This week’s Saturday Six is the six most recent books I have finished. They are:
1. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell
Not a lot to say about this one as it is probably my least favorite of the Gladwell books. It is a compilation of articles he has written over the years. Very informative, just a little too disjointed for me.
2. Heat Wave by Richard Castle
I read Heat Wave because I am a fan of the TV show, Castle, and was curious. There is a whole series of books and graphic novels written by “Richard Castle” the character portrayed on the show by Nathan Fillion. He even does fake book tours and signings for the books. I thought it was a clever idea. The book, unfortunately, wasn’t all that great. Not terrible, just exactly what you would expect from a novel written by a fake persona from a TV series.
3. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
I didn’t technically finish Lost in a Good Book, as I stopped reading about halfway through, but I am finished with it nonetheless. A friend of mine is a big fan of Fforde’s books and recommended it to me, but I couldn’t get into it. I also don’t like the author’s sense of humor–I find a lot of it to be a little too forced.
4. Watership Down by Richard Adams
I found this book to be wonderfully charming and delightful. Such a simple story — a group of rabbits leaving their home and looking for a new one — but the writing is so lovely and the characters so real that you can’t help falling in love with it. I never read this book in high school and am glad because I probably wouldn’t have found it as great as I do now.
5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Allegiant is the third book in the Divergent series, which you probably hadn’t heard of before they released the movie trailers for it. It is kind of your typical YA, with the angst and emotion, but I thought the world was interesting and I liked the main character. However, I hated this third book. The previous two books are strictly from the point of view of the main female character. The third novel randomly switches back and forth between the POV of the main female and the main male. It was jarring, and I frequently forgot who’s POV I was reading. A lot of “Why would she say that? Oh wait, it’s the guy again…” moments.
6. A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
Great book. I am loving everything in this series. I can’t say too much about this without spoiling it, so I won’t. But if you enjoy fantasy, even a little bit, you should read these books.
What are you reading?