Summer Book Recap

Before I start up with a new pile of books that I got for my birthday (Thanks Mom!), I thought I'd briefly recap what I read (or reread as is the case with most) this summer:

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros: A short, light read. Vaguely reminiscent of Ursula Hegi's Floating in my Mother's Palm (one of my all-time favorite books) Coming-of-age stories are always a bit hard to swallow, filled with awkwardness and pain but it has it's shining moments.
   
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: I just HAD to reread this before seeing the film! I did like the fifth movie better than the fourth which is odd because it's the reverse of my preference of the books themselves.

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: A beautiful book. The perfect thing to read when traveling solo cross-country to a new place, which is when I read this. It touched upon a lot of my own personal beliefs about God and spirituality. A book I will re-read many times I'm sure.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: OK, I actually delayed reading the last HP because I just couldn't skip refreshing my memory on all the details in #6. These books really did improve as the series progressed.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:  I know it's been ages and everyone shared their opinions. I loved this book. There were so many touching moments, a few goodbyes, and a lot of anxiety! My only criticism is that I almost could have done without the fast-forward at the end. It was well done but it felt like JK Rowling really wanted to put this thing to bed and tie it all up. I'll re-read this soon, and more slowly!

Watership Down by Richard Adams: The first time I read this I did not appreciate nor enjoy it. I might even admit to having watched the movie just to get through a book report... I really loved reading this as an adult. I took my time. I understood the metaphors. I read the footnotes! This story is timeless and beautiful.

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin: I admit I bought this 90% because of the beautiful cover art. It's a terrible habit, I know. I thought this would be a fun airplane read and it just never happened. It took forever for me to get into this and I'm almost happy I'm done with it. Set in 1960's San Francisco this is a campy romance book too full of dated references for my taste. I really was lost half the time between obscure restaurant names and actual character names. It made me wish I lived in the 60's only to really enjoy this 6 part series. If I ever catch the miniseries they made of this I'd love to see how it all plays out on the screen.