August Reading + Official Announcement!

August is already halfway done! So many things happened so far and it just went past me.  Even keeping track with my calender wasn’t quite enough.

However, if you did check out my previous recap for July! I had some special plans right after I finished A Game of Thrones.

I indeed did finish it a few day ago. So lets do a little review before giving you this official announcement 🙂

A GAME OF THRONES

By: George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones

Its been a while since I’ve read an 800+ page book.  Lets say Harry Potter long ago.  Nowadays I stick to smaller, easier and quicker reads. My brain just isn’t the way it was before and as much as I like fantasy worlds, some don’t quite work for me.  For example, I can appreciate the beauty of Lord of the Rings trilogy in movies but reading those novels were a chore.  It would take me half a year to finish one novel if not a year. The Hobbit read very differently though.  However, we are not here to discuss that.  Its merely an example.

A Game of Thrones is a long read and along the way, I truly felt like giving up.  What I liked about it was the order it had.  With the amount of characters, it gave the readers a chance to focus on a few.  Some characters had more notable stories with more memorable characteristics whereas others didn’t. When the book first started, learning about everyone was fun but once it was hitting a certain chunk in the middle, save for a few characters, I wanted to fall asleep over and over again.  It could be that I was just having less energy than usual from all the late nights at Fantasia but I still hold true that some characters only had their stories built up in the first one and really amounted to nothing much at the end.  However, once we enter in to the last 200 pages or so, things started getting interesting again.  We actually see “a game of thrones” emerging and it builds up to a pretty fantastic ending that has me wanting to see what happens next.

Maybe for some of you who have seen the show (which is a good group of you, I think), you can tell me if in fact, Catelyn, Tyrion, Eddard and Daenarys actually has as great a storyline and Jon actually gets a better one than the one in the book.  I can see everything in this book turning into the success the series has achieved because its ripe for that sort of media 🙂

Regardless, I’m happy thats done!

If you do want to read a more positive and detailed review of this book, Zoe at The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger  has written a lovely review for it right HERE!

NOW FOR THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

my escape books

I’ve been giving a lot of spotlight to movies, especially with the last review of Fantasia Film Festival coming up very soon (probably later today).  I’m a bit behind with everything else but I think taking a little refreshing break for a book month is good.  I’ve had a bunch of novels sitting in my e-reader from independent writers from the bloggers among us.  Plus, I’ve had some writers reach out to me to review their books in the last few months which I have agreed to do but never actually got around to it.  I’m feeling extremely horrible about that so I need to remedy it with spending the next month or so, lets say till the end of September reading only these books.  I’ll write a full post as a review for each one because as much as I love established writers, some of these authors have written some of the best books I’ve read in the last few years.  I’m pretty excited about it.

I was supposed to do my Recommendations month over here for August but we’ll change things up a little.  For the rest of August, I’ll be focusing on books by independent writers.  No worries, I still have like 20 movies review backlogged to write up so those will still go up gradually.  In September, I’ll be back with Recommendations for both movies and books. At least thats the plan.  My list is endless since a lot of you have given me so many movie ideas in the comments you’ve left me since I’ve started blogging and I’ve gathered a good bunch now.

I’m pretty happy about this! If you or someone you know has written a novel that you’d like me to check out, just email me or comment below and I’ll go get myself a copy.  I’d be glad to give it a read. I’m sure I can fit it in within the next month and a half. 🙂