My next three books are a Shakespeare-filled murder mystery, the “Anne Frank of Sarajevo”, and my fifth Jane Austen novel.
My reading had slowed down this summer. With overtime at work still going strong, and summer evenings perfect for naps or other activities, I didn’t read for as long in the evenings or I didn’t read at all :-\
But I’ve got three more books to share here now… so, let’s get on with it!
19. This was for $1 on bookoutlet.com. The title was catchy, the cover artwork was cool, and the summary of a murder whodunnit intrigued me enough to get it. If We Were Villains, by R.L. Rio, is about a group of friends who are seniors at a dramatic arts school that is ALLLLLL about Shakespeare. These people even quote Shakespeare in their normal conversation. This book starts off around ten years after the murder, when the suspect is released from prison and he is finally ready to tell the story of what happened and who and why. It started off interestingly enough and I was reading the book at a good pace, but things for me went downhill after the death/murder and the story shifted then to finding out who committed the crime and why. By the end, when I found out the who and why, it was such a huge “…seriously? *eyeroll*” and I was very disappointed; I almost wished that I hadn’t bothered with the book. The book was also very stereotypical and cliche on theater students and college life – it brought back a big amount of mostly-not-good memories of my own college years. The crazy amount of Shakespeare being quoted was largely lost on me because I haven’t read much of it (in high school I read Romeo and Juliet, and in college I was on the crew for its performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and I don’t remember the little that I have read. … So. If you LOVE Shakespeare and can pick up every Shakespeare reference with glee, this is for you. If you had a great and crazy and fun time in college and want to relive it, this is for you. If you were in the dramatic arts and loved it, this is for you.
20. I’m pretty sure that I read this many years ago, but I couldn’t pass up on owning this book and reading it again when I saw in on sale somewhere. Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic is about a preteen girl in early 1990s Sarajevo, in the midst of the Yugoslav Wars. She writes in her diary at first about school and friends and parties, but then gradually changes to power outages, lack of food, struggles for gathering water, death and injuries of friends and family, and the shelling. Zlata also criticizes the “kids” – the politicians who talk about peace but do nothing. Her diary was discovered and published while she continued to write in it, until she and her parents finally left for safety in France. It’s a sad and moving book/diary, but Zlata was strong despite the challenges. This book also included several photos of Zlata and her family, as well as some images of her original handwritten diary. I definitely recommend this.
21. I’m still surprised that I went from “ugh, I am NEVER reading Jane Austen” to “huh, this was my FIFTH book” haha. Emma, by Jane Austen, is a comedic mess of matchmaking, missing cues, and finding love. As with Austen’s other novels, it was fun to see how the characters change (especially moving toward maturity) and the marrying pairs by the end. Now that I’m more used to Jane Austen, I can’t seem to decide as easily on which is my favorite, especially since I want to give Pride and Prejudice another chance (it was my first JA book and I didn’t really like it – I almost swore off JA after that!).
Bible Reading: In August I read Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon from the Old Testament, as well as Ephesians through 2 Timothy in the New Testament. For September I am reading Jeremiah. I’m thinking of writing a post of how I organize and plan my Bible reading.
My next three books are chosen, but right now it’s my bedtime – it’s 10:30pm, and 5:00am will be here soon enough! Until next time…