More time has past and another book is under my belt in the 2015 Reading Challenge. I know it’s been a while, but don’t worry; I haven’t forgotten my resolution for this year. While the last book’s A Classic Romance took us into the beloved story of “Pride and Prejudice,” this novel turns to the opposite end of the spectrum. The only slight similarity is a common theme of love . . . and that’s about it. With Peter Stenson’s “Fiend,” it’s all about zombies and drugs. It’s like combining “Walking Dead” with “Breaking Bad” into a drug-fueled, brains-eating, edge of your seat, nail biting story of drug addicts in the apocalypse. Yeah, it’s kind of intense. But the novel also comes with some comedy (I mean they are high most of the time), a romantic connection you find yourself rooting for and the underlying power of just how difficult overcoming addictions can be. Knowing that Stenson comes from a background of past addiction, his description of what goes through the mind of an addict is not only believable but riveting. As someone who only recently got into zombie novel myself, this book may not be for everyone. But if you have a soft spot for bloody guts and end of the world plots, you should definitely give it a try. Continue reading A Book Written by Someone Under 30
Apologies fellow bloggers for my delay in this next installment of the 2015 Reading Challenge. Time seemed to get away from me this month, which makes sense since it’s the shortest month of the year. But fear not as I’ve finally completed another book on my long list of categories. If you’ve been following my challenge, you’ll remember my latest “Jurassic Park” post with A Book That Came Out the Year You Were Born. However, this next theme takes a complete 180 in its subject matter: the classic romance. I meant to post this closer to Valentine’s Day but at least it’s still within the month of February. When I first started thinking of classic romance novels, several came to mind instantly: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë, “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë. But above all the other classic romances, one author outweighs them all: Jane Austin. It was with this conviction in mind that I decided to read “Pride and Prejudice” for the first time.
I’ve had a copy of this novel in my bookcase for what feels like a decade now, and I’ve never read the entire thing. I’ve seen the movie version with Keira Knightly of course, but never read the novel itself. When I was younger, I had a difficult time understanding the old-fashioned language and felt myself constantly needing to look up terms and phrases to get through it. Let’s just say it wasn’t fun at all. Fast-forward years later, and I finally felt it was time to overcome my past difficulties. While the language was still tricky at times, I just kept reading and found myself having quite a hard time putting it down. There were even times that couldn’t stop talking with a British accent in my mind. So as I go forward with this review, the biggest lesson I want to pass along is this: when you open your mind to trying new things, you can accomplish anything.
Last week, I celebrated a somewhat significant milestone in my life — my 25th birthday. Now, as my Dad put it, I’m a quarter of a century old. If I put a little too much thought into it, it’s crazy how much time has passed since good ‘ole 1990. And as it turns out, another book challenge presented itself that fit perfectly with my birthday: “A book that came out the year you were born” (see my latest post: A Book with a Number in the Title). When I began researching books published in my birth year, I unfortunately couldn’t find much of anything that I’d be interested in reading. While I’m trying not to be too picky with this challenge, I couldn’t help but feel I needed to read something special for my birthday. And that’s what led me to choose “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton. Despite already having read this in the past, it’s one of my favorite books that just gets better and better with each read. When I was little, I was absolutely terrified of the movie (and rightly so) but after getting over my fear of being eaten alive by dinosaurs, it’s become one of my favorite movies. And while the book and film have many similarities and differences, there are merits to each of them that make it a timeless classic. Either way, the message remains the same in both: the ethical impacts of scientific discovery.
Presenting the second edition to my 2015 Reading Challenge: “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. I’m proud to say it’s been a pretty quick turnaround from my last but first book challenge post covering A Book with More Than 500 Pages. I can only say I hope this momentum continues as I try to tackle 48 more books within this year. There are many similarities between this book and the one from my previous post “The Book Thief.” Both take place in foreign countries, both center around leading female character(s) and both are slightly depressing. However, for “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” the word “depressing” is putting it lightly. Without giving too much away, I can only say that as the title implies, there is a light of hope and happiness for the ending of this tale. While it takes a little time before the real gut of the book is reached, I did read though a good chunk by staying up until 3 a.m. one night simply because I desperately wanted to know how this story was going to conclude. As a “#1 New York Times Bestseller” I can say this one book your sure to let lost in. So without further ado, here’s my take on “A Thousand Splendid Suns.”
Attention readers, bloggers, fans and resolution enthusiasts. I’m happy to report I’ve finished my first book in my 2015 Reading Challenge conquest! For those of you who don’t know about this year of literature, check out my previous Book Worm post at Taking a Page from ‘Julie and Julia’ and find out more about my New Year’s resolution to read 50 books by the end of 2015. Starting right with number 1, “A book with more than 500 pages” seemed like a good way to kick off the challenge and get my reading juices flowing. And after doing a little bit of research, I found the perfect book to match not only the category but this challenge as a whole: “The Book Thief.” Written by Markus Zusak, many of you may recognize this title after its motion picture version came out in 2013. The title of the book clearly spoke to my renewed desire to read more, and I must say it’s one of the fastest books I’ve finished in a while (and not just because of the sake of the challenge). With that said, here’s a little taste of what “The Book Thief” has to offer and what makes this book such a fantastic page-turner. Let’s begin . . .