Neil Gaiman

What I Read: June 2016

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I crushed it in June, you guys.  I read 9 books this month, and I’m pretty sure the only reason I didn’t read more is because I had to order the final three books in the series I was plowing through.

See, I got sucked into the Percy Jackson series.  I bought the 5 book series in a box set at Target, thinking it would save me money as opposed to buying each book individually.  I was, admittedly, a little worried that I wouldn’t like them.  These are middle grade, not even YA, and I sometimes have issues with YA feeling a bit too young.  These books were not immature, though; sure, they were aimed at a younger audience, but they have literary merit.  The mythology is well done, unlike a certain book I read last month, and the books mature as the main character does.  They’re a bit silly, but they’re definitely funny and compelling!  I loved this series and as soon as I was done, I picked up the Heroes of Olympus series also by Rick Riordan.

I could only find the first two in my bookstore travels, so after reading those, I was forced to read something else as I waited for my three books to arrive.

I read Coraline by Neil Gaiman in a couple of hours– it’s a short one, but not as scary as I expected.  This is my third Gaiman book, and I’ve marked a couple more as to read.

I’ve also been using Audible this month, and although I’m not a huge fan of “reading” this way, it is a more constructive use of the quiet times while I work.  I listened to The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg.  The narrator took me a while to get used to, but I ended up loving the book!  I wished I’d read it instead of listened to it, though.

I’m already working my way through the rest of The Heroes of Olympus in July… check out my Goodreads for more!

 

Summer Reading 2015 | part 4

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on my summer reading!  Well, the summer’s almost over, isn’t it?  August always tends to be slower for me, as I’m not hitting the beach as frequently because I’m trying to catch up on all of the other things I forgot to do this summer!  The good news is that I’ve officially passed last year’s count.  Here are books 10, 11, & 12!

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman | This was my first Gaiman venture, and I must say that I am so excited to read more!  This took me a bit to get into, but once I was in, I felt pleasantly completely submerged in the world created.  Don’t you love that in a book?  I found myself wanting more when this was done, and weirdly, found myself thinking Door was a pretty cute name.

Armada by Ernest Cline | After reading Ready Player One last year, I couldn’t WAIT to get my hands on more Ernest Cline.  Armada didn’t disappoint, but I must say, I liked Ready Player One much better.  The world created in Ready Player One was slightly more plausible, but Cline really does an excellent job at, to quote myself, writing love letters to geeks everywhere.  Armada may have been slightly more difficult to get into, but it did cause me to shed a tear and, like Cline’s other book, really made me want to play video games!

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee | Alright, I’m sure a lot of you have read this by now and I honestly want to know what you think.  I find myself dying to take this as a completely separate work from the (obviously related) To Kill A Mockingbird.  To me, it’s like Harper Lee brought this to her publisher and was like, “good try, but what’s actually the story here?”  And then came TKAM.  My friend Celina (who frequents Russian authors) said she was basically told to write it 20 years earlier, which is how TKAM came to be.  I can’t say I was floored.  Opinions?!

This could be it for this summer, guys… stay tuned to see if there will be a part 5!