Those of you who have seen my Good Reads mini book know that I keep track of the books I read. I thought I’d share my June Reads with you. Give reviews and such.
Here’s my stack of June reads! I’ve been reading a lot more than usual lately since I get physically exhausted easily. I read right before bed, but I’ve also been reading to take breaks from physical activity.
I started June with the Hannibal books by Thomas Harris. I just finished writing the second draft of my first novel manuscript and am starting to write a second while I edit the first. My second novel has a few murders and a detective, so I spent May on detective novels and am now reading a lot of horror. I tend to mostly read things that will help me learn as a writer.
Hannibal Lecter is one of the scariest characters in contemporary literature, so I decided to start my horror kick with these books. They did not disappoint! They were very creepy. If I were Joey (from Friends) I would have put them in the freezer. Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs were the best of the four. I didn’t care very much for Hannibal Rising, but the first three were amazing. I like that Harris includes chapters from the serial killers’ perspective. Harris definitely did his homework on killer psychology. Reading these before bed definitely gave me some very weird dreams.
My Dad let me borrow No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. I love experimental writing styles, so I found this book extremely interesting. Some people have trouble getting past McCarthy’s choice to leave out quotation marks, but I think this book shows that they are unnecessary punctuation. I read a lot of plays, so maybe that’s by it didn’t bug me. It was a little hard to connect with the characters, but the characters were still interesting. Additionally, the plot was very exciting and it was nice to see a very non-traditional presentation of a detective story.
I want to read all of the Scott Pilgrim books by Bryan Lee O’Malley before the movie comes out. I’ve read Volumes 1-4 so far. They are really quick reads. I’ve been using them as palate cleansers between serious books. They are also supper funny! Any video game or comic book loving nerd will love these books!
I loved reading the classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can read the complete stories online here. I love that they are quick little short stories, perfect for reading during a lunch break. The cases are peculiar and interesting and I could almost never see the culprit coming.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kinsolver is one of the best novels I’ve read all year. The book takes place in the Congo during the country’s Independence from Belgium and is told from the perspective of an American missionary family. The perspective changes between a mother and her four daughters and the change in voice and tone between the different perspectives is very impressive. And it actually made me cry, which is not an easy feat.
This book, The Omen by David Seltzer, was one of my thrift store finds from Denver. I was honestly a little disappointed with it. I remembered being very frightened of the movie when I was younger, but the book didn’t even give me goosebumps.
What have you been reading this summer? Any recommendations?