I read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August because amazon recommended it and it looked interesting, unlike anything else I’ve read in a while.
I like to find really different books. I still remember how much I’ve enjoyed The Golem and the Jinni.
As it turned out this book wasn’t as good. But it was still really different and quite good. I like finding books that are really different because I feel they are really rare. So when I do, even if they are not as good, I appreciate the author trying something different.
Though this one was good.
I read Dept. of Speculation because my friend Lauren recommended it. This is a really small book. I read it while sitting in a cafe. That’s how short it is. It’s also written in an unusual style so if books that aren’t in a standard format bother you, this might be a tough one to get through.
But if not, this is a really good book. Profound. Interesting. Thought-provoking. About motherhood, marriage, life.
A big bang for the buck considering its little size.
I read The Art of Fielding after letting it sit for a long, long time. A friend of ours recommended it so strongly that I finally decided to read it.
I should have known I was going to love it because I love all books that take place on a college campus.
This is a great story, well written, interesting characters and felt real to me. I am really glad I read it. If it’s in your will-read pile for a long time, too, maybe you can finally pick it up too.
I can’t remember why read The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. Maybe it was an Amazon book of the month? Not sure.
But I am so glad I did. It’s a lovely, cute little book about a bookstore owner and a girl who works at a publishing house. It’s a book for book lovers. It’s a simple, easy read that’s sweet and makes you happy.
I read Perfect because I loved Rachel Joyce’s other book so much. This was not as good. It was a considerably sadder story and I kept wincing as I read it.
Even with that, I am glad I did and I still think she’s a lovely author and i will read whatever she comes out with next but if you’ve never read her I recommend you start with The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters was the last of Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. One of my all time favorite young adult series. Something so different and the writing so imaginative.
This was the last book and it didn’t disappoint. To be honest, I felt like the high of the first book lasted all the way through for me. I found the whole plotline so unusual and the characters so interesting that I was willing to give the author a lot of the benefit of the doubt.
I loved this one.
I read Still Life with Bread Crumbs because I like Anna Quindlen. I wanted to see if i liked her latest novel.
And i did.
It was a quick read. A small book about an older woman. Something you don’t read much in most novels (except those like Anne Tyler or Elizabeth Berg.) I really enjoyed the characters, the story, and Quindlen’s writing. Not a literary masterpiece but a lovely novel.
I read We Are Water because it’s Wally Lamb and I love Wally Lamb. Love him.
I actually listened to this one on audio and it was really well done with multiple narrators, one of which was Wally Lamb himself. Fair warning: there are some triggers in the book. I don’t want to give away the plot or spoil anything but I want to say there’s one very disturbing character the book and this is the kind of book I usually would not pick up just for that reason.
BUt I am glad I picked up this one. Wally Lamb never disappoints.
I picked up Love Water Memory because I saw the author’s name in Jennifer Lauden’s blog and I just felt drawn to the book for some reason. I even checked it out from my local library.
I read it really quickly, mostly because I was interested in finding out what happened. I felt like it was an interesting story but it never got as deep as it could have. It felt like the story, the plot, the characters all stayed in the surface most of the time. I really liked the book and wished it had more depth because I think it could have been that much better.
My friend Evelyn gave me an ARC of An Ember in the Ashes because a friend of hers wrote it and she thought I might like it.
It was the first time I read a paper book in a while and I will admit i read the whole thing in one sitting. Literally. I opened it and never closed it until I finished it.
But that’s because Evelyn told me it was good. Had she not recommended it, i might have given up and not gotten to the good parts. Overall, it was interesting but not amazing in my opinion. I liked the male characters much more than the female.
I promised David I would read the whole Harry Potter series when we went home for the holidays (back in June) and I kept my promise. I had read number 1 years ago when it first came out. So I read 2-7 all back to back.
And they were fabulous.
After I read them all, we watched all the movies, and then we made a Harry Potter-themed food party. It was really fun and I am so glad to have shared this with him.
I am now much better prepared for Nathaniel.
I read Bark for book club. This is a collection of short stories by the amazing Lorrie Moore.
I’ve always been a fan of Lorrie Moore and her wonderful ways of telling sad, sad stories. This book is no exception. The stories are sad. Beautifully told, but so sad that it’s almost tough to get through the book. At least for me.
If you’re a short story fan, I’m sure you’ve already heard of Lorrie Moore, so you don’t need my recommendation on this one.