I read six tangible books (Harry Potter Book #6 is back with my sister and Then Came You didn't make it into the photo) and four e-books. Keep reading to see my thoughts. I'm writing this in the photo order not in the order I read them.The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells: It was first published in 1897 and it's about a scientist who figures out how to make himself invisible and then madness ensues. While the plot was captivating- murderous naked invisible man on the loose- the writing was so simplistic it left me wanting a bit more. I realize it was one of his earlier novels and the first I've read of his, so I have nothing to compare it to. If you're interested in reading more 'classics' this is a good place to start because it's fast-paced, easy to read and only 192 pages.
The Ocean at the end of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: This was my first dive into a Neil Gaiman novel. I really enjoyed it! I started it completely unaware of who Neil Gaiman is and what he writes. I didn't even know the genre or synopsis. I heard many people talking about how great it was and just put it on my birthday wish-list. That being said, I'm so glad I had no idea what I was getting myself into, because it made it way more fun. All I'll say is magical realism and mystery with perfect prose. It had so much feeling and wonder.
You're Not Helping by Ryan Patricks: It's a collection of short comedy articles. I got it when it was free on Amazon. I thought it was amusing and found myself laughing out loud. I generally don't read 'comedy' books but it was fun.
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (not pictured): This is the third and final book in the All Souls Trilogy. I loved this trilogy. I love the characters, the magic, the lore and all the historical elements. I thought it was a beautiful wrap-up to a really fun story. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: This is a beautifully written book about growing up in a dysfunctional (I would even say abusive) family. It's nothing new as far as the plot is concerned but its powerful prose made my heart ache. I'm looking forward to reading more by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: This was my second attempt to read Pride and Prejudice. The first time was 10 years ago and I didn't care enough to finish. I got tripped up by the writing style and gave up. This time I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. On the surface, it's a fluffy romance novel but I believe there is much more to it. Plus there is so much snark and sass, which in context with the time it was written is pretty amazing. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (not pictured), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: Well, I did it. I finished the Harry Potter series! I honestly never believed that I would read it, let alone love it... I will say that as an adult reading it, it didn't have the same magical suspense that most likely would have occurred with my younger mind. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would say if you're one of the last that haven't read it, give it a try.
Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner: After all the fantasy, scifi and classics I wanted something lightweight. Then Came You is classified as chick-lit and an unexpected love story. I have read and enjoyed a couple of Jennifer Weiner books but that was years ago... This book was a huge disappointment. It's about four women (walking clichés) that have separate stories that intertwine in the most obvious way.
I have another post coming up about how my reading tastes have changed...
Happy reading! xx
As always I'm open to book recommendations! Have you read any of these? Let me know what you think in the comments!