Latest Reads: October 2016


I’ve fully recovered from my “reading hiatus” and have been reading furiously the past few months. Here are some short reviews of books I enjoyed. 

Speak, by Louisa Hall: This book was beautiful. It looks at the possible impacts of robots on humanity but does so in a nontraditional way, blending memoirs, letters, diaries, and transcripts of characters from different time periods to paint an amazing picture. Possibly my new favotite novel. 

I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith: Written from the viewpoint of a young girl falling in love, this book is immensely charming. She’s mature beyond her years and extremely relatable. 

The Passage, by Justin Cronin: Luckily this is just the first book in a trilogy. Science fiction, it builds a futuristic world where a military experiment went wrong. I fell for the characters and couldn’t put the book down. Extremely full of adventure. 

The Fall Guy, by James Lasdun: The only one I wouldn’t recommend. Too simple, obvious and annoying. I flew through it for sake of constant action, but wasn’t impresed. 

Purity, by Jonathan Franzen: From my favorite author, this book delivers. Complicated, disturbing, raw, sad, and real. Anything by Franzen touches me.