Monday, July 13, 2015
Bookish Nostalgia - July 2015
Another month has come and gone and I know I'm a little late with this post. However, I'm just returning from my planned blogging break. And it has been a good break. Lots of books read and listened to. And lots of reviews to come. Here's what I read and remember the best from July of 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010. I think that July seems to be my month for reading YA fantasy, at least in the last years. See what you think. My favorites from July of...
July 1995 - The Rainmaker by John Grisham - I used to read every single book that John Grisham wrote. That began when I read The Firm and then read his first book, A Time To Kill. I loved both of them. After that point, I raced to get every new book. And then, somehow, I kind of lost my impulse to run - for Grisham at least. Anyway, The Rainmaker is about a brand new lawyer who goes up against some very big companies. His promised job after law school never happens, because of a merger, and he fights 'big' insurance and a 'big' law firm. And he has right on his side, of course.
July 2000 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling - Yes, this is probably my very favorite Harry Potter book. Now don't get me wrong, I love them all. But this one....it's the pivotal book, in my opinion. And it's the central book of the 7. This is the first really long Potter book. The first that I purchased from a US publisher. Little secret - I bought the first 3 books from 'across the pond'. It's the one that sees Harry start that journey into adulthood, in a very real way. I loved it and still do. The Tri-wizard Tournament, the students from other wizarding schools, the dragons, Cedric Diggory, Mad Eye Moody, Harry's first dance, so many things. I think I bought it the day it came out, and the time is coming closer for another re-read of the Potter books.
July 2005 - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling - Do you see a theme here? This Harry Potter book was a very hard one to read. There were deaths of favorite characters and Harry is well on his path to adulthood by this time. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the 6th book in the series and we are in the midst of dark, dark times. I remember buying this book on publication day and telling my husband that I would not be doing anything that weekend until I finished it. It was that kind of book. And, I also remember being so, so sad that I would have to wait quite some time for the next and last book. Sigh. Those were the days. Ha!
July 2010 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I can remember reading this book on a vacation we took that summer. I was sitting out on a cool balcony in Ruidoso, New Mexico and getting to know Katniss and company. I had been urged to read The Hunger Games and also Catching Fire before Mockingjay was published later that summer. I managed to do that and this was the last book I read in July of 2010, finishing it on the 31st. I recall trying to explain the whole concept of the games to my husband on that trip. While I won't say that I love this trilogy as much as the Harry Potter books, it's a really, really good one.
Please tell me you've read some of these books! If you haven't read any of them, well, what are you waiting for? Truly, what?