Saturday, 17 October 2009

Lots of catching up to do

I'm still here! Gawwd I don't even know where to start! I've been reading great books lately and I can't wait to share my thoughts about them, but first I'll try to do a very speedy weedy catching up cause I can't bare to not say something about some of my favourite reads of the year. I wont' even pretend to post proper reviews, just residual impressions on stuff I've read up to 3 months ago...

I'll start with The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
It's just every bit as good as everyone is saying. I started reading it on the plane to Sicily, and those two and a half hours passed completely unnoticed! This rarely happens. I'm nervous at every shake, and can't wait to get down. This time though, it went so smooth, I kinda wanted it to last a bit more so I could keep reading! It wasn't just about the story. The writing was just as captivating. So clever. And so heartbreaking. The movie didn't completely do justice to it, but it could have been much worse!




Next is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Another book that, if you haven't read, you probably are tired of hearing about. Gripping it was. Exciting, fast and moving, too. The only thing it wasn't was being unpredictable. You can pretty much guess the ending, although this won't stop you from frantically keep turning those pages. Catching Fire was just as exciting. I probably enjoyed it a bit more because I knew the characters and cared for them. And I honestly didn't know where it was going. I'm definitely looking forward to the third one, because the ending left it veeeery open to anything!





Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I'm so not ready to talk about this book now. All I can say is that it was beautifully written and I didn't expect that. Also I don't think I understood it completely, especially the final part. It was bleak, melancholic, suffocating, but lyrical too. I think I should read it again one day, when I'm ready to take everything in.






This summer I've started reading a (kind of ) new author to me, Sandra Scoppettone. I read a couple of her young adult books when I was younger, but nothing more. She's more well known for her series centred around the lesbian detective Lauren Laurano and that's what I've been reading. Unfortunately the Italian publisher hasn't released them in the proper chronological order, so I didn't follow the time line, but even then, I completely enjoyed them. There's something about the summer+beach+crime fiction combination that I can't explain, but that just works so well for me. These books were especially easy to enjoy in the sun, although they deal with tough subject such as rape, aids and violence against women. They are always socially conscious, but also ironic and funny. The writing style wasn't very polished, but it didn't matter much. I loved reading about Lauren and her love of her life Kit. In the first book I read, Everything You Have Is Mine, they had been together for 11 years and still rocking it. It's not usual to find such attraction and intimacy in a long-term relationship, not even in fiction. I loved their relationship so much that the mystery didn't even matter that much in the end. In the second book I read, Let's face the music and die, the mystery was an utter disappointment because I guessed it from the start. But Lauren's personal story made it worth reading. There was so much tension, what with her dealing with the man who raped her years before, and at the same time dealing with her growing attraction toward a much younger woman, while Kip is away. I think Sandra Scoppettone put so much into these story-lines that forgot to put some mystery into the mystery itself!

In the first story, I loved seeing Lauren trying to come to terms with computers and technology. The book has been written during the early days of internet, and I have to say the word "bulletin board" didn't mean anything to me, but it has a central role in the story so I had to look it up. Seriously prehistoric internet stuff! She becomes an internet junkie later on, and with that I can relate:P

I recommend these books as a light read with some edge and some good gay romance. Unfortunately they're not easy to find in the shops, but maybe libraries still stock them?

OK, I'll finish here, cause I'm tired. I hope I'll manage to finish the catching up part soon, so that I can talk extensively about the latest amazing reads!

11 comments:

Trish said...

Time Traveler's Wife is a great book, huh? I had about a 3 year space between reading the book and watching the movie, so I actually liked the movie (shocker) and maybe even its ending better than the book. But the writing--agreed. Breathtaking.

I hope to read Hunger Games for the read-a-thon!!

Amanda said...

I loved The Hunger Games, thought Catching Fire was just okay, but I hated The Time Traveler's Wife, sadly. :/

Vasilly said...

I read both Hunger Games and Catching Fire though I love HG more. Sad to say I haven't read Time Traveler's Wife. I'm probably the last blogger that hasn't. It's great to have you back.

Nymeth said...

TTW really is brilliant! I loved it so much more than I was expecting to. I have high hopes for her second book - probably too high to be honest :P And I still haven't read HG. I'll probably wait for them all to be out at this point.

Debi said...

I've never heard of Sandra Scoppettone before...am hoping our library might have this series. I could really see myself enjoying these.

I really must read Time Travelers Wife. Really must.

Melody said...

I've not heard of Sandra Scoppettone either... I'll have to check out her books. You've a lovely haul there!! :)

Mother (Re)produces. said...

Hey! So nice to see you posting again, Valentina; I always enjoy your rundown on things. Farenheit 451 is one of my favourite books, but it's pretty intense.
You've given me the incentive to pull The Time-Traveler's Wife out of my to read pile (it keeps getting shuffled to the bottom.)

Happy reading!

jehara said...

i recently read the time traveler's wife and really really loved it. i recently got her fearful symmetry and look forward to starting it soon.

Darla D said...

I've been debating about The Hunger Games, but it sounds like I really must add it to the list. :-)

Kim said...

Time Traveler's Wife = one of my all time favorites! Glad you liked it. I must say, I am feeling like I should get my act together, break down, and read The Hunger Games and the sequel. I possibly might be the only person alive who hasn't read them! Enjoyed your reviews....
*smiles*
Kim

Lenore said...

The Hunger Games series is just so addicting...