IMG_20140526_122242 I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.” -- Sylvia Plath

May was "literarily" eventful, I read a total of 5 books:

  1. Divergent: A fairly mediocre YA novel, the plot did not seem cohesive enough for me.
  2. Insurgent: A filler novel of sorts that does have a slight twist but the lack of the customary cliche YA love triangle was missed.
  3. Allegiant: By this book I was belligerent, but I am impressed by Roth's balls to the wall fearlessness where character mortality is concerned.
  4. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book One): Really enabled me to fully keep track of all the characters on the HBO adaption. Great book, well written with an impressively intricate series of parallel subplots. George R. R. Martin is very talented. The thing is, the subsequent novels are encyclopedia sized and because I have a demanding career and life, I opted to read really detailed summaries for the subsequent books (my curiosity demanded it).
  5. The Fault in Our Stars: The book was EPIC! One of the best YA novels I have read thus far. The banter was snarky, intelligent and hilarious. The characters felt real and surreal all at once and I connected with them as soon as they were introduced. I would re-read this book in a heart beat!

May '14 selections were inspired by Books that became adapted visually for film and television.

I started reading Anna Karenina and The Rise of Superman (non-fiction) but these should be completed in June.