Catching Up with Summer

Hola everyone.

Hope everyone’s summer has been treating them well. Thought I’d drop in and talk books a little bit. I’ve been on quite the reading binge – well for my slow reader standards anyway.

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

I’m 3/4 way done with the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.  Am I impressed? No. Am I going to finish the series? Yes. Will I be disappointed? Mostly likely.  With all the books from this author, I feel she fills them with angst that drones on and on — the action in her stories is all but the last 2 chapters and it feels rushed. Often times, I’ve put down the book and felt like “that’s it?”  *Spoiler*  For example, the whole big solution to Shiver – get a high fever and break it and you’re cured of being a wolf. I mean come on!!!! Where’s the magical element? Where the creativity?  More than the writing and the books; I enjoyed the fandom surrounding The Raven Cycle. The fan casting was great, the enthusiasm was contagious even.

Moving on, my son got a ton of books for his birthday. My son is 8 – his books are age appropriate. But meh – who am I to discriminate. I read them all. We even read a few good ones together – a chapter every night. I have to tell you – there was no better feeling then my kid asking for “ONE MORE CHAPTER please I need to know what happens next.” (bless my adorable lil  munchkin). Our most recent book was Return to The Isle of the Lost. What a cute book. Exactly what you expect from the Disney franchise; (no we’re not going to talk princesses vs women’s lib) there was a solid lesson, good conquered evil  and friends stuck with each other. I loved it and my kid enjoyed it. Win Win.

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However, the reading adventures haven’t been all Disney and paranormal teenagers. We’ve added some more mature flavor as well.  Although I finished The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wrecker back in June – I can’t get it out of my mind. This is one of those books that stays with you. Essentially it’s a story of two immigrants who unwillingly find themselves in the turn of the century NYC.  There is a villain, a love story, relationships and most of all fantastic prose. Good golly – the woman can write. I was initially taken to the story line but turned off by 500 pages.  However, once I finished I felt like there wasn’t enough. I needed more. Lucky for me there is a sequel coming out. I may or may not read it – sometimes you should leave good enough alone.

I will be recommending this book to my book club and hoping that they will write a guest discussion for FIP.

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What’s on the horizon?

I was fishing around Netflix one day and found MTV’s Chronicles of Shannara. Oh good lord I was hooked; I binged my way through the first and only season in one weekend. Craving more of this good stuff I posted on FB and my friends told me the show was actually based on books. I have my reservations because these are older books written in the 1980’s and I don’t know that they’ll have much to offer in ways of interesting plot lines (I fear most of it original ideas have been stolen already) but I’ve gotten the books … I plan on digging into those next. There are allot of Terry Brooks books but I think I shall start with the one the show is based on. I need me some more Austin Butler…even if only in my head.

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Also on the list for the near future is much talked about The Heart by French author Maylis de Kerangal.  The synopsis is so intriguing in that it foreshadows death – doesn’t promise a rosy ending. And I’ve heard so many great things about her writing.

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So what have you been reading? Has anyone read any of the mentioned books? How’d you like them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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