Finished "The Light Between Oceans" and it was incredible. One of the best books I have read in a while. Very well written with wonderful insights and a unique story. A very impressive debut novel. I will certainly be reading future works by M.L. Stedman. Nice to read an actual good story after my earlier month's read of Inferno.
Started the month by finishing up Inferno by Dan Brown which I really did not like at all. I thought it was his worst book yet, and it felt like I was reading a travelogue more than an actual novel. Extremely disappointing and predictable.
After that I read The World's Strongest Librarian, which was a pretty interesting memoir that I enjoyed.
A change up to a short story collection followed that with Tenth of December which I mostly enjoyed.
Now reading The Light Between Oceans, which is already shaping up to be my favorite of the bunch so far.
A comment for the season as a whole....Waaaayyy too little Mance Rayder. I know that his story doesn't fit in well with what they did this season, but I have been so pumped for him to arrive on the show, and he was barely in it at all. Disappointing.
The fact that the ending to the episode was somehow given the green light to air. Somehow nobody told them how cheesy and terrible it was.
I at least wanted some foreshadowing of Coldhands, even a mention would have been nice.
I loved the Roose and Walder scenes, but they could have mentioned what they did with Cat. I wasn't expecting LS like a lot of people, but the fact that there was no mention of her, and no scene of her being thrown in the river, or anything at all makes no sense to me.
Davos was great as usual, but D& D continue to butcher Stannis, which is always disappointing.
Jon and Ygritte continue to be cheesy up til the bitter end.
Oh, and did I mention that ending? Seriously I may never get over that scene..
The ending was quite possibly the worst scene of not only this series, but any HBO series I have ever watched. Cheesy, contrived, terrible music, anticlimactic, out of place, and totally absurd in every way.
5 out of 10.
It may be a somewhat harsh rating, but that ending was beyond cheesy. That was the true definition of cringeworthy, I couldn't believe it was actually happening.
No surprise the best parts were with Roose who continues to steal the scenes he is in, Arya, Tyrion, my boy Davos, and Reek.
Overall though, not that impressed. I am optimistic about season 4 though. I am curious to see how they do end up handling CH and LS, as I'm fairly certain they won't be completely cut.
Just finished The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson. I really enjoyed it, especially being a Psychology student currently, this area is still one of the more interesting areas in the field in my opinion. I read it pretty quickly, and I may just read his other novels at some point!
Just finished Defending Jacob, man I really liked it. I am a sucker for courtroom dramas, so it was right up my alley, but the family relationships and issues looked at in the novel will stick with me. As will the powerful ending.
Gotta let this sink in before I finish up some other novels.
Just finished The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom and was sorely disappointed. No depth at all and just a predictable, cliche read with boring characters and message. I really like some of his other work (at least I did years ago) and was let down majorly by this one.
I am going to read Fevre Dream now on my Kindle..I know it will be a much better decision!
On another note, I will add that Gone Girl definitely lives up to the hype..it is awesome.
Finished up Dark Places by Gillian Flynn for the last book of the year! It was a really great read..not quite as engaging as Gone Girl in my opinion, but still was excellent! I really love her work..only one book of hers to go now! Hopefully there will be many more.