Book reviews

So many books, so very little time to read them in! I’ve been trying to keep up with my reading list, but it took a valiant effort to get through some of these. Not because of the book, but because I feel like it’s a triumph to read two pages at once.

 

The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

I’ve been meaning to read this book forever, and it was the movie that really kicked me to get going on this, because I want to see the movie but always like to read the book first. The edition that the library gave to me was an illustrated version. I can’t remember the last time I read an illustrated book (picture book) but Life of Pi has such delicious visuals it really worked with it. I can’t wait to see what they did do with the movie, I’m sure it’s beautiful. The adventure story was fun too, although I wasn’t too surprised by the ending … I mean, it had to be something like that, right?

The Walking Dead: Compendium One

I have become completely obsessed with AMC’s The Walking Dead, watching it during late-night feedings, which is obviously when you need to watch zombie shows (because I feel like a zombie). My sister lent me the graphic novels, and I was surprised at how fricking disturbing they were. I don’t bat an eyelash at the TV show, but the graphic novel gives me nightmares. So disturbing. That’s really all I can say. I mean, also super inventive and beautifully drawn, but what keeps me up at night is the subject matter. I’m taking a break from Compendium Two … I just need a little time away.

 

Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo, is another young adult novel about supernaturals. Is what I thought at first, but I was really pleased to find this was a pure fantasy novel. I feel you don’t get these as much anymore, and Shadow and Bone reminds me of my favourite novels growing up, the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. It even has a map of the “world” at the front, loosely based around Russia. I liked the concept and the plot – it’s something I would have loved as a teen. I will for sure be looking up the next in this series.

 

The Casual Vacancy, by J. K. Rowling

Like many readers, I started reading J.K. Rowlings newest book with trepidation. I mean, you almost feel bad for the woman … how can anything really live up to Harry Potter. Not THAT bad, considering she probably goes to sleep on her piles of money, but still. I admire the courage to get back into the literary scene. The Casual Vacancy was pretty good, but I feel like she went out of her way to create unlikeable characters. I mean, there really wasn’t a single character that I truly liked. And we know she can create likeable characters, right? Like, the most endearing characters of all time; even the villains in Harry Potter were likeable. So she must have been trying? I found the ending very sad and I know she contributes a lot to charities to help disadvantaged youths, so I wonder how much of this book is based in what she’s seen.

Word of the day:

Vertiginous: liable or threatening to cause vertigo: a vertiginous climb; apt to change quickly; unstable: a vertiginous economy.

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2 thoughts on “Book reviews

  1. We love The Walking Dead too! I have had nightmares after various shows so dont think I’ll be taking on the Graphic Novels. Were you disappointed with this season finale? I kind of was.
    I love your book review blogs I keep my literary lists from what you and Chatelaine magazine recommend. Chatelaine’s lists are often no fail. They got me on the Hunger Games way before it was crazy popular and I had to wait for the next two books. Keep up the reviewing, I look forward to them.

  2. I was happy that at least Rick seemed to re-discover his humanity by the end of this season … but I’m not really sure where they are going to go from there!

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