I know, I know, it’s currently August 12th as I’m writing this so I’m super late on this wrap up. I’m going to blame two things: 1. my laziness. I’ve been doing lots of readathons and I just haven’t felt like typing anything up and 2. I’ve actually hurt my wrist—it’s been bothering me for almost a month now, a solid 3 weeks for sure—and it
sort of really hurts to type..or use my phone..or do any sort of thing where I have to use it any capacity. But I’m going to suck it up and type up my super long wrap ups—I have a movie one coming your way soon—and just take lots of little breaks while I’m doing it.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I literally can’t believe it took me this long to read this book. I’m really bad at reading books when they first come out/are getting all the hype—to be honest hype kind of intimidates me—so yeah, it took me until this past month to read this one. I’m really glad I finally got around to picking this one up, I didn’t think it was a perfect thriller but it kept me thoroughly interested the entire time. Rachel catches the same train every morning, she knows it stops at the same signal every time, overlooking a row of gardens. She even starts to feel like she knows the people that live there and she likes to make up little stories about their lives, to her their names are Jess and Jason and their lives are perfect, according to Rachel. But then one day she sees something she shouldn’t and now she has a chance to become part of their lives. I think thrillers are best not knowing much, if anything, before going into it so I won’t tell you anything more. It does feature an unreliable narrator which is one of my favourite things in a thriller—although I am wanting to pick a few up that have stable and reliable narrators, just for a change of pace. I didn’t necessarily like the main character, Rachel, although that’s not really the goal of the story. I felt bad for her once we figured out more of what happened but she’s not really a likable person. The writing was fantastic and the plot had me on the edge of my seat dreading every time I had to put the book down. Overall, if you haven’t read it and are a fan of thrillers, I would definitely recommend picking it up. If you’ve seen the movie I would love to know your thoughts on it as I’m hoping to watch it soon.
The Golden Compass(His Dark Materials 01) by Philip Pullman
If I had a 2.75 star image, that’s what I would put but I don’t so I’m going to put 2.5. I’m not going to lie, I don’t really see the appeal of these books. Lyra is rushing to the cold North, where witch clans and armoured bears rule. Where the chidlren that the Gobblers steal end up—including her friend Roger—and where her uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world. What Lyra doesn’t know is that to help her uncle, she has to betray Roger, and vice versa. I liked Lyra for the most part, she was strong and could be funny at times. Other times she was a bit annoying, but I just reminded myself she was only supposed to be 14 so I couldn’t fault her for being childish because, well, she is a child. By far my favourite part of this book was the armoured bear Iorek. He was fiercly loyal to Lyra and I loved the friendship and bond they’d formed. The action and pacing in this book was done well, there was nothing necessarily wrong with this book, although I didn’t love the ending..like at all really. My main issue with this book is I spent the entire time while reading this book being in a mild to moderate state of confusion. I really feel like I shouldn’t have been so confused about the plot and how things in this book worked, I’m pretty sure these books are for children—at least I know a lot of people read them in their childhood—and I’m 25 years old and just couldn’t keep a firm grasp on what was happening. It’s been weeks since I’ve read this book and I still can’t figure some of the shit that happened out. Right from the beginning I felt like I had been dropped into a book two in a series. I felt lost and like I was missing some vital piece of information, I felt this way literally right up to and throughout the last scene in the novel. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue on with the series in the future but right now I’m thinking that I will not be reading the rest of the books.
Death Note Black Edition Volume 05 by Tsugumu Ohba
I’m not going to lie, I find reviewing/wrapping up manga volumes to be kind of hard so I’m going to be super short and sweet. The way I feel about this volume is much the same as how I felt about volume 4. There’s been a huge shift in the dynamic and some character changes and I don’t like it as much as I did previously. The story is still interesting but it’s just not the same without the old character dynamics. I still have one volume left in these editions and I will be picking it up from the library next month! If you don’t know what this series is about, it follows Light, who is an ace student with a promising future. Only one problem, he’s completely bored out of his mind. All that changes one day when he finds a Death Note—a notebook dropped by a Shinigami death god. Any human who’s name is written in this notebook dies, and now all that power is in Light’s hands. He has vowed to rid the world of evil and create a perfect world, will he succeed or will the power win him over?
Absolute Y-The Last Man Volume 03 by Brian K. Vaughan
This is the last volume in this graphic novel series and if you’ve been following my journey through these volumes, you’ll know I’ve had mixed thoughts in regards to the last two. This new one is no exception, like all the others, I thought the plot was interesting but did fall flat. I also had some issues with the women in this series and tbh I don’t want to go into a huge rant about it so I’m not going to, just know that they aren’t always portrayed in the best light. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, it felt very abrupt, I thought there was going to be more to the story and then it just..stopped. OH and it also had a time jump for an ending and I hate time jumps—in both tv series and books—so that was annoying for me. It always just sort of feels like a cop out? I don’t know how to explain it, just know that I hate it haha.
Lair of Dreams(The Diviners 02) by Libba Bray
I honestly kind of don’t know what to say about this book that I haven’t already said about book one, The Diviners. This one did fall just a smidge flat compared to book one, it suffered a tiny bit of second book syndrome, although you can tell by my rating that I still really enjoyed it. The character dynamics in this one were a bit different because not everyone was talking/together during most of this book so that changed the feel a bit. I also thought the plot dragged a bit but that ended up being because there were two main conflicts, one of which wasn’t solved/fully revealed by the end of this book. The pacing was a bit slower then book one but I think a lot of that had to do with the villain being not quite so..direct. It was also most likely because there were multiple story lines happening throughout the book, instead of just the one in the first book. I adored the setting and Bray’s writing still blows me away. Also Evie and Sam ughhhhh. I’m pure heart eye emoji over them—which is no suprise because I was #teamsam right from the beginning in book one. I loved that we got to dive deeper into Sam’s background, I loved getting to know more about him. Same with Henry, I wasn’t sure we were ever going to dive deeper into his past but we did. We got a few more hints about Jericho and I think the next book might be a look into Theta’s past, although I could be wrong. I can’t wait to get my hands on book three, Before the Devil Breaks You—can we just talk about that title for a second, doesn’t that just make you want to die out of anticipation?! Book four has no scheduled release date though so that makes me weary about reading book three soon.
That’s it! I read a total of five books in July, which is less than I was hoping for but still a pretty good number if you ask me. My favourite was definitely Lair of Dreams! I’ll be back in a couple days with my movie wrap up(spoiler alert, I watched 7 movies and one tv season). Let me know what your favourite book you read last month was!