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It’s been a month since I started the Semi-Charmed Summer 2015 Book Challenge, and I’m happy to announce that it’s going marvelously. I’ve completed three of the books on my list and am more than halfway through with my fourth. If I can keep this up, I should have no problems completing the challenge! So, what did I read last month?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I started with this book because it was the shortest on my list, coming in at just 216 pages. I remember seeing the movie back in 2005 and enjoying it, but I had never read the book. I was surprised at how little of the movie I remembered, and, despite enjoying the read, found myself a little disappointed by the ending. It just… ended. My Kindle insisted I was only about eighty percent through the book when I reached the end, which didn’t help my expectations in the slightest. But it is the first in a series, so I expect the sudden ending is intentional. I guess I’ll just have to read the rest! This was a quick read, and quite enjoyable.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I’d been wanting to both read this book and watch the movie for some time, so I started on this one next. What an engaging read! I was a little wary of this one being longer — it’s 560 pages — but I practically tore through it and finished in just over a week. It’s brilliantly written. I adored the way information was revealed to the reader while other details were intentionally left out, leaving me constantly wondering what to believe and who to trust. Many people have expressed distaste over the book’s ending, but I liked it. It left me feeling unsettled, yes, but in my opinion it stayed true to the characters and the story.
Not long after finishing the book, my husband and I watched the movie. I was dying to see it after reading the novel; curious how the filmmakers would portray the subtle nuances in the story. I was honestly disappointed. While I didn’t hate the film a s a whole, I think it skimmed the surface of an otherwise beautifully crafted thriller. The ending baffled me; I had read many accounts stating that the end of the film differed from the book. Many said they preferred the ending of the film to the ending of the book. But, to me at least, the endings were identical. Does anyone have thoughts on this? Please let me know in the comments!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Back in college, I remember seeing this book everywhere. I never read it, but it seemed that everyone else had. So when the Summer Challenge included a task to read a book with an animal on the cover, I thought, “why not?”
I didn’t care much for this book. It’s written from the perspective of an autistic teenager, which was interesting at first, but quickly began to seem like more of a gimmick than a character. Even though I finished the book in just a few days, I couldn’t get in to it. I can’t even really articulate why. It just wasn’t for me. I gave it three stars on Goodreads, but thinking back on it now, I think I’d actually rate it even lower.
I also started reading The Cuckoo’s Calling this month, but as I’ve yet to finish it, I’ll include that review in next month’s check-in. For my full reading challenge list, be sure to check out my preliminary list. To follow my progress, add me as a friend on Goodreads. If you’re curious about this reading challenge, read more at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. And for those keeping score, I’ve got a cool 75 points out of 200.