Monday, June 1, 2015

May Wrap-Up



This month I read a total of 7 books. Yep, that's a bit less than my usual monthly reads but I've been reading a lot of classics lately and while they do take quite a chunk out of my reading time, I've actually been really enjoying them. Without much delay, let's jump right into it!

7. Death of Wolverine by Charles Soule - 3 stars



This miniseries follows the concluding storyline of one of the most legendary X-Men, Wolverine, across 4 issues full of awesome writing and equally awesome artwork. I had never read an X-Men comic before and what I knew about the characters and the universe was based mostly on what I'd seen in the movies. The story was still pretty easy to follow though and you just can't help get attached to Wolverine/Logan. He's such an awesome character. I would have given one more star if not for the fourth and last issue which somewhat fell kind of flat. Overall though, this was a really good comic miniseries. 

6. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy - 3 stars



Yes, I've been reading quite my fair share of Thomas Hardy lately. Like many of his novels, this is a drama/romance story set in a small 19th century town. The book follows the interwoven stories of several people who each in their own way are struggling to get the object of their desire, may if be the love of another or a raise in societal status. With its backdrop of 19th century rural life, romance and lingering tragedy, this is one of Hardy's best works. I found myself really enjoying the first half of the book but around the midpoint, things somewhat started to slow down a bit, hence the 3-star rating. This however remains a very poetic and beautiful story about life, society and love and if you enjoy Thomas Hardy's novels, definitely pick this one up. 

5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis - 3 stars



This installment, the third in the publication order, sees the return of Lucy and Edmund to Narnia. This time, their sullen cousin Eustace accompanies them, somewhat against his will. The two Pevensies are reunited with old friends, including Caspian, as they all embark on a sea journey towards lands both unknown and magical. This was a very satisfying addition to the series and might even have obtained a fourth star if not for the character of Eustace. I understand why it was important for readers to initially find him unsympathetic but in my case I think it worked a bit too well and after a few pages, I just got a bit frustrated with him. It could also be that I was just missing the two older Pevensies. 

4. Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy - 4 stars 



Yep, another Thomas Hardy book! I guess it means I have a new favorite author :) This is so far the most dramatic of the books I've read by him. It follows the story of Tess, a girl born to a peasant family and whose father learns he's of noble ancestry. For her parents' sake, Tess accepts to seek the rich branch of the family to claim kinship. Thus she meets her 'cousin' Alec and what then follows will forever change her life. Some might argue this book deserves 5 stars but Tess, while being a very human and relatable character, isn't quite as strong a female character as I like to read about. I however really enjoyed this book and would like to reread it at some point.

3. Silas Marner by George Eliot - 4 stars



Old and solitary Silas Marner's life is turned upside down when one day someone steals the treasure he'd been gathering and hiding for years. Silas soon afterwards finds an abandoned child in his home and ends up adopting her. Initially depressed by the loss of his treasure, Silas finds new joy in his unexpected fatherhood and thus his life slowly begins to change. If the plot sounds familiar it's because Gabrielle Zevin's novel 'The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry' is loosely based on this book. This was quite a short and quick read and within 200 pages or so, George Eliot manages to explore human nature with her always captivating and occasionally witty prose. This might not be the best book to start with if you're interested in discovering George Eliot's works but if you're already a fan of her books, you might not want to miss out on this one.

2. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis - 4 stars



This book follows the adventures of Eustace and his schoolmate Jill Pole as they unexpectedly find themselves carried into Narnia, where they are sent on a mission to find the King's long lost son, the Prince Rilian. Their adventures lead them to new friends and foes, and down into the eerie Underland where dark schemes are brewing. This is the first Narnia book without any of the Pevensie siblings but we do get a more mature and brave Eustace as well as lots of scenes with Aslan. Overall, this installment was very fun to read. 

1. Saga Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan - 4 stars 



More space drama, action, sexiness and badass awesomeness. Need I say more? This graphic novel series just keeps getting better and better. There were issues that I enjoyed less than others but overall, this remains a volume that should greatly please fans. 


So that's it for my wrap-up. Is there anything here that you've read or want to read? Let me know in the comments!

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19 comments:

  1. Wow! I can't imagine reading so many books in one month--let alone writing such good reviews. Well done. Interesting about the return to Narnia. Visiting from Bloggers Helping Bloggers.

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    1. Thanks Francene! I really appreciate the nice feedback :)

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  2. Great to read about some of these classics, I read the first Narnia book when I was young but haven't read any of the ones following. I'm surprised the original siblings aren't in some of the sequels. I absolutely Love the Saga series and about to crack open Vol 4 as well! Lovely reviews!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Jeann :) To be honest, Narnia books don't feel quite the same without the Pevensies. But I've been enjoying the series though. Have fun reading Saga Vol. 4. Trust me, it only gets better!

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  3. Nice mix of classics and other stuff. I've always wanted to read Tess of the d'Urbervilles. You speak so highly of it so now I must have to read it! Thanks for sharing.
    Brooke | brookewrote

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    1. I'm sure you'll enjoy Tess :) Be warned though, this book will play with your emotions mercilessly :p

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  4. OMG! Wolverine dies!?!!??!?!

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    1. Spoiler alert I guess? :p Haha sorry Lanie! I would have put spoiler alert there but Death of Wolverine is actually the series's title. But hey, no one ever stays dead forever in comics, right? ;)

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  5. Great reading selection! I loved C.S. Lewis when I was a kid. I read all of the Narnia books umpteen times when I was younger. Tess of the d'Urbervilles is also a great read. I remember reading it in high school. The book is pretty emotional reading though so I am not sure if I could ever re-read it. Well done for getting through it in one piece (I was an emotional wreck lol). :)

    Brin @ Brin's Book Blog

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    1. Haha you give me too much credit! I was in denial for hours after putting the book down lol.

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  6. I haven't read any of these, but I've read Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy, which I really really enjoyed. Do you plan to read at some point?

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    1. Oh I'd love to read Jude. I hear this one was rather controversial back when it first came out. I hope to pick up Jude The Obscure during the year :)

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  7. I'd say you had a great month. Especially reading so many classics. Hope June is good to you as well. :)

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  8. Tess D'Urbervilles was on my shelves for the past three years and your review finally gave me enough of a nudge to start reading it. I have it on my lap right now! Off to read it I go!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed my review ^_^ Have fun reading the book! Oh, and have a box of tissues nearby. Just in case, lol.

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  9. You have been doing quite a bit of reading here! I have been meaning to try Saga for a while now because a lot of people seem to be loving those reads. Oh, and I like how much Thomas Hardy was in here ^.^

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    1. Yeah Saga is so good! I started reading Thomas Hardy's books this year and have been loving everything I read by him so far :)

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