So the summer definitely took me away from the computer. I did not post nearly as often as I had intended (though, to be fair, I had grand aspirations about daily posts), but I read far more than I thought possible. This bookworm was apparently verrrrry hungry.
Here’s the thing. I would love to do a beautiful, happy post for every book read or movie viewed over the summer, but I’m not going to. It’s too overwhelming. In fact, it has kept me quiet for the past week as I struggle to even begin talking about my summer. Instead, I will give you a description of the book or movie in under 11 words or less and my thoughts in 20 words or less. Feel free to add more ideas in the comments.
The Piano Teacher: A Novel by Janice Lee.
Summary: Sad woman and sadder man have affair in Hong Kong.
Thoughts: This historical backdrop (Hong Kong during WWII) was intriguing, but I didn’t like any of the characters. Meh.
The Twilight Saga Collection by Stephenie Meyer
Summary: Bella must choose between creepy vampire and not-as-creepy-but-still-superhuman werewolf Jacob.
Thoughts: It teaches teenagers that the best kind of love is obsessive, controlling, and dangerous. No thank you.
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
Summary: 3 witches, one a fairy godmother, must stop a happy ending.
Thoughts: Hilarious. This is my first Pratchett novel and I now want to read the entire Discworld series.
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
Summary: 3 photographers and their relationships as they photograph the Vietnam war.
Thoughts: Well-written and intricate storylines. The background and the characters are fascinating. I want to study photography, or go to Vietnam.
Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later by Francine Pascal
Summary: Sweet valley twins, 10 years later. Sex, betrayal, and swearing.
Thoughts: So bad. I read it because I loved the series. It makes no sense and I hated both twins.
Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Summary: Love triangle in Greece during WWII.
Thoughts: Loved it with 15 pages to go. Then almost threw it across the room. Still love it.
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Summary: Follows two friends through school, love, and duplicity.
Thoughts: I may have used up an entire tissue box on this. Read it if you want a good cry.
French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mirielle Guiliano
Summary: The title pretty much says it all.
Thoughts: Commonsense advice aside from drinking leek broth for three days and purchase enough champagne to have at every dinner.
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (for the fifth time, at least)
Summary: Big brother knows all.
Thoughts: Love it. Love it. Love love love love it. It gets better with every read. Read it.
Phew! Now that I have those out of the way, I can get back to posting on what I am reading right now! Trust me, I have an awesome one coming up 🙂