Today’s Friday Fives is a bit different. Instead of five of my favorite books, these are the five books I’ve read most recently and my thoughts on them. I guess there may end up being some spoilers in this post, so reader beware!
1. Wizard And Glass
By now you probably know that I’m a huge fan of Stephen King (and you may also recal me mentioning that I’m re-reading the Dark Tower series). I think the Dark Tower series is my favorite works by him. It’s a little bit of horror, a little bit of si-fi, and a little bit of a fantasy, all mixed with a western. I suppose that’s a bit of a strange combination, but I think that’s why I like it so much.
Wizard And Glass is the 4th book of the series and it’s also my favorite. This book starts off where The Wastelands left off, but eventually turns into Roland, the book’s main character, telling the tale of the very first “mission” he and his first set of friends went on. It also tells the tale of his first and only love and the tragic loss of said love. It’s actually quite morbid and totally heartbreaking, but what more do you expect from the King of Horror? 😉
After telling his tale, Roland and his new set of friends continue on their quest to find and save the Dark Tower, perfectly sandwiching a completely different and somewhat unrelated story into the main story line. I think the way Stephen Kind accomplished that was brilliant and I absolutely loved it!
2. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
I was really disappointed with this book.
I’m not going to lie, going into it, all I knew was that it was a “new Harry Potter book”. I didn’t know it was just a script to a play, but I was willing to give it a chance. I also didn’t know it wasn’t JK Rowling who wrote it. I’m not sure what all she contributed, but it doesn’t seem like much (but again, I haven’t done any research on it.)
The whole Albus and Scorpius friendship seemed super forced and actually, none of the characters seemed very authentic. Harry, Ron, and Hermione didn’t feel like themselves, which made me super sad. Plus it didn’t even feel like being back at Hogwarts, you know?
I also feel like everything moved to fast. Don’t get me wrong, I get that this is a single book (or play I guess) and not a series of 7 books, but still, I feel like I missed out on a lot of details. Which kinda goes back to the whole not feeling like being back at Hogwarts thing…Honestly the whole thing read like a bad fan fic (which I’ve seen is a pretty common opinion).
I don’t know, I really wanted to like this book and maybe it works better on stage, but man was it a huge let down…
3. Of Mice and Men
S0, I haven’t read this book since I was in like, 6th grade. I totally forgot just how depressing it is. I mean, I knew the ending was super sad, but the whole goddamn book is just full of death and failed dreams. But if I recall correctly, this is a depression ere book, so that makes sense. It’s sill a good read though!
4. The Wind Through The Keyhole
Another Stephen King book made the list! Yay! 😉
This book is also part of the Dark Tower series, although it was written 8 years (I think) after the very last book in the series was written. So, it doesn’t really have any bearing on the actual story line, but it’s still super interesting!
It gets kinda inception-y though. Basically, It’s Roland telling his friends a story of himself telling a story to a kid who he and one of his old friends was helping. That sounds a lot more confusing than it actually is. Stephen King is really good at writing stories into other stories.
The first time I read this book I hadn’t read anything else from the Dark Tower series, so there were a few things I didn’t quite understand, but I was still able to follow along and enjoy the story. So maybe if you don’t want to fully commit yourself to a relatively long 7 book series (8 if you count this one) until you know what you’re getting into, I’d suggest you start with this book to get a feel for the whole thing.
5. The Little Red Book of Running
This is probably one of my favorite running books, just because it’s so freaking handy! It’s not super detailed about anything but it’s full of helpful little nuggets of information and is a super easy read, which is nice. 🙂