Reading List by Jennie for June 2012
Dedication by Janet Mullany
My review is here. I liked this quite well, in spite of the fact that I rather embarrassingly didn’t remember that I’d read the original version. I Am Old.
Lust Ever After by Rose de Fer
My review here. Eh.
The Dark Knight by Elizabeth Elliott
My review here. Unfortunately a bit of a letdown, though it looks like other readers liked it better than I did.
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Still reading this – I believe I started it in the early days of Obama’s presidency [/slight exaggeration]. Almost done, finally. I”m unsure if I should continue with the other books in the series. My only motivation is that it seems like a legitimate way (yes, I know these are my own arbitrary rules) to spoil myself for future seasons of the HBO series. But I’d have to get through the whole second book, I think, which is probably a jillion pages long (GoT is over 800 pages) before I got to read anything that I haven’t seen on the show already.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
I think this is an Oprah bookclub pick, which annoys me even if I think Jonathan Franzen is an asshole. But I started it before Oprah announced it, so nyah-nyah, I guess. Anyway, this is Strayed’s memoir of hiking the Pacific Coast Trail in the 1990s as a way of coming to terms with her mother’s untimely death at age 45. Strayed is a very good writer, and I relate strongly to women grieving over their mothers (as I still am, eight years on), so this book worked really well for me.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Still working my way through Austen, which I know I should’ve done ages ago. So far I like this better than Emma but not as much as Sense and Sensibility or Persuasion. I’m having a little trouble keeping the peripheral characters straight, for some reason. Fanny is a sympathetic heroine (though a little drippy) but so far this one isn’t quite as compelling or humorous as I’ve come to expect from Austen. I’m only about a third of the way in, though.
Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas
Jane’s review is here. I mentioned in the review comments that I acknowledge some of the book’s weaknesses, but my feelings about it (and my grade) were very similar to Jane’s. It’s rare these days for a romance to evoke as much emotion in me as this book did.
Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas
I just finished this one. Like the other books in the trilogy, it’s pretty compelling though flawed. It’s interesting to me, actually, that characters throughout the three books share some of the same flaws that make them less likable/sympathetic/believable: a certain blindness and willingness to go on for years maintaining a status quo with which they are unhappy. In the hands of a less skilled writer, this would bug me more. I’d give this an A-/B+.
50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Lazaraspaste’s review is here. I’m reading this for a book club thingie. Hold me, I’m scared (I just started it; Anastasia is SUPER-ANNOYING).