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Mini shopping day & recent book reads.

I thought I would share some books I have read over the past three weeks whilst I was AWOL.
Check out the links to read more about them if you like.



First I read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, I don't really have to say anything as it's a Murakami book. I'm a great fan of his work (who isn't?). This was a pleasure to read, but if I'm honest I felt like the ending had an anti-climax but it was a good read nonetheless. It's a pretty thick book and I was glad because I always feel sad when his books come to an end. The characters as always were unique with their perks and the story line not as heartbreaking as some other of his works (ie. Norwegian Wood, South of the Border, West of the Sun, Kafka on the Shore, etc) but it was still sort of tragic in a way, okay not tragic but you know, when you read a book and you just feel your heart sigh, etc. Okay I suck at book descriptions, moving on...



Next I read The Road. This isn't my usual choice of reading material if I am honest but it was available to read and I was told it was good. The narrative was a little... strange. Like it was very straightforward with the speech and describing situations but I felt there was no heart or anything in it (which is difficult given the story line). Sort of a "meh" book for me.



Next I read The Great Gatsby, okay I am going to say which probably most won't appreciate but I didn't really enjoy it as much as I had imagined... I mean it's one of those books that everyone says you have to read and I understand the portrait of an era and all but the love story didn't seem all that great to me and it had a mega anti-climax. I was almost getting into the story and then bam (for those who have read it will know what happens next) I was like 'really? is this how it ends...', I sort of felt cheated of an ending but I read the notes that came with the book and it said Fitzgerald was on a deadline that he rushed to meet so I suppose it's understandable, sort of.



Yesterday I finished Troublemaker. Okay so this is where I admit how sad I am, I am a HUUUUUUGE fan of Janet Evanovich's work, her books are the only ones I read that make me laugh so hard I fear wetting myself. This is the third installment of a Alex Barnaby series which they released as a comic and I kinda wish they didn't because if it was a book it would have been the equivalent of one chapter which is not enough for me. But I enjoyed seeing how the characters look as I always wonder how authors envision their characters. I always imagined her Stephanie Plum character series would have Sandra Bullock play Stephanie (partially due to a vote on her website for film roles). She is the only author I have been sad enough to write a fan e-mail to (oh I am actually cringing at the memory), it was such a nerdy e-mail too. I've been reading her books since I was about 10/11. And I look forward to her new releases every year. I've hardly written about the book/comic itself but it was okay, like I said, I would prefer a book. P.S She writes crime comedy most of the time.



And I just finished this earlier today (technically yesterday), Sizzling Sixteen, the 16th installment of her Stephanie Plum series, I can't say much except it's a great series, full of laughs and it's an easy read. It actually was what fueled my inner dreams of being a bounty hunter, I know it's nothing like in the book but a girl can dream.

If you're looking for reading material I would suggest the Murakami book out of all of them, or any Murakami as a matter of fact. I buy so many books that they don't fit on my shelf anymore (just the unread ones, I'd say 60+ maybe?) and now I have a few piles on my floor which I fear will fall on my cat and crush him whilst I am out one day...

So let me know about any recent reads you guys have had and any you recommend, I feel I need to stretch my selection of reading material.

13 comments:

Cassandra said...

I've been hearing (& reading) a lot about Murakami, so I think i'll give one of his books a go... The Great Gatsby seems to me like one of those books they have you read in school and study as opposed to really appreciate, so maybe that's why it wasn't as good as you were expecting?

TristanEmma said...

If you haven't read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the rest of the series, I highly recommend it!! Also, I just bought The Hunger Games and the 2nd book of the 3 book series. Excited to start that!! Your hair and glasses are adorable!!

xx

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jessica wu said...

love your glasses!! :]

also... i read great gatsby its a good classic :]

xx

soph (owl vs. dove) said...

Those glasses are fantastic. And cheated is the perfect way to describe how I felt after reading The Great Gatsby too. Although I feel a lot of books from that time had 'those' kind of endings. Like, shit happens and there's not much you can do about it/nothing is ever really resolved.

Sher said...

I love the john lennon glasses, way cool!

And I need to read that murakami book next! I'm still struggling to finish love in the time of cholera. I think mostly because the print is too tiny lol:)

Miss Woo said...

I love The Road and The Great Gatsby D: Though I do think Cormac Mccarthy is a bit over rated as a writer, I'm reading All The Pretty Horses and it's kind of long winded and...boring. Still have the finish it though cause I hate having half read books!

Also, your new glasses looks really cool!

ps: CAN WE GO HERE WHEN I COME BACK
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I know it's in London and Harrods but gah authentic American burgers!

ohmonika said...

that is exactly how i felt after reading the great gatsby, i dont understand what all the fuss was about

THE DIVINITUS said...

yes," the road" - very specific feel, not light for sure....

Marinka said...

cool post, thanks for sharing the books

Twobreadsplease said...

sweet sweet sunglasses! and this post makes me feel sad that i don't read anything anymore. must make more of an effort. the last book i read was "A Guide to Financial Markets". Maaaaan x

Hanna said...

Love the Audrey glasses! And since I recently read the great gatsby, it was interesting to hear about the deadline... that would explain a thing or two (though, I still liked it a lot)! Your blog is very nice.

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