June was a spectacular month, I read A LOT. I didn’t blog much, but I
read so much because I had NOTHING else to do. I was so bored and thus read a
lot. I had planned to read a lot in July as well. I didn’t though. I sucked.
Suddenly I had to work and even though I usually read in my breaks I couldn’t
concentrate. So yeah.
What I did read though made me all happy and fluffy inside.
I read A Feast For Crows by George. R. R. Martin in the Song of Ice and
Fire series. For a while I was a bit annoyed because I love Tyrion and Dany,
and where the frak are they? Then my friend, who’d already read it, said that
the fifth book happens at the same time with the other half of characters. I
would have known this if I’d read ahead, but I don’t do that. I did like the
book though. People say it’s the one that they like the least, but I like it. I
like a lot of the new characters, especially the people in Dorne. Why does
George R. R. Martin gotta introduce people, make me like them and then kill
them off? I love Arianne Martell, and her whole family. The Sand Snakes are
awesome. They are very much their father’s daughters and I want more of them. I
found Doran annoying until the end pretty much. He comes back and just wins it
at the end for me.
I love Cercei. I mean
she’s a bitch, and she is way too arrogant, and she’s paranoid and drunk on her
power and you just want someone to take her down a notch. I mean I like that
she’s a woman who takes the power, but good lord she needs to listen to good
advice when it comes around.
I like to learn more
about different parts of Westeros, it’s really fascinating. I like Dorne, I
also quite like Braavos and Arya’s storyline. I mean she’s freaking me out but
I like her.
In conclusion I give the
book a thumbs up. I loved it and I can’t wait to read the fifth book to find
out what the rest are up to.
As I said I would I also read the Subtle Knife in the His Dark Materials
trilogy. I love this book, I like Will’s story, I like that we get more Lee
Scoresby and more of the witches. They really fascinate me. I also love Mary
Malone. I think she’s a really interesting character.
I did find something that
annoyed me though and I didn’t think about it the last time I read the book. When
Lyra is in her own Oxford she is extremely resourceful. She takes charge and
she pretty much rules her friends. She knows where to go and what to do. The
second Lyra meets Will she starts deferring to her, and it really annoyed me. I
realize that a lot of the time they are in Will’s world and he knows it better
than Lyra. Will has also had to be a grown-up and Lyra has always had grown-ups
around her to feed her and clothe her, so she doesn’t know some things. But I
feel like Philip Pullman takes away a lot of Lyra when she’s around Will. When
Lyra is alone in Will’s world she manages fine. When she goes and sees Mary
Malone by herself she is in complete control and she tells Mary how to find
answers and what to do. She goes back to the Lyra she is in her own Oxford when
she goes away from Will.
I know that she is
supposed to help Will find his father, but that doesn’t mean she needs to act
like an idiot. It takes away from her character and it annoys the hell out of
me that such a strong, tough girl suddenly becomes so deferential to a boy when
she has spent most of her childhood bossing boys around. I don’t know if I should let it bug me, but I
think it should. Will is the Adam to Lyra’s Eve and Pullman is turning them
into the Adam and Eve of the Bible where Eve defers to Adam and it is so not
I love the book, because
I like the story and the plot and the secondary characters so it gets a thumbs
up, it just could be better. I LOVE LYRA. Don’t make her that way please
Philip, make her better in the last book.
Then I was supposed to read some stuff, but didn't, cause my sister and I went on a major Harry Potter
movie-binge. We watched all of them over like 4, or 6, I think 6, days. And
then I bought all of the books so I have them all in the same format and with
the matching covers, they’re awesome. I then decided to read the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, just start in the middle, that’s normal. I think it’s
my favorite HP-book, I don’t know exactly why. It’s long, which is good. We get
to meet Satan’s wife, a.k.a. Umbridge. McGonagall and Dumbeldore get to be
awesome. Fred and George are fun. Harry grows up and Hermione becomes so badass
and brave and I remember why I love her. We also meet Luna for the first time.
Luna Lovegood is easily
my favorite Harry Potter character. She’s weird and smart and funny. She’s also
intelligent and fierce and a loyal friend and she fights for what’s right and I
love her. There should always be Luna Lovegood.
If you haven’t read the
Order of the Phoenix Harry starts his fifth year at Hogwarts after spending
half of his summer angry that his friends haven’t been in proper contact for a
month. He doesn’t know anything, he gets attacked by Dementors and most people
don’t believe in him. He then goes to London to the Headquarters of the Order
of the Phoenix, who are trying to fight Voldemort. They stay there the rest of
the summer, then go back to school and we meet Umbridge, their new teacher. She
insists on not teaching them anything they could actually use, and Voldemort
looms ever closer. It’s a good book.
I never get tired of
rereading the books if only to see the continuity-genius of J.K. Rowling. She’s
so fantastic. I think there is one thing in the seventh book that doesn’t make
sense, but reading the books again you pick up on stuff you didn’t notice
before. I’m a major Potterhead.
Yeah. That’s pretty much all I read in July, but in fairness two of them
were beasts. I’ll probably use a lot of August to read the stuff I should have
read, but didn’t read. I have started one of them. Yeah. We’ll see what