Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What I read in October

October was popular book month. I started with "Outlander" and although I was enjoying it, I knew I wouldn't be able to finish before I had to return it to the library so I returned it. I am going to read it; just at another time. Maybe over the Christmas holidays or perhaps read the series next summer. I finished October by starting "The Goldfinch". I'm about 100 pages in (of over 770) and was due today. I returned it and have already requested it again. What I have read, I really enjoyed. 

Below are the books I did finish reading this month. I've included links to Amazon if you click on the title/author.

I really enjoyed this book. Good twists and turns with an interesting ending. Highly recommend. Might look into what else this author has written. The style was interesting. Written from the daughter's point of view but uses emails and letters to fill in the blanks. Definitely not what I expected. Glad I read it.

Collection of graphic novels that tells the history of other Slayers. An incredibly thick book but a fast, enjoyable read. If you loved the show, you'll love the book.

I resisted this book at first since it is Young Adult but so many people were raving about it that I decided to give it a try. It was a good, light read. Set in the eighties it was neat to have a book that involved walkmans and making mix tapes for the ones you like instead of cellphones and text messages. If you're looking for an easy read with a good plot, this is it. 

I've had this book out from the library for a long time and finally read it. It's an accordion style book with poems written by Anne Michaels on one side and portraits by Bernice Eisenstein on the other. Inside the cover of the book are mini bios of the people discussed in the poems and in the portraits.

Some of the poems.

Portraits. Most of them had a quote by that person beside them. The rest had quotes from someone else (one had a line from an Emily Dickinson poem).

I have read a couple of Anne Michaels books (LOVE "Fugitive Pieces") and some of her poetry. This collection of poems is also emotionally moving. Should be read several times and thought over. 

Never heard of this author until I saw the trailer for the movie based on this book. I thought it looked interesting so I requested it. I read the whole book last Friday. Stayed up a little late to finish it but worth it. I think I liked it. Still a little on the fence about it. Parts of it seemed one step beyond believable (if that makes any sense) which kind of wrecked it for me. Enjoyed the swearing since I tend to swear a bit in real life and it's always fun to read. I know others would dislike that. I haven't seen the movie so I'm not sure how much sex is in it, but there is a fair amount of it in the book and that may also bother some readers. I guess it's a good book and I'm willing to read other novels by the author to see if I really like his style. I don't read male authors very often (I had enough of them in high school and university) so this was a nice change. If you don't mind swearing or sex and a plot that's not completely believable you should read it. Has funny moments, sad moments and real-life moments. 

Lesson learned this month? Sometimes books are popular because they're actually good. Not classics but worth the time. If you have some to spare. 

1 comment:

  1. Good list of books! I am having a hard time getting into Outlander. I'm maybe a third of the way through so far. I read This is Where I Leave You because Jason Bateman was going to be in the movie (which I still haven't seen)! :)


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