Saturday, July 16, 2016

Books Finished in June: Part I

28. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Enjoyed the fast-paced sequel to Cinder and looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I think it really helped that I'd read a short story on Wolf's origins, so I knew about the Lunar Queen's plans to take over the Earth with an army of genetically enhanced wolf-men. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it's a great setup for a scifi version of Red Riding Hood. Scarlet is a much more impetuous, and therefore less relatable, heroine than Cinder (whose story is also continued here, yay!), but I thought Meyer did a good job creating a backstory for her that explains how her fate is entwined with Cinder's. Looking forward to Cress.

29. The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich

Inspiring, evocative poetry--I would recommend this to every woman, and any other gender as well.

30. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (audiobook)

Light and fluffy, like I like my audiobooks. Definitely a YA book, but it was entertaining and different to hear a story where you know the main characters will break up. I thought the voice was really well done, both in terms of the author's "voice," and the voice of the actor who did the reading. I have to admit though that sometimes you just want to slap the main character, and be like, go date your best friend already, it's obvious you're supposed to end up with him.

31. The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit

I'd heard of E. Nesbit, but never got around to reading her as a kid. When I saw this old Puffins classic edition at my local Little Free Library, it caught my eye immediately. Although it's a children's story, I really loved this semi-magical tale. It reminded me of Edward Eager's Half Magic. Highly recommended for children and a fun lazy day read for adults who like a touch of fantasy.

32. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Also found at the Little Free Library! I've wanted to read this for a while, since I'm a big fan of Tripmaster Monkey. Stories about growing up as the child of Chinese immigrants in California. Some of the stories were entertaining (and bittersweet), but didn't like it as much as I wanted to.

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