SummySeries 2020: Books

I finally finished ANNA KARENINA! Review here. This is my last SummySeries summary (say that 3 times fast). If you’re so inclined: TV, movies, miscellaneous.

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

I’ve mentioned once or twice (or a million times) that I generally struggle with reading fantasy because my mind has trouble imagining things not based in reality. But everything in this book was so gorgeously described that I had no trouble with the imagery.

The set-up was cool (dueling magicians) and I enjoyed the non-linear storytelling, although it never really felt like the stakes were that high.

I wonder if this will ever be a movie or show? I’d love to see the beautiful costumes and exhibitions brought to life.

20200707_131736INTERVIEW WITH THE VIXEN by Rebecca Barrow

An Archie Comics horror novel finds Veronica turned into a vampire and trying to save Riverdale.

I’m only vaguely familiar with the comics and have only seen a handful of Riverdale episodes, so I worried my lack of knowledge would cause confusion, but it didn’t because this book was such a blast to read.

It’s fun horror with smart humor and loads of female empowerment. And with that ending, I need more!

I’d love for this to be a show – I would watch the hell out of it.

THE BLUEST EYE by Toni Morrison

Morrison’s writing style is so lyrical. Even when it’s the most wrenching, heartbreaking scene, her words are liquid.

Almost from the beginning, the reader knows the horrible thing that will happen to Pecola. It didn’t occur until almost ¾ of the way through and I turned each page with a sense of dread.

The whole book felt stifling and oppressive and I don’t mean that negatively. Morrison created a mood and told a story that was slow, yet somehow fast. It was non-linear, but kept marching forward. I felt like I had a front row seat to personal, intimate details I shouldn’t have known.


20200821_183903Someone gave me this book “last Christmas.” (hahaha)

But, seriously, they did. It was like catching up with a childhood friend and reminiscing about great memories. Slightly repetitive in places, but aren’t we all when we’re talking about the past?

I appreciated that photos were scattered throughout the pages instead of in just one giant block (although there are several blocks, also).

It was a lovely tribute to a friend.

THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer

The other week, I mentioned how I couldn’t get past the body snatchers factor in EVERY DAY because it never felt like the main characters considered it horrific. This book does a better job of exploring the issue from both sides.

Good, but not great, because the rest of the story was fairly flimsy. I enjoy a love triangle/square as much as anyone, but throw in some outside stakes!

Also, a PSA: Dragging someone along by the wrist to the point you’re about to yank their shoulder out of socket or picking them up and forcing them to go with you IS NOT ROMANTIC.

I read The Host because it’s been on my shelf for years (another Christmas present), not because of the thematic similarities to EVERY DAY – that was a coincidence – but now I’m determined to find another book that deeply explores this type of scenario without being horror and with a balanced mix of character and plot.

Is this too much to ask?

Published by Jennifer Pickrell

I write YA contemporary filled w/ romance, angst & family drama. Things I like: cats, snacks, baseball, green tea, taking pictures of trees & movies so bad, they’re good.

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