Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge (Month 2)

August 26, 2015 | 4 comments


Time flies. We’re now 2/3 into Literary Ladies’ summer reading challenge (hosted by Kay, Kari, and Kristen). I had finished 5 books for the first month’s check-in, and this month I finished another 2 categories.


CATEGORY 6 | A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show)

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Paperback, 371 pages ★★★ (Read July 26 – August 2)

This dystopian novel starts with the boy Thomas (who doesn’t remembers anything about his life other than his name) arriving into a walled encampment at the centre of a stone maze. I really liked the movie adaption from 2014, starring Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, and I had heard great things about the book. Unfortunately, this was one of the rare cases where the movie was much better than the book. The latter was hard to get into, the dialogue was quite hard to follow, and the book just progressed so slowly. The Maze Runner is the first of a trilogy, but I’m seriously considering skipping the rest of the books and just wait for the movies.

CATEGORY 9 | A suspenseful book

Someone to Watch Over Me by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Hardcover, 336 pages ★★★★ (Read August 8-17)

In the fifth book about lawyer Thora, she’s hired to re-open a case regarding a residential assisted living facility which was burnt down, killing 5 people. Everyone thinks the one who started the fire has been found – a young man named Jakob with Downs Syndrome, who lived at the home (and was the only survivor of the fire). Another inmate at the prison where Jacob is sent is convinced that Jakob is innocent. As Thora starts to investigate, it becomes clear that something is weird about the case and that more went on at the home than the old director want people to know. I love this series, and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is definitely one of my favourite Nordic crime writers. Her books are perfectly balanced crime and psychological thrillers that have you captivated from the first page to the last.

I’m currently reading John Green’s Paper Towns for the young adult novel category. The two other categories I have left are a book that has been on my TBR list for a year or more, and a book written by a comedian/celebrity or a memoir. Any recommendations? Or should I stick to the books on my original list?