Monday, August 31, 2015
What I Read: August
I thought that this month's post was only going to include the Wildwood trilogy, since that's what I spent most of August reading! But thankfully I managed to squeeze in a few more quick reads over the past week. :) As always, the titles are linked to my Goodreads reviews.
Wildwood, by Colin Meloy. This was a reread, but I actually enjoyed it more this time around! I reviewed the whole trilogy on the blog here.
Under Wildwood, by Colin Meloy. Another reread. You can read more of my thoughts here.
Wildwood Imperium, by Colin Meloy. A really nice, though somewhat frantic, conclusion to this series. Again, my trilogy review.
And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie. This is definitely my favorite Agatha Christie novel so far. (Okay, so I've only read five, but still...) Once I got all of the characters straight in my head, I loved this book. The setting and plot was wonderfully sinister and creepy. Because of the nursery rhyme that the plot is based on, you're sort of anticipating what is coming, but at the same time you don't really know. So, so good. I'm hoping to watch the 1945 adaptation soon.
The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde. Here's the thing: I don't like reading plays. I don't know why. And apparently I'm weird about written humor. Sometimes humor that will make me laugh in a film or TV show does nothing for me in a book. (Examples: Jeeves and Wooster, The Princess Bride, etc.) The humor in this play is really absurd. I liked it in the Colin Firth film, I loved it in the In Earnest web series, but it didn't make me laugh in the actual book. Basically...I'm glad I read it, but I didn't love it.
Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe, by Bill Bryson. This book is typical Bill Bryson. He travels around, complains about ugly buildings, has a hard time finding good (cheap) food, takes a lot of walks and a lot of baths, etc. (His travels aren't thrilling but I find them oddly fascinating.) Sometimes he's quite funny and insightful, but other times he's negative and his sense of humor is way too crass for me. I liked this one much more than A Walk in the Woods, but less than Notes From a Small Island (which I read back in January).
Only two more books until I've finished my summer reading list! Once I'm done with those, I'll probably do a recap post with my favorites, least favorites, etc. from that list.