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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.