Thursday, 3 July 2014

June in Books

Crikey, I haven't done one of these posts for ages!  I had intended to review the books I've been talking about lately, but I managed to forget about it til I got in a discussion with Janet about one of them.  So here it is!  I had a pretty good month of reading, considering there was an Ice and Fire book in there - do they take anyone else forever to get through?  I feel so slow when I read them!  You can keep up with what I've got on my book list on Goodreads if anyone wants to make friends...

It Ends With Revelations by Dodie Smith - I love love love I Capture The Castle but this book was a bit...stiff.  Everyone was very mannered and very smart and not very likeable, so it wasn't a particularly interesting read.  It was published in 1967 but felt a bit stuffy even for then.  The story revolves around a woman married to a gay actor, who is drawn into the life of a local MP and his children, all of whom are ridiculously annoying.  I liked it enough when I was reading it but I wouldn't go back for a second look.

Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead - Obviously, I watched the TV show (first series anyway).  I'm not sure I would have picked it up otherwise, but I'm glad I did.  It was a really interesting read about Harry Selfridge, his family and the general shopping habits of the public around the turn of the twentieth century.  Not too much boring detail about any one thing, although I would have liked to read more about his children and the store after his death.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton - Ok, I wasn't expecting to like this.  I prefer my disaster stories on the big screen, thank you very much.  It was entertaining enough though, if not exactly like the movie (character death wise especially...).  A few too many science-y explanations perhaps, but in easy to skip paragraphs ;)  I have no idea if cloning dinosuar DNA is actually possible but the book sure made it sound convincing.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I'll admit, the author's name made me think of a teenager writing romance stories in her bedroom.  Which was basically what this book was about.  It was more well written than I had hoped though, and, while the story was a bit predictable, I'd recommend it if anyone's looking for a light read.

Longbourn by Jo Baker - Argh, I was aware that Janet loved this book and I really wanted to like it but...I knew almost straight away that it would annoy me.  It's Pride and Prejudice told from the servants point of view.  I LOVE Pride and Prejudice.  I hate when folk try to mess with characters I love. (Except The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.  Because that was awesome.)  But...so many people seemed to like this book so I wanted to try it.  It wasn't bad by any means, but I think if it didn't have that character hook it would probably never have been noticed.

A Dance With Dragons: Dreams and Dust by George RR Martin - I probably shouldn't say much about this book (because SPOILERS) so...it was better than 4 but not as good as 3.  I liked Tyrion's chapters best.  There you go.

Next up I'm reading the last Game of Thrones book!  I've become rather bored with them - I think season four of the TV show contributed hugely to my annoyance with the whole thing so while I'm glad to be back reading the books, I really just want to be done with it.  What's everyone's thoughts on my reads this month?

:)

10 comments:

  1. I love these mini reviews and this is quite an eclectic pile of books too which is always more fun. I haven't read any of these but I also loved I Capture the Castle so I think we're on the same page. I haven't read any of the Game of Thrones books but I'm obsessed with the TV series so these are on my long list - I tried to get tickets to George R Martin at the Edinburgh Book Festival but they'd all been snapped up by bigger die-hard fans than me. Looking forward to seeing what July has in store for you book wise :)

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    1. Me too! The stupid website crashed when I clicked to join the queue and by the time I got in I was 1480th in line, sigh. I'd say they're better than the show though, so much more detail and you'll find out everyone's fate first ;)

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  2. I really need to get caught up with my Game of Thrones reading - haven't seen the TV show yet and I really want to read the books first!

    Longbourn is on my to-read list. Slightly worried though, as I love Pride & Prejudice too, so I suspect I will either love Longbourn or hate it. I've never been sure about Jurassic Park....I love dinosaurs but always thought the book would be a bit 'Hollywood' I suppose (a bit like the movie, ha ha!), but I may give it a go.

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    1. I think the book is quite Hollywood actually, I could totally see him dreaming up the movie as he was writing ;) yes get into GoT so I have someone else to discuss it with!

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  3. I've been meaning to read some Rainbow Rowell for a while now. Must get around to it. So many books to read lately that I feel as though I'm drowning in them.

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    1. I've heard her other stuff is good, should look it out :)

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  4. I love your Dance with Dragons review, that really is how to do a spoiler free review. Longbourne is one of those books I sort of want to read but I'm half afraid of it tainting things for me and just making me cross.
    Joy // The Harpy

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    1. Haha I feel it's too early to start dropping spoilers, maybe in a few years when everyone's read the books ;)

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  5. I really love how the internet can enable us to have a discussion about books while hundreds of miles away (and having only met in person once).

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    1. Totally! I probably have more in common with most of my online buddies than I do my 'real life' ones anyway, it's fab :)

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