Well, hello, there…It’s been a while…
You know, let’s not make this another awkward greeting. Let’s just get to it, shall we?
So I thought I’d see if I couldn’t update you all on what I’ve been doing the last few weeks. I was actually thinking about making this post a little more about what I’ve been reading than what I’ve been doing…but as you know, you can’t really separate those things. Ha.
So I shall detail a list of the best books I’ve read over the past few weeks, along with why they were so great.
- Fathomless, by Jackson Pearce. Pearce is one of my personal favorite authors; her style reminds me a little of Gail Carson Levine, who wrote books like The Princesses of Bamarre and Ella Enchanted. Pearce basically takes well-known fairy-tales and retells them in a way that makes the story entirely modern, different, and beautiful. The stories are sometimes a little hard to recognize, but they’re ultimately the same basic thing. Fathomless was the third in a loosely related series in this vein. The others are Sisters Red [Red Riding Hood], Sweetly [sort of a mix between Hansel and Gretel and Red Riding Hood], with Fathomless being a sort of Little Mermaid type story [although, really, it was hardly anything that happy].
- I’ve Got Your Number, by Sophie Kinsella. Kinsella wrote the Shopaholic series–and actually, Kinsella is her pseudonym, with her actual name being Madeleine Wickham. She writes under both names. I’ve Got Your Number made me laugh out loud several times. Oh goodness. British humor is the best. The story follows a girl who, having lost her engagement ring and had her phone stolen, nicks a phone out of a trash can [because it’s just there, hello] without realizing just how much trouble that phone is going to cause.
- Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. I read this book in a mad dash before the movie came out so that I could go see the movie on opening night without spoiling the end of the book. I needn’t have rushed; after the first couple of chapters I was hopelessly hooked and finished the book quickly. The movie was actually incredibly close to the book, but the book delved so much deeper into Ender’s thought processes and the system in which he was caught. It was brilliant.
- Allegiant, by Victoria Roth. The last in the Divergent series, this book at once depressed and delighted me. I loved the first book, the second book was just as incredible, and so I had high hopes for this book. I’m not going to spoil the ending for you, but the book made me a little frustrated at some points and I may or may not have shed a tear when I finished it [I was more sad the series was over than anything, really, so no spoilers there]. If you haven’t read the series, go get them. Or borrow them from me.
Well, those are probably the top books I’ve read recently. There are others [I’ve been reading a LOT since I graduated], but those are some of the most noteworthy. I’m always open to suggestions, of course.
A friend of mine is trying to start a snooty book club [an idea which I am ridiculously excited about] and we have decided to read books that are closer to literature/classic fiction than the books I’ve been reading lately. If you think of anything that would fit into a snooty book club atmosphere, please let me know! I haven’t been able to think of anything
And if you want to be IN the book club, even better. Invite your friends. More information on that to come!
Keep reading, friends.