|Books read in May and June
||[Jul. 1st, 2007|08:50 pm]
11 - Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisburger
12 - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
13 - The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
14 - In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
15 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling (reread)
16 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (reread)
Wow, what happened to June, huh? It just disappeared and I had barely any reading time. I basically read one book all month, In The Time of the Butterflies (the last two were over the space of this weekend). Very busy month.
I liked Everyone Worth Knowing - I enjoyed reading it and was curious to find out what happened, but it's chick lit, isn't it? So it was okay, but not great literature and I wouldn't say that I loved it. I'm still not convinced that Weisburger is a very good writer, and I feel like there's a lot of self-insertion in her books, so that when her heroine gets complimented, it's really a compliment directed at Weisburger (both her main protagonist in this book and in Prada were described as wonderful writers - ego much?!). And that kind of bugged me.
The other three new books though were books that I can safely say that I loved. The Chabon was beautiful and poignant and sad, but such a fantastic novel, and the Alvarez was all those things too, while also reminding me of a friend who I've lost, who recommended it to me. I adored the Connolly (I'm just being too lazy to write out the full titles here, by the way). It felt like the kind of book I wish I'd written, or at least had read when I was younger. I think it's the fact that it's inspired by fairy tales and was about a child not dissimilar to me, and in the end of the book where Connolly discusses the books that inspired him and the critical texts about fairy tales that he read, I got to feel all intelligent, because I read a lot of them for my dissertation.
I'm rereading Harry Potter, of course, because of the release of the last book ever later this month. Eeee! I'm already well into PoA, so hopefully I can drive through them in time - it'll be so frustrating if I don't finish them all in time. Because I won't be able to wait. I feel like I read slower now than I used to, and that's annoying.
STATISTICS FOR YEAR SO FAR
Children's novels: 2
Adult novels: 14 (inc. reread)
Graphic novels: 0