September Book Blog Post

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OK, it has been a LONG time since I did a book post. I said that same thing the last time I did a book blog post in March. When I started my blog, I wanted my blog to mainly be focused on diabetes but also include a little non-diabetic content from time to time, which is why I wanted to blog somewhat regularly on books I was reading. I haven’t been doing too well on this front and I’m not sure if I will be able to do any better in the upcoming months, but I can try.

I have been reading recently but probably not as much as in months past because work has been so busy and I’ve been exhausted from growing a baby in my belly. Also, I started the Game of Thrones series and those books are no joke!

Back in March, I finished the Divergent series. I LOVED Divergent and couldn’t put it down but I could have done without Insurgent (book #2) and Allegiant (book #3). Insurgent was not bad but by the time I got to Allegiant, I was not really enjoying the read. I also didn’t care for the way the book ended either. If I were to recommend a three series young adult collection, I would definitely recommend the Hunger Games over Divergent.

After finishing the Divergent series, I decided to read the Game of Thrones series. My goal was to read each book then watch the corresponding HBO series season before the season 4 finale in June. The books were so long. The first book in the series was hard to get into because there were so many characters; it was hard to keep everything straight. I think I read the first 100 pages several times. Once I got rolling though, it got easier. I read book 1 then watched season 1 of the HBO series. I will say that normally I like books way better than tv/movie adaptations but in this case, I thought the show complimented the book well. The books include so much detail that I would often miss something, but watching the tv show after reading would fill in some blanks that I might have missed reading. The book is a lot more detailed though so I’m not sure I would catch everything if I was just watching the show. The show veered off a little different in some parts, but overall I thought it was pretty true to the book.

The same can be said for book two/season 2 and book 3/seasons 3 and 4. I think the third book was my favorite of the three because by then I got to know the characters pretty well and I was really invested in the story lines. It did take me several months to get through these books/watching the tv show though because they are so long.  I also finished books 4 and 5 and now I can’t wait for the new season of Game of Thrones on HBO.  I’m sure I will need a refresher before the 6th book is released because it’s so much info, I think I have already forgotten some of it.

One thing that I didn’t particularly care for was the treatment of women in the tv show. I know the book touched on it some but the TV show really takes it to the next level. It’s too bad they think they need to include so much nudity to gain followers for some demographics because I think the storylines are great without all the added nudity. It would be one thing if they served a purpose in the storylines but a lot of the time, I don’t really think they do. I would recommend the Game of Throne series to others if you have a lot of free time. It definitely takes a commitment to read them. They are long and very involved and require a lot of focus to keep characters and events straight.

After finishing the Game of Thrones series, I read The Book Thief. I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t quite care for how the narrative was told but once I got over that, I could really enjoy the story. I thought the movie also did a great job of covering the book, although the book included a lot more detail to make the story mean more. I would definitely recommend the book/movie to others.

I also completed the Sookie Stackhouse collection.  I had previously read the first 11 books in the series but still had books 12 and 13 to complete.  Luckily in the time between reading those first 11 and the last two, the author released the Sookie Stackhouse Companion book so I could catch up on the first 11 books that I might have forgotten.  The book included a recap of the previous books, interviews with the author and the producer of the True Blood series, a short story, some southern recipes and a comprehensive guide on all of the characters (on and a trivia section that I skipped over).

Deadlocked and Dead Ever After (books 12 and 13 in the Sookie Stackhouse collection) were really quick, easy reads.  I especially enjoyed reading them after reading the Game of Thrones books.  I will say that I liked previous books in the series because of the romance and I didn’t quite care for the love story in these last two, but these books did a nice job of wrapping up the series.  I didn’t particularly like the way the books ended but it made sense.

  • Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
  • Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin
  • A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R. R. Martin
  • A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin
  • A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) by George R.R. Martin
  • A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris
  • Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
  • Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

My goal over the next few months:

  • Finish the Ender’s Shadow Series (I read the Ender’s Game series earlier in the year but stopped to read the Divergent series before the movie came out in March and the Game of Throne series before the tv show ended in June.)
  • Inferno by Dan Brown (although I heard the movie was coming out next year so I might wait until closer to the movie release date so I will remember the book better)
  • Tempting Fate by Jane Green
  • Plus my neighborhood book club is starting back up so I’ll have a new list of books to read for that

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