I read a lot, but I don’t talk about what I’m reading very much on here, and I don’t usually do book reviews (except The White Masai, because I just couldn’t wrap my head around that crazy).
I have always been a big reader, but since I’ve been taking the subway to work for the past couple of months, I’ve had an extra hour or so of reading time every day. It’s beautiful, and I am just plowing through the books. I am usually a big fan of owning books so I can add to my collection (I am a bit of a book hoarder), but since I’m going through them so quickly I find it’s easiest for me to just download them onto my phone and read from there. It’s much more convenient than carrying a book around, and I like my iPhone’s iBooks app better than Kindle or Kobo. Plus I always have it with me, so if I’m stuck somewhere for an extra couple of minutes I can just whip out my phone and start reading. It’s working out well. I am exceptionally good at tuning out background noise when I am reading. If you try to talk to me while I am reading something I will not be paying attention to you, just a heads up.
Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading lately.
I am really late getting on the Game of Thones bandwagon. I have resisted anything to do with it for a very long time. I wanted to watch the series, but I had to read the books first, and I wasn’t sure if the books were really going to be my thing. Contrary to my love for Harry Potter, I am not the biggest fantasy fan. Game of Thrones is actually considered epic fantasy, and I’m not really sure what that genre entails, but it sounds too hardcore for me.
I read the Lord of the Rings back in high school (I had all three books in one giant edition, so my friends thought I was reading the bible), but I don’t know if I was ready for it then and I didn’t love it. I’m thinking of rereading it, but I also can’t watch a Lord of the Rings movie without falling asleep, so we’ll see.
But I keep hearing about how good Game of Thrones is. Someone is raving on about how amazing it is in my Facebook newsfeed almost daily, and I feel like I can’t go anywhere without stumbling across a reference to it. I don’t like being left out of things. I like to know what’s going on. I want to know who this person is and why he is waving that sausage:
Soo after Evan and Brotherman assured me how great the books were, and that yeah, there were a lot of characters but it’s not as confusing as I think, I decided to give them a try.
I am currently about a third of the way through the first book (they are big!) and I am LOVING it. Seriously cannot get enough of it. I just started reading it a couple days ago and it’s hard for me to put it down. I never thought I would love it this much. Finally I see what all the hype is about. I know a third of the way into the book isn’t really enough for me to properly judge it yet, so I will have to report back when I finish. But so far it has really exceeded my expectations and I am so excited to read.
I also got caught up on my favourite mystery author Harlan Coben recently. I have been reading his Myron Bolitar series since high school and it is just my absolute favourite.
I love how witty and funny he is in his writings, and who doesn’t like a good mystery? I had his last Myron Bolitar book to read (Long Lost, pictured above), and then I read three more of his stand-alone novels also.
He is consistently good that Harlan Coben. I will always be his fan.
I also recently watched the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and when I realized it was based on a book afterwards, I got that book and read it immediately.
Usually I think books are much better than their movie counterparts, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower was really well done and I think I loved both the book and the movie equally. I’d recommend both.
I also finally read Divergent.
And then the sequel Insurgent.
I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to read them, but I figured I better get it done before the movie came out. I really enjoy dystopian fiction so I liked them both a lot, though I don’t think quite as much as the Hunger Games. Guess I better get to Allegiant! I didn’t even realize there was a third book until recently.
If I Stay is another book I picked up recently.
And it was only okay. I expected it to be a lot better than it was, and I felt like I was kind of waiting for something to happen the whole time. I think the plot was good in theory, but I just expected more. At least it was a really quick read.
And then there is Gone Girl.
I did not expect that book to be what it turned out to be at all. I had heard about this book before reading it, and everyone would say how absolutely insane the main character Amy was. In the beginning of the novel I found myself relating to her, which was disturbing because I was all “Does this mean I’m crazy?!” So I was relieved when she truly let her crazy flag fly and I discovered what everyone had been talking about. That lady is crazier than I will ever be able to be. It’s definitely not your typical mystery, and it’s definitely not a happy ending (right Cely?!), but I think that’s what I liked the most about it. I like to be shaken up a bit.
I think that pretty much covers everything. Back to Game of Thrones!
Have a great weekend!