Reading is fun. And it’s cheaper than a lot of other equally fun activities! Here are some more book reports from my 2014 Reading List:
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer, translated into Modern English by Peter Ackroyd
So proud of myself for finally reading this entire thing! Some stories are definitely better than others but if you’re a literature buff it’s definitely worth plugging your way through them. Or if you’re a history buff the stories act as a neat window into what life was like in 14th Century England. Also, I think the Wife of Bath was the original feminist, you should check her out.
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
I have read a lot of Victorian-style literature so I have what I consider to be a very high tolerance for subtle, understated, dry plot lines. This book, however, bored me to death. The characters are underdeveloped, the plot is vague, and when you finish reading the whole thing all you can think is, “What the heck was the point of that?” Unless you’re super into pre-WWII literature, skip this one . . . and even then maybe just watch the movie.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
This book was fantastic! It’s short, fast-paced, and entertaining. The narrator is a young boy with a talent for math and what he describes as “some behavioral difficulties.” Haddon does a phenomenal job maintaining the narrator’s strong, unique voice throughout the novel. Definitely a must-read.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
LOVE. If only because now I picture Theo James as Four/Tobias and HE. IS. EVERYTHING. If you haven’t seen “Divergent” the movie yet, do it! Also read this Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattbellassai/extremely-important-reasons-to-go-see-divergent
** Money Saving Tip!**
If you live in the Greater Portland area of Maine, you should stop by Annie’s Book Stop in the Forest Ave. Hannaford Plaza in Portland this weekend! It’s sad news that the store is closing after decades of business, but you can get a great discount on books because they are trying to get rid of their stock. Today (Friday 3/28), all books are half off and then tomorrow (Saturday 3/29) you can stuff a bag full of books for a buck! You can’t beat books that are less than a dollar! Check out the article below for more info: