The Round House was a book club pick. It was a book I’d read about but postponed reading because I thought it might be really sad. And I’ll admit it was hard to read at parts.
But not as much as I feared.
In the end, it was more interesting than sad and definitely a worthwhile read.
Though I will also say the author’s choice of not using quotation marks in dialogue drove me absolutely insane.
The Last Summer of the Camperdowns was another Amazon recommendation. I pondered it for a while but then finally decided to just read it.
It was okay. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t anything amazing either. It was a relatively easy read, though a bit longer than necessary.
I can’t say it left me with any kind of lasting impression.
Some of these recommendations from Amazon leave me confused. Was this really one of the best books to come out that month?
I was recommended The Orphan Master’s Son almost two years ago.
But I never read it until now.
It was finally over book club that I decided to buckle down and take this long, long novel on.
And long, it is. It’s also hard to read. It’s harrowing and painful and has really really difficult to get through.
I am glad I did it but I will admit that I could have easily done without it.
Read this one at your own risk.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P was another Amazon recommendation. It’s always interesting when writing crosses gender boundaries. And I think this female author did a good job of writing a book from a man’s perspective.
But the character was so unlikeable to me that I didn’t care how realistic it was.
It made me remember all the things I didn’t like about NYC and my twenties. Things I didn’t like about others. Meh.
If you’re interested in NYC and are similar to some of the characters in this book, you’ll like it. Or if you’re like me, maybe you’ll remember these people and how much you didn’t like them.
The Lake was a recommendation from Amazon. I’ve never read Banana Yoshimoto but I felt compelled to give it a shot. Not sure why.
But I am so glad I did.
This was an unusual, weird, but very very interesting novel.
I haven’t read anything else by her and I don’t know if this was typical for her or not. But I know I will read more.
If you’re up for something unusual, I recommend this one.
I read about Reconstructing Amelia also because I read that it was being made into a movie and I knew I would like to make sure I read it first. It’s about a mom who’s trying to understand what exactly happened to her daughter who commits suicide.
It was depressing.
It was also not amazingly well written or super-interesting. In my opinion.
I am not sure what I think about it. And maybe the movie can be better than the book.
And, of course, I’ll be glad I read it first.
I read If I Stay because I read that it was going to be made into a movie and I knew I had to read it first. And then I had to read Where She Went too, of course.
I read them both in one sitting.
Swallowed them up. They were absolutely great. If this genre is your cup of tea, you will like these.
And hopefully the movie will be as nice, too.
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells was an Amazon Book of the Month pick and it’s the first book in a long, long time that I remember loving.
I read this in one sitting and I really enjoyed it.
It was so sweet, so tender, and such an interesting little book.
If you’re looking for a good read, this one’s a keeper. A really unusual one, too.
Anomaly was another impulse read for me. Not sure what led me to it but sometimes that happens.
I read this one over another vacation and even though I made myself finish it, I don’t think I liked it.
I liked bits of it. But not the whole thing. It tried too hard.
But it was a quick read.
The Four Ms Bradwells was for book club. I had to read it super-fast as I had put it off too long. So I sat and read the whole thing in one sitting.
It was too long and too wordy for that.
Even though I found parts of it interesting, I think the book was too long for what it was. 100 fewer pages would have made this book much, much better.
I haven’t read anything else by the author so I don’t know if it’s an anomaly or just her style.
But I am not reading anything more by her anytime soon.
I picked up A Tale for the Time Being because it was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. I had never read Ruth Ozeki before and I figured there’s no time like now.
I read this book on the flight back to San Fran and I have to say it wasn’t the best time to be reading this book. It’s not a super-fast moving book. At least it wasn’t for me.
But I really did like it.
Especially once the twisting part started.
The problem is, there is a lot of sadness in this book. Some terrible things happen. And I’ve sworn off reading books where terrible things happen. So this was a challenge for me.
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton was my next pick for the Summer holiday (also from Amazon’s list.)
Not sure what drew me to it. The beginning was interesting and kept me going.
But then it just didn’t lead anywhere. And it never got much more interesting. At least not to me.
So even though I let it drag me the whole time and spent all my vacation reading a few pages here and there, I don’t think I can say that I really liked this book.
More like, meh.