School's started up again for me, which means less free reading time, but because I have No Chill, I'm going to be trying to keep up this series. In the meantime, here's the last of the summer! It went by waaaay too quickly, and in all honestly I'm really happy to start classes again. I need some kind of routine in my life.
We'll see how I feel about that in a few months.
So on to books:
The Winter of Our Discontent
This is a book that you have to commit to. While the beginning had amazing character development, and the internal monologue of the main character was intriguing, you had to get to the second half of the book to really get into the action. The first large portion of the book is all set-up. Once it got going, though, it really moved, and the ending had me holding my breath, praying that the main character would not do the Stupid Thing. This was a great book, and I'd recommend it to anyone who appreciates well-done internal conflict. If you're looking for a lot of action and a fast moving story, though, this isn't the one for you.
“In poverty she is envious. In riches she may be a snob. Money does not change the sickness, only the symptoms”
“She cared deeply about words and she hated their misuse as she would hate the clumsy handling of any fine thing.”
A Monster Calls
I'm not really sure what I was expecting from this book. Certainly not what I got. It only took me an hour to read, but it was probably the best one I've read in a long time. It might not be that way for everyone, but it helped me immensely and left me pretty shaken up. It was intense. While the writing style is more like something you'd find in a children's book, the subject is very heavy. I wouldn't call it a horror story, it certainly didn't scare me, but it has strong fairy-tale elements and Ness mixed fantasy and reality in a brilliant way. I would recommend this book to anyone, but be warned, it will make you feel things. Even just remembering reading this book is making me emote. It's a very crazy, but very necessary book.
“You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”
“Who is to say it is not everything else that is the dream?”
“Almost like being in the nightmare, that same feverish blur of the world slipping off its axis, but this time he was the one in control, this time he was the nightmare.”
I read this book because I wanted to know where the idea of vampires as we think of them today came to be, and I was impressed. The story and plot were well-constructed, the reading wasn't nearly as heavy as I'd expected, given the era in which it was written, and the characters were complex. Not only that, but unlike most Victorian novels, this one boasted strong female characters, one in particular gaining the respect of the entire vampire hunting team. I would recommend this book to anyone curious about the origin of our idea of vampires, and to anyone who's tired of hearing about them sparkling in the sun.
“You reason well, and your wit is bold, but you are too prejudiced. You do not let your eyes see nor your ears hear, and that which is outside your daily life is not of account to you. Do you not think that there are things which you cannot understand, and yet which are, that some people see things that others cannot?”
Ta-da! Three of the books I've read this August. This isn't all I've been reading, I have a huge pile of books on a table in my room that I've determined to read, so we'll see how that goes.
What have you been reading this month? Put your book recommendations in the comments.