September Read.

A little over a month ago I proclaimed that I was suddenly going to have time on my hands.  Project #1 was to work on the blog more {which I think I’ve managed to do adequately if not more so}, and Project #2 was to read more.  I haven’t had the opportunity read for pleasure in a long time {translation: in the past four years which I handed over hook, line and sinker to university}; therefore, I had accumulated a great number of books that I just desperately wanted to read…but hadn’t gotten around to actually starting or finishing.  Long story short, I read my way through September and actually managed to get a great number of books done.  As a result, you get three lists:  books not worth mentioning, awful books never to be recommended but require rants, and last but not least, recommendations.

List #1:  Books read, but not worth much commentary.

 

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  • Nanny Returns, Emma McLaughlin.  Good follow-up.  Worth reading if you liked the Nanny Diaries enough to want to read a second book with the same characters.  In all honesty, this book just made me want to re-read the Nanny Diaries.
  • Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins.  Pretty good.  Not worth as much gushing as the Hunger Games.  Worth reading if you read the Hunger Games…of course.
  • Chasing Harry Winston, Lauren Weisberger.  Good.  A little disjointed, but a nice “break” book in between more in depth reads.  Typical Weisberger fare, granted I’d recommend The Devil Wears Prada or Everyone Worth Knowing over CHW…in that order.

List #2:  Books requiring a momentary rant.

 

 

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  • Schooled, Anisha Lakhani.  God awful book.  As in the following:  I picked it up with hopes it would read something more along the lines of Posh or Prep, and ended up with a book that I was physically pained to read.  What killed me was not in fact the premise {where a prep-school teacher gets drawn into an underground cheating ring-type sitch} but in fact the writing.  It was surface writing, frivolous, and not in the way that you want a good guilty indulgence book to be.  Avoid this at all costs…not matter how tempting the synopsis or cover may be.
  • Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins. I’d like to state the following for the record before I start…I wanted to love this books, I wanted it to live up to everything its predecessors had done…let me repeat…I WANTED TO LOVE THIS BOOK!  The reason for my rant is because it just crashed on a certain level.  Catching Fire still had me off of the high of reading the Hunger Games, but Mockingjay just seriously disappointed.  I mean sure, it was a sufficient ending to the series {sufficient, not satisfying}, but on some level it just felt like a letdown…that and I spent the vast majority of the book just wanting to PUNCH Katniss.  End of discussion.

List #3:  Books worth recommending.

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    The Likeness, Tana French.  This is a long book.  This is a long sometimes tedious read.  This is a long sometimes tedious read because you can’t afford to skip bits of it or skim any of it.  It took me much longer to read this book than I would have expected.  But I honestly and truly could not put this book down.  It wasn’t my classic murder mystery or suspense type read {which is more along the lines of P.D. James}, but instead it was incredibly intellectual.  The character development was crucial to this story and it was quite well done – not in that lump-sum let me lay every bit of the character out for you way, but instead in the way a friendship develops.  You feel engrossed in this book, caught up in interacting with the characters as though they were a long-lost piece of a family structure you crave and miss.  I recommend this for people who want to read suspense novels that aren’t so murder or crime focused, but ones that delve a little more into the human psyche and the way it twists and turns.

That’s all for the books I’ve currently managed to chew through.  That being said, it’s road-trip to Saskatchewan time…and considering the scenery is flat, and the drive is long, much reading shall I do.  Up next on the docket are four very different books.

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  • Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts.  This particular title comes highly recommended from a local Chapters manager who absolutely couldn’t give it enough praise and who still consistently asks me if I’ve read it each time I come in.  After another reminder today, it’s getting put at the top of the pile.  933 pages of small type and dense material will most likely have to be interspersed by lighter reads.
  • Think of a Numb3r, by John Verdon. I picked this up because the inside flap contained a plot and mystery too intriguing to ignore.  Hopefully it lives up to my expectations.
  • American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld.  Author of one of my all-time favourite preppy reads, Prep, I feel compelled to read this.  There’s one other title by Sittenfeld called Man of My Dreams…but that’s going to have to wait until the next list.
  • Last Night at Chateau Marmont, Lauren Weisberger.  Do I find this author intellectually stimulating and utterly engrossing?…On occasion.  Generally I just appreciate them as light chick-lit to intersperse between other denser titles.
  • In Death Series – The First Cases {Naked in Death, Glory in Death}, J.D. Robb.  I enjoy series works when they all chronicle the same investigator/detective {see Adam Dagliesh, as per P.D. James} and although this series is written by an author who also write romance novels {I detest romance novels}, Nora Roberts, I’ve heard good things about this set of titles.  The first two books come packed in a single paperback, so I figure it’s a good way to give this In Death thing a shot.

Updates will follow.  Wish me luck with Shantaram.  And of course, don’t forget to read…{this blog, and books of course}.  Book suggestions or book review blogs you thing I should check out…that’s why WordPress has comment capabilities.

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