Sunday, August 6

July Book Report

I didn't read a whole lot during the month of July, mainly because one of the books I was reading was a real chore and took me much longer to read than it's three-hundred-and-something pages ought to have taken. But that not withstanding, here are the three books that I read during the month of July and what I thought of them.

Above by Isla Morley

I loved this book! Above is about a sixteen year old girl from small-town Kansas who gets kidnapped by a survivalist and kept in an old missile silo. The man who kidnapped her is convinced that the end of the world is coming and that the two of them will "seed" the new world.

In some ways I found the book difficult to read because there were some graphic scenes, such as what you might expect a creepy middle-aged man to do to a girl that he kidnaps and hides underground. But I really appreciated how raw it was in reading the difficulty with which Blythe had accepting her new life.

But the real reason I loved it was the twist that came with part two. I won't spoil it for you but I wasn't expecting it at all and it really changed this book from being simply an abduction story.

The Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

No sugar coating it, I did not like this book. I think the only reason I actually finished it was I read it on Kindle so I got to watch the countdown to how much time was left to read it and four more hours didn't seem like that much of an investment left. But it took me much longer than to read than expected because I could only manage a few pages at a time. I've had to come to terms with the fact that I'm just not a Stephen King fan. I've read Salem's Lot and didn't really like it and I attempted to read It but barely got into it before I gave it up. He's great at coming up with imaginative worlds and stories but I just don't enjoy his writing style, despite really wanting to!

With that being said The Gunslinger follows Roland as he follows the man in black across deserts and mountains in hopes of discovering how to find the Dark Tower. Throughout the book Roland recounts past events of his life in this post-apocalyptic world that is reminiscent of a Western. Some of his memories were very interesting and others were quite boring. I didn't feel there was a lot of continuity in the book. It was very short but I wouldn't have wanted it to be any longer because I really just didn't enjoy it. Not selling it very well, am I? But that's just my personal opinion. I know several people who absolutely loved this book, including my father-in-law. If you're a fan of King or love Westerns with a fantasy twist then you probably will enjoy this book as many people do.

Even though I really didn't like the book I am looking forward to seeing the movie. Hopefully it'll help tie up some lose ends and explains things that I really didn't understand in the story a bit better.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

I've actually been chipping away at this book little by little for the past few months new. It's a really interesting read about the history of fast food in America and the impact it's had on food culture, businesses, the economy, even politics. It's all much more involved than I ever would have expected and really it just makes me never want to eat fast food again. Not that I do often as it is.

Fast Food Nation tells about many different fast food companies over the course of many decades but one story which stuck with me the most was about the McDonald brothers and Ray Kroc. Their story was really a bit sad with regards to how Kroc took over McDonalds and changed it into something completely different from what they had started and wanted. That being said, he was definitely an amazingly successful business man! If you want to learn more about Kroc and the McDonalds without reading this book, or in addition to it, check out the movie "The Founder" on Netflix. It's not a documentary, it's a retelling of the beginnings of McDonalds. I watched it this morning and thoroughly enjoyed it.

That's all for July! I'm hoping to have more than three books to report on for August. Currently I'm reading When The Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi and am really loving it. What are you reading right now?

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1 comment:

  1. I have always appreciated the work of those writers or bloggers who know how to write correct and good reviews of books. In fact, it is very difficult work, because you need to understand the topic and the purpose of writing a particular book. To my regret, my skills in this matter are very bad, so I usually use but I'm sure that someday I'll start to do it myself.