Jul 04 2015

Reviews of Books Read in June #firstreads #NewToYouRC

As promised in my goal post, here are the three books that I read in June. Reviewed at last! All of these authors were new to me (though they are not debut authors by any standard). I also managed to cross two off my 2015 reading challenge — A popular authors first book (according to the Internet, this was John Green’s debut novel), and a book set in another country (I’m in America, and Mrs. Dalloway is set in England). And I’m proud to announce that I’ve hit the 25 mark for books this year! How about you? Read any good books this year?

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Mrs. DallowayMrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an interesting period piece. The writing is unlike that of our time. The setting is distinctly England. I have the impression that the more one knows about literature and London a century ago, the more enjoyable the book will be. I did enjoy the character Sally, though, especially where the story dives into the memory of when she and Clarissa first met.

Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective ViewpointsCharacters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints by Nancy Kress
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The earlier in one’s writing career this book is read, the more enjoyable it will be. While I was able to find some useful tidbits, most of this book focused on that which I already knew. This reference guide is written in textbook style.

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brilliant. The characters are exceptional. This story stuck with me after I read it. I did note one part that I wished the main character would have caught on to sooner- waiting for him to think about it was driving me crazy! On the other hand, there was something another character picked up on that I had missed. (That’s rare for me, especially because it was a date, and those generally stand out in my mind like a lit road flare.) At any rate, bring your heart and mind to this book, so John Green can make mush out of them.

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1 comment

    • Misha on July 9, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    I still have to read a John Green book. Maybe I will, now, while I can be out of writing commission for a few days while my heart recovers. 😉
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