Surznick Reads: October 2015 - The Surznick Common Room

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Surznick Reads: October 2015


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! After last month's less than impressive showing of books, we were determined to read more this month (despite our always hectic schedules.) Here they are!

Sarah's Reads!


Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
From Amazon.com: "Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. . . . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs."

The long-awaited third and final book of the Miss Peregrine series just came out last month and I couldn't wait to read it! It had been a year and a half since I read the first two books for my book club, and I think the long gap hindered my enjoyment of this book a little bit. Slow at first, it took me awhile to remember how the second book ended. Ultimately, the story picked up, I remembered the situation, and I soon became really intrigued to see how the series was going to end. I personally enjoyed the ending, but others in my book club felt that it was a little rushed. If you've read the first two books in the series, it's definitely worth it to read this final book. This book is a little longer and I felt like there were less photos than the others, but it's still a quick and easy read. The first book is being turned into a movie by Tim Burton that is set to come out in December 2016 and I definitely can't wait to see that adaptation!

My Rating: 4 Stars



Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
From Amazon.com: "In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told."

I've heard mixed reviews about this book, but as a Lena Dunham and 'Girls' fan, I really wanted to read it for myself. I definitely liked it, but didn't love it. Most of the chapters just seemed pretty dry to me. I know Lena's sense of humor is rather dry and I typically appreciate that, but it didn't translate well in this book to me. Overall, it was fun to get a glimpse into her life that you don't get from following her on Twitter or Instagram. Most of the stories were about her life as a young girl, so someday I'd love to read another book from her about being an adult.

My Rating: 3 Stars


Nick's Reads!


Brain Droppings by George Carlin
From Amazon.com: "With hundreds of sold-out concert dates each year, over 20 albums, two Grammys, two Cable ACE awards, and more HBO specials that anyone else, George Carlin is more popular than ever. Now Carlin's New York Times bestselling book comes to paperback. Filled with thoughts, musings, questions, lists, beliefs, curiosities, monologues, assertions, assumptions, and other delicious verbal ordeals, Brain Droppings is drop-dead funny."

This was potentially the worst book I've ever read. I know many people hold George Carlin's career and comedy in pretty high regard, but I had a hard time getting through the book. It's hard for me not to sound like a prude when I say that much of what he writes in this book is tasteless, insensitive, and offensive, but it is. What was possibly seen as progressive, edgy comedy back in the 90s when this book came out, is now antiquated, backward, borderline bigoted commentary on our world. I would site examples from the book that helped me come to this conclusion, but I'd rather not.

My Rating: 0 Stars

We hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween! If you haven't yet seen our Spaghetti & Parmesan Cheese costumes, don't forget to check them out!

Sarah & Nick

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