Helloooo, readers. Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I know I did in beautiful Virginia with the best boyfriend (hi JDJ). Sorry for the sappiness. So I finally finished A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling after carting it around with me everywhere I went for the past couple weeks. I insisted on buying the actual book rather than on my Nook, but as some of you might know, it’s a pretty big one.
The beginning was a bit rough for me. I started off a little confused about the actual storyline and—tear—there were no mentions of Harry Potter or Ron (my HP crush). Obviously I knew it would be nothing like Harry Potter, but it still took a bit of adjustment. Once I got past the first 25-50 pages, I was hooked. The book has a third person omniscient point of view, and I was surprised to find I was interested in just about every character’s view. Usually I get attached to just one or two and only look forward to their passages, but the characters and their actions are integrated so well that I wanted to know what was going on in everyone’s heads. There’s no denying that Rowling has an unbelievable knack for character development. There’s also the whole young vs. old conflict that the whole plot hinges on. So intriguing and modern yet timeless.
The ending threw me a bit, as it kind of just snuck up on me and I didn’t know what to do with it after I turned the last page. I’m still thinking about it. Very, very interesting. If you’re looking for a substantial book that will make you think and read closely, I highly recommend it.
:: Up Next ::
I just started The Christmas Train by David Baldacci after Jack’s raving recommendation (he read it like five years ago so…). It’s meh so far. Can’t get down with the narrator just yet.
Any recommendations from you guys? I’d love some new ones, as always!