So I’m back from YALC, and I did no reading while I was there because oh my goodness, that was exhausting. I’ve literally spent last few days asleep. But look out for my 3 YALC blog posts coming soon! Anyway, I actually got a lot of reading done in July now I look at my Goodreads which is surprising because I barely remember doing it, and they were all pretty bad. It was just one of those months I guess! So what were they?
Just One Damn Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
I listened to this on audiobook trying to find a series that I can get hooked to, in my attempt to read more audiobooks. It took me a while, I was listening to it in this post in June, but I liked it well enough. I mean, it wasn’t bad or anything, I just didn’t find myself itching to listen to it. I blame podcasts, and the one big issue I had with the book…
The main character wasn’t all that likeable to me. I’m all for accepting flaws but at some point when they’re actively causing the people trouble, it might be time to work on them. The way they did time travel was great though, very Doctor Who. I’ve not had the best luck with time travel books in the past so it was a nice change.
I might download the next one to listen to at some point but I’m not rushing to.
The Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney (Antigone by Sophocles)
This was required reading for me but surprisingly, I kind of liked it. I’m not one for classic plays but the morals and the language was really beautiful. I wouldn’t have personally picked it up on my own, but there are worst ways to spent forty minutes. Honestly, after writing an essay on this, I have nothing more to say.
“I am not the target. I am the archer. My shafts are tipped with truth and they stick deep.”
Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas*
I never knew about Claire Douglas’s debut novel The Sisters so I had no idea she won the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award until I read the author biography. In the end I was a little let down by Local Girl Missing. I’ve mentioned a couple of times before that suspense is all well and good, and obviously you have to hold back a little… But there are limits. This was second person narrative (aimed at ‘you’) and I felt lied to as a reader by the conclusion.
I did think the story was interesting and I did finish the book, but I couldn’t help my brain picking up on the amount of similes that were crammed in. At one point they were every two pages. That just isn’t a writing style I like.
And I knew that he’d be able to see me, backlit by the harsh lighting like an actress in a play. The starring role.
Seventh Heaven by Meg Cabot
Did Imogen actually read something from her Summer TBR? Yes, she did. I actually planned to read the last four books in this series but at the rate I’m reading this year, I’m just glad I got through one.
It was fun. These books always are. And I liked the moral of not judging people before you get to know them. I’ve always said I’d be happy to pass these books on to a tweenager, which is not something I say often with my idealism about how gender, relationships and education should be portrayed in YA. But there was some definite slut-shaming of Paris Hilton in this; “Limit the amount of partying – and Red Bull – and you limit the amount of embarrassing videos. That’s all I’m saying.” Personally I don’t see how limiting partying and Red Bull will stop someone you trust leaking a private sex tape. Or why a woman who turned a betrayal into a successful reality show and several businesses should be anything but admired (also relevant to Kim K). That’s all I’m saying.
An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris
Another Summer TBR read! Now, I love Charlaine Harris. But I’m not a big fan of Harper Connolly. I don’t know why! She’s smart, she’s strong, and she’s able to sense dead people. I should love her. I can’t figure out why that although I like these books, I don’t love them. Maybe it’s the ick factor of a certain relationship, maybe it’s the crime without the cosy of the Aurora Teagarden books, maybe it’s the slightly more explicit writing. We’ll see when I finish the last of the four books in this series!