My list of unblogged books has spiraled to the point where there’s no hope of me doing a Bookish for each one, but that’s no reason to not do a short recap of what I’ve been reading this summer!
This book was such a treat. It was confusing as hell at some points – and I found the movie to be unwatchable – but I could barely put this book down. It was a great world – well, a few worlds, really – to escape into and I found myself a bit sad when it was over.
If you’re an author or aspiring author, I really recommend Stephen King’s memoirs. They’re funny, to the point, and full of practical advice on the process and art of writing. It’s a quick read and provides a nice look behind the curtains of how one of the most popular authors of all time makes the magic happen.
I re-read this one in anticipation of the movie coming out and then completely forgot to see the movie. Oh well. I can’t really add anything here that hasn’t been said: great book, iconic characters, people who throw Great Gatsby parties seem to really have missed the entire point of the book.
This book was deeply disturbing and really difficult to read at points. The writing was wonderful and the story compelling, but I should say 1) huge trigger warning if you’re planning on reading it and 2) it’s worthwhile, but you’ll walk away from it feeling…weird. That’s not hugely helpful and I suppose doesn’t sound like an endorsement, but I do think it’s a great book, in the end. There is a movie (starring Julianne Moore, who is phenomenal in it) that you can check out if you’re interested. (Again, trigger warning on the film as well.)
This book is…everything. Everything! I am so late getting on this bandwagon, but man am I glad I finally did. I haven’t watched the shows and I’m waiting until I finish the second book to start the first series, so don’t spoil anything in the comments. I love the story, the character development, and if my fangirling out over all things Harry Potter tells you anything, it’s that I enjoy a rich universe into which I can lose myself over multiple books. I had a sort of unofficial race with Ryan through the first book, but I’m saving the second until I can read giant chunks of it at a time. So good.
Fairy tales! Dystopian universes! Princes and witches and wolves! This novel was fun and twisted and very cool. It weaves so many well-known tales into something almost unrecognizable and does a wonderful job of making old stories seem fresh and mysterious. I will absolutely be re-reading this and forcing everyone I know to read it!
This book is from the author of Election. It wasn’t as amazing as the other books I’ve read this summer, but it was a solid beach read that I got through quickly while I was in Spain. The end leaves you a bit like…That’s it?, but if you don’t have anything pressing on your reading list and are looking for something light, this is a good bet. It follows the story of a regular suburban town with a penchant for big secrets. It’s funny and the writing reminds me a bit of David Nicholls. 3.5 stars!
I’m just going to point you to Amanda’s awesome review. I enjoyed the hell out of this book. Also, this quote from it: “Precisely because you have denied it in every other field, you believe you may still grant yourself legitimately this youthful pleasure of expectation in a carefully circumscribed area like the field of books, where you can be lucky or unlucky, but the risk of disappointment isn’t serious.” Pick this bad boy up, you won’t regret it!
Written by a British Journalist under a pseudonym, The Wicked Girls follows the story of two women who are estranged from each other but linked by a crime committed together when they were children. It was…fine. It held my attention and it was interesting. Some of the plot twists were fairly predictable and I could definitely put the book down for a few days without thinking about it, but in the end it was an solid novel that employed a pretty straightforward manner of story telling.
Rachel Maddow could probably punch me in the face and I would find it difficult to be mad at her. Even if this book had gotten terrible reviews, I would have read it anyway. Luckily, it turned out to be a well-researched, funny, and easily digestible examination of American military power, how it’s used as a political football both within the US and internationally, and how it’s gotten so out of control ridiculous that Joseph Heller would have been proud…or something. It depressed me, if I’m honest, because so many of the problems outlined in the book (which are plain as day if you’re paying attention to current events anyway) are rooted in what can only be described as craziness and hubris. But, before I go on a rant…I’ll just say read the book. It’s a good one.
This book is quirky and different from anything I’ve ever read. I don’t want to give anything away, but the plot spans decades and many iterations of a friendship while weaving in historical events and subtle commentary on how some things change and some things never do. I liked it enough. Some parts are a bit of a slog to get through, but on the whole it’s a solid book.
I’ll be honest and say I probably wouldn’t have picked this up had Rowling not been outed as the true author. I just started it, but, as can be expected of her, it’s great writing and an interesting premise. I’ll report back when I’m done, but I think it’ll be a winner!
Okay! Whew. There you go. My summer reading list! Even though Ryan will probably kill me if I add anything else to our already brimming bookshelf, I’m always open to suggestions and recommendations! Send them my way!