Today I wanted to recap what I read in the month of April and while this really isn’t that many books it’s definitely more than I’ve been reading the past few months so I’m really happy about that. Also, am I the only one that get’s really depressed about how there are so many books out there and we only have roughly 70 or 60 years to try and read as many as we can? Anyway…
1. Ender’s Game
After literally a year and then some of my boyfriend telling me that I had to read this book I finally broke down and finished it in 3 days (I would have finished in a day if it hadn’t been for pesky social obligations). Obviously I loved it. I knew there was some sort of plot twist coming at the end because that’s why Carson wouldn’t let me watch the movie before reading the book and I managed to figure it out a few paragraphs before it happened. The ending actually really upset me, not because I didn’t like it but because I felt really terrible about what Ender went through. I should pick up the other books in the series though I’m more hesitant about those because Carson didn’t even bother to read them (and he calls himself a fan?!). I was also really surprised to find that there were actually a lot of people on GoodReads that really hated the book – oh well, to each his own.
My mom got me the first book per my request for Christmas and the fact that the second movie just came out encouraged me to finally read it. I did not watch the movie before reading the book and felt misled by the trailers that I had seen but in a good way. I enjoyed this book and it was definitely captivating although now that I am about to finish the third book and characters are pissing me off I am kind of losing patience with it because it seems repetitive. The plot line/concept is definitely interesting and there were a lot of surprising reveals that were made throughout the series that I enjoyed because it always kept me guessing. The movie on the other hand found me saying “Who directed this?! Did they even read the book?!” And while I was over reacting (according to Carson) because everyone knows that movies are often poor shadows of the books they attempt to bring to life, overall it was a decent adaptation. What really bothered me was that there were a bunch of little things that really brought everything together in the book and that were missing from the movie while they had enough time to throw in random worthless scenes that never happened in the book. Also the casting wasn’t the best in my opinion (aka Tobias, Caleb and Christina). Despite my minor issues with the books and the movie I would still recommend this series.
What have you been reading recent? I’d love to hear any recommendations!