So May was a pretty good reading month for me. There were many things going on including school, work, writing and Book-Con, but I did manage to read a few books.
Writing New Adult Fiction by Deborah Halverson *****
Even though I started this book back in February, I was unable to finish it until May due to school and other commitments. However, I think taking my time reading the book allowed me to really digest and savor the information within. In the near future, I plan to write a New Adult novel, so I picked up this book to learn the basics of the genre. This is a really great writing book for anyone looking to improve their craft.
The Natural by Bernard Malamud ***
This was another book I started earlier in the year and did not finish until May. I have to say I was disappointed. I knew going into the book that it was going to be different than the movie, but the ending and the characters really fell flat for me. There was not a single likeable character in the novel aside from Iris. Roy Hobbs was an arrogant and egotistical jerk whose tragic downfall earned no sympathy from me. While I appreciated Malamud’s commentary on the American Dream and the baseball industry, I wish he spent a little more time developing the characters. They felt like stereotypes to me. Having said that, I did not hate the book. It simply did not live up the to the hype of being one of the greatest baseball books of all time.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell ****
In preparation for BookCon, I decided to read all of Rainbow’s books. Attachments is Rowell’s debut novel and while I did not love it as much as Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, I still found it wonderful. Unlike most romantic comedies, Attachments is told from the point of view of Lincoln, a lost and confused 28 who has yet to discover what he wants out of life. The format of the book, which was part epistolary novel, was fun and interesting. I really enjoyed getting to know Beth and Jennifer through their emails.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell ****
Rowell’s latest novel, Landline tells the story of Georgie McCool, a sitcom writer who is forced to miss Christmas with her husband and children in Omaha, Nebraska in order to write a few new episodes for an upcoming show. What I really loved about this book was the magical realism aspect. It provided a keen insight on the dynamic of a married couple.
X-Men Vol.3: Bloodline by Brian Wood *****
The all female X-Men series has been a hit-and-miss for me. I enjoyed the first volume, but the second one fell flat. Bloodline however is a fun, relentless adventure that really plays to the relationship between all the characters. I hope the remaining volumes in the series continue to build on this volume.
In the month of June, I plan to read the following books:
The Star Wars Trilogy by George Lucas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas,
Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs