So there was supposed to be a part 2 and 3 of my Summer Reading/Soundtrack list and that just fell apart. This whole thing did. It is really hard to get back to writing this after taking such an unexpected hiatus.
My summer reading list got fucked all to bits and I don’t really care about the music left to share. Wow that sounds sad. I just forgot about the songs and eh I will find new ones for you.
As for the reading list- I have read a lot of books recently but barely any are from the “list”. Here are some pictures of all the books I have acquired in the last 3 weeksish:
Also I acquired these books on Kindle:
Coloress Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage– Haruki Murakami
Blackbirds– Chuck Wendig
The First Bohemians: Life and Art in London’s Golden Age -Vic Gatrell
Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
So what I have I read?
Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby
Brief Synopsis (BS): read earlier blog post
I finished that book and it was a mighty fine book. Seriously it was a bit melancholic. Well a lot really. A mid-life crisis kind of book that is expressed in new life choices and centered in seaside towns in England. No fancy cars or plastic women.
Rating: 3.5 whatevers.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender– Leslye Walton
BS: Girl born with wings tells story. Yes real fucking wings.
A beautiful book that was gifted to me by Andreaboo. I keep on forgetting that I read this book. That is how memorable it was. It is labeled as magical realism and while that is there it doesn’t have that something I needed to cling onto this book. I didn’t find the language as beautiful as other reviews I read. Maybe I just like the MR in the Latin American form.
Rating: 3 whatevers
Never Let Me Go– Kazuo Ishiguro
BS: Girl reflects on her life in boarding school and post-school and about the relationships she made but with a twist.
Book on the actual summer list I had created that is now tossed asunder like something that is typically tossed asunder. This book was so fucking beautiful. The language is plain enough and almost fully didactic. The narrator bridges this line or innocence, realized and resigned to the world she is in. It is one of the most interesting novels I have ever read. I don’t know if I can explain this concept well but some reviews I saw thought that the book was lacking in components that they needed to like the book. And while I understand when a book doesn’t give us what we want it doesn’t mean always that the book failed. Like relationships we form perfectly good people aren’t always meant for us to form bonds. I think we need to be people that realizes these situations as such instead of wanting to attribute blame or failure. I feel so hippie right now. So book yes. You read. And if you don’t know anything about it, don’t have people spoil it for you.
Rating: 5 whatevers
Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
BS: Dude is doing a kind of post-apocalyptic Cast-Away but with a strange bunch of Wilsons. Including flashbacks to know how he became so dirty.
My first Atwood book and I am surprised it took me this long to read one of her novels. Another insanely beautiful book. Again I didn’t know anything really about it, I just bought it and glad I didn’t learn more. I think discovering the world that the author creates before you with out any preconceived notions really helps for you to bond with a book. I bonded with this book immensely and devoured it almost whole. I love my life but sometimes am a bit annoyed when it gets in the way of my book devouring. I am an animal. Rawr.
Rating: 5 whatevers
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
BS: Chick Freshman in college writes fan-fiction for a Harry Potter like series and also deals with forming friendships and renegotiating her relationship with her twin sister.
This book is highly readable. One of those books you just keep on reading to find out what happens and for the ease of reading. It isn’t particularly groundbreaking style wise but the bits of the Simon Snow story and fan fiction are fun. The way Rowell is able to capture the mind set of a young woman is fantastic and brings a new perspective to the Young Adult book arena. God that sound pretentious. It is fun and it made me cry but I am okay with that. The feels are good.
Rating: 4 whatevers
The Selection– Kiera Cass
BS: Prince needs to choose a bride. Selects 35 ladyfriends from the country and lets them stay in the castle until he chooses one. Oh and there is a Caste System in place so the world is kind of fucked. Prince Bachelor meets dystopia.
I read it in one day but I don’t know if that means the book is that good. It is same level of a Sweet Valley High Book. I am so curious to know what is happening and to immerse myself into this world (while fucked is still livable- looking at you Divergent/Hunger Games). It is fairly mindless for a Dystopia novel. Maybe it will pick up in the next two books (though I doubt it). Tons of Princess primping that I love. I have weaknesses and this is one of them. If this is yours you probably could do worse.
Rating: 3.25 whatevers
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
BS: Dude needs a job because the economy is fucked so his last resort is a bookstore (fuck you) but it is a strange bookstore filled with quirk things.
Fuck-this book kept me going trying to figure out what was going to happen but then nothing satisfactory happened- You. Seriously the characters were weak and only defined relative to their jobs and for a book about a dude who just happened to take a job at a bookstore, he is the most boring. IT IS WRITTEN IN FIRST PERSON. So yes it suffers from boring and things that happen just because he knows the right people but he doesn’t seem interesting enough to know the right people. SO fuck you book. I am so sad this book is just a pile of nothing and sad that people see some charming piece of shit out of this.
Rating: 2 whatevers
A Study In Scarlet– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
BS: Mostly like the Sherlock episode, Study In Pink except a dude not a girl died and shit got solved before Sherlock could be take away to night school of death. Oh and some weird Western story against Mormons. Seriously.
I really enjoyed this story up till the weird Mormon side story. It is written in the late 1800s so the language reflects that but it is more accessible than other “classics”. So I think if you are a fairly avid reader and want to give Sherlock Holmes a try I would read some of this stuff. Maybe start with some short stories instead of the lengthier piece here. Also if you do read this, you could skip the Mormon thing, it does help to explain the motivation for the killer but seriously Doyle chill the fuck out. I am not necessarily yayayyayayhoorah-Mormon but it ain’t that bad.
Rating: 3 whatevers
What I have learned from this book reading and haul:
- I have a good Murakami collection without having read a single book of his.
- I am still weak to the Young Adult literature though there has been some of the best writing coming out of this arena.
- I loooove Margaret Atwood.
- Sherlock Holmes is better than when I tried reading it 10 years ago.
- Rainbow Rowell is a good author to seek out if you love John Green.
- Sometimes books will surprise you with their stories (Oryx and Crake, A Study In Scarlet)
- Even if a book gets all the right kinds of positive attention, you may still hate it. This is okay and doesn’t make you a hipster or a hater. You just know better.
- I really love books :).