Books I Have Read (Summer 2005)
- Wicked (3/5) - A little bit of Fantasy is always a nice way to start the summer. I liked the dark, unique world of Oz that was depicted in this, and I adore the musical (which I was able to see just after finishing the book). Light read which was enjoyable, despite getting notably bogged down in a couple sections.
- The Cheese and the Worms (2.5/5) - A sort of Medieval history story/non-ficton blend. A little confusing...not the most entertaining...but I did learn a lot, and I don't regret reading it. Not something I would recommend for the average reader.
- The Kite Runner (2.5/5) - I didn't connect as much as I would have thought to the protagonist, but it was still enjoyable. I think it is a bit over-hyped...it didn't open my eyes ot anything I didn't already realize was going on.
- Stover at Yale (2/5) - I had a hard time with the writing and the rather bland plot points. The golden-boy prankster of yesteryear just didn't appeal to me. I got a bit sick at the old ivy league arrogance and pretension all the characters seemed to hold so dear. Meh.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (4/5) - Very good book before, very good book again. I needed a refresher before the July deadline of the newest book, and this served well. I would have given it a 4.5 before, but Harry's teenage angst and the few areas where the book drags its feet a little wore a little heavier on me than they did last time. Still a very enjoyable experience
- The Shadow of the Giant (4.5/5) - I have a hard time when a series I love comes to an end, and a group of characters I have come to know and love depart forever. My favorite Card book since Ender's Shadow...the power-politics, the character development, the touching moral debates...a little corny, but I fell for all the little emotional traps. Great ending to a great universe.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2.5/5) - The more I read, the less I liked it. I feel for the protagonist, but reading from the perspective of someone who has mental issues, and who continues to go off on tangents throughout the entire book just gets old after a while. I enjoyed the book, but I found myself wanting to skip large sections of text where there was a 4 page description of how to work out a logic puzzle.
- Don Quixote (4/5) - I always have loved this book, and I've been wanting to read the new translation since last summer. The best translation I have yet encountered...the magic wasn't there as much as I had hoped, mainly because I've read the story several times before. Still, everyone should read it.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (4.5/5) - Great book. I enjoyed every page...lots of stuff seemed to be right out of fanfic, except written with the care and magic only Rowling can manage. I vowed to move through it slowly, but finished in a couple of days.
- A Bishop's Tale (4/5) - Another of those historic documents turned into a story...very good, very interesting, very informative. I really liked this book...a lot of information about the Netherlands during the Reformation and wars following it...also not for the casual reader...
- The Rule of Four (3/5) - Not bad...I've heard a lot of bad reviews about this book, mainly that it talks too much about Princeton, though I found it kind of interesting to learn about the traditions, etc. associated with the great orange school. The pacing is a bit off, and the characters a bit too stereotypical, but still...not bad light fiction.
I will be honest and say I haven't read as much as I would have liked this summer. I got involved in one of those 8-5 internships, and by the time I got home, I was usually too tired to do much other than watch some DVDs and sleep. I love to read, and despite spending the past year vowing I would read as much as is possible for a human after being deprived of enjoyable literature for the many long months of the academic year, I did not get nearly everything I wanted to read actually read. My reading this summer is a strange list of books I have been wishing to read for nearly a decade now and others that just happened to be sitting there, which I picked up. Most of these were read entirely during my lunch hour at work, the 30-40 mins before I go to sleep each night, and the weekends. Pathetic and short, looking at it now, but next summer I'll be sure to make more time...or get a job where I can read during the day. Anyway, the ratings are just my subjective recollection of the enjoyment each book brought. My mood and situation no doubt had effects on this judgement, and thus the numbers are not an accurate depiction of novel quality.