The Final Summer Recap Post

I always find it odd at how I become worse at blogging (and even reading…I got drowned in work for the last two months of summer, basically the second half) when I’m not in school…I suppose working takes a lot more of my time than school does and blogging is more difficult to do when I’m not already writing other things like assignments and such…anyhow. Only less than a handful more days til back to uni (I cannot wait, I’ve been immensely excited for the past two weeks, I am sick of working all the time and want to go back to my normal schedule and fun learning and all that stuff). So, here are the last few books I’ve read and thought about this summer.

  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
    • Finished on: August 4
    • Published: 2003
    • Genre: Dystopian fiction
    • Why I picked it up: Recommended by my boyfriend, his favourite book
    • Rating: 4 stars
    • My Thoughts:
      • I really enjoyed this book; it’s been on my TBR list for a few years but I finally made it a priority because my boyfriend was like “You have to read this book, it’s my favourite, it’s awesome.” 
      • I didn’t really make any notes while reading, I just devoured it. I liked the pacing and the flow and the narration. Dystopian fiction is pretty trendy now and while I don’t normally go for what’s popular, I find that a lot of my favourite books at the moment fall into that category (The Road, Unwind, The Hunger Games). I guess there’s a reason those types of books are popular now! We’re drawn to them in this day…
      • SPOILERS AHEAD
      • I loved the build up to Jimmy shooting Crake…it was just so intense and panicked and you knew it was going to happen and then bam it did. I was very absorbed in the story by that point.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
    • Finished on: August 17
    • Published: 1925
    • Genre: Literary fiction
    • Why I picked it up: Book I should’ve read years ago
    • Rating: 3.5 stars
    • My Thoughts:
      • Not a whole lot to say on this one. I think I’ve just heard so much about it, I was expecting something dazzling and spectacular and then I just found a regular book. I think if I understood the context of the American twenties better then I would understand it a little more. It’s not that I didn’t like it, I did! I just don’t fully grasp why it’s often considered the greatest American novel. I’m glad that it’s considered that. I liked it. I’m just not sure I understand why.
      • Gah. I think I will have to read it again a lot more carefully. I hate that I’m all ‘Um, I liked it but I don’t get the big deal?’ I feel silly and slightly stupid. Bah. 
      • SPOILERS AHEAD
      • Somehow I have never head that Gatsby gets murdered. I was honestly not expecting that. I went ‘Whoa, whoa, did I just read that correctly?’ So that’s something I guess…
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
    • Finished on: August 26
    • Published: 1922
    • Genre: Spirituality
    • Why I picked it up: On my TBR list
    • Rating: 2 stars
    • My Thoughts:
  • Unwholly by Neal Shusterman
    • Finished on: August 31
    • Genre: Dystopian/teen fiction
    • Why I picked it up: Sequel to one of my favourite books
    • Rating: 4 stars
    • My Thoughts:
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