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So I’ve been missing for a bit. My internet has been odd lately.
In the meantime: I’ve read On the Island, Swim (short story), Room, and started South of the Border, West of the Sun.
On the Island was recommended to me, and while it’s a mildly good story, it just had too much romance and not enough suspense for me. And was predictable. And unbelievable. But an easy breezy read if you just want to relax. About two people that get stuck on an island.
Swim was a short story that I got for free on Barnes and Noble’s free ebooks section, and Jennifer Weiner has published a longer novel-length story with the same plot, so I might check that out. Not sure yet.
Room by Emma Donaghue. Ah, Room. Now I’ve finally read a book this summer that I would really recommend. From the point-of-view of a five year old boy, Room is the only thing in the world. He goes to sleep in Wardrobe, making sure to hide away from Old Nick who comes in the night to bring supplies for him and his Ma. Basically, it’s a fairly disturbing book about his Ma being held in captivity and she had birth to him in Room, but he doesn’t really understand what is going on around him. As a flaw, the book is a bit hard to read at first. Being written from such a young POV, it’s a bit odd (things like “switched off” instead of “fell asleep”). But you get used to it and then continue.
And as I’ve said, I’ve started South of the Border, West of the Sun. It’s Haruki Murakami, and I love the man’s strange writing, so I’m biased. Because I’m still at the beginning of the book, there’s not much to say yet.
This makes no sense. I love it.
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So I read Perks of Being a Wallflower today for the first time. I liked it. I wish I had read it years ago, because I feel like it might have been a bit more useful then and I probably would have loved it. I think it had some great moments that sparkled, but also found it to be a bit boring and repetitive at times.
Still, I enjoyed it and most of the characters. And I’m always a fan of that stream of consciousness. And actually, the more time I spend away from the book, the more I’m enjoying the messages. I think I may have read it too fast and I probably should have slowed down to take it in and have time to connect to the story a bit more.
It’s like that for me lately, I have actually struggled to be empathetic. This is not normal for me. I don’t know, I just have had a harder time falling into the stories lately.
So I stayed up and finished reading Sing You Home, which was my second Jodi Picoult book (the first being Nineteen Minutes) that I read. There are things I really enjoyed about this book, but there were a few believability problems for me. Seriously, if you hear me critique books, movies, shows, anything really, believability is my big issue almost always. I don’t mean realism, cause reading about supernatural stuff can still hold a sense of believability.
One good example that really bothered me was She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. It was his first published novel and it was a female narrator, so I think those may play a role. But eventually, so many things happens to Dolores in such a short amount of time, and some of those god-awful things are just really hard for me to believe. Yeah, they happen, but do they all happen to the same person? Plus, it was honestly one of the most depressing books I’ve ever read. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it though. However, when you compare that to hisI Know This Much is True,it just falls flat. I read I Know This Much is True after She’s Come Undone, and I just fell so in love with Wally Lamb’s ability in that book. But he has flaws. At one point, you can literally skip every other chapter, and it doesn’t hurt the reading. This is because every other chapter starts being about background information. All the same, his ability to write emotions is fantastic.
Stieg Larsson, who, I hope my followers know by now, I’m absolutely in love with, also has writing flaws. Everyone who has read the Millennium Trilogy will tell you (if they’re being honest) that it takes FOREVER to get into his books. A couple hundred pages. Then the ending seems a bit rushed, all this information is just flooding you. But, all the same, he created Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and those are undoubtedly some of my favorite characters ever.
So now, after reading two Jodi Picoult books, I can say that I can already see the pattern of her writing. Switching between characters, the twist at the end… Which in Sing You Home,did not really take me by surprise. Same with Nineteen Minutes, I guess. All the same, I enjoy her writing. It has a good flow. I will say that the religion stuff got a bit in the way while reading Sing You Home. But I pushed through those chapters. One thing is though, I think she rushes the ending a bit. They don’t feel complete. What happened to Lucy? How did Max and Liddy end up together, what happened with Reid? And while it wasn’t necessary to know all of those, I would have liked a glimpse of that. Also, I would have enjoyed reading about the pregnancy. And really, I thought that Vanessa and Zoe got married awfully fast. I mean, three months after a divorce and you’re still reeling, usually. And it’s good to get to know someone for a longer period of time than three months before you marry her. Oh well. I don’t care too much, because I loved both Zoe and Vanessa, and they were great together.
So now I’m kinda struggling to pick out my next book to read. I’ve started several, but I’m just not sure what I’m in the mood for. I still feel like reading fiction at this moment. But then I’ll probably switch it up and read a psych memoir or something. Send any recommendations my way, I’ll add it to my to-read list! :D
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A new vending machine has been released which can print any book within minutes.
The Espresso Book Machine has access to 500,000 different books - the same as 23.6 miles of shelf space - and can even churn out a fresh copy of Crime and Punishment in just nine minutes.
Pages are printed at a rate of over 100 per minute and are then pressed, glued and cut to produce a pristine book.
Users simply pick the book they would like on a screen and wait for it to be printed … it certainly is a novel way of getting a new book.
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Summer Reading List (alphabetized by author!)
05/25/11 - Pre-Ordered Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, which I’ll get late October/early November. A Haruki-written ode to Orwell’s 1984? LOVE. 928 pages (All three books combined into one).
06/05/11 - And this list just keeps growing. I’m interested in any recommendations and have been adding them along. Naturally, this may be more than just summer reading.
06/03/12 - So I went back and pulled this up, I’ll have to edit it later, but a lot of it is the same and I ended up not reading a whole bunch while I had classes (I read so much for philosophy, there was no time to read anything else D:). But I also read other books that aren’t on here, like the Hunger Games trilogy, Looking for Alaska, Nineteen Minutes, and maybe some other stuff. So that’s it, I’m starting my summer reading now! (I’ll edit this list and repost it later)
Temporary home of some of my babies. /that one vacant shelf in the entertainment table
Drooling at the Murakami. And Millennium Trilogy. And Hunger Games doesn’t hurt. Damn, now I want to go read 1Q84, since you know, I pre-ordered it, but haven’t actually read it yet and I’ve owned it almost a year.
via Putnam Books
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