I really struggled with reading this month, but it’s time again for our Reading Lately linkup! Join Alison and I as we come together and review the books we’ve read in the last month. We’d love for you to link up with us (you can find the linkup at the bottom). I went to Alaska this month (see my guide to visiting Fairbanks here) and my sleep schedule was completely backwards after our red-eye flight home which was just exhausting so that’s my excuse for not reading enough. School also started again so I’ve been busy doing homework/reading for school!
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The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
This historical thriller follows Paul Cravath, a young inexperienced lawyer in Manhattan, who somehow lands George Westinghouse as his client. George Westinghouse is in a patent battle with Thomas Edison over the lightbulb. The story follows Paul as he finds himself way over his head competing against Edison and his much more experienced lawyers. Determined to win at all costs, Paul learns a lot about himself and the people he’s fighting for and against.
I’m not sure I would call this a thriller really, it starts out pretty slow. I am interested in historical novels so I kept reading and it does pick up, but it wasn’t really a page turning thriller. It definitely gets really interesting, especially if you don’t know a lot about the subject. This story is based on actual events, so it’s definitely worth picking up if you’re interested in history. It’s an interesting insight into the science and history of America.
The dialogue is very realistic and believable, it never seemed forced or corny. I found it well written and interesting. There were quotes at the beginning of each chapter which I liked for the most part. After a while I was kind of over them and skipped them. While it moved a little slowly at times, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel!
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I had to read this for one of my classes and I had never read it before. This book is considered by many to be the first science fiction novel. Victor Frankenstein creates and gives an unliving monster life. His disgust for the monster and his actions send him into a downward spiral of depression and madness.
The book was quite different from what I expected, but also very good. Again I don’t want to give away any spoilers if you’ve never read the book! A few parts were kind of slow and drawn on for so long. But I still enjoyed the book!
Apparently it’s free on Kindle by Amazon here. I wish I had known that before buying the hard copy for class! -face palm-
I’m also really torn on the new Harry Potter book. I’ve seen several people say that it was not what they expected, it felt more like fan fiction, and they hated it. There’s a part of me that wants to read it to see what the future holds for everyone, but then I don’t want it to ruin Harry Potter for me. Have you read this? What are your thoughts? What else have you read this month! Don’t forget to join our reading lately linkup 🙂
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Alison @ Puppies & Pretties says
Seems that August was not the month for reading! The Last Days of Night sounds interesting. I always enjoy books that have a little historical truth woven in.
I didn’t even remember requesting it to be honest haha but I also love books with some historical truth! It definitely started kind of slow, a lot of engineering talk about electricity/lightbulbs and their design and stuff and just sort of slow. But it picked up and got more interesting as it went on. Not a page turner, but still interesting 🙂 But I agree with your post, we watched a lot of Olympics too so that probably didn’t help.
Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day says
I’m curious about the new HP book too! I have too many books to read at this time so I’ll have to wait and see what others say.
Haha that’s my other problem, I have a ton of books to read and that I want to read. And I’m reading a lot for school so I’ll probably just hold off on HP as well.
That first book sounds really good. I just put it on my to-read list!
Frankenstein is good as far as classics go- I love the history behind the birth of the story and Mary Shelley. HP is ok and I don’t regret reading it, but the development of Harry and friends isn’t the same in the book as it is in my head. I prefer my version and I’m going to look at the play as something else entirely. Meh.
I really liked The Last Days of Night! Like I said, it’s a little slow to begin with and there’s quite a bit of engineering talk that was kind of boring to me. But I love books with some historical truth in them. I actually have been meaning to look up the truth behind all of this, but I didn’t want it to spoil the ending of the book haha. Frankenstein was really good and I love that she wrote it because of a campfire bet! And I don’t know if I want to ruin what I have in my head of HP. But that’s an interesting idea to just think of it as something else lol.