I’ve had my share of books that didn’t capture my attention or were simply in the wrong place during a wrong mood of mine. There are some great stories that I would love to read again either as re-reads or simply as new attempts. Here are some that are on my mind:
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King (My favourite book)
- The Harry Potter series (currently 2/7 ways there!)
- Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (& possibly rest of the series)
- Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
- The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
- What are some books that you would like to revisit, whether as a re-read or as a try again?
It has been quite a long time, so I am re-reading the Harry Potter series. I have such fond memories of these books and it has been long enough that I have forgotten the itty bitty details of the books. Plus, I have only read the last book ONCE and I just flew through it in order to be able to discuss it with friends. I know I missed a lot of details, so I am excited to rediscover all of them again!
I was in Grade 6 when my friend Catherine first read Harry Potter. As far as I could tell, she was the only person in our class that read that book and she told me it was soooooo good. This was right around the time the second book came out, so I eventually read the first book and I was hooked! In Grade 8, the entire school went to the theatre to watch the first movie and it was amazing to be in a place with so many fans at one point. I think everyone except my brother loved HP.
I just wish Pottermore would hurry up and let me join! I want to be in Ravenclaw… my greatest fear is being a Hufflepuff, eeps!
Published 2011, Little, Brown and Company
My rating: 4/5
I quite enjoyed this book!
At the beginning, I wasn’t so sure what to feel about the book because it caught me off guard. The writing is incredibly casual and it felt like it was being narrated by a teen. That isn’t a bad thing, of course, but it was such a stark difference from The Night Circus that it threw me for a loop. There’s a bit of slang and the book does start off a bit slow (a lot of setting up), but the plot is really good. There is a great combination of action, suspense, fantasy, and secrets.
As for the fantasy part, this book has chimaera and angels! The angels aren’t something I normally get excited about, but the world of the Devil is something I get pumped about. I loved the descriptions of the chimaera and felt like their personalities were really well done, especially for Brimstone.
The protagonist, Karou, has bright blue hair and runs errands for the chimaera Brimstone. I loved these two characters. Karou is a strong, female protagonist with a sense of caution and impulse at all the right momenst. Brimstone is a brilliant “father” figure and someone I was really intrigued into discovering.
Highly recommended! ^_^
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published 2011, Doubleday Canada
Genre: Fantasy, Adult Fiction
My Rating: 5/5
This book was amazing!!
The writing is the strongest aspect of this book. The writing was incredibly descriptive, beautiful, and flowed so easily. I took my time with this book and did not want it to end. The imagery of the circus was unbelievable and felt more like a dream than anything realistic. I have been to the circus myself, but I would kill to be able to experience a real-life version of this circus. She hit all the senses: sight, taste, smells, touch, and hearing. I cannot stress enough how amazing this book was to read! By the end of the book I felt like I really knew the characters and the world they lived in. The perspectives of each chapter cycled through a cast of characters, and the reader is also included! The inclusion of the reader as a POV character really made the book more intimate and that much easier to indulge.
A word of caution: do not read the inside flap. I found it had major spoilers and the story would be better if you did not know that information!
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Book 2 in the Maze Runner Trilogy
Published 2010, Ember
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
My Rating: 3.5/5
Normally with trilogies, I find the second book to be the most difficult to get through because they generally lag. The Scorch Trials had the same fast pace as the Maze Runner and enough imagination to make it really feel like its own book (and not just part of a trilogy). The creepiness factor I found in The Maze Runner was repeated in The Scorch Trials, although to a slightly more predictable manner. We were able to learn more about WICKED and people that existed outside of the maze to begin with. I thought it was interesting how it was all set up, but I was a tad disappointed by the ending. I didn’t feel like it really gave me enough of an explanation to be satisfied. Luckily, my book contained the first couple chapters of the third book in the trilogy, The Death Cure, and that answered some of my questions. Overall, it was an enjoyable book and I recommend it along with the Maze Runner!
I’m currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and it is amazing!
What are you currently reading? 🙂