February & March 2013 Book List

So, I meant to write a book list for each month, but I haven’t had tons of time to read lately so unfortunately my book list hasn’t been super extensive. Also, I’ve felt disappointed by a lot of the books I’ve been reading (as illustrated by my mini reviews below), so that definitely contributes to dragging out the reading of books.

That being said, here are the books I read in February and March:

  • Oryx and Crake. I like this book, but every time I read it I also feel somehow dissatisfied. There’s definitely something lacking in it, although I really like the concepts that Atwood explores.
  • 50 Shades of Grey. This was my second or third attempt at reading this book, and every time it just boggles the mind as to why everyone loves it. The characters, storyline, and writing are all awful. And seriously, who gasps and says “oh my” every twenty seconds? This book is positively ridiculous. I give up on it.
  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. This book just makes me feel kind of sorry for Anne Rice, because really, it’s rather disturbing. Also my second or third reading of it, and another book that I give up on trying to “get.”

And here are the books that I am partway through reading:

  • Conscientious Objections. Postman remains one of my favourite authors and rhetoricians. I love this book. He’s brilliant. Go find this book and read it.
  • The Psychology Book. This is a neat book – it’s basically a psychology-for-dummies type of book with lots of pretty pictures and interesting notations. I’m really enjoying it.
  • The Fionavar Tapestry. Mediocre. That’s all I can really say about this novel. If I have to keep flipping forward to the character index to keep track of all the overlapping storylines without getting much back in the way of reading a really awesome story, I’m not going to be overly impressed.

What have you read lately? Hopefully you’ve had better luck with choosing novels than I have in the past couple months! Share your recent awesome or not-so-awesome finds in the comments section below.