Summer Reading 2015 | part 3

Hello friends!  I seem to be a bit short on words this week, huh?  Well, never you fear.  I have many words for you today!  In spite of my stupidly busy work schedule, I’ve made a great dent in my summer ready.  Here are the three books I read over Fourth of July weekend, numbers 7, 8, and 9:

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The Book of Life – Deborah Harkness

Maybe it’s because I knew this was the last book of the trilogy, but I was probably most engaged with this one. I actually thought the beginning was hard to swallow which made it a bit difficult to get into, but once I did, I moved through the book quickly. I’d invested thousands of pages worth of words in these characters and I wanted to see where this story was going! Do I think this series is a must-read? Probably not. Did I enjoy it overall? Definitely. Would I read additional Deborah Harkness material? Absolutely!

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

What I was actually expecting with this book, I couldn’t tell you. I will say that there is something a bit magical about this little story. Alchemists may turn ordinary lead into gold, but Coelho turns a rather simple story into a rich adventure. In a weird way, I felt like this entire book was kind of one long sentence– I couldn’t find a logical place to break away, even though one is built in. I mean this in the most positive way possible. In just a short time, I followed this boy across the world and through years. It was amazingly simple, yet beautiful.

Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde

Ah, futuristic dystopia fiction! I can’t read one without thinking of the Giver, especially this one with its story being inherently tied to color. The creation of this world was fascinating to me– governed by a long gone figure after an unknown destructive event, organized entirely by what colors people can see. There was so much more here that I was dying to know. Only the surface of this life is revealed. Though the ending was a bit unsatisfying, I thoroughly enjoyed this book more than I ever could’ve predicted. I’m hoping for a sequel!

So, for those of you keeping score: I have officially tied my number from last year’s summer reading!  Number 11 is already underway… I just can’t wait to get to the weekend so I can pick it up again.

What are you currently reading?

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