June and July Reads4:27:00 PM
I've been reading a lot of novels lately that most of them are just too good not to share. The past months have been very difficult for me because of personal problems, not to mention that the first semester had already started. I'm not yet really in the mood to go back to school but I have to! It is my last semester in college and I'll graduate in October. Finally! ☺
Although I am a busy girl, I always make sure to read and finish the books. Previously, my target to read this year on Goodreads was 60. I changed it to 40 because I think I wouldn't be able to hit the 60 books! But maybe if I can read fast, I might change it back to 60. Okay, so now here are my thoughts (no spoilers, dont worry guys) on the books I've read last June and in July so far.
1. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
I read the first book in the series A Game of Thrones before I got hooked in the HBO tv series. After I read the first book and watched the first season, I've set to read this one so I can relate to the next season. A Clash of Kings is the continuation of the epic first book and are mostly about the complex struggle on the claim to the Iron Throne. This time, more Kings are declared in the different parts of Westeros. I liked this sequel but it's not as good as the first one.
2. Inferno by Dan Brown
This is the much anticipated book of Dan Brown this year and as an avid reader of his novels, I pushed this one to the top of my to-read list so I can read it next. I've read all the books from the Langdon series so I was excited to read Inferno. Inferno was a thrilling read. It has the elements of a Langdon book - conspiracy, science, history, symbols and arts. Well, nothing much about religion. It's more about the salvation of human race by means of resolving the problem of overpopulation through science. The book is much better than the last Langdon book and just like the other books, we get to read detailed descriptions of the places in the book as well as facts on historical arts, literary fiction, and modern crisis.
3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I've read a lot of Coelho's inspiring novels except the famous The Alchemist. Eleven Minutes, Veronika Decides to Die and The Devil and Miss Prym are just some of my favorites. I wonder why I didn't get to read this earlier but I guess it's because of the hype during those days when the book became a bestseller. The Alchemist is about following your dreams. This became very appealing to me and I guess to all the people who read the novel because we all have dreams. It inspires everyone to never stop achieving your goals and not to avoid our destinies because that's where we can find our treasure. Like what the alchemist have said, "And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
4. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Oh wow! My first Murakami. This is one of my favorite books this year. This novel is quite memorable to me because it helped me a lot in coping with my problems during that time when I was reading it and taught me a lot about life. There's a lot going on in this novel and is very weird at some point that other readers might not be able to grasp what's already happening. But that's what makes this novel very unique and addicting. I can't even explain how amazing it is. It's one of those books that will let you say "What the hell did I just read?" (In a more positive and amazed tone) after reading it. I will read more Murakami novels soon!
5. How They Met, and Other Stories by David Levithan
I needed to read something light because I still had hangover after reading Kafka on the Shore. haha Seriously, I can't get the story out of my mind and I still try to interpret what the author was trying to imply to his readers. But then I have to move on eventually so I started reading this David Levithan book. It is a compilation of stories about different kinds of love. When I say different, from boy-girl, girl-girl, to boy-boy relationships. It was a fun read. I enjoyed some of the stories even the homosexual stories. I realized there's a lot we don't know about these kind of relationships.
6. The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski
This one's a good read too. This time a romance novel from this new author J. A. Redmerski. She's actually good in this genre. The novel is actually recommended for adults because of the sexual content in the book. A new take on roadtrip romance. Kinda reminds me of Amy and Roger's Epic Detour but with more mature content. Rated it higher on Goodreads because it did not bored me. This one's the last book I've read.
The next book I'll read is The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka, J. K. Rowling. I'm now ready for some crime fiction! You see, I am not that choosy when it comes to book genres. I read anything as long as they are good! How about you? What are you going to read next? I have lots of ebooks, mostly epubs (because I currently read on my phone as I'm always on the go) that I can share with you guys! ☺