Reading Recap: Summer 2015

Summer was a bit slow for reading this year. Between working full time and getting ready for the wedding, I didn’t have a ton of time to squeeze reading in. That being said, here are my thoughts on some of my reads this summer (if not a little late!)!

Favorites

  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne. I was so surprised at how much I loved this book! It was such a light and easy read for being a “classic” and was so interesting! It had a good solid plot, good solid characters, and it kept me turning the pages, which is something that a book hasn’t done in a few months for me! It’s not a long read either, so if you haven’t read it, give it a try!

Somewhere in the Middle

  • King Raven https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1440942240l/73931.jpgTrilogy by Steven Lawhead. I have mixed feelings about this series.The plot was excellent; every detail was immaculately placed and insignificant moments from earlier in the series had huge significance later. It was an unique, fresh take on the story of Robin Hood that could have been amazing. There were just two big problems with this series.Lawhead has a way with words, which is very, very apparent in this series, so much so that it is to his detriment. There is just too much wording. What you and I could say in a sentence, he would say in five pages. While his imagery and verbage are impressive, I think it dulled the story down. It was just unnecessary and the plot would have moved along quicker.

    Tuck (King Raven, #3)Second, I had very little emotional attachment to the characters. I rooted for the good guys because that’s who I was supposed to cheer for and while the bad guys committed some pretty heinous acts, I didn’t really hate them either. It was a good story, but I just felt totally uninvolved and unaffected. It’s very hard for me to read books when I can’t connect to the characters, which is probably why it took me like four months to finish this series.

Disappointments

  • The Hier by Kierra Cass. I really should not have had high expectations for this The Heir (The Selection, #4)book considering how I felt about the rest of the series, but I thought a fresh take, she can improve after three books, yeah? Nope. The first three books were about a girl competing to marry the prince; in this book, it’s flipped. The princess is choosing amongst a bunch of boys competing to be her prince. I thought that it would be an interesting and different perspective, but oh my goodness, the main character (what was her name again?) was so unlikable. She was spoiled, selfish, and had no personality. Total Mary Sue. The other characters were just as vapid. If you read the first three books in the series, just stop there. It doesn’t get any better, and this is only the beginning of more to come. I also need to stop picking books based on pretty girls on the covers. :P
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Okay, I cheated a bit because I actually haven’t finished this book yet….and I’ve been reading it since February. But I only have a few chapters left! A Tale of Two CitiesThis is my first Dickens novel that I’ve read, but I could just not get into this. It was a very dense read for me, and I would lose my train of thought and have to go back and re-read the last page…or more. It really is an interesting story, but I can’t get past the writing. If you’re a fan of Dickens (then you’ve probably already read this) you’ll enjoy this book. Otherwise, unless you’re like me and read classics for the sake of it being a classic, keep looking elsewhere.

Have you read any good books lately or have any to suggest? I’m in a bit of a book slump!

4 thoughts on “Reading Recap: Summer 2015”

  1. I need to read that: Around The World in 80 Days. I normally stay far away from classics because they are hard to understand (unless it is Shakespeare then, hell yeah!) but I’ll definitely give that book a try. The others? I’ll pass on. I disdain those that misconstrued history for their own literary gain like Dickens. I don’t particularly care for English adaptions of The Terror or The French Revolution. There are only a few authors that handle that part of history impartially and aren’t biased. Also, Dickens is overrated to a lot of degrees. That’s just how I feel. :/ I’m a history nerd and I know that particular time well.

  2. Around The World in 80 Days has been on my reading list for a long time and so is A Tale of Two Cities. But I never got a chance to lay my hands on them. Now you have increased my thirst for Around The World…, probably starting it soon.

    I have been busy with college lately and haven’t got a chance to read much (apart from some poetry anthologies; we mostly have to ready poetry this semester). That being said, I try to take out some time during the weekends for the books I have been trying to finish for past couple of months. One of them is Atonement by Ian McEwan. I have loved it so far. You should give it a try, if you haven’t read it already.

    1. Ooh I’ve seen the movie so I’m sure I would like the book even better (because let’s face it, books are always better). Thank you for the suggestion!!

  3. I believe I know the person who created the book cover for “The Heir.” I thought about reading it when I got bored with whatever, but I didn’t even get a copy of it. Glad, I didn’t.

    I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t get much reading done this time around. Maybe, you will later on? I have faith.

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