From the Bookshelves of August 2013

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08.30.13 / books read in august
Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

After finishing the Hitchhiker’s Guide series, I’ve decided the first book is my favorite, but this one just might have my favorite fun fact attached: the story was developed from an unused “Doctor Who” film submission by Douglas Adams. For some reason, though, I can’t remember much about this book, and even when I read the summary on Wikipedia, I don’t really have any thoughts about it. It was fun. I wish there was more Trillian (I always wish there was more Trillian). But it didn’t strike me enough to have a long-lasting opinion. Sometimes I read books that I know I enjoyed, but I don’t remember why. I know that’s weird and unhelpful, but it’s just the way it is.

So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams

This is the Hitchhiker’s Guide book I read the fastest this month, though it wasn’t my favorite of the three (that’d probably be Life, the Universe and Everything). Still, it was good for a laugh, like the books usually are. At the same time, though, it felt disconnected, mostly because it takes place almost entirely on Earth and has “romantic” plot to it. While the book isn’t bad, this kind of shows. It fits in well enough with the rest, though, and it’s certainly worth reading “God’s Final Message to His Creation.” (Spoiler alert: It’s “We apologize for the inconvenience.“–highlight the text to read it.)

Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams

I’m going to have to go with least favorite Hitchhiker’s Guide book on this one. It felt to me to have even less of a plot than the rest, and it was no fun having everyone as separated as they were for so long. It felt too much like three separate stories and took me way too long to get through because it wasn’t enjoyable; reading it started to feel like a chore.

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

This book was…okay. The fact that I finished it in 24 hours probably seems like a sign that I enjoyed it, but I kind of just wanted to finish it before leaving my aunt’s house, since it was her copy (hence its lack of presence in the photo). She’d recommended it to me a few times, and while it certainly wasn’t bad, I also didn’t enjoy it as much as she does. I just don’t think I was the target demographic for it. I would have been more interested if the book was solely about the ’70s and ’80s time periods in the story, rather than the ’90s-’00s, when the main characters were grown adults with their own families and children. I don’t have children, and I don’t have a best friendship that’s lasted thirty years, so I just couldn’t find enough to stick with me.

Ragdoll House by Maranda Elizabeth

I already wrote a whole post about this book, but that’s because it was easily my favorite out of all I read this month. It struck every chord necessary to stick with me as much as it has. I’m really hoping some of my friends read it because I’m interested in hearing their opinions–which obviously have to match mine, or else they’re just plain wrong. (Kidding.) This is easily one I’ll read again, and soon. It’s such a quick read that I can’t find much reason not to give it another read through.


“From the Bookshelves” is a monthly list of books I’ve recently read. I’ll share the good, the bad, and the ones so awful I didn’t even finish. The goal is to expose readers to books I encountered, and hopefully pique their interest in even the less enjoyed books because what’s boring to me might be fascinating to them.

August 31, 2013
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