Second to last Monday of July which means we have 36 more days of summer left. How was your weekend? Mine was full of Japanese curry, sleeping in, hot weather, good knitting and audiobook time, and sushi rolls.
Alrighty then, I’m linkin’ up with Kathryn as usual for the Monday book post.
Taken from her weekly, Monday post:
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel is about a reporter named Alix and her retired, Navy SEAL cameraman, Ben, who are highly valued by their boss because they get good media coverage on dangerous news happening around the world. Their boss has them investigate the Vice President of the United States because he has a strong hunch that the man has dirty dealings going on. Alix's digging around of course sets off a chain of events that brings danger upon them.
The romantic suspense books I've read in the past usually have tension throughout the whole book and you know the murderer is lurking there in the background. This one doesn't. The protagonist has a dangerous job and puts herself in highly dangerous situations that are happening in the world today. I found that interesting but not a lot of details actually went into those scenes. The supposed threat was a flop for me. I found out what he did after the fact and from what I had read up to, which was 80% BTW, he didn't do anything sinister until I'm guessing in the last 20% of what I didn't read. I was not impressed with Dangerous Games which is why it went on the DNF shelf.
Do you remember what books you had to read in high school? I only remember Catcher in the Rye, Watership Down, maybe a few Shakespeare plays, and One Thousand and One Nights.
I didn't have to read The Outsiders in high school. My tween had found it at Costco and wanted to read it because she knew it was to be read in eighth grade. My firstborn inspired me to read this book; I was lucky to find an audio version on Overdrive.
You have the greasers who are poor, grease up their hair, and are tough. Then there's the Socs, the rich kids who drive fancy cars and wear expensive clothes. These white-collar teenagers bully the greasers; they have no qualms jumpin' them when they outnumber them. Then one night an incident goes too far and changes the lives of both groups.
Ponyboy is a smart, fourteen year old greaser who is the narrator of The Outsiders. Once he started talking about his world of being a greaser and how he had to deal with Socs, I was hooked! This book was really good. I became immersed in another world and walked a mile in Ponyboy's shoes. Ponyboy's gritty story walks a reader through the tough environment he has had to grow up in and has had to survive in. Even though he doesn't like a few of the older crew members, there is still camaraderie among him, his brothers, and their friends. Obviously, no one is perfect and each has his own baggage, but their bonds are strong as they are family to one another.
The audio narrator, Jim Fyfe, does a good job with Pony Boy's voice and he's not bad on the other characters'. For me, listening to an audio version gave an edgy and raw vibe to the book; I felt the vulnerability Ponyboy had at times. At one point I was worried it was going to be like West Side Story, but the book went in a different direction that kept my attention riveted. When the audiobook finished, I was in awe. I mean these characters were just teenagers and young adults livin' this hard life. And yep, I did think of how situations like this existed today in our world. It has taken me a long time to read The Outsiders, but better late than never, right? I highly recommend it. Five stars.
What I'm Currently Listening To
- The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis
What's on My Kindle
- Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews
- Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) by Christina Lauren
- The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green #1) by Julie Anne Long
Thanks for stoppin' by. I hope you're having a good Monday. TTYL.