Book Update

I tried and tried to finish Seabiscuit.  I really did.  I am not a fan of starting a book and not following through to the end, but I have yet to complete it.  I have not returned it to the library, but it is on the back burner for now.  I may need to get the movie for this one.  I was quite disappointed, because Unbroken (by the same author) was AMAZING!   I think there are a couple reasons I was not a fan of Seabiscuit.  Since it was about a horse, and a horse can’t offer information, there were many presumptions and assumptions.  Even reading about the people, the author made remarks saying assuming statements.  For a non-fiction book, I didn’t want assumptions, just the facts please m’am, just the facts.  Also, I have heard that once the reader gets to part 2, the book really picks up.  This is why I have not completely given up.  I struggled through section 1 and feel if I went through the hard part, I should stick around for the better part.  I am not ready to attack it at the moment, maybe after I read a couple other books first.

I did just finish Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.  It was okay.  It certainly made me keep turning pages to see what would happen, but it is also more in the fluff category of reading.  As I was reading I felt like I was reading catch phrases and pop culture words more often than not.  I was not a fan of the language or of a couple scenes, but it did make me cry at the end.  I put it in the okay to take to the beach and read category.  Not earth-shattering wonderful, but a nice quick read.   I have Winter Garden by the same author checked out from the library, but am not sure if I am going to read it.  I may go with Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet next.

Will let you know!  🙂

Good Reads

My friend is in a book club and has passed on some great books recently.

I did jump on the bandwagon for The Hunger Games.  I must say I was hooked.  However, as quickly as I read through the 2nd and 3rd books in the series, neither was as good as the 1st.  I think The Hunger Games was written very well, but would most likely preferred to stop there and come up with my own ending in my head.  It didn’t help that I was Team Gale, but that does not comprise my whole opinion.

I recently read Unbroken, which I have already posted about.  Love it!  Amazing man, amazing testimony, amazing amazing amazing!

I borrowed Like Dandelion Dust from the library along with the movie.  Unlike myself, I watched the movie first and could not bring myself to read the book.  I got a little fired up when a little boy would potentially be ripped out of a life he lived for 6 years with his adoptive parents, the only parents he knew, to live with his birthparents and perhaps never see his adoptive parents again.  I am sure it was beautifully written, I think I am too close to the situation to be able to handle it though.  So, that is just me, nothing against the author.

I am desperately waiting (for another year and a half) for the 3rd book in the Divergent series.  I equally liked the first and second book in this series and am glad Veronica Roth is taking her time for the 3rd book, though I can’t wait!  She is a talented author…very good books.  The second one started a bit slower than the first, but soon proved quite readworthy.

Because of Unbroken, I am currently reading Seabiscuit by the same author, Laura Hillenbrand.  I am enjoying learning history in an entertaining, yet true, fashion.  I have just started this book and like it so far.

Has anyone else been reading anything especially good this summer?