Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cinder - Marissa Meyer


A couple of weeks ago, Kevin and I were gearing up for two subsequent weekend road trips to see the future-in-laws.  Over the course of eleven days, we spent over twenty hours in the car...yuck.  To ease some of the pain, I jumped onto our library's digital database and began the search for some audiobooks.  I selected a wide variety of options, not knowing what we would be in the mood for.  Together, we ended up listening to John Grisham's 2011 legal thriller The Litigators.  We're not quite finished with it, but you can look forward to a post on that soon.  Meanwhile, this book caught my eye.  I had seen it on several "if-you-love-The-Hunger-Games-read-this" type lists, but hadn't really been interested.  Yet, when it showed up yet again and was available for immediate download, I decided to give it a shot.  (Warning: Spoilers Ahead)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Insurgent - Veronica Roth

I have been raving about Divergent to everyone I meet for months now.  Mid-Hunger Games pandemonium, I kept recommending Veronica Roth's dystopian novel to those who enjoyed Suzanne Collins' series.  The first book captured my captured my attention and, honestly, is what ignited this whole dystopian kick I have been on lately.  I do not think I had even finished Divergent before I was questioning Google about the existence of a sequel.  Luckily for me, book two was released at the start of May.  Despite a valiant, though futile, effort to wait for my fianc√© to catch up, I succumbed to my need to read this weekend and tore through Insurgent in a matter of a few (very busy) days.  I read at Kevin's softball game; I carried the book around with me during my sister-in-law's college graduation festivities (Congrats, Kristen!) and read at every moment it wasn't rude; I even read 200 pages in the car, a reading location I tend to avoid for fear of nausea.  (Warning: Spoilers Ahead)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin


And here we are with Book Four of A Song of Ice and Fire.  It's taken me long enough to get through this monster.  Over three months have past since I completed A Storm of Swords, but it feels like it could have been three years. I feel like I've been reading this book forever.  Granted, I was warned.  At long last I have made it through and am eagerly looking forward to Book Five, which has been touted by my cousins as the best one of the series.  First, though, a review of Crows. I promise to make my thoughts on the book shorter and less painful than the book itself. (Warning: Spoilers ahead)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood


Oftentimes, when I sit down to start one of these posts, I struggle finding a place to start.  I struggle to find the words to express the journey I have just traveled at the hands of an author.  It is, in a fractional way, what the author themselves must have faced in writing the work.  Another personal benefit of this blog to be noted: if I ever do get around to writing/finishing that novel I have tucked away, I will have this experience on the battlefield of writer's block to assist me at least a little.  

All of that to say, when I come across a novel such as this one, I cannot help but to be astounded by the skill the author sets forth.  It is difficult enough for me on some days to attempt a blog post; I cannot imagine how long it will take to write a novel.  And even then, it will be nowhere close to the writing level of Margaret Atwood.  In The Handmaid's Tale, she has crafted a terrifying story of a country ruled by a legalistic theocracy.  As with many of these types of books (which, I realize, I have been reading a lot of lately.  I swear, I am going to move past this phase eventually), it takes the reader a while to truly understand what is going on.  When you do, you are struck with the horror of it. (SPOILERS AHEAD)