreckage is the story of a group of high school friends from Tyler, Texas who are caught in a tornado after the first football game of their senior year. It is told from the point of view of one girl who is making a video for a school project. The video is her story of what she experienced that night and the emotions and repercussions of getting through the trauma and moving beyond the pain and sadness. The author deftly maneuvered the teens through the emotions of their individual trials and showed how connected we all really are. She gently exposes the secret lives of teens, touches on young love, and keeps you waiting for something, yet not really sure what, using subtle hints and foreshadowing. I found the story to be completely realistic, and extremely well written. The subject matter and language are appropriate for teens. As soon as I finished reading it, I recommended it to my 16 year old daughter. The storyline and editing are excellent! I hate nothing more than reading a book and editing as I go. I didn’t find one problem with this book, not even a misspelled word. Thank you Michelle G. Miller for writing such a wonderful story and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I’ll even pay for them.