Books? Books!

Hey everybody! I’m back at it with some books reviews (kind of) today. If that’s you thing, read on. If not, today’s not your day.

PPZPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith– I’m taking a zombie lit class this semester, so I’ve been consuming a lot of zombie works. Some have been great! Some have not. PPZ falls in between. I tried to read Pride and Prejudice back in my junior year of high school, and I ended up ditching it about halfway through just because I ran out of time/patience for all their pride and prejudices. The zombies made it a little more interesting for me, if only because some of the lines add humor in the context of nineteenth century England. I don’t know how strong of a writer Grahame-Smith really is, his voice tends to stand out from Austen’s, but I liked seeing how he thought a zombie menace would go over in Elizabeth Bennett’s England.

ZONE ONEZone One by Colson Whitehead– This one’s another that I had to read in my zombie class. I know Whitehead is a pretty respected author, but I absolutely hated this book. Don’t get me wrong, there were some parts that were amazing! But for the most part, I felt like it was Whitehead showing his prowess with big words. It felt like it was mostly just a slog through overwritten description that went off on tangents I had trouble relating back to the main idea. I felt like the narrative voice didn’t align with how exceedingly average we’re told our main character is supposed to be. The description of his thought processes is way too high falutin for someone that’s supposed to be the celebrated B-student/citizen. From what I’ve seen, Zone One received a lot of praise, so some people out there like it! There are good insights into society and work practices, but the writing made it hard for me to think about anything besides how much I hated what I was reading. In short, if you like super wordy description and post-apocalyptic New York City, you might like Zone One.

PJThe Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan– Okay this one was a reread, but I still love it! It’s also the second in the Heroes of Olympus series and I didn’t reread the first one before it for some reason. I started the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books back when I was 10. Now I’m 20 and I still own all of them because it’s just a phenomenal series. As someone that has always been interested in mythology, these books were exactly my thing! The Heroes of Olympus books were great because Percy and his friends had kind of aged with the original audience, so it was still relevant to me. I think they’re all about 16, and if I remember right, I was in that mid-teen range when they were coming out. Whatever, I highly suggest any Percy Jackson books if you like Greek mythology and spunky characters.

That’s about all I’ve got! I haven’t been reading much lately, but I’m trying to read more things in whatever free time I get. If you want to see what I’m reading, you can follow my Goodreads here!I try to keep my currently reading list updated. Anyway, I’ll see you when I see you. Have a nice day!

–Nicole

P.S. I just posted a new YouTube video today. If you’d be interested in seeing my face, click right here to go to my newest video. Okay, that’s actually all I’ve got.

 

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