Summer Books

This summer I read six books (assuming you count comic books as books).  To some of you that may not seem like a lot but I really don’t read all that often so it is kind of a big deal for me.  It’s not that I don’t like reading, but I usually take a while to read and I also don’t go to a book store and just randomly pick something out.  I usually read things once enough people talk about it or recommend it (I’m coming for you next, Maze Runner).  Here are my quick reviews of these six books.

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I enjoyed this book.  I will start off by saying, I only watched the movie Divergent.  I did not read the book but the movie was so good I wanted to continue to series and did not feel it was necessary to read the book.  I’m one of those people that are like “Eh, I watched the movie.  That is good enough”.  Allegiant was great.  I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to people if you haven’t read it yet.  I’m gonna be hypocritical and say you should check it out before the movie comes out.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Overall, I was glad that I read this book and finished the series.  I did have some problem with this book though.  It took me a loooong time to get through it because it switches point of view almost every chapter between Tris and Four.  The writing style and personality between the two is almost the exact same so it sometimes makes it hard to remember whose POV you are supposed to be reading from.  I thought the ending was GREAT (some people will be upset by that but I think it makes it more “real”).  Overall, I wouldn’t rate this series higher than The Hunger Games but it was still a great series.

Gray Areas by Mike Glenn

I did not enjoy this book.  This book is a newer spiritual book that deals with “gray areas” in faith that supposedly don’t have a lot of scriptural backings to hold one stance or the other.  Topics range from addiction, depression, truth, divorce, dating and human sexuality.  My problem with this book is that the author doesn’t really look at both sides of the issues and ultimately gives cop out answers to each topic.  I think this book had great potential but the author plays it safe with discussion.

Radical by David Platt

Another spiritual book that I had a few problems with.  I went through this book with a young adult small group and we also watched an accompanying video series with it.  I liked the book but I hated the video which is weird because the videos are the author basically recapping the book.  But the author wasn’t a very good public speaker and he kind of made me mad the way he was speaking.  The ideas in the book were good though and I think it is worth a read.  Just don’t watch the videos.

DC’s Doom Patrol vol. 19-25 and vol. 26-34 by Grant Morrison

I want to preface this by saying these might be only the 2nd and 3rd comic books I’ve read in my life.  I didn’t read comic books as a kid.  After watching X-Men Days of Future Past in theaters I wanted to google something about X-Men.  During my googling I came across articles that said the X-Men are a ripoff of DC’s Doom Patrol which came out around the same time.  This intrigued me and after doing some research on the Doom Patrol I decided I wanted to read their comics.  Everyone online recommended the books done by Grant Morrison which their are 6 of.  I’ve read the first 2 and really liked them so I’ll be ordering the rest of them soon.  I wouldn’t recommend these comics to kids because there is some adult stuff in them but they are pretty fun to read.

Have you read any of these books and if so, do you agree with my reviews?  What books did you read this summer?

– Jacob

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4 thoughts on “Summer Books

  1. Steve Newton

    I am re-reading Foundation by Isaac Asimov. Was reading it on our cruise. Its classic sci-fi. I like re-reading things and seeing how I see things differently or understand differently at different seasons of life.

    Asimov is genius. If stranded on an island, I’d pick the works of Asimov to be stranded with.

  2. I loved the Divergent trilogy and agree with you on the ending.

    Radical is one of my favorites. I have not seen the videos, but have seen David Platt speak in person. He is VERY passionate and I really enjoyed hearing him speak. I will not watch those videos 🙂

    I am a Marvel fan so am offended by the insinuation that the idea of X-men was stolen…but I forgive you.

    The End

    1. I don’t know about the X-men being “stolen”, but there are quite a lot of similarities between the two groups. Even as far as like tag lines and things used on cover photos. It’s weird. But I like both.

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